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Deep Fried Butter & Deep Fried Pop Tarts – new fair treats! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Christoffersen   
Monday, 01 August 2011 09:36

Machine Shed Restaurant will be serving these treats at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Fair

The Machine Shed continues to bring the extreme and the delicious to the Mississippi Valley Fair adding “Deep Fried Butter” and “Deep Fried Pop Tart” to the 2011 fair menu. The chefs have worked all winter long and have created a pure butter concoction deep fried with a crisp coating.   This treat is crunchy and oozing with melted butter and only a mere 250 calories for each butter ball.  “We had over 50 taste testers over the past few months try several different variations of the fried butter and overwhelming we got a ‘gotta have more’ opinion” states Jeff Grunder, Manager at the Machine Shed restaurant.  Grunder continues: “The deep fried strawberry pop tart is my favorite, it tastes like a warm strawberry cake, I think it’s the only way to eat a pop tart from now on!”.   Deep Fried Butter sells for $5 and you get 4 “butter balls”, while the Deep Fried Strawberry Pop Tart sells for $2 each.

You will ONLY find Deep Fried Butter and Deep Fried Pop Tarts at the Machine Shed booth at the Mississippi Valley Fair. The Mississippi Valley Fair runs Tuesday Aug. 2nd – Sunday Aug. 7th, 2011.

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Barrel House 211 Opening PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Monday, 01 August 2011 09:31
The brand new Barrel House 211 has opened for business at 211 E 2nd Street, Davenport, just down the street from the Bucktown Center for the Arts.

Country Style Ice Cream now available at Milan Hy-Vee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jake Glimco   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:37

Milan, IL / July 18, 2011 -- A local soft-serve confection that has delighted the taste buds of almost three generations will be given out in abundance at Milan Hy-Vee’s first Family Fun Days, July 22nd and 23rd.  This family event will feature children’s games, a bounce house, educational exhibits from Niabi Zoo and a large assortment of all-you can eat food items including Milan Hy-Vee’s newest offering:  Country Style Ice Cream.   Milan Hy-Vee is the first in the supermarket chain to stock quart containers of Country Style in its freezer section.  Six varieties of this Quad-Cities favorite are also being served in Hy-Vee’s restaurant as well, including their classic vanilla soft-serve and their rich European-inspired dark chocolate flavor, which was added to the Country Style menu two years ago.   “I grew up with Country Style”, said Tony Collins, Assistant Director of the Milan Hy-Vee.  He added, “I feel strongly that this high-quality product will be a welcome addition to our store.”

Admission to Hy-Vee’s Family Fun Days will be $5 for adults and children under six are admitted free with a paid adult admission.  The event will also feature a dunk tank fundraiser, with proceeds to help build a new elephant enclosure at Niabi.  Milan Hy-Vee is located at 201 West 10th AvenueMilan.  The Family Fun Fest activities will be held in the grassy field just north of the store.  

Country Style’s Taste Like Homemade flavor is now even closer to home for residents in South Rock Island and Mercer Counties.   This new distribution outlet is especially significant to Country Style owner, Kent Kindelsperger, who lives just outside of Milan and grew up near Sherrard.  “We’re so glad that Country Style is now a more convenient treat for my friends and neighbors….and me, of course!” Kindelsperger is currently experimenting with Hy-Vee’s bakery on new cake/cookie and ice-cream flavor combinations.   He welcomes your ideas.  Send him your ideas by going or going to Country Style’s Facebook page. 

As rich as it tastes, Country Style is also a healthier alternative than many other frozen dairy treats.  Country Style is gluten-free, reduced fat, kosher and contains no high fructose corn syrup.  In 1994, Country Style became one of the earliest soft-serve manufacturers to pasteurize its product, bringing the mixture to ultra-high temperatures before freezing, to kill any potentially harmful bacteria.  Country Style Ice Cream was founded in 1947 by brothers Wayne and “Whitey” Lindgren.  Kent Kindelsperger has owned and operated Country Style since 1988.  Country Style franchises now sell their unique flavors in both Lehigh Acres, Florida near Ft. Myers and ChesterVirginia, south of Richmond and west of Colonial Williamsburg.

2011 Cook This! Teams Named PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:03

AMES, Iowa – The 2011 Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge teams have been chosen. Twenty-four teams of Iowa youths are gearing up to compete in the kitchen at the Iowa State Fair.

“We’re very excited about the number of teams and interest in the challenge,” said Lisa Schmidt, a Cook This coordinator, with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development. “We had a cap of 10 teams per level, so we’re excited that we had our junior level maxed out. We’re hoping that the numbers will keep progressing for the other levels for future challenges over the next few years.”

Each team consists of three or four youth, and at least one member must be in 4-H. The teams will compete in three age brackets, Schmidt explained. The junior level competition takes place on Aug. 15, the intermediate level takes place on Aug. 16 and the senior level competition will take place on Aug. 17. All events occur in the 4-H Exhibits Building.

Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of kitchen equipment and show off their creativity in food preparation.

The College of Human Sciences will provide $500 Iowa State University scholarships to the members of the winning senior team. Successful Farming Magazine will highlight the winning senior team on its recipe page. The magazine also is providing all winning teams a tour of the Better Homes & Garden test kitchen and photo studios. All first-place winning teams will receive a Cook This chef’s hat. Second-place winners will receive gift baskets from Cookies Food Products, Wall Lake, Iowa. Every participant will receive a Cook This apron.

Sponsors for the challenge include the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Turkey Federation.

2011 Cook This! Teams

Iowa youth who completed any of grades 5 through 12 were eligible to apply for the competition. The following teams will participate in Cook This at the Iowa State Fair.

Junior Teams (5th and 6th graders)

·       Cooking Cousins: Nick Sandeen, Anna Beckman and Hallie Sandeen, Henry County

·       Calhoun County Corn COB: Becca Krueger, Olivia Hanlon and Courtney Melohn, Calhoun County

·       Cherokee Chefs: Clare Conley, Fan Conley and Elizabeth Wulfsen, Cherokee County

·       Cookin’ C.A.T.: Collin Svenby, Audra Weber and Tanner Halleran, Keokuk 

·       IEI Chefs: Everett Wegge, Indigo Fish and Isaac Fish, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties

·       Tiger Pack Cooks: Zachary Roll, Malcom Wright and Blaire Card,Hardin County

·       We 3 Chefs!: Alexandria Schwerin, Gabbi Struchen and Shea Hassebrock, Hamilton County

·       Kitchen Fanatics: Scott Star, Nolan King and Amanda Riley, West Pottawattamie and Madison counties

·       Early Achievers: Megan Drey, Kallie Goettsch and Jack Mentzer, Sac County

·       Greenbrier Groovy Gourmet: Landra Reece, Emily Heupel and Abby Badger, Boone and Greene counties

Intermediate Teams (7th and 8th graders)

·       Kitchen Heat: Hanna McCoy, Bailey Olivia and Claire Birchmier, Warren and Marion counties

·       Triple B Country Cooks: Maree Bean, Attylissa Bailey and Sylvia Bain, Linn, Marion and Monroe counties

·       The 3 Amigo Cooks: Hannah Al-Mazroa, Christan Bertelson and Beth Wells, Madison County

·       Panthers: Melinda Goulette, Faith Seggerman and Hope Bollin, Woodbury and Plymouth counties

·       Cute & Culinary: Cali Westergard, Krayton Schnepf, Leah Bunkers and Rachel Wedemeyer, Plymouth, O’Brien and Calhoun counties

·       Early Achievers: Austin Goettsch, Devin Mentzer and Brooke Hoeppner, Sac County

Senior Teams (9th through 12th graders)

·       Sizzlin’ Sauters: Shelby Storesund, Grant Vrba and Tanner Allensworth, Montgomery County

·       The Kitchen Cabinet: Janna Timmerman, Nicole Malott and Jamie Rohlf, Cedar County

·       Thumbs Up: Olivia Grimes, John Nidy, Geremiah Grimes and Brianna Lipa, Wayne and Howard counties

·       Bake to Beat: Shelby Vansteenwyk, Rachel Morgan and Jocelyn Beaver, Marion County

·       Cookin’ Thyme: Rachel Hauglan, Olivia Cechota and Kenton Reece, Johnson, Linn and Boone counties

·       Blonde Brigade: Megan Haupert, Paris Schnepf and Leab Schroeder, O’Brien counties

·       Team Cuisine: Marcus Foltz, Dalton Rhum and Keegan Bintz, Decatur and Fremont counties

·       Chopping Trio: Carrie Adrian, Jenny Adrian and Luke Oberbroecking, Marion County

Sponsor a Cook This! Team

It costs $200 to support a Cook This team, Schmidt said. Sponsorship helps coordinators provide upkeep for the kitchen equipment and utensils, admission tickets for participants, t-shirts/aprons for participants and volunteers, printing of marketing and promotional materials and other items as needed.

For more information, contact Lisa Schmidt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or AnnaBear Vance at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Youth Gain a Dash of Culinary Knowledge at the 2011 4-H Youth Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Monday, 18 July 2011 12:58

AMES, Iowa – Students who attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 28-30 learned the basics of food preparation at the Cook This! workshop with hands-on activities and a dash of fun.

“This was a great experience for the youth to learn basic culinary knowledge,” said workshop co-director Lisa Schmidt, a junior in culinary science at Iowa State University. “It was great to see them interact with food, which will hopefully push them to do more cooking and baking on their own.”

The workshop lasted an hour and a half each day, and students learned the basics of knife safety, how to properly cut fruits and vegetables, how to make bread and how to properly cook meat. The north Ames Fareway donated groceries to the workshop. Three commodity groups shared information with the students on beef, pork and eggs.

Schmidt and workshop co-director AnnaBear Vance held a bread design competition and a food jeopardy game during the workshop. The winners won candy and Iowa 4-H cookbooks. The events offered youths a preview of the Cook This! competition to be held at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

“I enjoyed watching the kids learn and grow more comfortable with both the kitchen equipment and each other over the course of the workshop,” said Vance, a junior in culinary science.

The youth conference included a wide array of workshops for the students, which are geared toward educating them about career choices, exposing them to the opportunities Iowa State University has to offer and expanding their interests.

“This is a chance for people to explore some things they have never done before and to discover new opportunities,” said Brenda Allen, a 4-H youth development specialist with Iowa State University Extension.

The 2011 Cook This! 4-H Culinary Competition will take place Aug. 15–17 at the Iowa State Fair. For more information, contact Lisa Schmidt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or AnnaBear Vance at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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