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EXTREME Tailgating

By Jim Duncan Much more than burgers and beer The best story I have ever heard about extreme tailgating is likely apocryphal. Like the best urban myths, though, hardly anyone doubts it because it perfectly fits most preconceptions, in this case about Oakland Raider fans. Of all the fans of American sports teams, these are usually perceived to be the […]

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Once upon a time

By Cady Colosimo and Jeff Pitts A look back at what some eateries’ buildings used to be If you’re going out to eat in downtown Des Moines, it’s more than likely the building you’re dining in was not always a restaurant. Several historic buildings — many of them more than 100 years old — occupy the heart of […]

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Heirloom dishes

By Jim Duncan Old soul Iowa cooking that you simply can’t resist One hears a lot these days about heirloom fruits and vegetables. Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah popularized the phrase before any grocery store knew how to exploit or misrepresent it. In its purest sense, it meant foods from varietal seeds that were vanishing […]

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Best kept-secrets

Popular in their neighborhoods but not necessarily destination restaurants for the general dining public — yet By Jim Duncan Most of us have a love/hate relationship with clichés. Too often they are trite or redundant, but sometimes it’s hard to find a better way to describe something. In the food world, we talk about “holes in the […]

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Mom’s new kitchens

Local ladies who star in the food business By Jim Duncan In most languages that apply gender to nouns, food is feminine. Italian is a rare exception. Americans who learn to cook usually learn from their mothers. My grandmother taught me to cook when she babysat me. Mom didn’t know until I surprised her by baking […]

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