It’s finally here: farmers’ market season. Time to get out your recyclable shopping bags, pour yourself a travel mug of coffee, and head out to your nearest open-air market for your weekly dose of fresh. In my travels to the various farmers’ markets scattered throughout the Missouri River Bluffs region, I’ve found an amazing array […]
We’re well into autumn, and though I’ve taken a break from this web site for the past few months, I have an abundance of previously published posts, recipes, and videos ...
March is coming in like a lion here in the Midwest, so once again it’s time to put on your sweater, brew a hot cup of tea, and make a ...
Though winter weather can be a massive pain, there is some consolation for truly significant snowfall or record-setting low temperatures: the great American snow day. For many of us, all normal expectations ...
A couple of weeks ago Alice Longfellow and husband Bob Call welcomed me and a band of Missouri River Bluffs Association members into their huge, spectacular garden center in Centertown (Longfellow’s Garden Center, 12004 Lookout Trail). We were treated to a behind-the-scenes peek at their operation, which like all plant nurseries in early March was […]
Here we are again, just a few weeks before spring is supposed to officially begin, once again covered in a coating of ice, just waiting for the snow to follow. It feels like we’ve been living in black and white for the past few months, and I’m tired of thick socks and dry skin. But […]
In our third and final Missouri wine and food pairing episode, sommelier Sarah Cyr shows me how to best enjoy a vignoles from Adam Puchta Winery. The winery describes their vignoles as “a luscious semi-sweet white wine bursting with peach, strawberry and kiwi, with a sweet citrus finish. This versatile wine pairs with any spicy […]
Grace Kenneth Collins is a storyteller with a passion for family traditions and family dinners. While still a high school senior in Baltimore County, Maryland, she published Sour Beef and Cheesecake: A Food and Family Memoir (2011). (The “sour beef” in the title refers to her Grandma Mickey’s famous sauerbraten.) This warm, folksy book offers intriguing […]
By guest contributor Bernadette Dryden No other dish in my lifelong cooking repertoire brings fonder memories of Christmas, sense of place and family than does the recipe below. My mother made drinking custard every year during the holidays and served it alongside her fabulous date pudding or tall applesauce cake (drizzled with caramel icing and […]
When Leslie Touzeau graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in art history and psychology, she had no idea that six years later she’d have turned her love of cooking, and fond childhood memories of gardening with her parents, into a new career as an organic farmer. For the past three years, […]
Now that you’re recovering from your post-Thanksgiving coma you’re thinking healthy, right? Maybe it’s time to knock back a few more veggies and clean out your system after that oh-so-pleasant but guilt-inducing overdose of carbs, fat, and sugar also known as Thanksgiving? This simple one-skillet meal combines a few different veggies with a flavorful protein, […]
Wine expert Sarah Cyr, co-owner and sommelier of the Wine Cellar and Bistro, is back, and this time she’s showing me what pairs well with a Norton from Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri. This full-bodied, dry red wine, made from the official Missouri state grape, turns out to be a perfect match for locally sourced, grass-fed, […]
In this cooking video, the eighth of the MO Deep Roots series, Vera Gelder of Walk-About Acres in Columbia, Missouri, shows me how to make three dishes featuring the specialty of her farm: honey. Each of the recipes is very simple to make, requiring few ingredients, and all of them are very tasty. Vera makes […]