FEB. 24, 2016
Smooth, sticky and the perfect pour over a stack of flapjacks, maple syrup is one of nature's sweetest gifts. Sap is harvested from maple trees by tapping into the trunks. The collected liquid is heated, water evaporates, and a thick syrup is left behind.
Sap collection takes place in early spring, and numerous festivals have popped up to celebrate the harvest. We've compiled a guide to maple syrup events across Iowa. Sweet!
Botna Bend Park
Experience the fun of syrupi
NOV. 25, 2015
Here at INHF, we're getting into the Thanksgiving spirit! Learn how to make these acorn-shaped cookies for any holiday gathering!
1 package oreos, crushed
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
Pecans, finely crushed
Pretzel sticks, broken into thirds
1. Mix oreos and cream cheese together. Blend well.
2. Take 1 Tbsp. of the mixture and form into an oval, then pinch the end to create a tapered, acorn shape.
JUL. 21, 2015
(Photo by Evan Feekes)
Are you ready to pie-cycle your way across Iowa? For a tasty treat during RAGBRAI, consider making this fun pie! While pie is always in season, summer brings a multitude of fruit for fillings. One of the new staff favorites here at INHF is this raspberry pie with chocolate crust.
Chocolate Raspberry Pie
1 c (2 sticks) + 2 T butter
3 T cocoa powder (we used King Arthur Flour's Black Cocoa)
3 T sugar
2 ½ c flour
JUL. 1, 2015
(Photo by Evan Feekes)
Happy National Ice Cream Month ! We know you're in need of a cold, sweet treat as you enjoy the summer sunshine. Consider making your own ice cream with berries and flowers found in Iowa—like mulberries, honeysuckle or multiflora rose.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day—July 19 this year. Ice cream has a long and storied history dating back to the second century B.
JUN. 6, 2015
Photo by Cary Bass-Deschenes on Flickr via Creative Commons . No changes were made.
Happy National Trails Day ! We know you're gearing up to get outside and explore Iowa's trails with the Iowa By Trail app, so consider bringing along a satisfyingly sweet and salty snack — trail mix.
Trail mix, or gorp (said to be an acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts” or “granola, oatmeal, raisins and peanuts”), has ancient roots. Nomadic tribes used to mix together dried fruit, nuts and mea