Though cheese curds have been considered (somewhat jokingly) a food group in Wisconsin for decades, they are just now finding their way to other parts of the country. It is time everyone else discover these deep-fried nuggets of heaven. Since June is National Dairy Month, it seems the ideal time to indulge! Why has Wisconsin had a monopoly on cheese curds? Wisconsinites are serious about cheese and the art of cheesemaking. The USA is home to just 60 master cheesemakers, all of whom live and work in Wisconsin, making it a cheesemaking epicenter.
One of summer’s great joys is celebrating the earth’s bounty by going to a farmers’ market. Purchasing seasonal produce directly from the hand that planted and tended that asparagus spear, strawberry, or tomato offers a visceral connection to the land.
Taste of Talbot County, Maryland Story by Katie DeTar Talbot County, Maryland, boasts the most shoreline of any county in the USA—600 miles! The land curves in, out, and around the Chesapeake Bay, offering photogenic scenes in practically every direction. The area bursts with abundant boating and watersport opportunities, friendly
Curled up on the couch with a steaming cup of Sleepytime or swaying in a rocker with a glass of iced Red Zinger, most of us have had the pleasure of sipping Celestial Seasonings herbal tea. It is a cup of comfort known across the nation and beyond. Celestial Seasonings is the world's most widely distributed purveyor of herbal infusions, annually selling 1.6 billion tea bags that are all produced in the plant outside Boulder, Colorado.
Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the historic town of Lexington, Virginia has a cornucopia of tasty reasons to visit, from delicious local foods to quaint horse-drawn carriage tours, from its direct ties to compelling chapters of American history to vigorous hiking trails, modern boutique shops to natural wonders, and so much more.
The World’s Largest Bourbon Collection Explore the impressive collection at Prohibition Bourbon Bar in Northern Kentucky. Story by Chris Chamberlain Photos courtesy Kim and Peter Newberry If you haven’t heard the news yet, Northern Kentucky is home to some of the greatest bourbon bars in the USA. As evidence, check
Appalachia’s infamous bootleggers and moonshine makers provided much fodder for country music artists, including Sevierville, Tennessee’s hometown star Dolly Parton. In “Daddy’s Moonshine Still” Parton tells a tragic tale of shame and strife based on the region’s favorite distilled spirit. But these days, well past prohibition and backyard distilling, several moonshine makers find inspiration in handed-down family recipes to create artisan moonshine and other spirits in Sevierville. These local producers offer a taste of local beverages in a safe—and legal—manner, minus the sad songs:
Palm Springs: Date Capital USA Story by Renee Sklarew America’s date capital can’t even claim the fruit as native. Palm Springs, California is home to a sunny oasis known as the Coachella Valley. Here, 80-foot tall palm trees cover more than 6,500 acres and yield a prized fruit that earns the
“Find” Dining: Learn to Forage with Expert Guides Story by Ginger Warder Be Safe! Never eat wild plants without the guidance of a local expert, such as those found at the Native Plant Society Forget farm-to-table dining and take a learning leap into field and forest-to-table dining. Foraging—a
J. Rieger & Co. Destination Distillery in Kansas City, Missouri. Story by Lisa Waterman Gray When was the last time you rocketed down a 40-foot indoor slide? Or enjoyed brunch in the heart of a massive new distillery and historic local building? How about checking out a personalized whiskey bottling