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The Art of Cultivating Simple Pleasures and Living Well

Sustainable Style for the Home

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The Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This famous quotation has itself been repeated a thousand times to cover as many situations, but it bears repeating again, especially in terms of the current enthusiasm for all things environmentally friendly. Recycling. Repurposing. Reclaiming. Upcycling. Salvaging. You could also add “refurbishing” and “remodeling.” Call it what you will, the trend to make old things new and usable again, to fix things up, and to purchase eco-consciously is ultra-praiseworthy. What’s not to like here? People, lots of people, are doing their part to reduce greenhouse gases, make their carbon footprints smaller, keep stuff out of landfills, and use more nature-based, sustainable goods and products for the good of Mother Earth. Continued on page 10.

A golden Festival of Lights features spicy, autumnappropriate dishes. See page 14 for recipes.

Being environmentally conscious can add an exceptional sense of style to your home. Clockwise from upper left: [1] Beyond gorgeous, this contemporary, ten by fourteen, hand-knotted, 100 percent wool rug from Obeetee’s Royal Taj Collection is rich in intricate Shah Abbasi motifs that rest like jewels on its ebony ground, an eco-friendly rug choice that splendidly anchors the room. “A wool rug is an affordable, perhaps ultimate, ‘green’ luxury,” says Philip Holmes of Rug Studio. [2] A sheltered front porch sports green furnishings. [3] This home’s game room is furnished with comfy leather furniture, nowadays manufactured using environmentally sustainable practices. Its pièce de résistance is an antique railway handcar, handle removed, repurposed into a coffee table and topped by a steam locomotive made from vintage metal parts. From Design Studio, Ltd.

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A Peaceable Kingdom: good dogs and good deeds Quiet Spaces: perspectives on the art of walking On The Porch: marking the turn of the season A La Carte: restaurants of note and an autumn spice Shades of Green: the many colors of green paint Noteworthy: a local doctor and her world view


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A Peaceable Kingdom Therapy dogs are good medicine Someone once said, “A dog is the only thing on earth who loves you more than he loves himself,” which pretty much explains why many are ideally suited to work as therapy dogs. ow, therapy dogs usually aren’t service dogs; service dogs have serious responsibilities as companions to people who have various physical challenges, such as blindness and loss of limbs, which are compensated for by their service dogs. Such dogs are not pets, and they mustn’t be distracted from tasks at hand. Therapy dogs, on the other paw, are in a more entertaining line of work. By being warm, furry, willing friends to people in such varied settings as assisted living facilities and hospices, select care homes and hospitals, child care facilities and elementary schools, and even the occasional library, these invaluable canine aides bestow upon one and all endearing calm, comfort, and contentment.

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Transformed into a welcoming entry hall tableau, an arched iron factory window from France is repurposed into a stunning mirror and installed above an 18th-century French Gothic coffer that once served as storage for a family. Stop by the showroom and browse our extensive line of home furnishings, textiles, and decorative accessories. Be sure to shop our fabulous lamp room!

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Owned by Ray Racobs, Oso Oro—Spanish for “Golden Bear”—is an eleven-year-old golden retriever-great Dane mix who’s become a rock-star therapy dog. Together, they make an irresistible team in a variety of settings. Whether channeling his reassuring presence to help elementary-school students overcome reading anxieties or brightening the day of nursinghome residents, Oso Oro thoroughly enjoys his roles.

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First and foremost, any potential therapy dog must like going to new places and meeting strangers who’ll want to pet him. A lot. Fortunately, many breeds make great therapy dogs. Due to their consistently friendly temperaments, some larger breeds—for example, Labrador retrievers, collies, and golden retrievers—are better suited than others. And smaller breeds, such as the bichon frisé, the cavalier King Charles spaniel, and the Jack Russell terrier, are just right for sitting on laps and peering up adoringly into a person’s face. Not every dog is cut out for this calling; ultimately, a dog’s disposition determines his fitness as a therapy dog. It’s well known that a pet can be a bracing, restorative tonic for your health; simply stroking his fur, slowly, lowers your blood pressure, reduces stress levels, and ups your overall sense of well-being. All’s right with the world, or at least better. Similarly, others seem to reap the same benefits. They’re less stressed and depressed. Patients who feel that they’re recovering too slowly from an illness become more patient. After a visit from a therapy dog, they smile more, feel calmer, are happier, and more relaxed. And, by the way, you’ll take your leave feeling pretty darned good yourself. If you’re interested in brightening the day for a shut-in, sharing your best friend with a hospice patient, providing a fuzzy muzzle for an ailing woman in a care home to caress, prompting fond memories of a long-departed pet for an elderly widower, or calming an anxiety-beset fourth-grader who’s having trouble reading, then you should find out if your pet has a secret hankering to be a therapy dog. As owner, you’ll be the dog’s handler, taking the lead in finding out if you two can function as a therapy team. Local facilities for training and certification include the Family Dog Training & Behavioral Center, 755.2839, email famdogtrng@ hotmail.com and the Wichita Dog Training Club, 832.1952, wichitadogtraining.org. Autumn 2011


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Burnell’s Creative Gold is becoming a national trendsetter and a destination store to those looking for the finest in custom jewelry Burnell’s Creative Gold has long enjoyed its reputation as the premiere fine-jewelry store in the Wichita area, but this shop has become something much more prestigious: Burnell’s is now a destination store. eople come to Burnell’s Creative Gold from all over—Dallas, Chicago, New York City, you name it—because Jerry Burnell and his three master jewelers have built a solid-gold reputation for carrying not only the finest, but also the most diverse, examples of extraordinary jewelry to be found.

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The Shop Think about it. Why else would such a far-flung clientele make such an effort to come to Wichita? Most other local stores are franchises that sell the same middle-ofthe-road wares. Whether you’re in Wichita or Washington, you’ll see exactly the same jewelry, just like ordering the lasagna at any national Italian restaurant chain. And Wichita’s very few independent jewelry stores just don’t have the depth that Jerry Burnell has carefully nurtured. Or the creative talent. Or the vision. Or the concept of what fine custom jewelry can be.

Over the years, Burnell’s has become well known as a family-owned, customer-oriented, full-service store; you can stop by to have your watch battery changed or your rings cleaned and restored to their sparkling original condition, whether you buy any jewelry or not. The ambience is warm and personal, and the talent, skill, vision, and knowledge of Burnell and his staff, unparalleled. That’s why people make the trip.

The Reputation Having served as president of the Kansas Jewelers Association for two years, as an executive board member for the Executive Jewelers of America for six years, and as an advisory board member of the National Jewelers of America for four years, Burnell has earned a singular level of respect and trust from his peers. What’s more, last year Burnell’s Creative Gold was named one of the Top 50 Designer Retailers in the nation—the only store in the KansasMissouri area to receive this award—by Jewelers’ Circular Keystone (JCK), the jewelry industry's leading trade publication and the industry authority for independent jewelry retailers.

The Jewelry For more than thirty years, Burnell’s has earned an unmatched reputation for carrying the widest range of innovative and exciting jewelry designs by more than 140 top designers from around the world. But Burnell’s Creative Gold is Discover the indescribable beauty of MAGICK, the line of exquisite cloisonné more than that: it’s become a destinajewelry whose pieces are quite literally “Gems of Art,” available at Burnell’s tion store because it carries, as a matter Creative Gold. Seen here is the Revelations III pendant, 24k gold cloisonné of course, some of the most unusual, set in 14k yellow gold with .02ct diamonds embodying hidden treasures being most dazzling, most unconventional, brought to light. most eclectic, and, sometimes, the most whimsical, pieces of jewelry around—reason enough to dazzling jewelry in the country. Reason enough to come to this destination store! make the trip. Remember, there’s still time to have Burnell and his And while this store’s top-of-the-line, designer lines of jewelry is always exquisite, Burnell’s Creative Gold is master jewelers create a stunning piece for you to give consistently acclaimed for extraordinary jewelry wholly as a holiday gift. Stop in to browse the world’s most designed and made by Burnell and his master jewelers. spectacular fine jewelry at Burnell’s Creative Gold, Mill They’ve won more than fifty–five national jewelry design Creek Shopping Center, 550 N Rock Rd, 634.2822, or awards by creating some of the most innovative and visit burnells.com

Kitchen & Bath Gallery and these homeowners discover that remodeling one room just leads to another Starting with one upstairs room, Kitchen & Bath Gallery renovated a series of spaces so skillfully, artistically, and imaginatively that the results spectacularly exemplify the concept of seamless remodeling. hase Two was a doozy. The homeowners wanted a massive new bar built on the lower level, a renovated kitchen, and a new sheltered veranda. Such a massive undertaking is all in a day’s work for the Kitchen & Bath Gallery crew. These homeowners wanted the bar to evoke the distinctive ambience of old-time establishments, so a massive enclosed bar, constructed of knotty alder, was custom-designed, built on-site, and stained, and a hand-rubbed, ultra-smooth, marine finish was applied to the top. Antique mirrors installed behind the shelves intensify the stunning sheen. What had been merely a nondescript patio just off the living room was jaw-droppingly transformed into a spacious, largely enclosed, mixeduse grand veranda that leads back into the living room. Comfortably furnished with wicker chairs, a television, and a fireplace, one area encourages relaxation, and the other, memorable dining and celebrations with a view. A tongue-andgroove wood ceiling, crown molding, a stampedconcrete floor, and area rugs unify the spaces. But the kitchen arguably most demonstrates Kitchen & Bath Gallery’s creative flair for seamless remodeling. The homeowners wanted the uninspiring brown cabinets, and the room in general, to be lighter and airier. Kitchen & Bath

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This monumental remodel included a one-ofa-kind bar, a dual-purpose semi-enclosed veranda for virtually year ’round use, and a beautiful, more functional, kitchen. Ever the masters of seamless remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Gallery just finished renovating the living room, powder room, dining room, foyer, and most of the second floor, and these homeowners are so happy with all the work that they’ll have the crew return next year to transform the master bedroom suite. “I couldn’t be more pleased,” one says. “Kitchen & Bath Gallery gave us everything we asked for, everything we wanted—and more!”

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Gallery’s Mark Combs consulted with Design Studio’s Pat Wormhoudt, and they got it right on the first try. The homeowners simply loved the palette of mottled earth tones that include copper, gold, brown, and taupe. Custom maple cabinets, painted with customblended white and finished with a glaze wiped on by hand for depth and character, showcase these colors to ultimate

effect. The countertops and island feature Venetian Gold granite, and the floor is comprised of irregularly shaped and chisel-edged ceramic tile, which has the look of stone. And, finally, it’s all in the details. “What I love most is the butler’s pantry,” says the homeowner. “I have several sets of dishes which, until now, were in storage here and there in the house. I rarely saw them and thus never used them. Thanks to Mark, my new butler’s pantry has plenty of glass cabinets, so I can see, display, use, and enjoy them!” For more on Kitchen & Bath Gallery’s endlessly creative skills, talents, and seamless remodeling, call 686.7938, stop by their showroom at 2823 E Douglas, or visitTheKitchenandBathgallery.com 3


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Now that summer’s temperatures have become more temperate, and summer’s light no longer bleaches everything white-hot, and the season has turned toward autumn’s more muted shades and shadows, it’s time to go walking. es, walking. Walking in honor of autumn. Walking to celebrate the season come ’round again. Walking to find yourself afresh in the quiet spaces of your mind. Depending on the scope of your ambition, you may decide to walk around your neighborhood and, perhaps another time, beyond, to see what’s been going on while you’ve hidden from the relentless, endless summer heat. Take your time. Walk slowly, even leisurely, because this isn’t a race. Remember, the goal is to discover whatever the landscape provides, offers up, reveals. You’ve always wondered, while driving by, what’s up that shy, shaded road. Today, walk on over and find out. You’ve pondered, hurrying by too many times to count, about where that little leaf-strewn stream begins. Today, try to discover the source. In Victorian times, walkers typically investigated all sorts of little things they came upon, such as ant colonies, wildlife tracks, and leaf patterns, and then documented them, all for the simple pleasure of learning and sharing something new about nature. Leave your cell phone at home, or carry it (turned off) only for an emergency. Remember, you’re seeking out the restorative quiet spaces of your mind, which you’ll never find if you’re constantly plugged in to the ever-present cacophony of the modern world. Take your portable media player if you must, but be aware your playlist may clash with the serenity you’re seeking. And on those days when it’s not so pleasant, walk indoors on a treadmill. Again, slowly. You can lay in a stock of walking DVDs. The on-line company VitaDigitalProductions.com offers a remarkable and inexpensive series of 30- and 60-minute “virtual walks,” including walks around Italy’s Isle of Capri and along the Amalfi Coast, and the picturesque countrysides of Ireland and England. They promise that you’ll see something new every time you take a walk. Although walking undoubtedly has exercise benefits, you’re looking for something

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Stormy Path by Mark Wilkes, taken at Wichita’s Great Plains Nature Center

else: connecting with, drawing from, breathing in the natural world, which has always been humankind’s wellspring of inspiration, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Look at the way the sun backlights that row of late-summer geraniums. Observe how oaks, having dropped their acorns for squirrels to find and bury, now seem to relax, gathering strength from the cooling earth for over-wintering. Be inspired by those Victorians of long ago, and stoop to examine the quietly fading colors of fallen leaves. Gaze upward, and notice that the changing angle of the sun’s rays, in the turning of the seasons, makes the light of an autumn sky different from summer’s. Walk on, discovering anew the serene primal source of your own quiet space. This photo and many others are available from the Gallery at Dock 410, which features fine art photography specializing in Kansas and Flint Hills scenics, 410 S Commerce St, 262.7330, Mon-Sat 10-5. Autumn 2011


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Kent & Roxie’s Spectacle Shoppe carries the latest in lens technology— and the most fashionable frames Winter is just around the corner, but sunglasses have become a year-’round necessity. Ice-Tech’s all-digital lens technology combines thinner lenses with stylish wrap-around frames for ultra-cool and comfortable everyday wear. t all started with race-car drivers, whose special needs require excellent side-to-side vision. Unfortunately, old lens-making capabilities were extremely limited in their ability to produce curved lenses or wrap-around shades that would be thin enough to be worn in larger frames, and still deliver visual acuity. But with the advent of Ice-Tech all-digital lens technology, all that has changed. Ice-Tech’s patented lens software means no unwanted thickness outside the optical zone, and lighter, thinner lenses that can be worn in many larger frame styles, including wraps. Because the lens is customized from start to finish, it maximizes vision. Plus, their anti-reflection lens is not a coating at all. Rather, it’s a

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combination of elements that build an anti-reflective thin film that actually bonds to the lens material. Because more light can pass through the lens with an anti-reflective treatment—you can truly see clearly now. Kent and Roxie couldn’t be happier or more impressed. Kent says, “We now have complete optical freedom. We can get the lenses our customers love to wear with no limits to base curve, add power, cylinder power, prism power or decentration, and all without sacrificing distance vision. Talk about optical freedom. Wow!” Get the shades or glasses you’ve always wanted at Kent & Roxie’s Spectacle Shoppe, 306 N Rock Rd, 686.6111, Tues– Fri 9–6, Sat 9–1, or visit KRspecs.com

Green Refinishing is right on track to be Wichita’s eco-friendliest kitchen and bath refinishers When you’re thinking about having kitchen and bath remodeling done, why not choose a local company that uses environmentally friendly products? efinishing is the simple process of creating a new surface over an existing bathtub, countertop, or tile expanse. The folks at Green Refinishing know people have lots of reasons to choose refinishing over renovation. Refinishing involves less hassle, while impressively transforming a home or office space. It’s quicker. Refinishing’s easier, if all you’re looking for is a simple When it comes to refinishing backsplashes and countertops, homeowners are realizing that ecochange. And it’s less expensive. But there’s one more thing to consider: style can be eco-stylish—and budget friendly choosing the earth-friendly option, and that’s where Green Refinishing rises above the rest. They’re committed to refinishing a variety of surfaces using environmentally safe products low in potentially harmful volatile organic compounds. Known as VOCs, these compounds are a toxic goulash of chemicals possibly dangerous in the short- and long-term to you, their technicians, and the environment. Green Refinishing safely and beautifully transfigures countertops and cabinets, as well as bathtubs of all makes and models, bathroom vanities, fiberglass liners, and non-slip floors in both residential and commercial properties. The low-VOC refinishing products this cutting-edge company uses are high quality, time tested, and long lasting. Green Refinishing stands by the products and their work. And they offer a five-year warranty. Now that’s friendly on so many levels! To learn more about the benefits of eco-friendly refinishing or to obtain a free quote, contact Green Refinishing, 768.0371, e-mail info@.GreenRefinishingKS.com, or visit GreenRefinishingKS.com

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On the Porch: Autumn Days inally, summer has given way to autumn, and neighborhoods across the city are jubilantly celebrating the season’s turning by enthusiastically changing out porch décor, seemingly overnight. Oh, the same elements are there. Wicker and wrought iron chairs. Tables large and small. And plants aplenty, although summer’s petunias, freesias, and hydrangeas have been replaced by asters, pansies, and chrysanthemums, and summer’s gaily colored and patterned porch cushions and pillows, by autumn’s deeper umbers, greens, coppers, and burgundies. Pumpkins and even the occasional jack-o’-lantern have appeared in anticipation of holidays soon to come. Apparently, cooler temperatures slow the sap in autumn’s maple trees and people. So come on up and sit a spell.

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Deep in the mountains A single branch of maple Near the eaves of my hut Marks the beginning Of the days of autumn. —Renge Tsu

Clockwise from upper right: [1] The entranceway and the seating area of this front porch are fairly awash in autumn’s golds, yellows, and umbers. Laughing, the homeowner says, “Oh, you can’t overdo autumn.” [2] A unique two-tiered front porch, offering wicker chairs on one level and wrought-iron swivel chairs on the other, displays only a few pots of chrysanthemums—for now. [3] This clearly autumn-ready front porch displays the year-’round phenomenon of serendipity: Having recently repainted her home a serene sage green, the homeowner realized that she’d unintentionally matched the color of the paint to that of the porch’s wicker chairs.

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The Art of Cultivating Simple Pleasures and Living Well

Welcome to The Front Porch Wichita! We invite you to join us as we share ideas for homes and gardens, swap some recipes, meet some interesting people, and chat a little about this and that. And if you happen to have a front porch that you’d like us to see, please write or call us. We’ll be more than happy to stop by, and maybe even sit a spell.

2011 Holiday Tables

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Wichita Center for the Arts Annual Holiday Tables November 3–5, 10 am–4 pm Admission $10 • Lunch 11:30 am–1:30 pm $12

Decorated Christmas Tree Auction

Holiday Boutique & Delectable Bake Shop

Tuscan-themed Preview Party Nov 2, 7–10 pm Reservations required, $75 per person

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A La Carte: Restaurants of Note Bocconcini Italian Eatery

Cuisine Amore!

Featuring signature recipes by renowned chef Nathan Toubia, BOCCONCINI, the latest and eagerly anticipated addition to College Hill fine dining, is a decided cut above your average Italian restaurant. With nary a meatball, lasagna, or pizza in sight, Toubia instead offers a full and delectable menu of made-from-scratch pasta dishes, unique showcase entrées, some exquisite vegetarian selections, and divinely simple desserts at delightfully reasonable prices. Mon–Thur 11–9 Fri–Sat 11–10

HANA CAFE

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Hana Happy Hour Half Off Select Sushi! Mon-Fri 3–5, Sun 8-10

Lunch: Mon–Sat 11-4 Dinner: Mon–Thur 4–10, Fri–Sat 4–11, Sun 12–10

IL VICINO Wood Oven Pizza

4811 E Central 613.2523 bocconcinirestaurant.com

Unique Asian Fare

Drawing upon a background of more than twenty yearsʼ experience in running successful sushi bars in New York and Boston, Jay and Eunice Kim serve a unique blend of Japanese and Korean cuisine in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

ZAYTUN A Mediterranean & Indo Pak Bistro First-Class Fare

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For catering, carry out, and private parties please call Syed Abbas at 993.5005.

Persian lunch buffet: Mon–Sat 11–2 A la carte dinner: Mon–Thur 5–9, Fri & Sat 5–10 Indian–Pakistani buffet: Sun 11–3

Oh Yeah! China Bistro

325 N. Mead, Old Town Square

267.3766

Reserve a table in the beautiful dining room for your special occasion. And remember—Oh Yeah! China Bistro also caters!

There’s more: OH YEAH! CHINA BISTRO’S reasonable prices, sleek décor, soft lighting, rich hardwood floors, upholstered booths, and linen tablecloths and napkins— even for lunch—create a dining experience that will have you saying, “Oh Yeah! China Bistro.”

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3101 N. Rock Rd Mon–Fri 11–10 425.7700 Sat 11:30–10; Sun 11:30–9 OhYeahChinaBistro.com

Showcasing the unique flavors of the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Orient, and Americas, Chef Miguel Larcher and his team create plantbased sandwiches, wraps, crêpes, and pizzas that bring to your palate, joy; your soul, comfort; and your body, health. Entrée du Jour: Polenta Balls and Summer Squash with Tomato Sauce

Candlelight dinners and cooking classes by reservation

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D’SOZO also features delectables fresh daily from their bakery, freshly handmade real fruit smoothies, and a never-ending savory array of Chef’s always delicious entrée du jour.

1812 S Seneca 295.4498 dsozo.com

Chinese Cuisine with an Artful Flair

OH YEAH! CHINA BISTRO chefs skillfully transform traditional Chinese dishes into masterpieces so artfully, so delectably, and so subtly that diners will wonder if they’re still in Kansas. And all the cornucopia of menu items are flat-out delicious.

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Award-winning specialty pizzas featuring innovative toppings, as well as unique entrée salads, delicious panini-style sandwiches, and savory baked pastas, have made IL VICINO a perennial neighborhood favorite.

2020 N Woodlawn, Ste 300 613.2474 myzaytun.com

Wichita’s newest fine-dining Chinese restaurant reaches far beyond the ordinary. This is authentic gourmet Chinese cuisine, not the bland Americanized stuff served up at many local buffets. At OH YEAH! CHINA BISTRO, every meal is prepared to order, and their delicious sauces are all made from scratch. The menu features all the traditional Asian favorites, plant-based or meat proteins, and steamed or stir-fried dishes—and they’re more than happy to accommodate special requests.

Since opening in 1996, HANA CAFE has steadily gained favor with those who appreciate ultrafresh sushi and other artfully prepared-from-scratch Asian food.

Authentic Italian-style wood ovens infuse IL VICINO’S signature pizzas with incomparable flavor and texture.

ZAYTUN offers the simple but flavorful foods of Persia, Turkey, Lebanon, India, and Pakistan. This restaurant features a wood-burning oven and a real Tandoor oven for preparing meals as authentically as possible, and they’re always made with the freshest of ingredients. Owner Syed Abbas makes sure that you’ll experience the best cuisine and the most impeccable service this side of the Mediterranean.

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Stylishly Tasteful AIDA’S Coffee House is the perfect place to take a break—and shop a little, too—any time of day. Lunch features ham, turkey, and tuna sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, homemade soups like California medley and broccolicheese, a daily vegetarian special, and creative salads and quiches. And AIDA’S desserts, including her signature carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, are to die for.

Lunch: Mon–Fri 11–3 Coffee & Desserts: Mon–Sat 10–5

Aida’s Gift Shop, mezzanine 920 East First St in Old Town 262.6721

The Pantry: Curry Powder’s Piquant Power Most Americans are familiar with curry powder as an ingredient in Indian cuisine, but it can in fact infuse a variety of recipes with its pungent bite, so it’s a versatile musthave in the pantry. hile the tastes of many spices—ground cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and ginger, for example—bear a passing flavorful resemblance to their plants of origin, curry powder isn’t one of them. The curry plant itself exhibits the intoxicating aroma of, say, Indian eggplant curry, but its taste has been described as “similar to a stew of pine needles.” That’s because the silvery gray leaves of the curry plant, while it makes for a lovely and fragrant addition to your garden, is pretty much inedible. Curry powder, on the other hand,

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is actually a blend of several, and as many as twenty, herbs, spices, and seeds, combinations that evolved over a couple of centuries on the Indian subcontinent for different uses in various dishes. Back in the day, curry powders could be a complex mélange of such ingredients as caraway, chile, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, fennel seed, fenugreek, ginger, green and black cardamom, mace, nutmeg, red and black pepper, salt, saffron, tamarind, turmeric— the source of curried dishes’ familiar yellow color—and mustard, poppy, and sesame seed. Since then, curry powder has migrated well beyond its countries of origin to become a standardized blend of chile, cumin, fenugreek, coriander, turmeric, and red pepper. The term “curry powder” is now a generic phrase, albeit a pungent one. This kicked-up concoction long ago moved into the eclectic, inclusive mainstream of American cuisine. It robustly flavors soups and stews, adds punch to sauces and marinades, and amps up all kinds of entrées, pasta, vegetables, and potato salads. Adventurous chefs like to pair curry Continued on page 9 Autumn 2011


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The Pantry: continued from page 8 with such fruits as apples, bananas, passion fruit, and mango, as well as with the sweeter flavors of citrus, vanilla, yogurts, and coconut milk. Ready-made curry powder is generally available in two heats: a milder one, and the hotter version, called “Madras,” which has more chile powder in the mix. Of course, you can experiment with small packets of ingredients from natural foods stores and purveyors of bulk spices to create your own signature curry powder blends. Whichever way you decide to go, you’ll find that curry powder is a can’t-live-without pantry staple.

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4 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon mild curry powder (or to taste) 1/2 teaspoons ground red pepper (or to taste) 1 large onion, chopped 1 tablespoon tomato sauce or ketchup 1 teaspoon salt 1 large head cabbage, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) In a large pan heat the butter over medium heat; add the curry powder and red pepper. Stir a minute until the mixture is fragrant, add the onion, and sauté until translucent. Add the tomato sauce, salt, and cabbage. Stir and cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook all approximately 10–15 minutes, or until the cabbage is done. Top with cilantro, if desired, and serve the The amount of curry you use depends upon its heat level. Above, clockwise from top left: Mild and extra hot are similar cabbage with basmati rice. in color, while regular hot curry powder is a deep red.

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o where do you start? That’s easy: Begin by doing just one thing. Just one. Then, as time, energy, and finances permit, do another. And another. When it’s time to purchase new drapes, consider ones made of 100 percent organic cotton, that is, from cotton plants grown in fields that were neither chemically treated nor sprayed with pesticides or fertilizers, and from cotton fabric that wasn’t chemically treated or harmfully dyed during processing and finishing. Conventionally grown cotton is pesticide-heavy, and organic cotton is softer, more durable, and healthier for you and the environment. And that also goes for hemp and bamboo products.

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Going green

Fashionable Fusion

Invest in antiques. Above: Designers Pat Wormhoudt and Lizanne Guthrie fashioned a striking tableau by combining salvaged items from different style periods. The chest is an old baking table with roll-out flour bins, topped by a large dough bowl repurposed to hold a dried floral arrangement and flanked by found-art vintage gears and antique Asian water jugs transformed into lamps. Backing this unique composition is a wooden mold for a sawmill flywheel. Wormhoudt says, “Purchasing an antique guarantees you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece.” Left: This quietly spectacular bedroom demonstrates a successful fusion of scale, salvage, and style. Designers Wormhoudt and Guthrie salvaged two colossal antique doors from Italy and turned them into a bed’s headboard. Flanking the bed are two ample chests that balance the headboard’s imposing presence. Says Guthrie, “We love combining contemporary furnishings with older pieces. They confer character and permanence.” Design Studio, Ltd, 2820 E Central, 682.6612.

Tile Style

Do just one thing. Right: “Because they’re quarried naturally or made from the earth,” says Kathy Haines of Designers Expo, “stone and tile are eco-friendly choices for flooring material.” And they’re always stylish. Clockwise from upper left: [1] These reclaimed antique parrefeuille tiles are unusual in that their shape is rectangular rather than square. [2] Jerusalem stone originated from quarries in the Southern Hebron Mountains near Jerusalem.The stone has been used for many hundreds of years in public buildings, and their striking smoothness and patina are the results of centuries of wear. [3] Reclaimed and resurfaced flagstone is durable and suitable when you want period ambience. “This newly distressed antique flagstone is a clever way to achieve the look of an antique floor for a much lower price,” says Haines. All stone and tile are from Paris Ceramics and available from Designers Expo, 1409 E Douglas, 267.1982.

A way of life

Workhorse Wool

Purchase earth-friendly fabrics. Used in a range of home textiles, wool is an affordable, beautiful, ecologically conscious workhorse. It’s an infinitely renewable resource; unlike synthetic fibers made from petroleum, the supply of wool is virtually unlimited. Even better, a wool rug improves air quality by absorbing such air-borne contaminants as formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide for up to thirty years. Wool also absorbs airborne dust particles—important for allergy sufferers—and wool doesn’t support bacterial growth. Wool is both recyclable and biodegradable and also boasts insulating and cooling properties. “Many rug manufacturers are opting for technology that uses recycled wool to make new goods,” observes Philip Holmes. “And when it's time to retire your wool rug, you won’t be congesting a landfill with a non-biodegradable nylon product.” Holmes carries a stunning variety of wool rugs at Rug Studio, 8336 E 21st St N, The Shops at Tallgrass, 682.0033.

Artful Effects

Reclaim things. Right: Walls, credenzas, doors, countertops, benches, tabletops, desks, you name it, Christine Tasheff of We Love Doors can aesthetically resurface it, not simply reclaiming but transforming a ho-hum or marred surface into a fabulous work of art. One of her projects involved a downtown office building, where she was asked to remodel a bathroom and give new life to the top of an old abandoned desk. Clockwise from upper left: [1] Tasheff embellished the back of the desk’s glass top with multiple layers of copper foil and paint; when turned right side up, the glass top exhibits a dazzling mélange of pattern and color. [2] She fauxfinished the bathroom walls to evoke the look of linen, recurrently stenciled with an embossed Asian-style emblem. [3] The vanity countertop was faux-finished to resemble granite, and the stenciling on the cabinets echoes the wall pattern. Contact Tasheff at 990.0782.

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Do just one thing: As they need replacing, purchase energy-saving appliances, from compact fluorescent light bulbs to refrigerators. If every U.S. household replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent, it would prevent 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the equivalent of taking 7.5 million cars off the road. As for appliances, look for high Energy Star® ratings. Do just one thing: If wood floors are your thing, look for Endura sustainable wood products, fabricated in America of such reclaimed or Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods as Caribbean Teak and Oregon White Oak. In fact, each and every time you need to replace or improve something, make an environmentally responsible choice regarding everything from insulation and furniture to paint and windows. Whatever one thing you do, you’ll be doing Lao-Tzu proud. And by doing just one thing, you’ll feel better about the environment—and yourself.

Concrete Beauty

Pretty in Paint

Upcycle. Near right: Brad Olmsted of Concrete Colorscapes says, “Boring gray concrete is so twentieth century!” He can stain, engrave, or stencil your existing concrete, indoors or out, residential or commercial, in virtually any color or pattern you can think of, including cobblestone, flagstone, river rock, and tile.And, Olmsted says, “The design is in the concrete, not on it.” The results are more than spectacular; they’re environmentally friendly. Olmsted can even incorporate unsightly cracks and discolorations into the design.Your existing concrete surface remains intact, but transformed. Nothing goes to the landfill. Call 519.1822 for a free estimate or visit ConcreteColorscapes.com

Refurbish something. Above: Abbe Doll of All Dolled Up loves the idea of renovating old pieces. She says, “I like the Shabby Chic look, but I also want the things I redo to be functional, so I apply water-proof sealer and a hand-rubbed wax finish.” Her newly refurbished furniture thus retains its weathered patina, but there’s no worry about flaking paint. And they’re a snap to wipe clean if something is spilled on them. Doll uses low-VOC paints and is also a big fan of chalk paint. See her winsome, charming furnishings inside At Home With Style, 535 N Woodlawn, 651.0073.

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Funk N’ Fun

Salvage stuff. Above:Deb Drager has a passion for recycling with attitude and imagination. Using metallic foil, glass mosaic beads, and stencils, she turned these two dumpster-worthy closet doors into a fantastical room divider. Drager’s so enthusiastic about the virtues of earth-friendly chalk paint on such pieces that she’s giving classes on its use. (Or she’ll be very happy to do your project for you.) Her funky furnishings, as well as these as-yetunretouched vintage garden chairs, are on available from Rebecca’s, 300 N Mead, 866.2622—who herself fashions clothing from vintage fabrics. For classes, call Drager at 204.3619.

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Allow yourself to blissfully relax in the calming world of CJ Massage This thriving Wichita business offers a range of soothing and restorative deep tissue, Swedish, and couples massage, as well as hot stone and reflexology therapy, for a total massage experience. Massage knows full well that the holidays are coming and your life is about to get a whole lot more hectic. Now is the time to make some “me” time in your schedule. Pencil in some massages that’ll leave you so much more centered, capable, and confident that you can handle whatever Discover the ultimate in restorative therapy with a Total the coming weeks have in store. Relaxation Package: A ninety-minute treatment that includes The expert and empathetic a Foot Spa, Reflexology, and a Table Massage. massage therapists at CJ Massage can provide a comprehensive range of massage experiences on a regular basis designed to relieve stress, improve your circulation, lower your blood pressure, manage pain, relax muscles, alleviate tension-related headaches, and so much more. For the ultimate massage experience, CJ Massage recommends the Total Relaxation Package, which consists of a ninety-minute all-around taste of what their therapists do so well: a foot spa treatment, a reflexology session—reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond beneficially to every part of the body—and a table massage. Start your rejuvenating massage experience soon at CJ Massage, 5231 E Central, 683.0200, and 3101 N Rock Rd, 425.8899, Mon-Thur 9:30 am-9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 9:30 am10:30 pm, Sunday 9:30 am-8 pm. Appointments preferred, walk-ins welcome. For more information, visit CJSpaVIP.com

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Shades of Green: More Than Green Paint These days, environmentally friendly wares are increasingly the rage. As a sign of encouragement, try to patronize companies who’ve replaced toxic products with eco-conscious ones. ow you can spiff up your home any time of the year with a fresh coat of paint without getting that dreaded fresh-paint headache. One of the pioneers of eco-friendliness, Mythic Paint offers premium nature-based paints that contain no toxins, no carcinogens, and no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the paint you might typically apply to your home’s interior walls is one of the leading contributors to VOCs, one of this country’s top five health risks and a major cause of ozone layer depletion. Old-fash-

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There’s only one place to go when you want the best in custom electronics: Home Technology Systems, Inc. Home Technology Systems, Inc. is Wichita’s single-source solution for the professional design and installation of both home and commercial electronics. his local company was recently chosen by ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to coordinate and install a voicecontrolled home automation system, and it also recently received coveted Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) national awards. Project Manager Michael Bruce, who is responsible for day-to-day operations, says, “All our team members enjoy technology, but audio and video are really our first passion. We always get excited about home theater projects, but there’s a lot of cool technology as well in such things as video surveillance, lighting control, IT applications, and access control.What it comes down to is that we love all kinds of electronics technology projects— and helping people understand technology solutions.” And now that access and control of all IP-based equipment has become a virtual requirement, Bruce continues, “both locally and remotely via computer, iPad, or iPhone, it’s even more

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interesting. We pride ourselves on integrating multiple systems. There’s so much to consider when designing such systems and providing control through one user interface. But we’re up to it—and the challenges.” The Home Technology Systems team finds it especially rewarding when customers realize they can operate their systems with a user-friendly, one-touch control. “We’re always willing to dive into various types of electronic projects,” says coowner Shannon McGinnis, who has an extensive electronics background in design and application. “We have enough technical experience that we can both handle the technical part and manage the logistics to complete the project and meet customer expectations.” Comments Bruce, “We believe in, and enjoy, the team mission of providing people with technology solutions for all applications and budgets.” To discover what Home Technology Systems can do for you, call 722.4663, or visit them at 6803 W Taft Ave, Ste 307, or at HomeTechnologySys.com Autumn 2011


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Noteworthy Dr. Martha Housholder: Multicultural Studies

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This prominent Wichita doctor enjoys the synergy of specialties connecting her professional and personal lives. urrently affiliated with Wichita’s Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Martha Housholder, MD, practices medicine in the fields of dermatology and dermatopathology. Having graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, she holds sterling credentials. In 1974, the State of Kansas began requiring continuing education for doctors trained in the United States, including those practicing overseas. To meet that charge, the local chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations was established, and in 1978, the first six doctors began what have since become annual treks to teaching conventions around the world, with an emphasis on the medical protocols and outcomes in developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia.

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Jolene Holdaway owner/design consultant Currently, the U.S. affiliate of this medical-missionary organization boasts some 16,000 members; Housholder was invited to become a member in 1984, and she began traveling to such countries as Kenya, Malaysia, and Thailand to ensure that foreign doctors who’d trained in Kansas hospitals maintained accreditation in their specialties. “To chronicle the activities at the medical conferences, I began taking what were essentially documenting photographs,” Housholder reminisces. But she also found herself drawn to photographing the beauty she saw in each country, its distinct character, its unique flora and fauna, its colorful culture. She adds, “I started noticing the intricate layers of architectural history in places that were previously colonial, where successive cultures had cumulatively left their traces. That phenomenon has a strange beauty all its own.” Housholder was so pleased with what were becoming her art photographs that she began framing and installing them in her office in Wichita. It wasn’t long before her colleagues, friends, and patients began taking note of her remarkable artistic talent, the unexpected fruits of her professional activities.

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2907 East Douglas Avenue 264.3840 RedNestInteriors.com Open Monday–Saturday 10–5:30 And it wasn’t long before such organizations as the Audubon Society were inviting her to talk about the indigenous wildlife, natural wonders, and architecture specific to the places she goes. “Often,” she comments, “If I know that I’ll be giving a talk to, say, a botanical group when I get back, I’ll take photographs with that specific subject in mind.” However, her mission to provide quality health care across the world is paramount. Housholder says, “I continue to be in awe and admiration of what these doctors do. It’s one thing to practice medicine with state-of-the art technology, it’s quite another to deliver quality health care, with such scarce resources, to the poorest of the poor in the most difficult situations. My photographs pale in Dr. Martha Housholder has decorated her office with photographs she comparison.” Well, that’s probably true. Still . . . . took while on medical missions to Thailand, above left, and Africa, above.

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craft area, and home office. Even better, when you choose to reface your cabinets instead of replacing them, you've done more than you may think. You've kept cabinet boxes out of a landfill, and you've conserved the materials and energy that it would have taken to create new ones. Your kitchen looks altogether new, but your remodeling project was eco-friendly! For more information on how Kitchen Tune-Up can brighten your kitchen, call 558.8888, or visit kitchentuneup.com

This Kitchen Tune-Up kitchen was primarily a cabinet refacing project. Additional features included adding hammered glass to a couple of the doors and raising the cabinets above the stove and refrigerator to add interest to the upper cabinets’ lines. The island was refaced in black with bead board along the back, and the perimeter of the kitchen was refaced in a cream color with glazing. “We couldn’t have been more pleased with Kitchen Tune-Up,” says the homeowner. “The work only took a week, they cleaned up every evening, and they caused a minimal amount of disruption to our lives during the process. We’re simply delighted!”

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Diwali A Golden Festival of Lights By Kathy Heaton Photography by Patrick Wherritt very autumn, households around India, as well as many other countries, celebrate Diwali, “The Festival of Lights.” A golden holiday, Diwali is marked by five days of festivities commemorating ancient stories about the victories of good over evil, light over darkness, and, most importantly, the illumination or awareness of one’s inner light, which brings compassion, joy, and peace. Symbols of these teachings are observed in every home with beautiful flowers, the radiant glow of lights, and specially prepared meals. The stories behind Diwali, like the manner of celebration, differ from country to country and from region to region, and, much like Thanksgiving here, every family has passed down their own traditions. But one thing is certain, from fireworks to worship to sharing of sweets, homes far away will be filled with family and friends sharing memorable moments and plenty of delicious specialties. Although Indian foods are thought to be difficult to prepare and are generally not considered light, these recipes do take a lighter approach to some traditional Diwali favorites, making them easy to prepare and suitable for every palate. Add fresh flowers and candles, and you can start your own traditions for an abundantly Golden Festival of Lights.

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Malai Koftas Golden Dumplings in a Creamy Coconut Sauce Koftas are wonderful little balls of ground vegetables. Any kind of mixture will work, but to keep in tune with the golden season, butternut squash is used. Sweet potatoes can easily be substituted. Garbanzo beans and flour hold the mixture together. While they’re traditionally dipped in flour and then fried, they are much lighter when simply brushed with a little olive oil and baked. To make them extraspecial for Diwali, a sweet surprise awaits inside each kofta. 4 cups butternut squash, lightly steamed but slightly firm 1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped 2-4 tablespoons garbanzo flour olive oil

Surprise Filling 2 tablespoons raw cashews 2 tablespoons golden raisins 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

Mince the three ingredients together and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash the butternut squash and garbanzo beans together. Mix in the cilantro. Beginning with 2 tablespoons of garbanzo flour and adding a little more as needed, mix the flour with the squashgarbanzo until it’s of a consistency to form vegetable balls approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Make an indentation in each kofta with the back of a quarter-teaspoon, fill with one-half teaspoon of the filling, and smooth the edges back together. Brush each kofta with a little olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15–20 minutes, or until they are nicely browned. Serves four. Creamy Coconut Sauce 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 medium onion 1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon mild curry 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons sugar 1 14-ounce can coconut milk 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 2 cups tomato sauce 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup frozen peas

In a small saucepan heat the coconut oil; add the onion and cook until it just begins to turn translucent. Add the ginger, garlic, cayenne, garam masala, turmeric, curry, salt, and sugar and continue cooking until the fragrances begin to release. Put the mixture into a blender and add the coconut milk, coconut, tomato sauce, and cilantro. Blend all until smooth. This sauce can be made a day ahead, refrigerated, and reheated over low heat when you assemble the meal. Add more salt or sugar to taste.

Top: Mango Chantilly is a simple, delightful ending to a Diwali feast. Above: Golden Koftas with a sweet surprise inside also make a delicious appetizer served with a cup of chai. Below left: Sides of golden raisins, cilantro, cashews, and jalapeno slices let everyone enjoy their koftas as sweet or spicy as they desire.

Basmati Pilau Basmati rice, known as the “Queen of Fragrance,” is made even more fragrant with the addition of cumin seed, cinnamon, bay leaves, and cardamom. For Diwali, you may want to make a white basmati with the additional spices, and a plain brown basmati. 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin seed 2 cinnamon sticks 2 bay leaves 4 whole cardamom pods 1 cup white basmati rice, uncooked 2 tablespoons golden raisins 2 tablespoons cashews 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet. Add the cumin seed, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, and cardamom pods. Stir for a few minutes until the spices begin to release their fragrance. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir it into the uncooked basmati rice. Stir in the golden raisins and cashews. Cook the basmati rice according to package directions. When done, garnish it with the cilantro and serve. Serves four. The Spice Merchant, 1308 E Douglas, 263.4121, has all the spices you’ll need, plus their own delicious blend of chai. Tableware and accessories courtesy of World Market, 2433 N Greenwich Rd, 315.0203.

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Broccoli Magic Easy to prepare at the last minute, this dish is a delicious way to serve broccoli with almost any meal. 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon brown mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 cloves garlic, sliced into thin strips 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced 4 cups broccoli crowns, florets separated 2-3 tablespoons water fresh lemon juice to taste

lid partially over the pan. When they’ve stopped, add the cumin seeds, garlic, and fresh ginger. Stir for a moment or two, being careful not to burn the garlic or ginger. Add the broccoli and gently stir to coat well. Cook for an additional minute, add the water, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Allow to steam for approximately 5 minutes or until done to taste. Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over and serve. Serves four.

Mango Chantilly

In a heavy pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the mustard seeds. Allow the seeds to pop; you may have to place a

If you use mangos that are very ripe, they puree easily and require little or no sweetener. A Chantilly is made when you add a little sugar and vanilla to the whipped topping.

2 cups mango purĂŠe, from approximately 3 whole mangos juice of 1/2 lime 2 cups whipped topping, divided use 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla zest of 1 lime

Use a food processor or blender to purĂŠe the mango, then mix in the lime juice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Add the sugar and vanilla to whipped topping and refrigerate. When ready to serve, fold 1 cup of the whipped topping into the mango purĂŠe. Spoon the dessert into small compote dishes and top with the remaining whipped topping and a light sprinkling of the lime zest. Serve with cups of warm chai, a traditional spiced tea, enjoyed with milk and sugar

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A kitchen that goes with the flow hese homeowners wanted to update their kitchen. Although they had plenty of space, they felt that it wasn’t being optimally used. Wanting the best, they called Guthridge/Nighswonger. Among the decisions made was to re-orient the center island, which was bisecting the kitchen; simply changing the island’s alignment by forty-five degrees made for a more natural flow and more user-friendliness. Working with Nahid Holmes of Design Source, the Guthridge/Nighswonger team improved the island even more by adding a ledge and counter cutaway for chairs. They then raised the countertops for more-comfortable preparation and cooking experiences, integrated state-of-the-art appliances, and installed new custom cabinets, whose heights are attractively staggered to evoke the look of furniture. Made from alder, the cabinets feature a dark stain and a glazed finish; the island, also alder but black-stained, has rubbed edges that impart an aged patina. All countertops are Venetian Gold granite. The flooring is multi-colored travertine, which not only adds color but various shapes and sizes, imbuing the floor with lots of visual appeal. As a final genius touch, Guthridge/Nighswonger transformed an ordinary kitchen closet into a super-functional mudroom. Extending the same furniture-style cabinets

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