"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 61 November 2013
Dear Friend of Adel, 

As a kid I always loved taking walks after supper with my folks. My parents would each hold one of my hands, as I tended to wander a bit. The walks always headed in a new direction from the last trip, but quite often we ended up at the local ice cream shop.

We carried that tradition on with our girls when they were still at home. Now with the grand kids we're continuing the tradition to a third generation. There's too many to all hold hands with at once, but they fit nicely in the wagon.

Recently we've been ending up at Adel's newest business on the square for gelato and toffee. we'll often run into John Romano, who always has a smile on his face. John's the owner of Al Dente Toffee which just opened in September. We had the honor of interviewing him this month and and you'll see that he appreciates the traditions of a good third generation story.

Back to the gelsto, one likes the sorbet, one likes the blueberry and the youngest loves the dark chocolate. I get a cup of coffee and a small bag of toffee, the combination is perfect. Then we head home, past the courthouse, thankful to live in a town that you can still stroll through in the evenings.

Speaking of Adel, we also have news about; Next 2 New's move, several Holiday events for this month and the next, Adel Family Dentistry, a day of  bowling for a good cause, testing for your pet, news from Around Town, a Recipe From Home and Much More!

So, grab a cup of coffee, maybe some toffee, and get comfortable for a great read.

We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month.


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In This Issue
John Romano - Al Dente Toffee
Next 2 New at New Location
Adel Family Dentistry New In-Network Providers Announced
Holiday Soup Luncheon andCraft Sale
The Animal Hospital - Therapy Dog Testing
Adel's Divine Dancers - Bowling, Raffle and Drive for AHeinz Pet Rescue
30th Annual Holiday Open House
2013 Operation Christmas Child Ideas
Adel Business Holiday Open House Dec. 6th
Adel HealthMart - Holiday Open House
Around Town - Upcoming Events
John Romano - Al Dente Toffee
Al Dente Toffee Ael Iowa
Al Dente Toffee Adel Iowa
L-R: John and his daughters;  Mariah, Laura, and Madison
The latest addition to the Adel downtown square is Al Dente Toffee, owned and operated by 3rd generation Italian toffee maker John Romano.

This month we spoke to John about rehabilitating the store, his confectionery passions, and what it takes to make an idea into reality.

Buzz around the new business has kept Adel talking for months. Last summer, the Adel Public Library gave away Al Dente Toffee as a gift and talk about the one-of-a-kind candy began.

When the storefront was enclosed people couldn't help but wonder what was going on behind the scenes. A first glance of green and purple sent sparks throughout the area, and the whole community was surprised to see the bright teal door.

The grassroots campaign worked organically - customers couldn't wait to experience Al Dente toffee.
Al Dente Toffee Adel Iowa
The Al Dente Toffee Store front
For the past 15 years John has developed the family's secret recipe into his own. Originally brought to America by Giovanni Romano in 1920, born 1899 as marked on the label, the classic toffee was often served at the end of the meal.

Passed down to John by his father, he began making it for Christmas presents and was told time and again to bring his confections to the mass market.  It was a family trip to Italy two years ago where John first fell in love with gelato and realized he wanted to do something enjoyable.

Al Dente Toffee was coined after the Italian saying "to the bite", or the more popular but inaccurate "to the tooth". The Romano recipe involves working the toffee, pouring it thinner, and using a higher nut content to produce a final product that is easy to bite into, much like properly cooked pasta.

Al Dente Toffee Adel Iowa
One of the copper pots used to make 40lb. batches of toffee
John is a trained pharmacist by day, candy maker at night. His training certainly affects his toffee - helping him understand the chemical reaction of sugars, fats and Iowa's ever-changing humidity.

He adjusts cooking times with each batch based on color rather than temperature, which any home baker will tell you is a true feat.

The small, 40-pound batches are made in large pots and then poured along the long tables, topped with chocolate and almonds.

The finished product is a rich, smooth toffee that melts in your mouth and doesn't stick to your teeth.

Romano and family currently offer 7 flavors of toffee: Classic Almond, Orange Dark Chocolate, Coconut Dark Chocolate, Bourbon Pecan, Triple Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie Pecan.
Al Dente Toffee Adel Iowa
Have you picked your favorite yet?
Customers have quickly identified their personal favorites and that makes John happy. "Everybody is locked into 'this is my favorite, this is what I want.' That's the part I like about the whole thing. My favorite is the Coconut Dark Chocolate; I also like the Pumpkin Pie Pecan."

Al Dente Toffee also serves gourmet coffee, pastries, and real Italian gelato and sorbets. Gelato has a lower fat content and less air than ice cream, which makes gelato develop a fuller, deeper flavor. Al Dente purchases the gelato premade from Florida resident and first generation Italian, Guido.

"I decided if I was going to buy it, I had to buy it from a real Italian. 20 years ago Guido visited the US and realized no one was selling gelato. So he moved his family here. We want to visit Bologna, Italy and learn to make it ourselves someday."

Al Dente Toffee Adel Iow
Deciding between Toffee and or Gelato
For John, the dream of owning his own store has been made possible with significant effort and forethought. For many in Adel, Bonnie's Flowers and Gifts was a staple location for many years. It has been sitting quietly, waiting for the right investor to come along. The long, narrow building was in desperate need of repairs. For some, it was too steep a hill to climb, but not for John Romano.

The long building provided ample space for his 20-foot toffee table and two, 10-foot cooling tables- something no other location had to offer. The tall ceilings with original artistic tiles solidified the deal.

Al Dente Toffee Adel Iowa "Honestly when I saw Bonnie's shop and the ceiling I decided this was the place to be.

Adel has a great downtown, and I saw a great building in need of repair.

My brother and I came together on weekends to put it back together. We tore down the wood paneling and repaired the plaster walls.

We redid the front [stained the floors], built out the windows, and redid the ceiling. We built a commercial kitchen with a new exhaust system, multiple sinks, and new plumbing. Everything.

We probably have 40-50 hours in the ceiling alone. 12 hours of that was dry ice blasting it clean."

With the building back to working order, John hired Shelly Clark of CG Design to select the color scheme. She chose a bright teal paint and developed a stylish, modern/ antique theme. She began with an antique finish for the ceiling, worn doorways and accents, and dark woodwork.

Shelly then selected bright, oversized photographs of Italian scenes to fill the large walls. The combination of teal, purple, green, and rusty red give the store a vibrant personality and set the stage for an exceptional experience. "My wife told me to trust Shelly, and I'm glad I did."
Al Dente Toffee Adel Iowa
Classic architecture revived
Al Dente opened its doors September 24th and reported great sales. Multiple customers visited the shop in the morning for coffee, returned later in the day for a toffee treat, and finished out the evening with more toffee and gelato.

The instant success of the shop has propelled John to add more gelato and sorbets and bring out new seasonal toffee flavors. Ideas abound as John considers adding paninis and other lunch items.

John Romano and his family have developed Al Dente from a hobby into a livelihood; proof that the American Dream thrives in Adel, Iowa.

Monday - Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m
Closed Sunday

Al Dente Toffee - Romano and Co.
109 N. 9th St.
Adel, Iowa, 50003
Facebook: AlDenteToffee?ref=br_tf
BNext 2 New at New Location Nov. 1st
Next 2 New Consignment - Adel Iowa Next 2 New would like to announce the opening of our new store, November 1st.

New Location, New Building, More Variety.

Grand opening will be sometime the first part of November. We are still putting out new product daily... Read More

Next to New
Consignment Shop
215 South 6th St. Ste. B
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1935
Adel Family Dentistry New In-Network Providers Announced
Adel Family Dentistry Adel Family Dentistry is pleased to announce that they are now in-network providers for patients with Cigna Dental and Principal Dental Insurance.

In October, Dr. Kelly Sedars celebrated his 10th year of service to the community.

New patients are always welcome to stop by the office to meet the friendly staff and take a tour of the new facility.

Adel Family Dentistry is also on Facebook. Like their page to find out fun dental facts and important health information as well as win cool prizes.
Adel Family Dentistry, P.C.
Dr. Kelly Sedars, D.D.S.
1202 Greene St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3701
Facebook: Adel-Family-Dentistry-PC
BHoliday Soup Luncheon, Craft & Bake Sale
Panther Creek Church Adel Iowa Panther Creek Church of the Brethren Women's Fellowship is hosting a "Holiday Soup Luncheon, Craft & Bake Sale" on Saturday, November 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Soup choices will be chili or cheesy potato.

Please join us for lunch and the craft and bake sale.

Panther Creek Church of the Brethren is located at 24529 J Avenue, Adel. Please call 993-4096 if you have any questions.

Panther Creek Church of The Brethren
24529 J Ave.
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-4096
BThe Animal Hospital - Therapy Dog Testing
The Animal Hospital of Adel - Adel Iowa The Animal Hospital of Adel is offering Therapy Dog Testing on November 23rd, 2013.

Testing will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Seelah Training Center, 29513 R Avenue Adel, Iowa.

Test administered by a certified TDI evaluator.

For more information or to register
contact: Paula Exline (515) 993-1929

View Therapy Flyer

The Animal Hospital of Adel

1126 Greene St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3410
Facebook: The Animal Hospital of Adel
Adel's Divine Dancers - Bowling, Raffle and Drive for AHeinz Pet Rescue
Sue-Dunsmoor-Lori Rickert Join Adel's Divine Dancers for an afternoon of bowling to help support
the team on their way to competition,
and a wish list donation drive for AHeniz 57 Pet Rescue and Transport.

On November 9th, come to the Adel Family Fun Center at 1526 Greene St. from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and enjoy two hours of bowling for just $10 a person.

Also, there will be raffle tickets with a variety of baskets and prizes.

Tickets are available for... Read More

Adel Tumbling & Dance Club

211 S 7th St Ste A
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: 515-993-4411
B30th Annual Holiday Open House
Holiday Open House Adel Iowa Hollie Forsman, LeRoy Wicks and Laura Brenner invite you to Our Holiday Open House at the Raccoon Valley Bank Community House.

2 Days this Year

Friday, Nov. 15th - 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16th - 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Custom and Special orders are available and most can be done in time for Christmas.

Let us help you do your Christmas shopping. Read More

Event Location:
Raccoon Valley Bank Community House
1016 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
B2013 Operation Christmas Child Ideas
Operation Christmas Child Adel Iowa

November 18 - 25 is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child.  


Simply filling an empty shoebox with school supplies, hygiene items (no liquids, please), small toys, and candy (except chocolate) can make the difference of a lifetime for a child!

This outreach, a division of the international relief organization Samaritan's Purse, extends all around the world to millions of children living amid devastating poverty and extreme crises.

Boxes made by Dallas County residents this November will go to children in Madagascar, Zambia, Kenya, and/or India.

These simple gifts go to children who are living in destitute conditions. Many of them are orphans, having lost their parents to war or disease. Others are exiles who have been forced to flee their homelands. Most of these children are so impoverished that they barely get enough food to sustain their lives. They live in unimaginable despair with no hope for reprieve.

What can we do? We can let these children know that they are loved, that their lives are worth something. We can pack a simple box with simple items, send it, and pray. When these children receive their gifts, they realize that they are not alone. This simple gift gives them the gift of hope, and it can potentially transform their lives. You can make this difference!

Please bring your gift-filled shoe box or donation to the collection site for Dallas County-the Adel United Methodist Church (115 S. 10th & Prairie, Adel).  


Boxes may be dropped off during the 3rd week of November. Hours are: Monday - Friday (18th - 22nd) from 4 - 6 p.m.; Saturday the 23rd,10 a.m. - noon; Sunday the 24th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 25th (final day), 9 - 11 a.m.. (Please drive up to the ramp extending from the church to Prairie Street. It's an easy transition to transport the boxes from your vehicle into the church!)

Thank you and God bless you!

Stefanie Wilderdyke
Dallas County Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child; 515 (993-1003)

Ideas & Guidelines for Operation Christmas Child Items

A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your email address, the child may write back).

School Supplies: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamp and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Toys: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yo's, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch,® toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky,® etc.

Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (put in Ziploc baggie), comb, washcloth, etc.

Other: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, wrapped/packaged candy, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out- of-date candy; items with violent themes (skulls, Pokémon, ghosts, etc.); liquids or lotions (this includes: hand-sanitizer, mouthwash, shampoo, bubbles, liquid lip gloss, nail polish, and water-filled bouncy balls); medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow-globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

How To Build An Operation Christmas Child Gift-Filled Shoebox

1. Use an empty shoebox (standard size, please) or a similarly-sized plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

2. Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child's age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label from or cut out label from your brochure. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

3. Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page. Please include at least one item a child can immediately embrace such as a stuffed toy, doll, ball or toy truck.

4. Please donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our "Follow Your Box Donation" option at or you can write a check to Samaritan's Purse (note "OCC" on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your group are preparing more than one shoebox, you may make one combined donation.

5. Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and drop it off at the collection center for Dallas County residents, the Adel United Methodist Church at 115 South 10th & Prairie, November 18-25, 2013. Drop off times will be 4-6 p.m. Mon. - Fri. (Nov. 18-22); Sat. the 23rd hours are 10 a.m. - noon; Sunday the 24th hours are 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 25th is the final day and last chance for drop off is 9 - 11 a.m..

Questions? Please call Stefanie Wilderdyke, Operation Christmas Child Coordinator for Dallas County at (515) 993-1003 or email


Adel United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791
BAdel Business Holiday Open House Dec. 6th
Adel Holiday Open House Adel Business Holiday Open House
5 to 7 p.m. ~ Friday, December 6th.
This year's theme, "Peppermint Twist"

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the 2013 Holiday Open House!

All Chamber businesses, civic organizations, and churches are welcome to celebrate this annual tradition. Businesses and organizations from all neighborhoods of Adel are welcome!

There are several opportunities to help create a memorable holiday experience for everyone to enjoy. Adel Holiday Open House & Recipe Collection: Choose a holiday recipe and send a copy of the recipe to Adel Partners.

We will print your recipe on souvenir cards and return a supply to you to distribute during the Open House.

As visitors tour the community that evening, you will serve.. Read More

Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
301 S. 10th St.
PO Box 73
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5472
Adel HealthMart - Holiday Open House
Adel HealthMart - Adel Iowa The winter season is almost upon us and it is that time of year again for our annual Holiday Open House.

It will be held on Friday, November 8th from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. We will have free refreshments and treats.

There will also be a free gift with purchase to the first 50 customers as well as some great door prizes.

If you haven't already, check us out on facebook. Like our page or share our page with a friend for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

We hope you will stop by to see all our new merchandise and get ready for the holiday season!

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
Around Town
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Harvest Dinner Adel Iowa Faith Lutheran Church Harvest Dinner Nov. 1st

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Vote 2013 City of Adel Elections Nov. 5th

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Flu Shots Available at Adel HealthMart

Flu shots are now available at Adel HealthMart. No appointment is necessary. Hours the vaccination is available are Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m...   Continue reading
Veterans Day Chili Feed Veteran's Day Chili Feed at Captain's Quarters Nov 11th

Come out and show your support for our Veterans at the Captain's Quarter's in Adel Iowa. Wednesday, November 11th, 2013. We will have 4 different...   Continue reading

Daylight Set Back Daylights Savings Ends This Sunday

Sunday, November 3rd is the first Sunday of November and the Official End of Daylight Savings Time. Don't forget to set back your clocks this Saturday night. It's also...   Continue reading

Chili Cookoff 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off at Keasey's Nov. 17th

Keasey's Hideaway Lounge in Adel, invites you to their 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off on Sunday, November 17th, 2013. $5 entry fee 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place...    Continue reading

UMC Thanksgiving Ingathering Nov. 2nd

The Adel United Methodist Church Thanksgiving Ingathering is November 2nd. We are collecting supplies to put together 45 school kits and need your help!...    Continue reading

Free Throw Turkey Contest Thanksgiving Free Throw Turkey Toss November 22nd

Thanksgiving Free Throw Turkey Toss. A fun holiday event for the whole family! Each team must consist of one parent and one child from the same family. Teams will...    Continue reading

Harveys Winter Market Adel Iowa 2013 Harvey's Greenhouse Winter Markets

Harvey's Greenhouse will be hosting four winter markets. They will be Friday from 12-5 p.m, and Saturday from 9 a,m,-2 p,m inside the greenhouse...    Continue reading

Christmas in Adel Iowa Adel Grace Lutheran Church Christmas Bazaar Nov. 9th

Grace Lutheran Church Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be "Themed" baskets to auction off....   Continue reading

North Pole at The Adel Parks and Rec. 2013 Sign-up for "Notes From The North Pole"

Have a letter from Santa mailed directly to your child this Christmas. Each letter comes in an envelope with Santa's name and return address in the corner....  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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As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder your library is working hard to stay warm and busy.  


In November we have an awesome Milk and Bookies story time, one of our favorite Friends of the Adel Public Library fundraisers, and lots of other great events and programs.    


Your library is very excited to be hosting a Milk and Bookies Story Time to benefit the Adel Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center as well as Children and Families of Iowa.  


This special event on Wednesday, November 6th at 2:00 p.m. is a great way to inspire children to become lifelong givers.  


We'll have books for you to purchase or you can bring gently used books as a donation.  


Kids will have a chance to inscribe their books with messages of hope and kindness.    


We believe this is a great chance to teach kids to have empathy for children and families in need.


The holidays are fast approaching and our master chef (at least she could be) Janet and the library staff have some great No-Bake Desserts to help make your family gathers quick and easy.    

Join us on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. to share some yummy treats and learn some fun holiday recipes.   


We miss watching Classic Movies on the big screen so we've decided to bring back Classic Movie Mondays.  


We'll watch the beloved film "On Golden Pond" starring the incomparable Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda on Monday, November 18th at 2:00 p.m.; we'll bring the popcorn!


Believe it or not, it's almost time for one of our favorite Friends of the Library fundraisers.  


The annual Christmas Basket Silent Auction raises funds for the purchase of new Audio Books on CD.  


Adel area churches, civic groups, clubs, and individuals are asked to prepare fun-filled baskets full of goodies.  


Baskets may be brought to the library from Monday Nov. 4th through Saturday Nov. 16th.  


Guidelines about how to put together a basket, and ideas for basket themes, are available at the front desk.  


The auction and silent bidding will begin on Monday, Nov. 18th.and these baskets always make wonderful holiday gifts.


Our Book Clubs

have been reading lots of interesting books lately and are always welcoming new people.  


The library has two monthly adult book clubs that are open to everyone.  


The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, November 14th at Noon to talk about "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  


Due to the holidays our Evening Book Club will on Thursday, December 5th to talk about the novel "Those we Love Most" by Lee Woodruff.   



The library has two great groups to help you stay healthy and fit.  


The morning Exercise Group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. every week.  


Our new evening Fitness Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; this group will help you built your core strength and muscle tone.


Both groups are free and always welcoming new people. Complete schedules are available at the information desk.


Dallas County Conservation will be at your library for a special story time on Tuesday, November 12th at 10:30 a.m. They will bring stories, activities, and artifacts to the library for a program about the natural world.


We are having so much fun during our weekly kid's activities.  


Every Magnificent Monday at 4:00 p.m. we'll have a different activity; the first Monday of the month is Lego League, the second Monday is a Mad Science group, the third Monday we'll play Board Games, and the fourth Monday is a Crafternoon. All school aged kids are welcome to come and have fun at your library!


Story Time for ages 3-5 year olds will meet on Mondays, Toddler Time for children 3 and under will be held on Tuesdays, while Music Time for all preschoolers will meet on Thursdays.  The first Thursday of each month will be a special LEGO: Duplo Story time instead of Music Time. Each class will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is sure to be lots of fun.


The next Teen Advisory Board meeting for the fall will be on Tuesday, November 12th at 4:00 p.m.


Your library would never be able to function without the help of our volunteers, and in September this wonderful group spent 158 hours working in the library.  

We are always looking for new volunteers and, if you'd like to donate your time and talents to your library, please call the library at 993-3510 and ask for the volunteer coordinator.


The library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th.  


We are also closed Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for Thanksgiving.  


As always, 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
DDiscover Chef
Pumpkin Quiche

When the kids were little,
I taught them how to cook everything from A-Z, except for one item.

Sadly, I couldn't make quiche, that wonderful flaky dish served at many fine buffets.

It's an "omelet in a pie crust". I can do both well, surely I could do this.

After countless recipes, I hung up my oven glove on this particular dish.

Years later, my oldest learned how to make quiche at her first job.

Spurred on by the simplicity of the subject (ouch) she showed me what I was doing wrong.

I was over filling the shell, a half cup is subjective, right?

If like me, you're generous with the proportions use a second shell and be easy on the cheese.

Thus, the student became the teacher.

Following is one of her own creations. It's a nice twist on a classic dish.


1 Pie Crust
1 C. Ground Sausage (Spicy or Sage)
1 Potato, Diced
1 C. Pumpkin puree
3 Tbsp Cream Cheese, room temp.
2 Eggs, room temp.
1 C. Milk
1/2 tsp. Thyme
1/2 tsp. Sage
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 C. Mozzarella Cheese


1. Brown the ground sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Once fully cooked, drain excess fat. Set aside to cool.

2. Place diced potato in microwave bowl with 2 Tbsp of water. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until fork tender. Set aside to cool.

3. In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, seasonings and cream cheese- whisk together. Add pumpkin and mix until well combined. Fold in sausage and potato.

4. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on bottom of crust. Pour the pumpkin mixture on top.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for 60 minutes, or until center is fully set.

6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Veteran's Day
Nov. 11th

Remember to fly your flag in honor of those who have served and thank a Vet.

Originally called "Armistice Day", it marked the events on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month when an armistice was signed with the Germans and World War I was over

An Act approved May 13th, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year to make it a legal holiday;

"A day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."

In 1953 a Bill was passed that expanded Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veteran's Day.
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ViewPoints w/Terry Bradshaw highlights the history and growth of Adel, Iowa in this short video titled "Welcome to Adel Iowa".

The video was posted  on Youtube® and Facebook by Adel City Councilman, John McAvoy.
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Our goal is to inform everyone of the benefits of Adel. Not just those who live in Adel, but also our friends from around the world.

From unique shopping to award winning events to outstanding services, you will find it all in Adel, Iowa!

to check out new businesses, upcoming events, local stories and daily news.
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