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Iowa Recipe Quest-New Year’s Party Edition: A Fat Swell Vodka Moscow Mule

Swell Vodka: Cumming, Iowa Happy New Year, Iowa! Let’s ring it in premium vodka style, shall we. Luckily for us Iowans we can support local distillers by picking up a bottle of Swell Vodka for all our party needs. And let’s get the party going with a classic cocktail that seems to be taking vodka… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-New Year’s Party Edition: A Fat Swell Vodka Moscow Mule

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The Greatest Decorah Christmas of All-Time: Day 1 of 2

Decorah, IA: Winneshiek County (Our 41st county!) *Our stay here was complimentary. The opinions expressed on this blog post are of our own. We have adventured our way through Iowa dozens of times and never have we decided to stray from home for Christmas… until 2016. I have written many great things about the splendor of… Continue reading The Greatest Decorah Christmas of All-Time: Day 1 of 2

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In the Local Brewery We Trust-Another Crafty Evening

  Kalona, IA: Washington County When the wifey says she wants to go out, one must find a worthy establishment for said wife. Luckily for us, Monie’s preferred destination was close to our headquarters in Hills in the very popular tourist destination of Kalona. And it happen to be her birthday. And she happens to love… Continue reading In the Local Brewery We Trust-Another Crafty Evening

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Iowa Recipe Quest-Santa’s Wishlist Edition: Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Italian Bread Toasted w/ an Exile Beer Butter

Exile Brewing Company: Hannah Bavarian Wheat-Des Moines, Iowa How do I warm up during the chill of December? Well, with an ice cold beer, that’s how. Makes sense to me and everyone else who loves craft beer. It doesn’t hurt to have a huge grinder style sandwich stuffed with everything I love on a cheeseburger.… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-Santa’s Wishlist Edition: Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Italian Bread Toasted w/ an Exile Beer Butter

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Iowa Recipe Quest-Santa’s Wishlist Edition: Queso-Beer Dip w/ ReUnion Lager

ReUnion Brewery Lager: Coralville, Iowa Tell me again what Santa likes to see after he shimmies down your fireplace? Or in our case, the furnace pipe. Milk and cookies? Perhaps he’d like a little change in the menu from house to house. That’s where the kitchen of The Iowa Gallivant comes in and gives out some… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-Santa’s Wishlist Edition: Queso-Beer Dip w/ ReUnion Lager

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Shop Local, Eat Local, Repeat-The Holiday Crowd Everyone Enjoys

Amana, IA: Iowa County We have covered thousands of Iowa miles and we are always looking for more places to discover. But there is always a place that calls us back, a place that folks visiting Team Goodvin keep requesting return trips back year after year to support Iowa businesses. It’s the holiday shopping season… Continue reading Shop Local, Eat Local, Repeat-The Holiday Crowd Everyone Enjoys

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Iowa Recipe Quest-Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition: Frozen Cranberry Sauce IngeniOz Vodka Cocktail

IngeniOz Vodka: Clive, Iowa How fast can you get a delicious cocktail mixed while utilizing a key member of your Thanksgiving leftovers and stave off the eggnog for awhile? Let’s say minutes! We all love cranberry sauce, but we very rarely get it all scooped up during turkey day. It takes about 8 days of… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition: Frozen Cranberry Sauce IngeniOz Vodka Cocktail

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Iowa Recipe Quest-Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition: Ham & Stuffing Omelet w/ A Dorothy’s Lager Goat Cheese Sauce

Dorothy’s New World Lager-Toppling Goliath Brewing: Decorah, Iowa I know the story. You love the holiday feasts, but wonder how many days you can put up with Mom’s 14 layer casserole, turkey sandwiches, and the constant worry of running out of mayonnaise. There’s more to leftovers than 5 day old dinner rolls, reformed cranberry sauce,… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition: Ham & Stuffing Omelet w/ A Dorothy’s Lager Goat Cheese Sauce

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Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Tassel Ridge Clam Sauce

  Tassel Ridge Winery Star Spangled White Wine: Leighton, Iowa Why oh why do I not cook more seafood? Why oh why do I not grab a bottle of Tassel Ridge more often. I don’t have the answers to those questions. I do know that magic happens when I get this couple together. They really… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Tassel Ridge Clam Sauce

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Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Autumn Squash Soup w/ West O Honey Blossom Saison

West O Beer Honey Blossom Saison: West Okoboji, IA Feel free to argue with me if you want, but I am Iowa’s #1 fan of autumn. I love the crisp weather. I love the road trips. I love the seasonal flavors. I love using tasty beer to bring all these together. Let’s get the soup… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Autumn Squash Soup w/ West O Honey Blossom Saison