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Explore the farms, restaurants, and ingredients that make Iowa food uniquely Iowan. Host Charity Nebbe takes viewers on a journey to discover flavorful Iowa ingredients. From apples to spinach to rhubarb and herbs, each episode features a single Iowa ingredient and treats viewers to a spectacular trip from the farm to the table. Explore where these delectable ingredients are grown in Iowa, learn more about some talented chefs who use local ingredients, and join Charity in the kitchen to savor some delicious recipes.


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    Charity Nebbe

    Charity Nebbe is the host of Iowa Public Television's Iowa Ingredient program. Charity grew up in... Read more

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Black Walnuts from Dell Lawrence, Sabula

posted on April 16, 2014

Visit a farm outside Sabula where Dell Lawrence, picks up, washes, dries, and cracks black walnuts...a lot of walnuts. More »

Chef Michael Bailey, Embassy Club West, Des Moines

posted on April 16, 2014

For more than 100 years, Des Moines Embassy Club members have used its downtown locations to entertain business associates, as well as visiting world leaders and celebrities. Visit some of the locations to see what sort of food Chef Michael Bailey... More »

Cooking Black Walnuts with Chef Michael Bailey

posted on April 16, 2014

Chef Michael Bailey from the Des Moines Embassy Club visits the studio location to serve up a savory walnut dish. More »

Le Mars Ice Cream Days

posted on April 16, 2014

Visit the Ice Cream Capital of the world. Every year, Le Mars hosts a festival on all things Ice Cream. More »

Black Walnut Soup

posted on April 16, 2014

Ingredients ½ stick (4 Tablespoons) butter ½ cup uncooked bacon, diced  1 stalk celery, diced 1 medium red onion, diced 1 ½ cups Black Walnuts 5 cups chicken stock 1 pint heavy cream Bottle of nice olive... More »

Black Walnut “Risotto” with Fall Mushrooms and...

posted on April 15, 2014

Ingredients 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 small yellow onion, diced 1 pound black walnuts ¼ cup sweet vermouth 4 cups chicken or mushroom stock 1 pound meaty mushrooms (such as Chantrelle and Porcini) 2 cups carrots, peeled and diced 1... More »

Iowa Ingredient | Beets (#303)

posted on April 14, 2014

Full Program: These earthy vegetables come in unexpected colors with very distinct flavors. Beets are perhaps one of the most polarizing foods available. Everyone has their own opinion. On this Iowa Ingredient, join host Charity Nebbe to learn more about the... More »

Sautéed Beet Greens & Fresh Beet Salad

posted on April 9, 2014

Ingredients 1 bunch of whole beets with greens 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced salt and pepper 1 lemon Optional choice of herbs to taste (mint, basil, thyme) ½ cup chopped tomato ¼ cup walnuts or... More »

Chai Spiced Pickled Beets

posted on April 9, 2014

Ingredients 2 bunches of beets (about 20 small-med beets) 1 ½ cup water 1 ½ cup vinegar (white or apple cider or a combo of the 2) 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds ½ Tablespoon whole cloves 1 ½ cardamom pods 1 teaspoon... More »

Beets from Table Top Farm

posted on April 9, 2014

Visit Table Top Farm just outside Nevada. Growing a wide variety of organic produce, these farmers know what it takes to grow vibrant, flavorful beets. More »

Chef Katy Meyer, Trumpet Blossom Cafe, Iowa City

posted on April 9, 2014

Visit Trumpet Blossom Cafe in Iowa City. From the friendly staff to the comfortable atmosphere, this restaurant offers a wide variety of vegan dishes that are packed with outstanding flavor. More »

Cooking Beets with Chef Katy Meyer

posted on April 9, 2014

Chef Katy Meyer from the Trumpet Blosson Cafe in Iowa City visits the studio kitchen. She creates some delightful dishes using beets in some unexpected ways. Including sauteed beet greens in a fresh beet salad, and chai spiced pickled beets. More »

Food Trucks

posted on April 9, 2014

Food truck, mobile kitchen, mobile canteen, or catering truck. Food trucks are growing in popularity all over the country. Visit one of these trucks in Sioux City where Chef Paul Seaman brings new meaning to freshness. More »

Iowa Ingredient | Strawberries (#302)

posted on April 8, 2014

Full Program: Vibrant in color and sweet in flavor, strawberries are a quintessential treat. Before farm fresh produce was available year around in Iowa, strawberries were the sweetheart of summer. Join host Charity Nebbe on her culinary tour of Iowa. We’ll... More »

Strawberries from Gettings Gardens

posted on April 2, 2014

Visit Gettings Garden just outside Sandborn, IA. This family-owned pick your own berry farm will help you learn the secrets to successfully growing strawberries in your own back yard. More »