Archive - August 2015

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Duet: Strawberry Ice Cream / Prince “Purple Rain”
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5 Albums for the MTV Generation
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Duet: Mexican Street Corn / John Prine “Bruised Orange”
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Duet: Classic Steak Bearnaise / KC and the Sunshine Band “Do You Wanna Go Party”
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Q&A: Chef George Formaro

Duet: Strawberry Ice Cream / Prince “Purple Rain”

The food: We were gifted a KitchenAid stand mixer with the ice cream maker about a year ago (thanks, dad!). Since then, I’ve been experimenting with recipes in hopes of figuring out the easiest way to get creamy delicious homemade custard. I think this fits the bill. Using this basic recipe, you can create almost any kind of ice cream in less[…]

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5 Albums for the MTV Generation

The MTV Video Music Awards are Sunday, Aug. 30. You read that correctly. MTV still awards music videos despite no longer playing music videos. If, like me, you were born in the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, aka “the MTV Generation,” you remember fondly when the cable channel actually played videos all day. You still have a little crush on Martha Quinn or Alan[…]

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Duet: Mexican Street Corn / John Prine “Bruised Orange”

The food: About a year ago, I ate Mexican street corn for the first time … and fell in love. It’s charred sweet corn, onions, jalapenos, lime juice, and seasonings, all mixed with a healthy dose of mayonnaise. The results are spicy and creamy — the perfect side dish for backyard barbecues, family potlucks, or Taco Tuesdays. Best of all, it’s super simple[…]

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Duet: Classic Steak Bearnaise / KC and the Sunshine Band “Do You Wanna Go Party”

The food: In my Q&A with Chef George Formaro earlier this week, I discovered his guilty food pleasure is a juicy steak with decadent Bearnaise sauce. He was kind enough to share his recipe for a classic steak Bearnaise, along with some helpful hints for getting it right (more on those in a minute). The music: In the same interview, George admitted he likes KC  and the[…]

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Q&A: Chef George Formaro

Des Moines is an amazing city. When I sing its praises to people who’ve never lived in Iowa’s capital, however, they tend to look at me like I’m joking, crazy, or a country bumpkin. Ask anyone who has spent meaningful time there and you’ll discover I’m not nuts: Des Moines is damn cool. One reason for its awesomeness is George Formaro, the chef behind Centro, Django, South Union Bread[…]

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