Friday, September 19, 2014


"If deer are a problem in your garden, plant daffodils and forget tulips. Deer relish tulips but won't touch daffodils."—Arleen Troester, Colesburg Garden Club

Gardening in Iowa and Surrounding Areas, by Veronica Lorson Fowler with the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Poppy Seed Dressing for Spinach Salad from GARDENING THE AMANA WAY, by Lawrence L. Rettig

Fall is approaching, but that's no matter for hardy greens like spinach. Try your next salad with this dressing from Gardening the Amana Way, by Lawrence L. Rettig.

Poppy Seed Dressing

1 cup salad oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard

In blender at medium speed, blend all dressing ingredients (save the spinach) until mixed. Dressing will be thick. Drizzle on spinach as desired. Store in tightly covered jar in refrigerator. Stir well before using. Makes about one and one-half cups.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jon K. Lauck Book Talk

John K. Lauck, author of The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History, will be talking about his new book. He will be in Chicago, so if you're in the area, please stop by. For more information or to RSVP, visit our Facebook event.

Date: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Praise for The Lost Region

"Jon Lauck has written the definitive manifesto for a new midwestern historiography. Deeply researched, elegantly written, passionate yet sensible in its themes, it is a stunning book. One hopes that it will stun the coasties, for example, who believe that the fly-over states, many of them beginning with the letter I, have no serious history. Lauck shows that an America without the Midwest would have been less fair, less strong, less prosperous, and above all less democratic. Lauck is the new Frederick Jackson Turner, reminding us that the Midwest is the master spring of American history—without which, not."—Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago, and author, the Bourgeois Virtues