Food & Drink

Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week starts Wednesday

Looking for a delicious lunch or dinner option? Restaurant Week, which begins Wednesday and continues through March 5, is a great chance to try out a ...

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Everybody Eats: Chocolate recipes for chocolate lovers

When I was little, I didn't like chocolate. My mother would purchase Thin Mints from the neighborhood Girl Scouts and I wouldn't touch them. I still ...

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Cook Club: Chicken and dumplings are perfect comfort food

This is the time of year when there is one dish I always crave: my grandmother June Kramer's chicken and dumpling soup recipe. Rich and comforting, i ...

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Serving self-confidence: Cafe 361 gives back to Cedar Rapids community

On a day off from school, you might not expect middle school and high school girls to spend their time giving back to the community. But at Cafe 361 i ...

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Everybody Eats: Ideas for the most important meal of the day

Confession: I often leave the house without eating breakfast.I know this is wrong. I know breakfast is important. And it's not that I don't love break ...

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Cook Club: Chocolate banana muffins start your morning off right

Chocolate cake for breakfast, anyone? That decadent morning meal is apparently a bonafide 2017 food trend prediction. As I read over lists of what fo ...

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From The Pantry: A brioche recipe to remember as columnist says her good-bye

Almost eight years ago I was on my honeymoon on the Orcas Island outside of Seattle. My husband and I grabbed a day old candied orange brioche loaf fr ...

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Anticipated eats: Eastern Iowa restaurants, taprooms and coffee shops coming in early 2017

The brew tanks are installed and the kitchen equipment has arrived at Backpocket Pilot Pub, and manager Sarah Barickman is looking forward to opening ...

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Everybody Eats: Sunday night cookies return, thanks to new oven

Several people have asked me whether I (finally) have a new stove, and the answer is yes! Yes, I do! #x201c;And did you get it for a better price?#x2 ...

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Cook Club: The bee’s knees

Holiday season is in full swing, and that means plenty of family gatherings, office parties and get-togethers with friends. Whether you're looking for ...

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From the Pantry: Brown bananas are perfect for banana bread

I am a bit of a banana fiend. Instead of an apple a day, I eat a banana a day. When I was pregnant with my second child, I averaged two bananas a day ...

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Big Grove Brewery chef in national spotlight

SOLON - Big Grove Brewery's executive chef, Ben Smart, hadn't planned to be a chef. But now he's bringing national attention to Iowa with recognition ...

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Cook Club: Save sage for a winter taste of summer

As the weather cools and the year moves into November, most fresh produce has faded. Summer's juicy tomatoes and crisp cucumbers are, sadly, a mere me ...

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Everybody Eats: Some ingredients you need to have on hand

Are there things you always seem to have in your kitchen that you don't remember buying? It could be foil or cupcake liners, or spices like chili powd ...

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Cedar Rapids breweries win big at Great American Beer Festival

Two Cedar Rapids breweries took top honors at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, this month.Judges awarded medals to Lion Bridge Br ...

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