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April 2014 Archive for Four Seasons of Fun

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Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website,, features homemaking, gardening, travel, entertainment, business and technology tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her each week for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail:

Ham and Cheese Quiche

Apr 28, 2014

There is a restaurant in West Des Moines, IA where I like to take clients that features a daily quiche lunch special.  They pair it with soup or salad.   It is called Club Car and is a locally owned restaurant (the best kind!).  After enjoying quiche there I set out to find a recipe that would be easy to make at home.  Actually any quiche recipe would be pretty easy but this is the one I tried first and still make every once in a while.  This is great for a fast breakfast on a busy day - or for a brunch (think Mother's Day or Father's Day).  We hope you will give this a try!

 Ham and Cheese Quiche

Poor Man's Pie (Oatmeal Pie)

Apr 17, 2014

A couple weeks ago I went for a visit to my hometown.  While there I visited my Aunt and Uncle.  The fertilizer was being put on and everyone seemed eager to get in the field.  Then, checking in on my Dad, he was sweeping out a bin with a broom.  With the weather we have had I know nothing has been done yet so, they are now very eager to get into the field.  Anyway – I took two of these pies with me and left one behind at each stop. We hope you will give this one a try – it’s a favorite at our house.  Great with cinnamon ice cream!

Kristina’s Poor Man’s Pie (Oatmeal Pie)


Kristina's Easy Delmonico Potatoes

Apr 15, 2014

My goodness….. – I don’t just post to Agweb – when I have time I read the headlines and other things that get posted too.  High prices, low prices, wet weather, dry weather, perfect El Nino weather, USDA, NASS, record production, low production.   You have to remember they are all trying to help but yes…. - Geez!          Well…… maybe relax and check out our posts.  As when in doubt over prices, weather and production you can tame your own tiger by whipping up some of these recipes and getting your mind off all that chatter.  In our posts to Agweb we aim to be the little bit of fun in all that frenzy.

So just in time for Easter – here is a new recipe – and a tip for one we posted earlier!

Kristina’s Easy Delmonico Potatoes – If you typically make "party potatoes" or "cheesy potatoes" with cream of whatever flavor soup – well, you might give these a try.  I have been making these for a few years now and serve them alongside our Easter Ham.  A very elegant crispy on outside creamy on inside potato dish.

Grandma’s Delicate NAAN?  On a trip a few years ago to Washington DC where I had to spend too much time meeting with the Representatives and not enough time taking in the sites like I would have preferred – I at least had a chance to enjoy dinner at an Indian restaurant.  I had never been to an Indian restaurant and am still trying to perfect the delicious Tandoori chicken dish I ordered.  But – I did come up with a way to somewhat replicate the Naan that was served alongside dinner.  Naan is a flatbread – very delicious.  Well, if you take the time to make Grandma’s Homemade Delicate Rolls (this would work with frozen roll dough too) just shape into rolls and then press flat as if you are making a small pizza crust.  Prepare your grill and on the top rack – not directly on the heat – grill the bread until lightly browned on both sides.  Then, as you pull it off the grill, brush with a prepared mixture of 2 T salted butter, melted – 2 T EV Olive Oil and a dash garlic salt to your liking.  I have made this a couple times already this year – and it’s always a hit at our house.   My best,   Kristina


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