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Iowa Ingredient (Create)

Iowa Ingredient (Create)

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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To say the aronia berry struggles with popularity is an understatement. Even with a name change from the "chokeberry," its high antioxidant level, and even its versatility in cooking and baking, the aronia berry has never broken into the mainstream consciousness as a go-to food. But some are trying to change that. On this Iowa Ingredient, join host Charity Nebbe to learn more about this native Iowa berry. Then Chef Kevin Scharpf from Dubuque, Iowa stops by the studio kitchen to show what's possible when cooking with aronia berries.

In Iowa, folks are fervent about bacon. Love it or hate it, bacon has found a spot on breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert menus across the region. On this episode, the Des Moines Bacon Company showcases bacon at its best. And Chef Walter Jahncke from the famous Northside Cafe in Winterset, Iowa heats up our studio kitchen when he pairs bacon with potatoes in a mouthwatering recipe sure to be viewers' new favorite.

While barley might not seem like the typical ingredient you cook with, it's actually quite versatile can help thicken soups, be an added flavor enhancer in salads, or even be the star ingredient in things like risottos or vegetarian burgers. On this episode we'll visit eastern Iowa to see how one farmer harvests this beautiful grain, then chef Eric Johnson will stop by the studio kitchen to share a few hearty recipes using barley.

Look across almost any part of Iowa's landscape, and you'll likely see cattle. With stunning Iowa pastures comes the stunning flavor of Iowa beef. On this episode of Iowa Ingredient, we'll visit a ranch in northwest Iowa, where Beth Cathcart raises her cattle with the greatest care and respect . Then Chef Kurt Nyguard, from Mason City, Iowa stops by our studio kitchen to bring us some elegant and flavorful beef recipes.

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 beet at Table Top Farm in Nevada, Iowa. Then Iowa City Chef Katy Meyer brings new flavors to life by adding a fresh twist to this vitamin packed root. And mobile food is on the move! We'll meet a chef who brings local, organic and fresh to the streets of Sioux City, Iowa.

Producing a television show about Iowa food and the people who celebrate it is an incredible undertaking. In order to showcase and cook amazing food, there are many things to consider: lighting, location scouting, content research, video quality, script writing, continuity, editing and so much more. In this special episode, go behind the scenes with host Charity Nebbe and the Iowa Ingredient production crew to see what it takes to make the show.

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