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In the Kitchen with... Charity Nebbe
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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (or M&M) Cookies

Edamame with Garlic and Soy Sauce

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Popular Iowa Public Radio interviewer now doing new foodie show on Iowa Public Television.

Fans who know Charity Nebbe of Iowa City by voice only on her weekday program, Talk of Iowa on Iowa Public Radio, now can get to know her better on a new Iowa Public Television program, Iowa Ingredient. It focuses on produce and food items grown or produced in the state and the people who bring those flavors to life.

“So many people are doing such interesting things with foods in Iowa,” Charity says. “Did you know chestnuts are grown in Wapello?” The show has covered ingredients such as rhubarb, pork, elk, heavy cream, Gouda cheese, garlic, and blueberries.

On a recent program on apples, she focused on an orchard near Council Bluffs; on chef Katie Routh, who prepares meals at the Gathering Table restaurant at the Country Life Center at the Wallace House in rural Orient; and on Beth Howard, who makes pies to sell at the American Gothic House in Eldon. Howard has written a book, Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie. Charity says Iowa chefs are doing amazing things with Iowa products.

The program airs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. And an Iowa Ingredient cookbook and an Iowa-shape cutting board have been created as thank-you gifts for pledges during Festival on public TV. The program was the longtime idea of Deb Herbold, executive producer.

On the radio program, Charity covers arts, humanities, and lifestyle in Iowa. “I learn something new every day,” she says.

She grew up near Cedar Falls and graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, in political science and biology. However, in school she gravitated to public radio, and it has been her passion ever since. She worked for 10 years at Michigan Radio and moved back to the Iowa City area in 2010 with her family.

Her husband, Rob Parrish, is a professional baker at the New Pioneer Food Co-op, and the couple is raising Audrey, 7, and Carter, 5, on a small acreage between Iowa City and Kalona. She’s also proud of her 16 hens and the wonderful brown eggs they produce. Two more are Americana hens that provide blue eggs.

Rob does most of the cooking. “Marrying a man who loves to cook and bake is a great idea,” Charity says with a laugh. “We have lots of stir-fry dishes, soups, and homemade pizza. Right now our daughter wants to cook a lot, too, which is so fun.”

A vegetarian for 24 years, since age 14, Charity shares her family’s favorite cookie and side dish recipes. “We have adapted the edamame (soybean) recipe, and I now take it to potlucks often.”

The best part of her radio and TV jobs? “I love to talk to people because they always surprise me.”



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