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Monday, September 20, 2021 - 12:22
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of alliteration is “the repetition of…
Monday, September 13, 2021 - 08:47
I don’t know about you, but as a kid I hated brussel sprouts. They were always boiled and often…
Monday, September 6, 2021 - 14:23
Did you know that the blossoms of any kind of squash are edible? Even pumpkins and gourds? You can…
Monday, August 30, 2021 - 09:36
After the busy food week of the fair, this has been a simpler week. The State Fair is over, school…
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 05:55
The 2021 Iowa State Fair ended on Sunday. As of Saturday, the attendance for 10 days was 994,489,…
Monday, August 16, 2021 - 13:44
Thursday was the start of the Great Iowa State Fair! After moving to Des Moines, Iowa in 1991, our…
Monday, August 9, 2021 - 10:41
To me there is nothing that tastes more like summer than a BLT. It is a very basic sandwich, yet…
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 14:37
This week’s adventures in the kitchen were inspired by our garden and my Southern roots. We have a…
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 15:29
Being the height of sweet corn season in Iowa, we are celebrating corn in one of this week’s pizzas…
Monday, July 19, 2021 - 15:40
My family loves jalapeños…stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon, stuffed with cheese and wrapped…
Monday, July 12, 2021 - 03:43
After making dozens of pizzas over the past several months, I have discovered there are a few…
Monday, July 5, 2021 - 14:39
The 4th of July is a federal holiday in the U.S. celebrating the unanimous adoption of The…
Monday, June 28, 2021 - 15:31
If you have been following my pandemic pizza journey then you know I have created some unusual…
Monday, June 21, 2021 - 10:28
Happy Father’s Day to my hubby! Most countries around the world have a day to honor fathers, but…
Monday, June 14, 2021 - 16:00
Several people have suggested that I should open a pizza restaurant. This past week I have made…
Monday, June 7, 2021 - 03:03
In case you haven’t noticed, I love history. And, I like to find out about the culinary history and…
Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 04:34
This post is the first in a series that will, hopefully, help people in two very important ways:…
Monday, May 31, 2021 - 16:04
It is Memorial Day weekend in the US. The modern day observance is to honor and mourn those who…
Monday, May 24, 2021 - 11:09
After a few days in the hospital, I was looking forward to being back in the kitchen. But another…
Monday, May 17, 2021 - 16:53
It’s baseball season! Although baseball is considered America’s past time, I am not a diehard fan.…
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 12:51
Celebrating mothers is an ancient time honored tradition across all cultures. The Bible says, “Her…
Monday, May 3, 2021 - 16:30
Contrary to many beliefs, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. In Mexico, it is a low-…
Monday, April 26, 2021 - 14:53
Growing up my experience with fish was either from a can or what my Dad would catch in a river,…
Monday, April 19, 2021 - 15:33
Is there anyone who has never had cold pizza for breakfast? When I was in college, if there was any…
Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 07:33
It's no secret that here at The Big and the Small, we love movies. In particular, we love the…
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 14:14
Although my Southern roots run deep, I was born and raised in the Midwest. One of the things I love…
Monday, April 5, 2021 - 14:06
Happy Easter! If you are like me, you love to celebrate Easter by sharing a special meal with…
Monday, March 29, 2021 - 14:28
If you read last week’s blog post then you learned about how the classic duo of tomato soup and…
Monday, March 22, 2021 - 14:09
Pretzels and pizza are a combo I never thought about until recently. I am not a huge fan of…
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 12:22
What is Bizza? A. a German name B. short for breakfast pizza C. to throw a tantrum D. a restaurant…
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 14:10
Two food related headlines garnering national attention this week in the U.S. caught my attention.…
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 09:34
Let’s talk about delivery, carry-out and (gasp) frozen pizza. Although I love homemade pizza, prior…
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 07:10
I have been on this pandemic pizza journey now for six months. A few weeks ago I shared some of the…
Monday, February 15, 2021 - 04:03
I know I am supposed to be writing a blog post about my pandemic pizza journey. And I promise I…
Monday, February 8, 2021 - 10:00
In case you haven’t heard yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday in the U.S. For those who are not…
Monday, February 1, 2021 - 13:03
This week’s Sunday creation is Detroit Style Pizza! Never heard of it? You will soon as Pizza Hut…
Monday, January 25, 2021 - 14:00
What is Pizza? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines pizza as “a dish made typically of flattened…
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 10:00
Now that you have heard all about how my mother fell in love with pizza...it is time to start…
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 10:00
This is another guest post from my mother, Peggy Palmer-Johnson. See part 1 here!  You might laugh…
Monday, January 4, 2021 - 10:00
Note: This is a guest post from my mother, Peggy Palmer-Johnson.  Thank you to my daughter Bethany…