“Grill-Baked” Italian Sausage
with Mushrooms, Fennel and Cherry Tomatoes
Zesty Organic Prairie Italian sausage links and organic vegetables are wrapped in foil and cooked on the grill or in
the fire pit. How simple is that?
Pepperoni and Mushroom Pasta
Is it pizza or pasta night? Why not both? This casual bake dish features pizza toppings, tube-shaped pasta and
Italian cheese in a throw-it-all-together casserole—a filling sure-hit after an active day of vacation.
Calico Baked Beans
Let this happy, nutritious combo (it’s flavored with lean and savory Organic Prairie beef jerky) bubble lazily
in the oven while you hike a forest trail or play a few games of croquet.
Herbed Lake Perch
When the fish are jumping, keep the cast-iron skillet handy. Food critic and author Jerry Minnich shares his
recipe for pan-fried fillets.
A make-ahead layering of sliced deli meats, cheese and local veggies fresh from the roadside stand on crusty French
bread. Wrap and compress the assembled loaf to blend the flavors and take it on the dingy for a picnic on the lake.
Smoky Beef Jerky and Cream Cheese Spread
Delicious on rye crackers during the cocktail hour. Cribbage, anyone?
Make-Ahead Buttermilk Mix for Pancakes, Waffles
Enjoy a languid morning around the breakfast table with pancakes, waffles or homemade biscuits hot from the oven.
A hearty, organic combo of potatoes and eggs with bacon, ham or the leftover hotdogs from last night’s grill
Chocolate Milk Mingler
Blend wholesome chocolate milk with peanut butter, strawberries or any number of choices for a post-beachtime pick-me-up
or a bedtime snack.
Banana Whipped Cream Pie
Too busy having fun to bake a dessert? Fill a pastry crust with sliced ripe bananas and top it with a mountain of real
whipped cream. Easy as you-know-what.
Terese Allen writes about the pleasures and benefits of local foods, sustainable
cooking, and culinary folklore. A former chef and the author of several books about heartland cuisine and culture, she has
also been a food columnist for more than 16 years.