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Deschutes Brewery Launch Events Iowa, July 19-26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:11

Bend, Oregon brewery plans series of tastings and events to help introduce its brews to craft beer fans in The Hawkeye State


02 July 2013 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery is gathering a top-notch crew, hitching up its giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, and launching its beer in style for Iowans later this month. The public is invited to come to any of the following events to sample a few delicious Deschutes Brewery beers and chat with representatives.

Don’t miss Woody either!  The giant, good-times-on-wheels mobile bar rolls his way around Iowa during our launch week, complete with multiple delicious Deschutes Brewery beers, a stereo, and a disco ball. He is a natural gathering spot at any event for all thirsty individuals (and any misplaced members of your party). Follow Woody’s shenanigans on Twitter at @DBWoody or you can “friend” him at

The brewery is hosting 33 “Meet, Greet, Sample” events all over Iowa from Saturday, July 20 - Friday, July 26, as part of its launch efforts.  It’s the perfect opportunity to try some combination of official Deschutes Brewery Iowa Launch beers, including award winners and style leaders Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Twilight Summer Ale, and Chainbreaker White IPA.  Making small talk with Woody and other personalities from Deschutes Brewery is a terrific bonus.  This schedule follows below the signature events described below.  Please visit Deschutes Brewery’s events page for more information.


Friday July 19, 5-7 PM

What: Official Iowa Launch Party
Oh, the beers you will try! Woody will be present, sampling beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Twilight Summer Ale, and Chainbreaker White IPA. At 5 PM sharp, they will tap the first kegs of Deschutes Brewery beers ever in Iowa , so don’t miss the dramatic unveiling!

Where: El Bait Shop, 200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA, 50309

Friday July 19, 8 PM Start Time

What: Downtown Des Moines Pub Crawl
After visiting with Woody at El Bait Shop, it’s time to explore great craft beer all over downtown. Get your gang together and celebrate Deschutes Brewery beers on tap at some other local favorite watering holes.


  • El Bait Shop, 200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • The Royal Mile, 210 4th St, Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • Shorty’s, 208 Court Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • The Levee, 100 Court Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50309


Saturday, July 20, 3-7 PM

What: Cityview Brewfest
The Cityview Brewfest boasts some 500 craft beers and unlimited sampling.  Who’s thirsty?  It is the perfect Saturday afternoon spot to celebrate Deschutes Brewery’s arrival in Iowa.  Cost is $23 in advance and $30 at the door.  Go to for more information.

Where: Principal Park, 3530 Westown Pky, Des Moines, IA, 50266


Saturday, July 20, 8 PM

What: Official Deschutes Brewery After Party
Why stop the fun when the Cityview Brewfest comes to a close? Keep the party going with Deschutes Brewery beers and live music from Pianopalooza.

Where: The Keg Stand, 3530 Westown Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266


Monday, July 22, 5 - 6:30 PM

What: Meet The Brewer
Are you a homebrewer or craft beer enthusiast? Now’s your chance to come chat with a brewer from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery as their gang is in town celebrating their arrival in Iowa. Pick brewer Callan Vaccaro’s brain, try some beer samples, and expand your knowledge of the brewing process.

Where: Court Avenue Brewing Company, 309 Court Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50309


Monday, July 22, 8 PM

What: Brewery Olympics
Who doesn’t like a little friendly competition? We’re pulling out some classic bar games like bag toss (cornhole), washers, bowling, skee ball and darts to test some talent and celebrate Deschutes Brewery’s arrival in Iowa. Try to beat the brewer! Beer samples from Woody, Deschutes Brewery’s giant, good-times-on-wheels mobile bar, tops off the fun.

Where: Trophy’s, 2701 Douglas Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310


Tuesday, July 23, 6 PM

What: Bicycle Pub Crawl
Riding bicycles from pub to pub is one of our favorite things. Deschutes Brewery is in town to introduce and celebrate our arrival in the great state of Iowa.  And celebrate RAGBRAI.  We start at Ichi Bike, then move onto local favorites Capital Pub and Hot Dog, Beechwood Lounge, and Buzzard Billy’s.


  • Ichi Bike, 311 E Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • Capital Pub and Hot Dog, 400 SE 6th St., Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • Beechwood Lounge, 416 E Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • Buzzard Billy's, 615 3rd St., Des Moines, IA, 50309


Wednesday, July 24, 8-10 AM

What: RAGBRAI Farewell
You think it’s too early for beer? We think not.  It’s beer for breakfast with Woody, Deschutes Brewery’s giant, good-times-on-wheels mobile bar.  Woody will pour samples for RAGBRAI riders – and other thirsty visitors - on their way out of town to ensure the perfect start to the day’s ride.

Where: Steer and Stein (at the State Fairgrounds), 106 3rd St SE, Altoona, IA, 50009


Wednesday, July 24, 8:30 PM

What: Beer-lesque: Tastings and Tassels!
What’s better than an evening full of craft beer from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery? An evening full of craft beer…coupled with the one and only Naughty Pierre and his troupe of lovely ladies.  They will feature a Deschutes Brewery beer in each of their burlesque and variety stage acts. This is sure to be a night of excitement, laughter, and unforgettable fun.  Try beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, Twilight Summer Ale and Fresh Squeeezed IPA.

Where: The Gramercy Tap, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, 50309

Cost: $10.  Tickets can be purchased at The Gramercy Tap in advance, or at the door, or by calling 515.288.9606.   This event will sell out!


Thursday, July 25, 7 PM

What: Hats Off To Homebrewers
Attention homebrewers and beer geeks!  Come share your love for craft at Red’s Alehouse with the gang from Deschutes Brewery and the brand new Big Grove Brewery and Public House.  Chat with Big Grove Head Brewer, Bill Heinrich, and Deschutes Brewery Brewer, Callan Vaccaro.  Sip on delicious beers new to the state of Iowa, as everyone marvels at the birth of one brewery and the arrival of another…25 years in the making.  Gather complimentary brewing supplies, including clone recipe booklets and bags of whole flower hops, to use in your next homebrew (supplies are limited).  And don’t forget to check out Woody, the giant good-times-on-wheels mobile bar.  But that’s not all….

Enjoy beer samples expertly paired with Red’s Alehouse Executive Chef Shane Miller’s original food creations.  Mix in a “Stump the Brewmaster” Q & A session.  It all adds up to a can’t-miss-night!

Where: Red’s Alehouse, 405 N. Dubuque St., North Liberty, IA, 52317

Cost: $20  Tickets can be purchased at Red’s Alehouse in advance, or at the door, or by calling 319.626.2100.  This event will sell out!


Friday, July 26 , 6-9 PM

What: Deschutes Brewery Flight Night
Friday is flight night! Take off with original small plate creations by Executive Chef Will Evans, each paired perfectly with Deschutes Brewery beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA, Twilight Summer Ale and Black Butte Porter. If that doesn’t make you fly on down here, then you will when you hear what foods inspired the small plates: bacon, cheese, chocolate and panna cotta. Everyone’s favorite!

Where: Blackstone, 503 Westbury Drive #1, Iowa City, IA, 52245

Cost: $18 Flights include 4 beer samples and 4 food small plates


Meet, Greet, Sample Schedule (W = Woody Present)

Des Moines - unless otherwise noted

Saturday, July 20, 2013

  • HyVee-Madison Avenue (Council Bluff)  3-6 PM (W)
  • Tish's (Council Bluffs) 8-10 PM (W)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

  • HyVee-Urbandale  2-4 PM (W)

Monday, July 22, 2013

  • Zombie Burger              11:30-1 PM (W)
  • Legends American Grill  5-6:30 PM (W)
  • Johnny's Hall Of Fame              5-6:30 PM (W)
  • Mickey's Irish Pub  5-6:30 PM (W)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

  • Wellman's Pub-West Glen  11-12:30 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Grand  1-3 PM (W)
  • Gateway Market   4-6 PM (W)
  • Whole Foods   4-6 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Fleur    4-6 PM (W)
  • Saints Pub and Patio   4-6 PM
  • Dublin Bay (Ames)  4-6 PM
  • The Point  4-6 PM

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

  • Jethro's-Waukee  11:30-1 PM (W)
  • Dahl's-Ingersoll  5-6:30 PM
  • HyVee-Ankeny              5-6:30 PM
  • Mavericks  5-6:30 PM
  • Old Chicago-Ankeny  5-6:30 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Mills Civic Pky  5-6:30 PM

Cedar Rapids, North Liberty, and Iowa City

Thursday, July 25, 2013

  • Mondo's Drafthouse  11:30-1 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Coralville  1:30-3:30 PM (W)
  • New Pioneer Food Co-Op  1:30-3:30 (W)
  • HyVee-Waterfront  4-6 PM (W)
  • John’s Grocery 4-6 PM (W)
  • Zeppelin's Bar And Grill  4-6 PM
  • Clinton St. Social Club              4-6 PM
  • Mickey's Irish Pub-Iowa City  4-6 PM

Friday, July 26, 2013

  • Parlor City  11-12:30 PM  (W)
  • HyVee-Marion   1-3:30 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Oakland Rd.  1-3:30 PM (W)
  • Benz Beverage Depot  4-5:30 PM (W)
  • Sanctuary Pub 4-5:30 PM


“Cookbooks for Guys” Author Releases “The Tube Steak Boogie Cookbook – A Celebration of Hot Dogs, Brats, Sausage & Kielbasa” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Murphy   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:33
“It all started at Willie’s Wee Nee Wagon in Markham, Illinois, a Chicago suburb,” says author and Chicago-area native Tim Murphy. “To this day the best hot dog I’ve ever eaten.”

Murphy wanted to pay tribute to the hot dog stand of his youth, and adulthood, that he frequented for over 30 years. So he wrote this book featuring 50 recipes.

“It was my first stop when I came home from college or returned for the holidays to see family. In 2009, Willie’s acquired a new owner, a new name and a different brand of hot dogs. I went there once and it just wasn’t the same.  But I have some great memories. Willie’s had been around since 1955, first a metal food trailer, then they constructed a building in the late 1970’s.  

I am a bit of a fanatic about the place. I still have two of the paper bags from old orders. They must be ten to fifteen years old. One is framed and hangs in my kitchen, proudly emblazoned with Willie’s motto ‘We Relish Your Bun’.  The other travels with me everywhere and hangs on my office bulletin board. A great souvenir of home.”

“When you grow up in the Midwest, it’s a given you’ll be eating hot dogs and brats, but here is so much more to that meal than just meat in a bun. I wanted to gather some of those great recipes and share them with other tube steak aficionados.”

THE TUBE STEAK BOOGIE COOKBOOK features about 50 recipes, including The Diablo Dog, The Elvis Dog, Kielbasa Lasagna Wraps,  Smokin’ Sausage Soup and for the holidays, Sloppy John’s Thanksgiving Hot Dogs. There is also a lengthy dedication to Willie’s Wee Nee Wagon and a huge list of traditional and unusual condiments to build your own gastronomic creation.

This is Tim Murphy’s Fifth “Cookbook for Guys.” The first four were under the “Flannel John” banner.

“Flannel John is a character based on a few old hunters I knew. I wanted to honor their spirit and what they taught me. He is also part Babe Winkelman, Ted Nugent, Red Green. Grizzly Adams and crusty mountain man. I have written four Flannel John books with another six planned.  The next one, “Flannel John’s Tailgating & Couch Potato Cookbook” will be out the first week in August. This latest book was much more personal so I wanted to keep it strictly under my name.”

The first book, Flannel John’s Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook, grew out of friends complaining about the food at fishing and deer camps. Their buddies would show up with cheese, bologna, beef jerky and beer. If the fishing wasn’t good or the deer tag wasn’t filled, meals were slim pickings. Murphy wanted to collect simple, good-tasting recipes that weren’t too complicated, that could be knocked out fairly fast.  That idea launched the first book in October 2013 and cracked’s “Top 1%” Sales category.

Three more Flannel John titles have followed including Flannel John’s Woods and Water Cookbook - Critters, Fritters, Chili and Beer in February 2013, Flannel John’s Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers in April 2013 and for the backwoods, rustic soul there was Flannel John’s Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods in May 2013.

Why cookbooks for guys? “I didn’t see anything written for men, especially beginner and novice cooks,” said Murphy. “The first book covered comfort food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts and drinks. It was aimed at hunters and anglers but it’s great for campers and RVers.”

Future releases include “Flannel John’s Tailgating Grub & Couch Potato Cookbook” in August “Flannel John’s Cabin Christmas Cookbook” in September plus cookbooks for single guys, truckers and wild game lovers in 2014.

“If this book is successful, I plan to open my own hot dog stand here on the Oregon coast. Maybe a Willie’s Wee Nee Wagon West,” said Murphy.

Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University. This 23-year radio veteran spent 17-years hosting morning radio shows in several Michigan cities including Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, Saginaw and Houghton plus Fargo, North Dakota, Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Ketchikan, Alaska. Murphy has had a long career as a freelance and comedy writer. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Porcupine Press U.P. Magazine, National Lampoon, The Traverse City Record Eagle and ABC Radio Network.

He lives in Seaside, Oregon with his wife LisaMarie Costanzo.

All five of his books are $7.95 and can be found at and at

For additional information on the books, to interview the author or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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A Taste of LeClaire Restaurants – all with a River View. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhn   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 13:14
You can’t find many businesses in LeClaire that don’t have a picturesque river view and the restaurants are no exception. Combine an amazing view with a delectable meal and you have a winning combination. Following is just a sampling of the full-service restaurants in LeClaire.

When you enter LeClaire from I-80 and turn up river, you will see Steventon’s on the bluff to your left. The restaurant has a full wall of windows that provides a great view for inside diners and a beautiful deck and fire pit for your fun, outdoor dining experience.  Enjoy an extensive menu of exquisitely prepared American Classics, served in a modern yet elegant atmosphere. On Sunday, delight in a brunch that has been voted “Best Sunday Brunch” in the Quad City area.

To your right, next to the river, is the Bier Stube. They offer authentic German fare, sandwiches, soups, full bar and a large selection of German beers on tap, all with a beautiful river view with outdoor seating.

As you enter the downtown area you will find the Crane & Pelican at Dodge & 2nd Street – just one block up off of Cody Road and they also have a river view. They serve wonderful comfort food with locally sourced produce and meat. Crane & Pelican has won awards for Best New Restaurant, Best Kept Secret, and Best Vegetarian Dining in the Quad City area.

Next up on your right is the Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits offering a river view with exquisite menu items created by award winning Chef Robert Day. They offer an outdoor dining experience, too, and have won awards for Best Fine Dining in the Quad City area.

Also on your right is Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor. Voted Best Pizza in the Quad City area, you can also enjoy pasta, sandwiches, salads, ice cream and a weekday lunch buffet. Grab a window seat or sit outside on their new deck.

In the mood for Mexican food, then try the Blue Iguana. It is a fun Mexican cantina with blue margaritas, full bar, great food, and outdoor seating on the street side and riverside of the restaurant.

Beside Blue Iguana you will find Sneaky Pete’s Woodfire Grill, but don’t wear your favorite tie. It will soon become a trophy to be hung from the ceiling of the restaurant.  Fun aside, you will dine on some of the best steaks west of the Mississippi River. Other entrees include hamburgers, catfish, salmon, shrimp, and ham and all are cooked on a wood fire grill. Included with your meal is a full salad bar served up in an old claw-foot bathtub.

Other eateries include everything from snacks like popcorn, fudge, candy, ice cream and shaved ice to casual dining, fast food, and pub food. It really is “All there… In LeClaire!”

A complete list of LeClaire eateries can be found at

LeClaire, Iowa is located at a point where the Mississippi River makes a sharp bend to the southwest. LeClaire's historic bond with the river and the bold men who tamed the Upper Rapids is still visible in the homes and buildings they left behind. On May 7, 1979, their homes were recognized as part of the nine-block Cody Road Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. LeClaire’s other attractions include the Buffalo Bill Museum/Lone Star Sternwheeler, Mississippi River Distilling Co., and Antique Archaeology, home of the American Pickers.

For more information on LeClaire visit

Iowa State Fair Names New Foods Finalists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:37

DES MOINES, IA (06/27/2013)(readMedia)-- "Happiness Is" new food at the Iowa State Fair! Eight concessionaires submitted tasty treats in the new foods contest to vie for a finalist title. Fairgoers can try these offerings along with countless other Fair foods August 8-18.

Bringing the beach to Iowa, the Shrimp Corndog, available at the Po-Boy Stand, is a savory snack featuring three fresh shrimp dipped in corndog batter, fried to golden perfection and topped with a sweet jalapeno glaze.

The Smoothie On-a-stick at Turkey Time Concessions will offer Fairgoers a sweet and healthy way to cool down. The strawberry smoothie is frozen, put on a stick and ready to be eaten on any hot August Fair day.

The Bacon Wrapped Riblet On-a-stick, available at the Bud Tent, is a pork riblet wrapped in bacon, hickory smoked and then basted with barbeque sauce.

Additional sweet entries included a Fried Brownie On-a-stick, a Soft Salted Chocolate-Dipped Almond Pretzel On-a-stick and a Coconut Mountain, a soft and chewy coconut ball rolled in coconut flakes and dipped in fresh chocolate. These treats join more than 50 foods on-a-stick offered at the Fair.

The mouth watering treats don't stop there. Both the Sweet Corn Corndog, a hot dog dipped in batter enriched with fried sweet corn, and the Rib Shack Cowboy, cowboy beans, brisket or pork, cole slaw, a signature chip and barbeque sauce in a spice-flavored waffle cone, will entice Fairgoers looking for a unique treat.

Concessionaires were asked to submit a creative food item that aligned with the integrity of their current menu. The Iowa State Fair Board judged the food entries based on taste/flavor, presentation/appearance, value and creativity/originality. The contest winner will be announced during the Fair.

More new 2013 Fair foods will be announced in early July.

"Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair set August 8-18, 2013. Save money on advance admission tickets now through August 7 (while supplies last). For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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5 Recipes that Prove Healthy is the New Delicious PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 17 June 2013 14:09

With adventurous food tastes and concerns ranging from personal health to ethical agriculture and livestock practices, more people are exploring alternative diets.

But that’s not always easy – or palatable.

“You have paleo and primal diets, pescatarian and raw foods, vegetarian and vegan, and they all have wonderful merits, especially when compared with the processed foods many Americans continue to eat,” says Holistic Chef and Certified Healing Foods Specialist Shelley Alexander, author of “Deliciously Holistic,” (

“My focus is on easy-to-follow healing foods recipes that make delicious, completely nourishing meals. Some will appeal to those who adhere to a strict diet, such as vegan, and all will make people feel noticeably healthier without sacrificing any of the enjoyment we get from sitting down to eat.”

Alexander offers five recipes that can be used for any meal of the day or night, including:

• Mango chia ginger granola (raw, vegan): 2 ripe mangos, peeled, cored and sliced in one-inch cubes; 2 cups Living Intentions chia ginger cereal; 2 cups nut or seed milk. Put ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! The cereal is gluten-free, nut-free, and raw- and vegan-diet friendly, and extremely nutritious. Preparation takes five minutes or less and is hearty enough to satisfy appetites the entire morning. The ingredients can be substituted for dietary needs or preferences.

• Portobello mushroom and grilled onion burgers (vegan): Marinade for the mushroom is essential – 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar; 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil; 1 tablespoon wheat-free Tamari or organic Nama Shoyu soy sauce; 1/8 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika; 1 peeled garlic clove (grated or minced); 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper; 2 teaspoons organic maple syrup – grade B. The burgers include 4 large Portobello mushrooms – cleaned and patted dry; 1 large white onion (peeled and cut into thick slices); olive or avocado oil to cook mushrooms and onions; 2 sprouted whole grain hamburger buns –toasted; Dijon mustard; ¼ cup baby romaine lettuce – washed and patted dry. Marinate mushrooms and onions for 30 minutes. Drizzle with oil and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, turning mushrooms halfway through. Serve immediately.

• Wild blueberry smoothie (raw, vegan): 3 cups vanilla Brazil nut milk (there is an additional recipe for this); 2 cups fresh or frozen wild or organic blueberries; 1 peeled banana – organic or fair trade; 2 to 3 cups organic baby spinach; 1 small avocado – peeled and pitted; ¼ teaspoon cinnamon; (optional) a preferred protein powder or superfood. Blend until creamy. Blueberries are an amazing fruit packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients.

• Raw corn chowder (raw, vegan): 4 cups organic corn kernels (best during summer months); 2¼ cups unsweetened almond milk; 1 clove peeled garlic (remove inner stem); 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice; ½ teaspoon smoked sweet paprika; 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract; ½ avocado (peeled and seed removed); unrefined sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste. Blend ingredients and strain; top with corn kernels and diced organic red bell pepper. Among other nutrients, corn provides lutein – an important carotenoid that protects eyes from macular degeneration.

• Dijon honey chicken wings: 1/3 cup Dijon mustard; ½ medium peeled lemon – remove all the white pith; ¼ cup raw honey; 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt; 2 large, peeled garlic cloves – grated; 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper; 12 whole chicken wings – rinsed and patted dry; ½ teaspoon paprika. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Blend ingredients in a blender, except for wings and paprika, until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove tips of cleaned wings and store in freezer for future stock. Place wings on lightly greased baking dish, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, place in oven. After 30 minutes baste wings with juices from pan, then brush mustard sauce all over wings, sprinkle with paprika and continue baking for an additional 25 to 30 minutes. Wings should have internal temperature of 165 degrees when done. These are a healthy and tasty alternative to deep-fat-fried wings.

About Shelley Alexander, CHFS

Shelley Alexander has enjoyed a lifelong love of delicious, locally grown, seasonal foods. She received her formal chef’s training at The Los Angeles Culinary Institute. Alexander is a certified healing foods specialist, holistic chef, blogger and owner of the holistic health company, A Harmony Healing, in Los Angeles.

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