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“Soup Is Home”

(Originally published January 18, 2014) 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 […]

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

(Originally published December 1, 2013) 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 […]

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What’s Fresh in June

(Originally Published June 8, 2013) The uncommonly cold, wet spring we’ve experienced in mid-Missouri has, to put it mildly, presented some challenges to our farmers and gardeners. While many leafy greens have been enjoying the cool moisture, the heavy snows of March and torrential spring rains made the planting of other crops maddeningly difficult, and […]

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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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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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Slow and savory vegetable beef soup

(Originally published January 7, 2014) 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 […]

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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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