"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 66 April 2014
Dear Friend of Adel,

Spring has sprung in Adel and it promises to be a great one.

We had the privilege of talking with Jesse Akers and Catherine Miller of Genesis Development as Genesis celebrates 40 years of exemplary service.

Last month's return of Terry has burned a hole in my email for more. In spite of it being April 1st, I'm announcing with great pleasure that Terry has agreed to grace us with more wit for the foreseeable future.

So grab a cup of coffee, there a lot going on this month and we look forward to seeing you in Adel.


In This Issue
Jesse Akers - Genesis Development
1st. Free Friday Entertainment Serie
'How To Festival' on April 5th
Bike Trail Tourism Conference April 10th
Brick Street Barbecue Time
Penoach's Spring Open House & Ladies Day
Terry Traveller - This Day in History.
Adel HealthMart
1st Annual Adel Chocolate Walk May 3rd
What is DiscoverAdel.Com
BJesse Akers - Genesis Development
Genesis Development

Genesis Development Adel Iowa
Catherine Miller and Jesse Akers of Genesis Development in Adel Iowa

This month we spoke with Jesse Akers, Job Placement Manager in Adel and Catherine Miller, Community Living Director of Genesis Development;  

an organization that provides residential and vocational services for people  

with disabilities.  


Genesis is celebrating 40 years of exceptional service and 6 years  

serving Adel.


Adel and Dallas County Iowa are the proud home of many mental health services under the Genesis umbrella filling the needs of people with disabilities.  


It is the dedicated work of thousands that has changed the course of the industry over the past 40 years resulting in greater awareness and acceptance, community involvement, and a diverse cross-section of services.


Genesis Development was started in 1973 in Jefferson, Iowa by a group of parents looking to create jobs and social opportunities for their children with disabilities. Family members and clients were encouraged to offer suggestions for new services based on growing and changing needs within the industry. This spirit of growth continues as both Jesse and Catherine state that most of the new programs are the result of people asking Genesis for solutions to specific needs.


It was 1974 when the U.S. Civil Service Commission removed the question, "Have you ever been mentally ill?" from federal government employment forms. This, in addition to President Carter's "President's Commission on Mental Health", began to change the landscape of mental health services into it's modern reality.


Work services provide clients with the opportunities to develop occupational skills such as dedication to attendance, safety, displaying initiative, honesty, and working with others. This professional experience helps bolster self- respect, independence, personal responsibility, and community involvement. 


Genesis Development Adel Iowa  

Some Genesis locations have onsite production centers that offer genuine career environments in a controlled setting- such as the recycling centers in Boone and Jefferson, commercial laundry facility in Indianola, print department in Storm Lake, and the custom-made corrugated box manufacturing plant in Jefferson.


The Adel office offers services within the Dallas County community working with dedicated businesses- matching clients with available opportunities based on their abilities, interests, and needs. Job coaches help clients learn interview techniques, job requirements, and how to establish and maintain an independent work routine.


"In Adel, we focus on community employment. I help people find work and ensure their success. We work with employers in the Dallas County area and when we find a business and a person that matches up well, we connect them. For those that think they aren't quite ready for community employment, we work on prevocational activities such as an enclave- 3 or more individuals who work in a community setting with a Genesis staff member as their supervisor. Something unique that we do is a one-on-one prevocational service that has both a classroom element and a job element to work on anything from interview skills to personal goals. Our clients literally set their own goals, both in the vocational and residential settings. We work together as a team, but ultimately our clients chose their own goals." -Jesse Akers


In the 1990's Genesis Development began offering residential services, which provides residential living experiences selected for each person's specific level of need- ranging from 24 hour supervision to living in their own homes with hourly supports as needed.


"Over the past 20 years we've developed residential and mental health services for Dallas County and surrounding areas. We developed offices in Adel in 2008. We work primarily with adults, but also with children. We have a very strong philosophy to train people to be as independent as possible- ours is a process of learning how to do things for themselves. I tell my staff all the time, 'if you're doing your job right, you should be working yourself out of a job.' I have worked with many people over the years that started out living in a large institution setting, we were able to help them transition into the community- maybe in a small group setting- then transition them into their own apartments." -Catherine Miller


Residential care includes social skills to develop healthy friendships, recreational hobbies and interests, learning to budget finances, management of medication, transportation, and more. Domestic skills, community safety and awareness, and personal hygiene are all important when developing a consistent, dependable environment for Genesis clients to grow.


Genesis locations in Adel-Waukee, Perry-Granger, Jefferson, Storm Lake, Pocahontas, Boone, Winterset, Indianola, Panora, Grinnell, and Toledo offer group living experiences within the community. These homes consist of 4 to 5 roommates of similar needs, and are staffed 24- hours a day.


Genesis Development Adel Iowa Staff members manage the household to make sure that each client is working towards their goals and maintaining a clean and safe environment. This support encourages independent living to the client's highest possible degree.


Genesis Development is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or CARF, an international, independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.


"We've had 11 CARF surveys, and for all 11 we have achieved a 3-year accreditation, which is the highest standard rating that CARF offers. It's quite a streak and we feel very good and very positive about it. This year went very well; CARF always has suggestions, which is a good thing because we're always looking for ways to improve. This year they had no recommendations for any of our residential or vocational programs which was quite a boon!" -Catherine Miller


In addition to employee dedication, it is community support that has made Genesis Development a leader for the past 40 years. If you would like to help, donations are always welcome. The largest needs include motor vehicles, household furnishings, computers and office equipment.  


Each home values donations of games, step ladders, fishing and sports equipment, arts and craft supplies, multi-media learning programs, small kitchen appliances, and more. Great suggestions include items that promote social interaction, exploration (such as telescopes or science kits), self-expression, and individuality. Please contact Alana at 515-386-3017 or to make your tax-deductible donations today!


Genesis Development is a prime example of Iowa's spirit of compassion, understanding, and foreword thinking. Over the past 40 years Genesis has sought to improve all arenas of the lives of people with disabilities and continues to shine. Adel is proud to support their initiatives and welcome Genesis clients as friends, coworkers, and neighbors.


Genesis Development

2111 West Greene St.

Adel, IA 50003

Phone: 515-993-5986

Fax: 515-993-5988

1st Free Friday Entertainment Series April 25th
April Free Friday Adel Iowa

The start of Adel's festival season is the Free Friday Entertainment Series.  


Every third Friday from April to August, Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, along with other local sponsors, will host FREE community stage events.  


These events will be BYOB...that's Bring Your Own Basket of snacks, food, regular or adult beverages.  


No food or drinks will be sold but you are encouraged to pick up dinner from a local restaurant before the show begins.    


All events are from 7:00-10:00 p.m. and are family-friendly. Make sure to bring your friends and family to the Adel Stage located at the corner of 10th and Main, and don't forget your lawn chairs!


The first event in the series is on Friday, April 25th and features Des Moines Karaoke. This is your chance to be part of the entertainment!  


It is open to everyone and to help get the fun going, we are offering prizes for two age groups: ages 17 and under and ages 18 and over. We will be offering $100 for 1st prize, $50 for 2nd prize, and $25 for 3rd prize in each category. Special thank you to Adel Kiwanis for co-sponsoring this event!


Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
301 S. 10th St.
PO Box 73
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5472
B'How To Festival' on April 5th Schedule
How to Festival Adel Library The Adel Public library has posted the schedule for the Second Annual 'How To Festival' on Saturday, April 5th.

There are currently 20 classes taught by Adel area experts teaching everything from pet care, exercise, crafts, resume writing, life balance and much more!

The below schedule lists How-To Festival sessions on 'how to do' something new.

 'How To Festival' Schedule, April 5th:

10:00 A.M. Read Full Class Descriptions:
  • How-To Start a Blog with Jenni Arnold - Conference Room A
  • How-To learn to be stress free using Yoga with Angie Springer
    - Conference Room B
  • How-To get started quilting with Jackie Johnson - Board Room 1
  • How-To make Miniatures with Elizabeth Grabau - Board Room 2
  • How-To use Wilbur with Laura Hanson - Teen Area


11:00 A.M. Read Full Class Descriptions:
  • How-To balance your life with Lisa Mickelson - Conference Room A
  • How-To make macrame-shamballa bracelets with Vicki Ortega
    - Conference Room B
  • How-to eat a gluten free diet with Toni Sumpter, Pharm. D - Board Room 1
  • How-to write a great resume and have a successful interview with W.W. "Van" Van Buren - Board Room 2
  • How-To use Wilbur with Laura Hanson - Teen Area

12:00 A.M. Read Full Class Descriptions:
  • How-To have a Fun, Free, Fast Workout For Home with Jacki Hayes - Conference Room A
  • How-To make "Snacktivities" for your children with Jackie Giles and Rose Bass - Conference Room B
  • How-To use American Sign Language with Judy Peterson - Board Room 1
  • How-To create a pallet garden with Debbie Gay - Conference Room 2
  • How-To use Wilbur with Laura Hanson - Teen Area

1:00 P.M. Read Full Class Descriptions:
  • How-To take care for your pets with Dr. Elizabeth Holland
    - Conference Room A
  • How-To craft with pallets with Sandy Streeter - Conference Room B
  • How-to write and publish a children's book with Rebecca Jani
    - Board Room 1
  • How-To make butterfly origami with Betty Mather - Board Room 2
  • How take a Ekphrastic journey with Barb Howes - Teen Area

Adel Public Library
310 S 10th St.
Adel, Iowa  50003
Phone: (515) 993-3512
BAdel Waukee Fish Fry Fridays During Lent
Adel Waukee Knights of Columbus Feed Your Family for $25. The Adel Waukee Knights of Columbus is hosting a Fish Fry on the Friday's of Lent, March 7th thru April 11th.

Serving 5:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Boniface Parish Hall, 1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee Iowa.

Menu includes; Fish fried or baked, fried shrimp, various side dishes, breakfast potato and a drink. Cheese Pizza also offered. Home Made Desserts available for purchase from the youth group. Served by the Knights Of Columbus.

$8 Adults
$4 Children ages 3-10
$25 immediate family maximum.

Adel Waukee Knights of Columbus
B Bike Trail Tourism Conference April 10th

Courtesy of Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce:


Bike Trail Tourism Conference Bike Trail Tourism Conference set for April 10 at Hotel Pattee in Perry, IA


Bike Trail Tourism - Getting More Out of Your Trail is a conference set for Thursday, April 10 at the Hotel Pattee in Perry. How to capture more economic benefit from our trails is the focus of this conference, said Jim Miller of Waukee, board member of the Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) and one of the conference organizers.


"We're really fortunate to have the RRVT and the High Trestle trail go through our communities here in central Iowa, said Miller. This conference was developed to help towns on the trail get more out of this valuable new community asset. Our primary audience is local leaders of towns on the trail, trying to give them ideas and strategies to get more economic benefit from bike trails."


The conference begins at 9:00 am with an opening presentation from Michael Gould of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and avid biker, with thoughts on development in each community on the trail and creating more opportunity for bikers to spend money in your town.


Four panels of local and area speakers with expertise in each area have been assembled and will make presentations on the following topics;

(1) Best practices for businesses on the trail, including food, beverage, bike shops, etc, and starting and growing businesses that can capture sales to bike trail users.


(2) Local way-finding ; improve local signage to help direct bike users off a trail into a town to local restaurants, bars, bike shops, and other local destinations. Also, how to create loops into your town from the main trail, along with signage, to get more trail users into your town.


(3) Public art on the bike trail, creating more reasons for trail users to visit your town and stop in your town; consider your local assets and how to market them as a bundle of assets.


(4) Best practices using technology - social media, web sites, mobile devices and popular apps, code readers, etc, to announce local events and market your town and the trail.


"We're really excited to host this conference", said Jay Hartz, owner and general manager of the Hotel Pattee. "One of our strategies to grow our business is to focus on bike trail users and do all we can to give them a great experience when they eat a meal here or stay overnight with us."


Conference sponsors are the Center for Towncraft in Perry, a collaboration between Iowa State University Extension & Outreach and the City of Perry, and Common Thread, a consortium of towns on the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail.


Conference registration is $20 per person which includes lunch and all conference materials.  


Pre-registration is required by April 7. Please make checks payable to City of Perry.


Send your pre-registration to: City of Perry, Attn: Bike Conf., PO Box 545, Perry, IA 50220


For more information contact, Alan Vandehaar, ISU Extension 515-231-6513, or Butch Niebuhr, City of Perry 515-465-2481, 

BBrick Street Barbecue Time
Brick Street Barbecue Adel Iowa With spring upon us it's time for some tasty  smothered Baby Back Ribs from Brick Street Barbecue. Order Today!

Call Merle from Brick Street Barbecue at (515) 250-1687. His technique results in the most tender, flavorful and delicious BBQ dining experience you'll find.

Brick Street Barbecue
29048 Prospect Ave
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
BPenoach's Spring Open House & Ladies Day
Penoach Vineyard Winery Nursery Adel Iowa
Penoach Winery Adel Iowa
April 12th, 12 - 5:00 p.m, is Spring Open House and Ladies Day at Penoach Winery.

Deer Creek Creations purses and bags, Cards by Eileen, Hickory Ridge Scarves, Three Sisters Jewelry, Garden Critters by Laurie and Photography by Gorden Gaippe will have tables in our gathering room to display and sell their hand made products.

There will be free tastings and wine specials. Stop by and enjoy the day.

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Facebook: Penoach-Vineyard-Winery
BTerry Traveller - This Day in History
Terry Traveller DiscoverAdel Terry Traveler here, excited for the month ahead.

The other day, Chris and I were discussing our hobbies and I admitted to a slight obsession with "this-day-in-history" so called facts.

I take great joy in knowing that 876 years ago Germany crowned King Koenraad II von Hohenstaufen on the same day as the 9th Soul Train Music Awards awarded Boyz II Men's "II" the title of best group R&B album. A fact that was lost on Chris.

Ah, the internet. Where once I was reduced to keeping important facts like these cluttered in my head, I am now smart enough to carry a phone that will do it for me - making room for more important questions like, "how does one successfully throw oneself at the ground and miss?" Seems to be a real knack to that.

April 1, 1957

The BBC played a prank, known as the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest prank. They showed a film of Swiss farmers picking freshly-grown spaghetti. Requests for where to purchase the plants were so numerous that they retracted the story shortly afterwards. Really spaghetti plants in Switzerland.. not China or Italy?

April 3, 1860
The Pony Express service began as the first rider departed St. Joseph, Missouri. For $5 an ounce, letters were delivered 2,000 miles to California within ten days. Makes that $0.48 stamp seem less costly and more timely, doesn't it?

April 3, 1995
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to preside over the Court, sitting in for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist who was out of town. It is believed that in all the active surrounding the special event, she forgot to water his house plants and take in the newspaper.

April 6, 1896
After a break of 1500 years, the first Olympics of the modern era was held in Athens, Greece. Swimmers we boated the necessary 1200 meter out to sea and left to swim back to shore. Luckily, no shark attacks were reported.

April 11, 1970
Apollo 13 was launched from Cape Kennedy. Fifty-six hours into the flight an oxygen tank exploded in the service module. Astronauts John L. Swigert, James A. Lovell and Fred W. Haise used the lunar module as a lifeboat safely returning to Earth on April 17th. For more historic Apollo information, please ask Tom Hanks.

April 24, 1800
The Library of Congress was established in Washington, D.C. It is America's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library with more than 158 million items in its collections. Save yourself the plane ticket and enjoy the Adel Public Library instead!

Terry Traveller
Adel HealthMart -
Adel HealthMart - Adel IowaOur Adel HealthMart pharmacy specializes in serving our community with fast, friendly, professional service and the highest-quality products.

You'll always work with somebody at our pharmacy who greets you by name, and our pharmacists take the time to counsel you and answer your questions.

Visit us for all your healthcare needs!

Check out our facebook page and while you are there be sure to "like" us!

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Adel Health Mart
Phone: 515-993-3644
Fax :515-993-4714
After hours Emergency: 515-333-2959
1st Annual Adel Chocolate Walk May 3rd
Adel Chocolate Walk Adel Iowa Save the date for the 1st Annual Adel Chocolate Walk on May 3rd from 10-3 p.m. as you visit Adel for shopping, lunch and dessert!

Visit each of the 5 participating businesses to get your passport stamped and sample FREE chocolate! Recipes will also be made available at each location.

Your passport can be turned in to any of the businesses once it is complete and you will then be entered into a drawing to win one of 5 gift baskets, each valued at $50.

Passports can be picked up on May 3rd at the following participating businesses: Adel HealthMart, Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co, Al Dente Toffee, Brick Street Books & Cafe, and Next to New.

Come with a group of friends, or bring your mom for an early Mother's day treat and shop, eat and best of all, sample FREE chocolate!

Adel Chocolate Walk Sponsors
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Adel City Wide Garage Sale City Wide Garage Sale April 5th

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ADM Youth Baseball and Softball Spring Ball Field Clean-Up Dates April 5th

ADM Girls Youth Softball Annual Ball Field Clean-up day.
April 5th, 8:30 a.m. at the Adel Youth Softball fields located in Kinnick-Feller Park...    Continue reading
Adel Quilting & Dry Gods Co. Adel Iowa Open Sew Friday at the Adel Public Library

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Wild Flowers Adult Wilderness Trek 2015 Meeting - April 6th

Join the Dallas County Conservation Board (DCCB) to learn about backpacking the wilds of the Selway-Bitterroot in 2015.
See and hear the stories of past...    Continue reading

Brenton Arboretum Brenton Arboretum Emerald Ash Borer Alert April 5th

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Adel Pitch Hit Run 2014 Pitch, Hit, and Run Competition in Adel - April 12th

Adel Parks and Recreation and Aquafina are excited to be hosting a Pitch, Hit, and Run Competition in Adel. The competition will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Adel Little League Baseball Fields. All Boys and Girls, Ages 7-14 are eligible to participate. Sign In...     Continue reading
4-H Adel Iowa 4-H Communications Event April 12th

4-H Communications Event - April 12, 9:00 - Noon. Public speaking skills are something you will use for the rest of your life...and there's no better time to...      Continue reading

Dallas County Family Egg Hunt Dallas County Family Egg Hunt April 12th

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Homegrown Lifestyle Learn How to Have a Homegrown Lifestyle March - June

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AHeinz57 Poker Run AHeinz57 Pit Stop Adoption Day
AHeinz57 Pit Stop Adoption Day, every Saturday.

Visit us at 109 Guthrie Street (Hwy 169) in DeSoto, IA. Stop by the Pit Stop this Saturday from 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. and take home a friend... Continue reading
United Methodist Church Men's Breakfast Fridays at Adel United Methodist Church

The Adel United Methodist Church will host a men's morning Breakfast every Friday at 6:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us!
Oatmeal Breakfast bar....  Continue reading 
Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Kids Clothes Closet is here to help with free clothing! Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am...  Continue reading 

Wednesday Night Suppers UMC - Adel Iowa
Adel United Methodist Church Wednesday Night Suppers

Each Wednesday from September 11th to May, the Adel United Methodist Church will offer a balanced meal to members of the church and to people in our community...  Continue reading 
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Courtesy of Your Adel Public Library:

April brings a shower of festivals to the Adel Public Library.

We are very excited to host our second annual How To Festival on the first Saturday in April.

Just one week later, we are co-hosting the first ever Dallas County Library Association Toddler Festival.

We also have two interesting adult programs in April and our annual Friends of the Adel Public Library Luncheon.

Your library will be hosting our second annual 'How To Festival' on Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Come and learn as many as 20 new things in short 'how to' class where you will learn 'how to' do something new.

Full information about classes and presenters is available online at


The Dallas County Library Association and 4 R Kids ECI are hosting a Dallas County Toddler Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon in the community building at the Dallas County Fairgrounds.  


We'll have two hours of free activities dedicated to toddlers and their caregivers, including visitors from the Blank Park Zoo and the Science Center of Iowa, and each child will receive a free book just for attending the festival!  


We had so much fun watching "Sixteen Candles" in March that we decided to watch another John Hughes film in April. We'll be viewing "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" at our next Classic Movie Monday on April 14th at 2:00 p.m.


Our book clubs are always welcoming new people to our fun-filled discussions.  


The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, April 10th at Noon to talk about the novel "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan.


The Evening Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. to talk about the novel "The Watch" by Joydeep Roy-Bhatacharya.


Local knitting aficionados Lorinda Inman and Glenance Shank will present a program on antique Circular Sock Knitting Machines (CSM).  


These machines were very popular during WWI when women made socks for the soldiers in the trenches of Europe.  


On Thursday, April 24th at 6:30 p.m. Glenance and Lorinda will share information about the history and usage of these fascinating machines.    


Our annual Friends of the Adel Public Library Luncheon will be on Saturday, April 26th at Noon with a program to follow at 1:00 pm.  


This year we are pleased to welcome local historian Earl Short from the Des Moines Streetcar Friends who will present a program called Trolleying Through Des Moines.  


Mr. Short's father was a Motorman for the streetcars, and Mr. Short recently initiated an exhibit on streetcars at the State Historical Society of Iowa.  


Please contact the library to make your reservations for the luncheon by Thursday, April 24th.


April is our last month of regular weekly children's activities which end on Thursday, May 1st and do not resume until the start of our Summer Reading program in June. In addition to our weekly story and music times we have three other children's programs in April:


Our Lego League will gather together to build all kinds of creative things on Monday, Monday, April 7th at 4:00 p.m. Come build with us!


Our first Early Out Movie for all school-aged children is on Wednesday, April 9th when we'll be watching "Frozen" on our big screen at 2:00 p.m. our second movie is on Wednesday, April 23rd when we'll watch "Turbo" at 2:00 pm.


Information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at,  

or you can follow us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.


Library Hours:
Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Sat. 10am-1:30pm

Trever Jayne
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
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Recipe of the Month
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Morel Mushrooms

April is typically the start of Morel mushroom hunting season in Iowa.

I was five the first time I remember hunting with my Mother and her sister for the little devils amongst the fields of poisonous competitors.

My spots are gone now and I've taken to relying on the generosity of friends.

Mushrooms have always been hit or miss in the Brocka house. When the girls were little I got a small sack of Morels from a good friend.

I thought, "these are all mine!" True to their youth, the girls looked at the unsightly raw mushrooms and turned up their noses.

I started to clean and prep the mushrooms the way my mother and grandmother had, and soon the unmistakable smell of buttery goodness wafted across the house.

Suddenly at my side were three sets of big, blue, bright eyes wondering what Dad was cooking. I gave them each a small sample, and was surprised when three little hands reached up for another... and another.

Soon the morels were gone, leaving three happy girls and one hungry dad.

Below is our traditional Morel mushroom recipe as well as my daughter's recipe for another April vegetable, Asparagus and Morels.

Both are great with grilled Steak or Chicken!

Mom's Morel Recipe

- Clean Morels in cold water.
- Pat dry with towel.
- Slice lenghtwise.
- Dip in egg wash
- Batter with flour seasoned with Salt and Pepper.
- Cook in butter at low temp until golden brown.
- Remove and salt to taste.

Sautéed Asparagus and Morels

1 lb. Asparagus
1 lb. fresh Morel mushrooms
2 T. Butter
1 T. Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper

1. Trim Asparagus and cut into 1-inch stems.

2. Clean Morels by soaking in cold water for 5 minutes, then dry thoroughly.

3. Cut large mushrooms in half or quarters.

4. In a large frying pan heat the Butter, Olive Oil, and garlic. Mixing the two fats will help prevent the butter from burning.

5. Toss the Morels in the butter mixture and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until the mushrooms begin to release their juices.

6. Add the Asparagus, cover, and cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until the Asparagus is al dente or "to the tooth."

7. Uncover and let reduce until most of the liquid is gone. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Talk With Your City Councilman
Adel Iowa

City council member Bryan Welch would like to hear comments, concerns, and suggestions from Adel residents.

He will be at the Adel library the 3rd. Saturday, of every month, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the board room.

Answers to questions from last month's meeting will be presented.
City of Adel
301 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4525
Fax: (515) 993-4527
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Flag Day Adel IA

The Adel Lions will place a flag on your property for these holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran's Day.

The cost for this great service is only $20 per year.

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The Lions and the Adel Boy Scouts make the journey early in the morning setting up the flags and later in the evening they gather them.

The proceeds go to the good causes that the Lions Club do in Adel.

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