With the weather cooling, and with my wife’s pregnancy continuing, the demand for desserts in our household has increased exponentially. Growing up, I never had many baked sweets, likely because Korean moms don’t really bake. My wife’s mom, however, did bake. And she often baked dessert bars. My mom’s unfamiliarity with baking notwithstanding, I never really had bars growing up on the east coast. So I am wondering if bars are a midwest thing. Maybe they are. Maybe not. But either way, they’re delicious, particularly if you get to put your own twist on them and align the chocolate chips in neatly and meticulously aligned rows.
Category Archives: iowanDelicacies
One of my wife’s jobs growing up was at a gas station. There, one of her duties was to make the breakfast pizza. Unlike other foods she was in charge of making while working there, like cole slaw, my wife still likes breakfast pizza. And so, I decided I would give it a shot.
Of all the hyper-local Iowan foods I’ve had, Walking Tacos are my absolute favorite. Even though they are made with Doritos, they are (at least in practice) a seasonal food. And I’ve been dying to have some all summer.
Whenever we go back to my in-laws and grill out, my mother-in-law usually makes a side of cheesy potatoes. In between home fries and and a cheesy gratin, these chunked up potatoes with onions and cheese are just as easy as they are delicious.
With my pregnant wife’s ground beef cravings continuing unabated, I went to the well of the Western Dubuque Marching Band Cook Book to find a recipe for Made Rites, a classic Iowa take on the sloppy joe.
After attending a marvelous birthday party for my niece, who is turning 2, my wife and I went the following day with her family over to the Second Annual Cedar Ridge Bourbon and Blues Festival. Cedar Ridge is an Iowa winery but is also a distillery. They are best known for their bourbon. And apparently, it doesn’t have to be from Kentucky to be called bourbon.
Our freezer is full of food to be used in case of emergency, like if (1) we run out of eggs, (2) things get hectic with work schedules, or (3) we are hung over. We had these breakfast sandwiches because of reasons 1 and 3.