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.
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
Authentic Irish Pubs in the USA Irish culture at straight-from-the-motherland pubs. Story by Ginger Warder Céad míle fáilte (pronounced Kay-od mee-leh foyle-cha) means a hundred thousand welcomes and that’s the kind of hospitality you’ll find in a real Irish pub. There’s a reason Irish people call their neighborhood watering hole
Licorice International Licorice heaven in Lincoln, Nebraska. Story by Lisa Waterman Gray Photos by Kathy Plunkett Photography Who would have guessed that a Lincoln, Nebraska company offers the nation’s largest selection of black licorice? Danish Trollendrop, Kerr’s Licorice Toffee from Canada, and bite-sized Italian Rombetti by Amarelli are only a
Strawberry Hill Povitica Story by Diana Lambdin Meyer Povitica is a mouthful, starting with its pronunciation. Even long-time customers of the indulgence at Strawberry Hill Povitica in Kansas City commonly mispronounce poh-va-TEET-sa. Povitica is a Slavic word for a delightfully rich bread that can be found in Eastern Europe as
Merry and Bright Holiday Hotel Meals Story by Jill Gleeson When you and yours crave delicious holidays, options abound! While you might choose to prepare a festive meal and even pour some exceptional spirits at home, you might also treat yourself to a getaway to another city or dine out
Jones Bar-B-Q Sisters of smoke in KC Story by Diana Lambdin Meyer Photos by Bruce N. Meyer Not long ago Mary and Deborah Jones were just two hard-working women, trying to earn enough money that Deborah’s daughter wouldn’t need to take out student loans or work a part-time job to
Fairytales are responsible for the word “pumpkin,” which first appeared in print in the 17th century. Pumpkins served as a magical coach in nursery rhyme long before becoming a symbol for the month of October. Today, foodies enjoy pumpkins’ ability to grow in the garden, add delicious flavor to a wide range of foods, plus stand as seasonal décor from Halloween through Thanksgiving.
The main highway leads to a blacktop country road that narrows as it winds for miles through forests and farmland. Just when you think your GPS must be wrong and you’re lost in the middle of nowhere a sign points to a nearly hidden driveway. Suddenly a stuccoed Tuscan villa, glowing gold in the afternoon sun, appears before row upon row of grape vines.