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One of my favorite parts of producing our annual Comfort Food magazine (available online and on newsstands) is digging around to find recipes that have lived in relative anonymity on our website for many years, waiting to be rediscovered and beautifully photographed for a new audience. Here are five oldies-but-goodies I had never tried before producing this year's issue... More
If you love to eat your way through state fairs as much as I do, tweets like this alert us that it's time to start planning our visit:  New foods at the #ISF2015 are here! http://t.co/2DheyqaLqE — Iowa State Fair (@IowaStateFair) June 24, 2015 Four of the Midwest's largest state fairs have already revealed their mouth-watering lineup of new foods... More
Deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dog, Cracker Jack, Wrigley gum—you probably already know about these Midwestern favorites that have their roots in the Windy City. But there are a number of other creations invented in Chicago that you may not know about. From a sandwich made with plantains to cheese that’s set on fire, here are six items with Chicago origins. Saginaki... More
I've been the food editor at Midwest Living for nearly three years, which means I've had the delicious privilege of testing and publishing something like 300 recipes. Or is it 400? I don't even know. Somewhere around the 27th way to use a rotisserie chicken, I started to lose track. But what's incredible is that the dishes I've tested are just the tip of a very large and... More
It was a sad day in the Glazebrook household when my husband, Rob, learned he had a gluten allergy. It wasn’t so much the limits on food that posed problems (although, we’ve forgotten more than once that barbecue sauce and soy sauce can harbor gluten), but the loss of hobbies: Rob and I loved to bake bread, and after a few disastrous attempts at swapping gluten-free flours into... More
I grew up decorating sugar cookies in, shall we say, the classic way. We mixed various colors of buttercream frosting, spread it generously on the cookies, and then liberally topped them with sprinkles and Red Hots. Now I like buttercream as much as the next girl, but even as a kid, I kinda knew those cookies tasted gross. And it was all such a mess! The knives got gunked up and crusted with... More
Jell-O "salads" and other gelatin creations have always had a place at my table. A lifelong North Dakotan, I grew up with Jell-O at potlucks, just like most Midwesterners. I still make Jell-O. Not because I have to, but because I want to. It's a nod to the cooks before me, a family tradition I'm honored to carry on. I make cherry coke Jell-O and almost always... More
Some invitations you just accept on the spot. Among those are ones like, “Want to ride a tour bus around Wisconsin, meeting top cheesemakers and sampling their work?” Knowing a sweet gig when I see it, I spent last week traveling with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board from Milwaukee to northwest of Green Bay seeking out some of the state’s (which is to say, “the world... More
So, I had a giant can of pumpkin. Really giant. At 29 ounces, it was large enough, the label helpfully explained, to make two pies. I'm sure that's the only reason this can exists—to make Thanksgiving baking more efficient. But I never make two pumpkin pies. I make a pumpkin and a pecan. Or a pumpkin and an apple. And I certainly don't need four loaves of pumpkin bread.... More
A few months ago, I read about a primo balsamic vinegar produced in Nebraska. Of course, I know you can find artisanal or craft anything being brewed, distilled, baked or canned just about anywhere, but this raised even my eyebrows. Good balsamic (heck, even cheap balsamic) is a product so strongly associated with Italy. So of course, I had to order a bottle to try for myself. George Paul... More