Archive | Winter 2013 Issue

The BIG Three-Oh!

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Dear Eater,

Here you have the electronic edition of Edible Iowa River Valley #30, our biggest ever, and the first and still only only magazine dedicated entirely to the food of Iowa. Since 2006 we’ve been bringing you the very best in artisanal food, wine, beer, spirits, farms, restaurants, cooks and gardens from all across the state, and we’re just getting warmed up!

Of course we owe huge debts of gratitude to our eiFriends – the businesses that market their brands here in Edible Iowa. Thanks to them we can bring you this new, reformatted and expanded edition, so please be sure to tell them all how much you appreciate their support for local, sustainable food though Edible Iowa River Valley.

Many thanks too to our writers of course, and we have a bunch of great stuff for you as always. Those knives on the cover are from Gethmann Knife Works and make a great gift for the cook in your life (especially if that’s you!). And our intrepid Beer hunters Jeff Allen and Tim Rask are just back from one of Iowa’s newest breweries, Big Grove Brewing in Solon.

We have two opinion pieces, both about Iowa farms, … Read More

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Sneak Peek: Winter 2013 – The Origins of Eggnog

eggnog Winter is here in earnest, and this always gets me thinking about the ultimate holiday beverage, eggnog. Now I’m not talking about the stuff you get in the carton from the convenience store, I mean honest-to- goodness homemade nog with plenty of fat and plenty of booze.

Now of course this writer does not condone getting all schnockered on eggnog. Moderation is even more the watchword here since the blend of spices, fat, sugar and booze will not only make you unable to drive if you over-indulge but also carry a whiz-banger of a hangover as penance. As with all booze, be responsible.

Of course a nog can be made without the booze, but then not only is it alcohol-free, it is also missing a certain depth of flavor that really makes it warm the heart around the holidays. So I say spike it hard but drink it sparingly.

But what really makes a nog a nog? The rum does. It is a fairly common misconception that eggnog is a tradition imported from Europe. While it’s true that in colonial times their were some popular egg-and-wine drinks that came from the old world, it was the Yankees who developed the … Read More

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