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What’s Cooking – Corn and Beans

Posted on July 22, 2019

Corn and soybeans are staples of Iowa Agriculture in 2019. The USDA estimated Iowa farmers produced 2.52 billion bushels of corn in 2017 and 564,000 bushels of soybeans in 2018! But the term “corn and…

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What’s Cooking – Cultural Food Traditions

Posted on July 15, 2019

The food people choose to eat is influenced by many things–what is affordable, what is available, what we find tasty, and what our family and community traditions have taught us is appropriate or needed. The…

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What’s Cooking – Celebration Foods

Posted on July 8, 2019

Midwesterners love a good party. It can be a dinner party, a picnic, a birthday party, a potluck. This week Living History Farms interpreters take a look at special occasion foods and celebration ingredients through…

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What’s Cooking – Food Challenge Saturday

Posted on July 3, 2019

The technology of preparing food has drastically changed over the last 300 years in Iowa. Our historical interpreters usually don’t begin working at Living History Farms knowing how to cook over an open fire, on…

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