Pioneer Woman Cooks, Amateur Gourmet, and Serious Eats. In no particular order :)
iahawk89 is right about Pagliai's. Best pizza in Iowa City, hands down.
And when you're in Iowa City again, be sure to check out:
- Airliner (an Iowa City tradition. There's a booth named after Tom Brokaw, who dined there several times, and they have a delicious thin crust)
- The Wedge Pizzeria (some of the best specialty creations. delicious.)
- the new Mesa Pizza (caters to the drunk crowd, but some innovative and pretty good topping combos)
The Cake Doctor cookbook has a recipe for boxed cake that substitutes melted ice cream for the liquids. I love to make devils food with melted Ben & Jerry's Half Baked – then, there are chunks of brownie and chunks of chocolate chip cooking INSIDE your devils food!
(White cake mix with melted Ben & Jerry's Pistachio Pistachio is a good choice, too…)
With some mango puree.
Chick-Fil-A's chicken sandwich – perfect combination of pickles and chicken and soft bun.
Thin fries with malt vinegar.
Grilled corn on the cob and pasta salad
Olive oil, salt and pepper, and garlic!
Freezing homemade chicken stock to use in virtually anything later. So much better than the canned kind!
My grandma really spiked my interest, teaching me a few basics and some special recipes of hers. Since then, it's all been just me experimenting and learning.
Chocolate chip cookies!!
avocado, by the spoonful.
Of course Chevre
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