Machine Shed in Rachael Ray Magazine!

Feb-Cover-418x552We were so excited to open up the March issue of Rachael Ray Magazine and see The Machine Shed featured in their article “America, What’s for Breakfast?”  The magazine highlighted a personal favorite of ours, The Pork Producer’s Breakfast.  Pick up your copy of the issue, and stop in to the restaurant to see what they are talking about!


The Pioneer Recipe!

Pork Pioneer

Throwback Thursday Recipe!  A favorite from Machine Shed menu’s past, The Pioneer.  Check out the recipe, and make it for dinner tonight.  Find the recipe by following this link: .

Save Your Egg Cartons!

egg cartonIt’s not too early to be thinking about Spring, here at the Machine Shed we are already getting excited about planting our gardens this year.  The Machine Shed blog will do a gardening series this spring, and to get prepared we want everyone to start saving their paper egg cartons.  We will use these egg cartons to start seedlings indoors.  Stay tuned, Spring is coming!




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Thank You Farmers!

DSCN2137As we anxiously await this years Super Bowl commercials, we remember our favorite commercial from last year, and possibly of all time! Since the Dodge Ram commercial “Farmers” aired, we worked with the local artisans from Isabel Bloom to create a keepsake of this profound message. You can get your Isabel Bloom “Farmers” keepsake at select Machine Shed Restaurant gift shops or we can ship it to you.

Follow the link to watch the commercial:


Superbowl Party Recipe!

This Sunday is the anticipated Superbowl, and for many of us that means we will be throwing, or attending a Superbowl Party.  What will you be eating this Sunday?  Need some inspiration?  Why not try these Short Rib Sliders!

Ingredients:bbq pulled pork sandwich sliders

2 pounds short ribs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons oil
3 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup red wine
3 oz tomato paste
2 cups beef stock
1 cup of dark cola
Slider buns


1. Season short ribs with salt and pepper.
2. Heat oil and sear short ribs on each side until they are caramelized, a few minutes on each side.
3. Remove short ribs, and in the same pot add onion and garlic.
4. Once cooked, add tomato paste.
5. Add red wine and stir to deglaze the pan.
6. Place the short ribs, remainder of ingredients in the pan, beef stock, and cola into a crock pot.
7. Cook on medium for 4 hours or until tender.
8. Place short ribs and coleslaw on slider buns and serve

National Pie Day!

bananaCreamPieToday is National Pie Day!  Celebrate by making our Banana Cream Pie in your kitchen at home.  Don’t have time to bake today?  Save the recipe for later and come have pie with us at The Machine Shed!  Click on the recipe card to get the recipe.

Stuffed Iowa Chop Recipe

Stuffed Chop

Winner of the Iowa Pork Cookoff and The National Pork Recipe Contest, The Machine Shed’s Stuffed Iowa Chop will make a delicoius addition to your dinner table!  Make it at home tonight, or come try the real thing at any of our Machine Shed locations.


Click on the recipe card to the right to see the recipe.

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We Have a Winner!

Blue RibbonCongratulations to Colleen Flathers, you are the winner of our giveaway!  Check your email for directions on claiming your prize.

Stay tuned to the blog, more giveaways to come this month!

Machine Shed’s Famous Meatloaf Recipe

meatloaf.psdOne of the most popular menu items on The Machine Shed menu is none other than our famous meatloaf.  Try out our recipe to impress your friends and family tonight!  Visit our website for more great Machine Shed recipes, or visit us at the restaurant for Midwest American cusine at its finest!  Click on the recipe card, and get cooking!






Tips to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick!

By this time, most of us have decided what our New Year’s resolution will be this year.  But, for many of us, sticking to that resolution will be tough.  Here are some tips published in USA Today from Professor John Norcross of Scranton University.

Last year, 40% of Americans planned to make resolutions on Jan. 1. Popular ambitions included the usual suspects: losing weight, improving finances, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol use. 

“Resolutions have been uncannily similar and stable over the years,” Norcross said.

But, the author of Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions says resolutions are hard to keep for many Americans. Last year, Norcross predicted 50% would break one, if not all, of their goals by mid-January. 

Here are some tips from Norcross to keep your New Year’s goals. And remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint! 

1) Make changes to your behavior. Changing your routine can bring different results. Instead of trying the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome, people need to modify their behaviors. 

2) Define SMART goals. When setting targets, use the SMART acronym: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-specific. Norcross says that individuals must go further than simply saying, “I want to lose weight.” “Specifically, what are you going to do so that you can measure and track [your weight] over time, for say, the next three to four months?” he said. 

3) Track your progress. Norcross calls this technique self-monitoring. A calendar, or a calendar app, is a handy tool you can use to track your goals. “It also can show you what the triggers of your behavior are and it can alert you to any early slips,” Norcross says.

4) Reward small achievements. When you reach a portion of your goal, as an example you lose 10 of those 25 pounds, be kind to yourself. Recognize the accomplishment and perhaps do something nice for yourself. This will help keep you focused and excited about the overall goal. 

5) Make it public. When individuals announce their goals on social media, to their families or in the workplace, they are being held accountable by those closest to them. The upside to this, Norcross says, is it can keep you on track. The downside: “It potentially increases embarrassment if they fail,” he said. So, it depends on how open you want to be about your resolutions. 

6) You are human. Chances are you may slip up once or twice during this process. It’s OK. Norcross says it is important to deal with failures by getting back on track and continuing along your journey. Seventy percent of successful goal-setters said that their first slip actually strengthened their resolutions. Norcross says to adopt the outlook, “I’m human. Let me learn from it, and let me keep going.”


“6 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick.” USA Today. Gannett, n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2014.

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