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Food – the ultimate simple pleasure

Posted on August 10, 2018

At the height of the summer in Iowa, one of our greatest simple pleasures is seasonal eating. Lettuces, strawberries, summer squash, cherries, cucumbers, sweet corn, good tomatoes—it boggles the mind and fills our plates. Living…

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Dinner Tidbits

Posted on January 11, 2016

Hi! I’m Lucy, the Historic Dinner Program Coordinator at Living History Farms. I wanted to share a few behind the scenes tidbits about our winter historic dinners. One of the unintentionally best-kept secrets here at Living History Farms is our…

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19th Century Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays. Generally filled with food and family, and often football, it is a time to reflect on the blessings of the year and share our table with each other. Iowans in the…

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Cast Iron Cooking Showdown

Posted on September 30, 2015

Fall is sports season in Iowa. Football, volleyball, and cross country running are all big high school and college sports. The fall puts us all in the spirit for a little friendly competition. On September…

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Cherry time!

Posted on June 8, 2015

Over one million people visit Washington, D.C. every spring to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival celebrates friendship between the USA and Japan, and an initial gift of 3,000 cherry trees that were…

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Savoring A Classic Summer Flavor

Posted on September 2, 2014

It’s been a busy summer here on the farm. Mild weather has meant many visitors from nearby and faraway places. It’s meant taking a break from posting things on the blog, but as days get…

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Beyond Sauerkraut: A Brief History of Fermented Foods

Posted on March 3, 2014

In January of this year, I had the opportunity to attend the Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference in Ames, Iowa. While the focus of most of the workshops was decidedly modern, one of the…

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Colorful Beets

Posted on February 28, 2014

When planning a menu for dinner, there are several choices to be made. Generally speaking, a menu consists of a protein, a starch of some sort, and at least one vegetable. Menu planning in 1900…

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Summer Salad

Posted on July 18, 2013

This week’s recipe sounded very appealing when the wood-burning cookstove was heating up the house this morning! Courtesy of Mrs. Curtis’s Cookbook, this salad would have been a great way to utilize the summer vegetables…

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Spotted: Cherry Pitter

Posted on July 16, 2013

This week’s Spotted item isn’t something obscure; in fact, we’ve been using it quite frequently as of late here at the 1900 Farm! This cherry pitter is one of two varieties in our pantry. Our…

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