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Monday, December 13, 2021 - 13:45
If you haven’t guessed by now, I would say making pizza has become an official hobby. Not just…
Monday, December 6, 2021 - 12:22
This has been a busy week as we decorated the house for Christmas. Although it is one of my…
Monday, November 29, 2021 - 14:22
Happy Thanksgiving! This has been a very busy week in the kitchen. We initially planned to have a…
Monday, November 22, 2021 - 14:40
I can’t believe that November is more than half over. As we are approaching Thanksgiving (in the US…
Monday, November 15, 2021 - 13:39
After such a long, warm fall, we were punched in the face with the cold, blustery side of fall on…
Monday, November 8, 2021 - 15:16
We have had an unbelievably warm fall. That came to an end with the arrival of November. Monday,…
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 17:07
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza…and Halloween! At our private Fried Pizza class last week, we came home with 6…
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 14:18
This is Italian week! When I was growing up the extent of my Italian culinary experience was Chef…
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 15:27
For as long as I can remember, I loved being in the kitchen. As a child I remember sitting at the…
Monday, October 11, 2021 - 14:44
As the days are getting shorter, I keep thinking of all the things needing to be done before winter…
Monday, October 4, 2021 - 10:39
For a variety of reasons, October has always been my favorite month. Maybe because it is my…
Monday, September 27, 2021 - 11:02
I was born and raised in the Midwest by Southern born & raised parents. My Mom was a great cook…
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…