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Iowa Themed Bistro Box

by Kristen

Iowa Lottery sponsored this post. All opinions are entirely my own.  

Iowa is a beautiful state to explore, especially during the summer. It’s not too hot, and there are many unique towns for an Adventure. Whether you’re near Des Mones, Dubuque, Central Iowa, The Quad Cities, or exploring small towns, there are many ways to get outdoors this summer and explore this great state. While exploring Iowa outdoors this summer, take along an Iowa Bistro Box featuring local foods from our great state!

To some, Iowa may seem like a flyover state. However, those who live here understand how exceptional and beautiful it is. There are so many wonderful hidden gems to visit in our state, from the Mississippi River to the 83 Iowa State Parks, to the Iowa State Fair and many beautiful rolling hills in the driftless area. There’s plenty of fun right here.   I am teaming up with the #Iowalottery to share a few of my favorite Iowa Foods you should pack in your cooler when you’re out adventuring in our state this summer!

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A few of my favorite outdoor places in Iowa  are:

Eagle Point Park in Dubuque

Lake McBride is just north of Iowa City

The Field of Dreams in Dyersville

Maquoketa State Park

Mines of Spain in Dubuque

Hartman Nature Reserve Center in Cedar Falls

Pikes Peak in Mcgregor

We love packing lunch and heading out on the weekend! Here is an Iowa-themed lunch to bring with you on your day trips!

Iowa Bistro Box

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn is an essential commercial crop in the state of Iowa.

Hard-Boiled Egg

Iowa is the number 1 egg-producing state in the country!  with 1 out of every five eggs being produced on Iowa Farms!

Iowa Ham Ball

Every church cookbook in Iowa has its recipe for Iowa Ham balls. It’s ground pork, ground ham, and crackers cooked together in a sweet tomato ( soup) sauce. Please don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Ham Balls are a little slice of heaven. You can purchase them at many local grocery stores if you don’t know how to make them.


Scotcheroos are a rice Krispie dessert bar with butterscotch, peanut butter, and a chocolate topping. They are a tradition in Iowa. Many families have adapted their version of a scotcheroo. You can also get them at most grocery store bakeries.

Lettuce Salad with Ranch Dressing

In Iowa, it is common to have a backyard garden during the summer. I included some garden lettuce with Iowa’s favorite salad dressing, ranch.

Blue Cheese

Some of the best blue cheese is made right here in Iowa!

A few other “Iowa” Themed Recipes

Iowa State Fair Hot Beef Sundaes

Chili with a cinnamon roll

Slow Cooker Pork Chop Sandwiches

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