Thanksgiving is soon approaching again, and to celebrate that, we are going to take a look back at the Rada Cutlery Thanksgiving Special that aired a year ago on Good Morning Waverly, a local news show in the kitchen at Rada Cutlery’s headquarters in Waverly, Iowa. Good Morning Waverly is produced by students in the Wartburg College Department of Communication Arts, whose graduates go on to be on the cutting edge of journalism and media across the country. Wartburg College attendees often intern at Rada Cutlery to gain real world experience.  The students not only bring enthusiasm but also a great grasp of technology and today’s social media platforms.

Reporters Jacqueline Schutte and Kelsey Bemus joined Rada Cutlery Chef Blake Landau to make a Cornish Game Hen with stuffing for a classic Thanksgiving meal! Also, watch the video below to check out the newscast and learn some more about the history of Rada Mfg. Co. and get a peek into Rada’s holiday shipping system from CEO Gary Nelson.

Good Morning Waverly Special


Cornish Game Hen and Stuffing

For Chef Blake, Cornish game hens and stuffing was a family tradition each year. Now he is sharing it with readers like you! Whatever you prepare for the holidays, just remember to heed Chef Blake’s advice, “A failure to plan is a plan to fail.” Figure out what’s on the menu and make a plan to put it on the table so everyone will have a holiday meal experience they’ll never forget!

Ingredients Needed:

  • Cornish game hen (approximately 1 lb)
  • Salted butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Stuffing
  • Kitchen twine

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stuff the bird with homemade or store-bought stuffing.Season bird with salt and pepper. Use a piece of kitchen twine to tie together the legs. Place small pieces of salted butter underneath the skin, separating the skin from the meat. Place bird in pan with vegetables such as potatoes or carrots. Place in 450 degree oven directly in the center of the oven and immediately drop temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until the middle of each is fully cooked. 165 degrees is the minimum safe temperature, at which point the juices should run clear.

Any questions or comments? Want to share your favorite Thanksgiving dishes and recipes? Drop us a line in the comment box!

Rada Cutlery: Here for the Holidays!

A beautiful lattice pie crust and a Rada Slicer.


Rada Cutlery started in 1948 and has been making all of its products here in Waverly ever since. Our busiest time of the year is the holiday season! During our peak period we can have as many as 3000 packages ship out on a given day, compared to about an average of 500 or so during the preceding months. We start preparing for the holidays at the beginning of the year and don’t let up until it’s over, which, when you think about it, means it’s almost a holiday at Rada all year long!

If you have a group or cause you’re interested in raising money for, we’ve got just the program for you. Rada Cutlery partners with tens of thousands of groups every year to fundraise for worthy causes. We offer our extensive catalog of top-tier cutlery and kitchenware, which sell like hotcakes during the busy holiday season as people look for the perfect gift.

Visit our website for more information on how to start a Rada Cutlery fundraiser this holiday season!

If you don’t have a fundraiser to host but are still looking for the perfect Christmas or holiday gift, visit our online Rada Kitchen Store to order the best cutlery and kitchen utensils to be found!

Prepare Holiday Meals with Rada Stoneware!

Rada Rectangular Baker Features

Take your holiday meals to the next level by baking with Rada’s fabulous stoneware! Our six stoneware pieces are made of a proprietary clay mixture that absorbs heat for an even baking temperature, ensuring the best cook on your foods. They’re capable of going from a freezer to a 400 degree pre-heated oven without cracking so you can prepare some dishes in advance, while cooking oil is only necessary for egg dishes and wet batters. Unlike other brands of stoneware, ours is 100% lead free and dishwasher safe.

Visit our online Rada Kitchen Store to ensure your home is stocked with unbeatable Rada stoneware!

Buy and Use American This Holiday Season!

Rada Factory with American Flag

Based out of Waverly, Iowa in the heart of the Midwest, Rada Mfg. Co. has been producing the country’s best cutlery and kitchen utensils since 1948. We take our commitment to American industry seriously, and only sell products made entirely in the USA. American craftsmanship and skill is unparalleled the world over, and this shows in our superior products. All of our cutlery and utensils come with a Lifetime Guarantee, so when you buy, sell, or use Rada, you don’t just support American workers, but do so with the utmost confidence.

Watch this video to learn more about how Rada’s manufacturing process helps make the products so remarkable!

Give Back to Your Community!

The holidays are a time for appreciating one’s blessings and extending those gifts to the less fortunate. This Good Morning Waverly special highlights the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, a local organization whose goal is to provide nutritious food to individuals in need. Because of the generosity of many donors and volunteers, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is able to serve more than 40,000 people annually!

If you’ve the time these holidays, donate food, money, or time to your local food bank. Click here to search for the food bank nearest you!

Food banks are always in need of items to give to feed needy individuals and families. While all donations are welcome, food banks most appreciate healthy foods that are packed with nutrition. Here’s a list of some of the best items you can give to a food bank:

  • 100% juice drinks
  • Beans
  • Brown rice
  • Canned meats (chicken, salmon, tuna)
  • Coffee
  • Holiday foods (cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes)
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Popcorn
  • Powdered milk
  • Spices
  • Tea
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Whole grain pasta

You can also donate non-food items such as paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste.