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Cristen Clark lives on an Iowa farm where her family raises corn, soybeans, pigs and cattle. She loves cooking and writing, and sharing contest winning recipes with people she knows. She can be reached at

Cristen Clark explains the mechanisms of making yeast breads and gives a recipe for an easy variety.
Cristen Clark offers tips for brunch success and recipes for pancakes and eggs.
"This fresh pasta recipe is my answer to cabin fever days with my kids at home. The dough comes together in a flash and the kids can be kept busy all afternoon long cranking out pasta sheets and making basic pasta shapes."
If you’d like to prepare a seafood feast of your own, here are some ideas!
Cristen Clark gives some tips on growing zinnias and saving their seeds for another year.
Dealing with a basket of tomatoes is easy with this slow-cooker big batch salsa.
Cristen Clark shares not only her recipe for cinnamon rolls but also some ticks and trips for making her recipe and others work for you.
Cucumber slices covered in herbed cream cheese can be an appetizer or a meal and can help use up some of those excess cucumbers.
Cristen Clark calls this Wilted Lettuce Salad recipe "a slam dunk from the beginning," full of satisfying ingredients.
Fresh garden lettuce needs to be dressed with something to complement it, and not completely overshadow it. Standard ranch dressing is a Midwest staple, as we all know, but it just doesn’t fit the bill.