During Hanukkah, I love setting aside a night for a traditional family dinner. In the midst of the noise and busy-ness of December, the table can be a quiet and light-filled space. Depending on the year, however, Hanukkah's timing can...
The first year after college, I couldn't afford to take days off work or to fly home. With my Real Simple magazine full of recipes in hand, I tried to mask being homesick by cooking a proper Thanksgiving meal...for...
Last year for Christmas I got an Instant Pot, and it was the highlight of my Christmas! Pot roasts, sweet potatoes, and baked chicken have been some of my favorite tries so far.  I've had a couple of epic...

Uptown Mac and Cheese

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In my estimation, there is no better comfort food than macaroni and cheese. I especially crave it around this time of year when the weather is turning cold and we're spending more time indoors. A friend recently hosted a...
Last weekend I attended a VERY FUN party at the home of my friend Lindsey Litton. It was the perfect kickoff to fall and a boon to someone like me who loves to eat but hates to cook: the...
In Coralville tucked behind the interstate is a not-so-hidden gem.  Costco offers more than bulk items for offices or a gaggle of kids. While membership is required for this warehouse club, I have found it's more than worth it...
Football season is here, school's back in session, and summer is winding down. I am always torn this time of year; I love fall but I also already miss the flavors of summer. Fortunately, I stockpiled some sweet corn...
cashew beef stir fry recipe

Cashew Beef Stir Fry Recipe

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Let me preface this by saying, "I am not a cook." However, I have been on a healthy eating kick for the past year–eating more and finding healthier options. This led me to this amazing app, FITR Woman, that offers...
A few months ago, my 10-year-old daughter announced that she wanted to be a vegetarian. I asked her how she came to this decision. This was, after all, the same girl who used to love bacon, sausage, and steak....
Are you looking for a new ice cream shop to try out? Here is the ultimate list for where to find ice cream in Iowa City and surrounding areas. Use our interactive map of the locations to find the shops closest...

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Guide to Swimming and Safety in the Iowa City Area During...

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When I think about summers growing up, I immediately think about swimming. My grandparents had an amazing in-ground pool and hot tub. I learned...