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Spring dreaming

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 […]

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Sarah Cyr pairs food and Missouri wine, pt. 3 of 3: Adam Puchta vignoles (video)

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 […]

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“Soup Is Home”

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 […]

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Slow and savory vegetable beef soup

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 and obligations are suspended, because let’s face it—if your driveway is buried in 6 inches of snow and the wind chill is 20 below, sometimes […]

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Drinking custard—a delicious way to kick off the holidays

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 […]

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Meet Leslie Touzeau

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, […]

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Simple Spaghetti Squash Skillet with Kale and Sausage (video & recipe), featuring Leslie Touzeau

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, […]

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Vera Gelder cooks with honey (video)

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 […]

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