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Vera Gelder cooks with honey (video)

(Originally published November 20, 2013) 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 […]

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A guide to farmers’ markets in the Missouri River Bluffs region

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 […]

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What to look for this season at Longfellow’s Garden Center

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 […]

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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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A mid-Missouri guide to holiday birds

(Updated 11/3/13, 2:40 p.m.) Are you trying to find a locally raised turkey for your Thanksgiving table? Are you looking even further ahead, with visions of a Dickensian Christmas feast dancing in your head? For those who are determined to find a Missouri-grown bird that’s never seen the inside of a CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation), […]

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John Corn makes tomato basil bisque (video)

Do you need a new idea for all those gorgeous tomatoes that are still so abundant in gardens and farmers’ markets? Here’s a great soup that highlights the classic pairing of tomatoes and basil, enhanced by onion, garlic, and summer squash. The addition of half and half and herbed goat cheese turns it into a heavenly, creamy […]

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Dan Kuebler’s Small-Batch Sauerkraut (recipe with pictures)

(Originally published September 12, 2013) Though the process of sauerkraut-making has been documented in this MO Deep Roots cooking video, here’s the recipe, with pictures, as an additional reference. If you’re interested in tasting this kraut without going through the work and the wait, you can find it for sale at the Lincoln Farmers’ Market […]

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