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Cabbage Dishes From East to West

Ingredients | Cabbage Image

Shorter days and cooler nights bring cabbage season. By mid-fall, firm, jade-green, cruciferous heads have matured in the fields, sweetened by the first nip of fall frost. Take advantage of the full variety in your market now when cabbage season is at its peak. Read more »

Campfire Cooking in a Can

Blogs | Campfire Cooking in a Can

This is a blog that was originally posted in August of 2010 by Dan Harvey, aka Farmer Dan, who was my father. He had a great love of the outdoors, gardening, hunting and cooking. Farmer Dan passed away recently after a long illness. He will be greatly missed.

— Chef Brad

As I peered down the hill, I could see that my fishing buddies had just pulled their boat into shore and were heading up to our camp. They looked tired and hungry. I quickly grabbed my trusted Cee Tee pliers out of the belt holster and clamped onto one of the five one-pound coffee cans on the campfire grill and dumped a medley of vegetables and a juicy hamburger inside each can onto the oversized plates. Read more »

Peppers, Peppers, Peppers

Ingredients | Jalapeno Peppers

One of the unique things about living out here on the prairie is that you are able to have a campfire, open fire ring, or grill using natural firewood. They're great to sit around for either planned or unplanned social gatherings with friends. And let me tell you, there's nothing better than sitting around a campfire with an ice-cold longneck bottle of beer in one hand and a grilled green chile or banana pepper for an appetizer in the other. Read more »

15 Staples of the Central American Kitchen

Country | Mexico | Sunday Market

Mexican food has long been one of the most popular ethnic cuisines in the United States. But lately, Americans' never-ending search for new and exciting dishes has led them to venture further afield to sample the cooking of Mexico's neighbors on the Central American isthmus. Read more »

5 Basic Batters for Deep Fried Fish and Seafood

Fish | Fish and Chips

Nothing beats the crispy crunch and delicate flavor of batter-fried fish and seafood. While the simplest coating for fried fish is simple seasoned flour, batters form a protective coating that seals in flavor and has a pleasing texture. Read more »

How to Bake Bread (Book Review)

Cookbook | How to Bake Bread

There are basically two types of chefs: culinary chefs and bakers. I'm not much of a baker, and I never have been. No cakes, cookies or scones for me. I prefer the messiness and quick gratification of grill and saute, chop and mash. But bread-baking is the one exception. I love baking bread. The transformation from flour and water to the staff of life is magical to me. So I was excited to hear that a colleague of mine was publishing a bread-baking book. Read more »

Cooking Food in a Tandoor Oven (Video)

Screenshots | Naan Bread in a Tandoor Oven

Ever wonder how a tandoor oven works, and just how they bake naan bread and tandoori chicken in it? These videos show you how it's done.

Tandoor ovens have been around for a long time. Seven thousand-year-old remains of these cylindrical clay or brick cooking powerhouses have been found in the ruins of the Indus Valley civilization located in modern-day Pakistan. Read more »

How to Plan Your Spring Garden with Seed Catalogs

Blogs | Garden in Winter

My favorite week of the year is the week between Christmas and New Year's. No, it's not because of all the post-Christmas shopping specials. We don't do that out here on the prairie. It's because it's the week that my rural mailbox becomes inundated with bunches of garden and seed catalogs for the spring planting season. Read more »

The New Cookbook is Here! The New Cookbook is Here!

Whats4Eats Cookbook on Tastebook

We're so happy to finally have the best of Whats4Eats recipes now available as a cookbook. We've worked with Tastebook.com to create a beautiful and elegant cookbook of the most popular recipes from Whats4Eats.com and make it available for purchase online. Read more »

Yup! I'm a Tomato Lover

Blogs | Canned Tomatoes

As I pulled out of the parking lot, I caught a glimpse of red and noticed that the homeless gentleman had his right hand held at ear's level, holding a large ripe red tomato. The tomato had a big bite out of it, and juices ran down and off the man's elbow. Read more »

Asian Food Blogs to Bookmark

Country | Thailand Bankok Market

Ever get a hankering for some great Hokkien mee? Want to throw together the perfect shabu-shabu? Looking for beautiful photos of mouth-watering caldereta? If you answered yes to any of these questions — and even if you didn't — you won't want to overlook these great websites dedicated to the cuisines of East Asia. Read more »

Some Simple Recipes for Rabbit

Ingredients | Rabbit

A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from Cousin Joni. She said, “What are you doing Saturday morning?” Since it was early in the morning, and I had not finished my first cup of coffee, I absentmindedly said, “Nothing.” Joni said, “Good, we need some help butchering our rabbits!” Read more »

How to Soak and Use Rice Noodles

Ingredients | Rice Noodles Image

East Asian cooking, especially the cuisine of southeast Asia, uses a lot of rice noodles. They are served hot, cold, in soups, in salads and rolled up into spring rolls. Their lightness and chewy texture make rice noodles a pleasant change from heavier wheat noodles. Only thing is, many of us don't have a clue how to soak them properly. Perhaps I can help. Read more »

Perennial Vegetables

Ingredients | Garlic Tops Image

Out on the prairie, in the southeasternmost corner of Iowa's Pottawattamie County, on the eastern slope of the Nishnabotna River Valley, located on the third terrace at the south end of my upper garden is my perennial vegetable garden. Read more »

Your Favorite Farmers Market

Blogs | Farmers Market Image

The Huffington Post has a piece today on the Top 10 Farmers Markets in the US. They have a pretty good list: Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Savannah, Madison. But as with any Top 10 list, they miss quite a bit. Read more »