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The Iowa Dish Welcome to The Iowa Dish, an e-newsletter from the Iowa Farm Bureau. Our goal is to spark a conversation about how our food is grown and raised.

THE IOWA DISH

Welcome to The Iowa Dish, an e-newsletter from the Iowa Farm Bureau. Our goal is to spark a conversation about how our food is grown and raised. We’ll introduce you to the Iowa farmers who work each day to provide safe, nutritious foods for our families. Plus, we will serve up quick bites on food safety, nutrition and foodie trends. And of course, we’ll share some of our favorite in-season recipes. We look forward to dishin’ with you about Iowa food and farming.

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Enjoy an egg-cellent spring

4/3/2018

Spring is by far my favorite time of year. The birds are chirping, the grass is greening up - and eggs are on sale for the season.

Just put an egg on it

4/3/2018

One of today’s trendiest ingredients on restaurant menus and on Instagram is likely already nestled in your fridge.

Monarch conservation takes flight

4/3/2018

Before spring planting begins, now is a great time to start the prep work to plant habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators, experts say.

Keep it hot, but keep it safe

4/3/2018

The hottest new appliance in Iowa kitchens right now is the Instant Pot, or electric pressure cooker.

Video: U.S. News and World Report names Iowa "best state" in 2018

4/3/2018

See all the reasons U.S. News and World Report recently named Iowa the "best state" in the nation in 2018!

Question: Now that spring produce is arriving in grocery stores, what are easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables to my family’s diet?

4/3/2018

Fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables all count toward the recommended five fruits and vegetables a day, says Rachel Wall, registered dietitian and human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Recipe: Easter Bunny’s Eggs in a Basket

4/3/2018

From Incredible Edible Egg, www.incredibleegg.org

Let’s beef up for the Big Game

1/29/2018

Are you ready for some football – and a plate full of buffalo wings? I’m already planning my Super Bowl menu, although I’m not sure if I have the talent to make a giant snackadium.

The best care for farm animals

1/29/2018

It’s cold and flu season here in Iowa, and many of us will need to take antibiotics to fight off bronchitis or sinus and ear infections. Farm animals also get sick sometimes.

Beef: It’s what’s healthy for dinner

1/29/2018

To achieve your healthy-eating goals, it’s important to include foods that you enjoy in your diet, says Rochelle Gilman, a registered dietitian with the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Make a game plan for Super Bowl food safety

1/29/2018

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party this year and planning to score points with your famous chili recipe, don’t get a penalty for ignoring food safety.

Video: Livestock farmers go to great lengths for animal care

1/29/2018

Today's responsible livestock farmers, like Carroll County young farmer Ben Klocke, are always looking for better ways to raise animals.

Question: Should I worry about antibiotic residues in the meat I buy at the grocery store?

1/29/2018

Food safety remains a top priority for everyone involved in raising farm animals - from the farmer to the veterinarian, said Dr. Steve Larsen, a veterinarian and assistant vice president of science and technology with the National Pork Board based in Clive.

Recipe: Beef jerky trail mix

1/29/2018

Combine any combination of the following ingredients in a snack-size plastic bag: bite-size beef jerky pieces, peanuts (honey & lightly salted dry roasted), pecan pieces, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, golden raisins and semi-sweet chocolate chunks.

What’s on your holiday table?

11/30/2017

I get a kick out of hearing what other Iowa families serve at their holiday tables each year.

Wind, sleet or snow: Farm animal care never stops

11/30/2017

The winters in northern Iowa can bring miserable weather for people and animals alike — gusty winds, blowing snow and freezing temperatures.

Is the Christmas ham done?

11/30/2017

If you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, you don’t have to go it alone if you run into a last-minute cooking dilemma.

Survey: Iowans love their meat

11/30/2017

Nearly all Iowa households eat meat, and their meat purchase decisions are driven primarily by freshness, price and taste more than how or where the meat or poultry was raised, according to the latest Iowa Farm Bureau Food & Farm Index®, which was released last month.

Video: Have livestock care questions? Iowa Farm Animal Care has answers

11/30/2017

The Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition was created to answer the questions farmers and consumers have about livestock care.

Question: How do I enjoy my favorite holiday foods without derailing my New Year’s resolution to eat healthier?

11/30/2017

The holidays are a beautiful, blessed, glorious time filled with delicious food, family gatherings, thoughtful shopping — and stress.

Recipe: Cranberry Eggnog Muffins

11/30/2017

Submitted by Karen Harrington, Plymouth County Farm Bureau

How do you like them apples?

10/5/2017

My 1-year-old daughter is on the verge of what her doctor calls a “language explosion.” Every day it seems she learns a new word. Last week, her favorite word was “apple” after we visited a local orchard to sample this year’s crop.

Is your food “natural”?

10/5/2017

When you’re shopping at the grocery store, you will likely find many foods nowadays labeled “natural,” “simply” or “honest” to capture your attention while speeding through the aisles.

Conquer Iowa’s Tenderloin Trial

10/5/2017

It’s pork month, and it’s time to hit the Tenderloin Trail. Fourteen establishments and 14 delectable pieces of pork — all yours for the sampling — and a T-shirt at the end to boot.

Apples in the city

10/5/2017

Bryan Etchen grew up picking apples on his family’s orchard, which back in the 1970s was out in the country northwest of Des Moines. Over the last 40-plus years, the city has grown around the orchard. Yet Etchen’s orchard kept growing apples.

Video: Chad Greenway - ANF Wall of Fame recipient for 2017

10/4/2017

Greenway played linebacker for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 2002 to 2005, and during his tenure was named first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly, first-team All-Big Ten and Iowa Hawkeye Special Teams Player of the Year.

Question: I see a lot of “natural” and “organic” food labels when I’m shopping at the grocery. How do I make healthier food choices for my family?

10/4/2017

Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t define the term “natural” as a food label

Recipe: Caramel apple pork chops

10/4/2017

Recipe from the National Pork Producers Council

Let’s kickoff the tailgating season!

8/8/2017

As much as I love the lazy days of summer in Iowa, I can’t wait for the return of fall, when our favorite high school and college football teams kickoff the new season.

Don’t fumble food safety

8/8/2017

Maybe you’re grilling pork chops for a quick after-work dinner. Or perhaps you're hosting a tailgating party with burgers or brats when football season begins in a few weeks.

The best bacon comes from Iowa (of course!)

8/8/2017

There are few food experts as discerning as the bacon connoisseur. Fried up crispy or limp next to eggs, nestled between ample layers of Iowa-grown lettuce and tomatoes, covered with chocolate, or used for added flavor in, well, just about anything, bacon lovers know their bacon.

Picking apples as alternative crop

8/8/2017

After driving past cattle pastures and farm ponds in rural Davis County, Heath Greiner stops his truck outside a 7-foot deer fence that surrounds a scenic farm near Bloomfield.

Video: There's a growing demand for Iowa-grown hops

8/8/2017

Iowa is known for growing corn and beans. But hops? Oh, yes! There's a growing demand for Iowa-grown hops as more and more people are embracing the local craft brew craze. So now, "brewed in Iowa" means "grown in Iowa."

Question: What do the USDA inspected seal and grades on meat and poultry mean?

8/8/2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service is responsible for inspecting meat and poultry at processing plants to ensure the safety and wholesomeness of meat, poultry and processed egg products and that they are accurately labeled, explains Argyris Magoulas, a food safety specialist at the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline.

Recipe: BBQ Pizza

8/8/2017

Scott Degeneffe, Boone County, first place in combo/specialty at 2016 Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest

We all scream for ice cream!

6/7/2017

I’ve long had a fascination with dairy farmers, and not just because I keep my fridge stocked with yogurt, cheese, milk and ice cream at all times.

Grass-fed vs. grain-fed beef: What’s the healthy choice?

6/7/2017

When shopping at the grocery store, you may have noticed that the meat counter offers grass-fed beef as an alternative to conventional beef.

Introducing the JoKir CYburdog

6/7/2017

Farm Bureau members Jolene Pisel and her husband, Kirk, launched JoKir’s Wild Beef to sell their premium, Iowa corn-fed beef directly to customers.

An udderly good business in Ely

6/7/2017

On sunny summer days, customers line up outside the doors of Dan & Debbie’s Creamery in Ely, stopping for an ice cream cone and going home with a bag of cheese curds and a gallon of chocolate milk.

Video: See how a new business is coming to Eagle Grove, Iowa, along with 250 new families, thanks to livestock farmers in the area.

6/7/2017

Thanks to livestock farmers in the area, a new business is coming to Eagle Grove, Iowa, along with 250 new families. Learn more in this edition of the Iowa Minute!

Question: The milk I buy at the grocery store has a label claiming it’s free of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. How do I know that milk is safe?

6/7/2017

Milk is the one of the most rigorously tested, regulated and controlled foods in the United States, next to seafood, says Stephanie Clark, an associate professor and dairy food scientist at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames.

Recipe: Hot and sweet grilled cheese

6/7/2017

For sandwiches, preheat a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Butter one side each of two slices of bread. Turn buttered slices over, buttered side down, and spread jam over the second side of each bread slice.

Spring forward with healthy food choices

4/6/2017

Now that spring is finally here, I’m planning to spend as much time as possible in the garden and on my bike. So I’m trying my best to keep my energy level up by getting enough sleep, taking the time to exercise most days and making a few healthy changes in my diet.

Want to eat healthier? Don’t forget dairy, meat and eggs

4/6/2017

High-protein diets remain a big trend in the health and fitness world, and for good reason.

Fill up on spring fruits and veggies

4/6/2017

Iowa ranks as the 14th healthiest state in the nation, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. But there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Cheeseburgers with a side of rock n’ roll

4/6/2017

Surf District Rock ‘n Roll Grill has only been open a couple months, but it already has earned buzz as a must-see destination for Clear Lake vacationers, including RAGBRAI cyclists who will roll through town later this summer.

Video: Ethanol technology reducing greenhouse gas emissions

4/6/2017

See how technological advancements in ethanol production are benefitting the environment and consumers’ wallets.

Question: How do Iowa farmers ensure the well-being of their farm animals?

4/6/2017

Animal well-being ranks as a “top-of-mind” issue for today’s livestock farmers, says James Dickson, an animal science professor at Iowa State University.

Recipe: Beef sausage and egg muffin cups

4/6/2017

Recipe from the Iowa Beef Industry Council

”Simply” confused about food trends

11/9/2016

Sometimes when life gets crazy busy, a new trend will pop up out of nowhere, like the Pokemon Go craze this summer, and I’ll be left behind asking: “How did this become a thing?”

Why are turkeys bigger? It’s genetics, not hormones

11/9/2016

You don't need to spend more for a healthy, nutritious Thanksgiving turkey — unless you want to.

Iowa’s newest crop: Hops for craft beer

11/9/2016

The craft beer craze has hit Iowa in a big way, with new breweries popping up in small towns and urban hot spots throughout the state. And Iowa farmers are tapping into this emerging market, growing the high-quality hops that give craft beers their unique flavor.

Keep student athletes fueled up with dairy

11/9/2016

With the start of basketball and wrestling seasons, and the upcoming end-of-semester finals, long days of practice and homework can leave student athletes running on empty if they don’t fuel up with nutritious snacks and beverages.

Video: Nature’s weed eaters

11/9/2016

Farm Bureau members Aaron Steele and Chad Steenhoek started Goats on the Go to help landowners control weeds and brush in rough terrain and environmentally sensitive areas where it’s tough to use chemicals.

Question: Why do I keep seeing green crops growing in just-harvested cornfields across the state this fall?

11/9/2016

Spring, of course, is the traditional planting season in Iowa. Each year, farmers hustle to get their seeds of corn, soybeans and other crops sown in the state’s deep, rich soil.

Recipe: Pumpkin pie squares

11/9/2016

Recipe from Midwest Dairy Association

Get ready for State Fair food and fun

8/8/2016

One of the last great events of summer, the Iowa State Fair, is finally here, and I’ve made a list of all the new fair foods I plan to try this year.

Focused on water quality year-round

8/8/2016

During the summer months, Iowa farmers are doing a lot more than just watching the corn grow. They’re taking on the challenge of improving water quality year-round, with conservation practices such as no-till and strip-till in the spring, caring for stream buffers and waterways in the summer and planting cover crops in the fall.

GMO labels coming to a store near you

8/8/2016

Grocery shoppers will soon see whether the foods they purchase are made from genetically modified (GMOs) ingredients under a new federal law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama this summer.

Best new fair food?

8/8/2016

Iowa turkey farmers are excited to dish up what they hope will become a new Iowa State Fair favorite, a turkey taco with a twist, cleverly named “Not Your Mamma’s Taco.”

Video: Wetland restoration

8/8/2016

Thanks to collaboration and guidance from experts at Iowa State University, Iowa's farmers have been restoring wetlands, nature's nitrate filters, for generations.

Question: How can I eat healthy at the Iowa State Fair (if I want to)?

8/8/2016

The Iowa State Fair is known for its livestock, rides, entertainment, exhibits and incredible food. But for those who are keeping tabs on their health, there are delicious, healthy eating options available too – and some of them may surprise you.

Recipe: Neil’s Stuffed Pork Loin

8/5/2016

Recipe from 2015 Iowa Farm Bureau State Fair Cookout Champion Neil Glaser of Adair County

Fire up the grill! Summer is finally here

6/6/2016

A trip to the grocery store is no longer a simple “milk-and-bread” run anymore. Take a peek at the egg case, for example, and you will find endless choices, from standard grade-A large eggs to cartons labeled cage free, organic or free range.

Conventional or cage-free eggs: It’s about choice

6/6/2016

A trip to the grocery store is no longer a simple “milk-and-bread” run anymore. Take a peek at the egg case, for example, and you will find endless choices, from standard grade-A large eggs to cartons labeled cage free, organic or free range.

Fats in the diet: Healthy or not?

6/6/2016

Remember the low-fat craze in the 1990s, when grocery stores couldn’t keep their shelves stocked with fat-free cookies and we gave up egg yolks for egg whites?

It’s not bacon, it’s called ‘Schmacon’

6/6/2016

Iowa is well-known as the nation’s top pork-producing state, and we Iowans love our bacon. Yet there’s a new bacon alternative that has popped up in grocery stores, celebrating Iowa's top-quality beef.

Video: Keeping livestock healthy

6/6/2016

See how Iowa farmers work with veterinarians to protect the health of their farm animals and ensure the safety of our food.

Question: Is full-fat dairy healthier? How about grass-fed dairy?

6/6/2016

You may have heard about new evidence that full-fat dairy is better for our health than previously thought.

Recipe: Turkey burger hobo packets

6/6/2016

Recipe from the Iowa Turkey Federation

A healthy start to the New Year

12/22/2015

Once we’ve devoured the last of the holiday cookies in our house, my husband and I will likely eat a lot more salads in the next few weeks in an attempt to avoid winter weight gain.

Antibiotics: A tool for healthy people and animals

12/22/2015

Now that we’re sniffling our way through cold and flu season, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if you or a family member is diagnosed with a sinus infection, strep throat or another miserable wintertime illness.

Real-world weight loss advice the works

12/22/2015

It’s only natural to want a healthy start to the New Year. And one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Yet achieving a healthy weight isn’t just about vanity.

How safe is that burrito?

12/22/2015

The fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle made headlines at the end of the year for recent outbreaks of food-borne illness that have sickened hundreds of people across multiple states.

Video: ANF donates $100,000 to Iowa food banks

12/22/2015

Just ahead of the Rose Bowl championship game, the University of Iowa Athletic Department’s America Needs Farmers (ANF) initiative and the Iowa Farm Bureau last month announced a donation of $18,500 to the Iowa Food Bank Association, putting the total dollars contributed to food banks since the initiative was announced five years ago to over $100,000.

Question: Should I buy organic foods if I want to eat healthier in the New Year?

12/21/2015

Research has shown that there isn’t a nutritional difference between organic foods and conventionally raised food, according to Dr. Ruth MacDonald, chair and professor of Department of Foods Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University (ISU).

Recipe: Chicken enchilada soup

12/21/2015

Chicken enchilada soup from www.eatrightiowa.org

Celebrate a bountiful harvest

11/2/2015

On my commute home from work last night, I followed a tractor pulling a grain wagon brimming with corn straight from the field. I can’t help but think of all the places that wagon-full of corn will end up – as feed for an Iowa turkey farm, as fuel for an Indy racecar or as an ingredient in my favorite shade of lipstick.

Turkey shortage? Or just a rumor?

11/2/2015

As we approach Thanksgiving, you are likely to see news reports warning about a possible “turkey shortage” that could send people scrambling to get their hands on a holiday bird.

No need to skip the bacon

11/2/2015

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) made headlines last month for suggesting a link between colorectal cancer and meat consumption.

Food allergies at the holiday table

11/2/2015

Preparing the holiday meal can be tricky enough, but it can be especially difficult for those with family members or guests who have food allergies.

No-coast Iowa shrimp

11/2/2015

Where do you find some of freshest seafood in Iowa? It’s elementary, my dear. “We raise shrimp in my former kindergarten room and lunch room,” said Jeff Ryan, who runs Sherlock Shrimp with his wife, Sherill, at the Ridgeway elementary school he attended almost 40 years ago.

A poppin’ trend

11/2/2015

It may be an old-fashioned snack treat, but popcorn has gained a renewed millennial and foodie following thanks to its health benefits, flavor versatility and convenience.

Video: Supporting local food banks

11/2/2015

Watch the Iowa Minute to see how farmers are stepping up to support local food banks during the holiday season and year-round.

Looking for a Christmas present that also benefits local food banks?

11/2/2015

Purchase officially licensed Cyclones Farm Strong®

Question: When I’m shopping for a Thanksgiving turkey, what do the labels on the packaging mean?

11/2/2015

It can be tough to navigate all the different choices of Thanksgiving turkeys available at the grocery store.

Recipe: Broccoli rice casserole with turkey

11/2/2015

Recipe provided by the Iowa Turkey Federation (www.iowaturkey.org)

The BLT days of summer

8/21/2015

I finally picked the first ripe tomato from my garden last night. So you know what that means: BLTs for supper.

What’s bugging you?

8/21/2015

Earlier this summer, you probably saw a few planes swooping over Iowa corn and soybean fields. The rainy summer weather created the perfect conditions for fungal diseases such as Northern Corn Blight, which left untreated can wipe out entire fields

Dinner in the hayloft

8/21/2015

Teddy’s Barn and Grill, now in its third year of business, serves up Midwestern-style dishes in a restored dairy barn that’s one of the most unique restaurant destinations in eastern Iowa.

Gardening for Iowans in need

8/21/2015

This summer, more than 40 staff volunteers are planting, weeding, watering and harvesting the Giving Garden at Farm Bureau’s West Des Moines office.

Honey Queen creates a buzz

8/21/2015

Ever since she was a little girl, Gabrielle Hemesath of Clermont didn’t run away in fear from a bee, but instead was fascinated with the fragile creature.

Recipe: Peanut butter dip

8/21/2015

From American Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath of Clermont

Video: America Needs Farmers

8/21/2015

Discover why former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL player Bruce Nelson, who farms near Emmetsburg, has joined the America Needs Farmers (ANF) team to recognize the important role that farmers play in providing food, fiber and fuel to families here and around the world.

Q. How do I wash fruits and vegetables to rid them of chemicals?

8/21/2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly tests produce samples for pesticide residues to ensure that they are below acceptable levels

Peanut Butter Dip

7/21/2015

From 2015 American Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath of Clermont, Iowa

Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken

7/21/2015

From 2015 American Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath of Clermont, Iowa

Banana Bread

7/21/2015

From 2015 American Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath of Clermont, Iowa

Let’s get grilling!

6/25/2015

If there is one activity that nearly all Iowans love to do in the summertime, it’s firing up our grills.

A safer pork chop

6/25/2015

When it comes to summertime grilling, it doesn’t get much better than cooking a juicy Iowa pork chop over an open flame. And now, we don’t need to cook all the flavor out of our favorite pork cuts.

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