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Buffed, stained, painted, glazed, or distressed, there is nothing that compares to the intrinsic beauty of wood. From hand-hewn hardwood flooring, to wide plank baseboards, to raised panel wainscoting, to posts and beams, to fully wood-paneled walls designed to frame grand pieces of art, wood can be crafted to add charm, sophistication, or a sense of history to any room. Wood is used in homes throughout the world for everything from simple structural needs to the most highly finished and ornate decoration. Each variety has its own distinct characteristics, and many are better suited for particular styles or demands. But as these very different Wichita homes demonstrate, regardless of the type of wood used, or the style that is created, when the natural beauty of wood combines with a tradition of hand craftsmanship the results can be stunning. Continued on page 10.

A menu for a winter party brings families together with sweet and savory twists. See page 14 for recipes.

The simple dignity of real wood creates an elegant and natural style that fills any space with lasting beauty. Clockwise from upper left: [1] An attractive carved table, lamps, Thai temple prayer wheels, and a large bowl—all made from different types of wood—set the stage for entering this impressive wood-paneled entertainment room, by Kitchen & Bath Gallery, and Design Studio, Ltd. [2] The two-story entry hall of this stately home, built in 1924, still brings visitors under its spell with its original hand-stenciled beams, gleaming walnut stairway, and tall arched-recessed window. [3] Natural stone and brick, which was also used for the exterior of this Craftsman Style home, makes a commanding fireplace wall, and is a perfect contrast to the sleek lines of the cherry wood beams. Together, these natural materials create a modern warmth.

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A Peaceable Kingdom: simple steps to keep pets safe Quiet Spaces: tranquil moments in a cup of tea Noteworthy: a grand finale for a fine art gallery On The Porch: graceful greetings for winter guests A La Carte: restaurants of note and a holiday spice Shades of Green: smart choices for homes and gardens

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A Peaceable Kingdom ’Tis the season to sprinkle safely Winter brings more slips and falls than any other time of year, and your four-legged friends are just as susceptible as you are to unsafe icy conditions. ce around our homes is a problem for every critter, large and small, who has to walk on it. It’s a common practice for folks to throw down various forms of salt to melt ice buildup on their walks and driveways to help prevent people from slipping and falling down. Unfortunately, the formula for most ice melt products sold is toxic to animals. It’s a normal response for your fourlegged pets to lick their fur when it is wet from their time outside. Ingesting chemical residue from impure melted ice can be fatal. While sand and cat litter can provide traction, if it’s melting that you want, then it’s important to make sure that


This guest room inspires relaxation with its peaceful palette, and elegant blend of contemporary and Asian styles. The stately poster bed is complemented by simple Japanese summer screens, and classic antique Chinese cabinets with raised-panel doors. Antique wooden Foo Dogs, repurposed as lamps, add a warm and inviting accent. Stop by our showroom this winter and browse our extensive line of home furnishings, textiles, and decorative accessories. Be sure to shop our fabulous lamp room!

Residential and Business Interiors Pat Wormhoudt • Lizanne Guthrie 2820 East Central, Wichita, Kansas 67214 • 316.682.6612

what you use is safe for your pets. The plus side to using petfriendly products is that they are usually also safe for the environment. Determined to make this winter safer for pets, and their people, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Morton Salt, Inc. are kicking off the first national campaign to spread the word on pet-safety tips, including one that will safely melt ice from steps and walkways. From the company that was built on free-flowing salt, comes a completely salt- and chloride-free solution. Safe-T-Pet™ Ice Melt from Morton was developed with veterinarians to be safe for your furry friends. It won’t irritate their paws or stomachs, and because it’s non-toxic, it's better for people and plants, as well as paved surfaces. The blue-colored pellets make it easy to see which areas have been treated, and it’s effective even when the temperatures drop below 15 degrees. Using Safe-T-Pet ™ Ice Melt around your home will solve the problem on your property, but care still needs to be taken if your pet strolls across other areas where ice melt containing salts and chloride may have been used. The ASPCA recommends taking a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes. Booties, if your pet will wear them, can help minimize contact with painful salt crystals, poisonous anti-freeze, and chemical ice-melting agents. They can also help prevent sand and salt from getting lodged in between bare toes, causing irritation. Moisturizers are also a good preventative against

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chapped paws. Massaging plain petroleum jelly, Bag Balm®, or Musher’s Secret paw wax into paw pads before going outside helps to protect from salt and chemical agents. And moisturizing after a good toweling off helps to heal chapped paws. Besides, your furry friend will love the extra attention, and likely thank you with a warm, salt-free kiss. You can spread the word about winter pet safety this year by following Morton Salt on Facebook. They have already given a generous, upfront, $20,000 donation to the ASPCA to initiate December 22, 2011 as “National Keep Pets Safe in Winter Day”, and for every “like” received until January 31, 2012, Morton will donate an additional $1 (up to $55,000). So spread the word, along with safe salt-free ice melt and make the world a little safer for you, and your pets. Winter 2011–2012

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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.


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.

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 Kansas-Missouri 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.

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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.

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 Vahan Jewelry is just one of the many top designer lines of sterling silver, 14kt top designers from around the yellow gold, and diamond jewelery available at Burnell’s Creative Gold. world. But Burnell’s Creative Gold is more than that: it’s become a destination store designed and made by Burnell and his master jewelers. because it carries, as a matter of course, some of the most They’ve won more than fifty–five state and national unusual, most dazzling, most unconventional, most eclectic, jewelry design awards by creating some of the most innoand, sometimes, the most whimsical, pieces of jewelry vative and dazzling jewelry in the country. Another great reason to make this your destination store! around—reason enough to make the trip. Stop in and discover the world’s most spectacular fine And while this store’s top-of-the-line, designer lines of jewelry is always exquisite, Burnell’s Creative Gold is jewelry at Burnell’s Creative Gold, Mill Creek Shopping consistently acclaimed for extraordinary jewelry wholly Center, 550 N Rock Rd, 634.2822, or visit

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 3

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Introducing Tea with Lady Sapphire A new book available at our store is about a grandmother sharing a cup of tea and cocoa with her grandchildren while they appreciate the birds just outside the window. It is a great tale about slowing down a bit when life gets too hectic, and taking time to enjoy life and all it’s true goodness. The Shops at Tallgrass • 8336 E 21st Street #500 • 683.2121 Mon–Fri 10–6 Sat 10–5, Sun 12–4

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The Way of Tea

Secrets of an ancient tradition transform the simple act of drinking a cup of tea with a blend of balance and harmony.

Winter Wishes! from Maxine’s Wichita’s best selection of

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Gift Ideas, Beautiful Ribbons, and Gift Wrap Your source for all things personalized Transform your afternoon tea into a rejuvenating ritual of quiet contemplation. The Tea Forte collections, chosen again this year as one of Oprah’s Favorite things for 2011, offer a treasure of infusions and teaware that capture the “Art of Tea”. Available at Aida’s 920 E 1st St in Old Town, the corner of 1st and Washington, 262-6721.

ea has been enjoyed for thousands of years. First appreciated in China, the benefits and pleasures of this simple drink traveled around the globe, growing in popularity to become one of the world’s most favorite beverages, second only to water. Cultures from every corner of the globe have created ceremonies and traditions around preparing, serving, and drinking tea. Yet one thing has always remained the same—whether sipped from a fine china cup, a gently worn mug, or an Australian “billy can”—a simple cup of tea can have the power to melt away the stresses of the day. The most well known among all the different customs surrounding tea was developed by the Japanese, and has come to be known as the Tea Ceremony. Actually, the translation of this ancient custom is more properly understood as The Dao, or ‘The Way of Tea’. The Japanese formulated strict rules of etiquette concerning the methods and elements of preparing and drinking tea, elevating it into a highly stylized art form embodying the Zen philosophies of harmony and tranquility. Tea schools were created, and the drive to create the perfect experience was often considered paramount. But as the great sixteenth century tea master Sen no Rikyu was quick to remind his followers, “The way of tea is just to boil water, make tea and only drink it . . . this you should know.” When Benjamin Franklin visited Japan in 1779 he became familiar with their ritual tea ceremony, and wrote home about his vision of Americans creating their own tea ceremony. “On this island, where tea is as well loved as in England, the men have a ceremony very strange and fixed by ancient custom. Might not Americans soon develop their own native distinctions, as strange to their fellowes? [sic]” Although history may lead us to believe that Americans replaced tea with coffee after that famous tossing of the tea into the Boston Harbor, tea actually continued to be the preferred drink here, and by the time the eighteenth century came to an end, English porcelain tea sets were a part of every proper household. Eastern influences are still found in much of the tea literature that abounds, but it was Bostonian Isabella Stuart Gardener who developed what came to be known as The New England Practice, thereby bringing an American Tea Ceremony into fashion. From guidelines in a Garderner Tea Ceremony Pamphlet we see that Franklin’s musings



about an Americanized version of the Tea Ceremony were eventually realized. Drinking tea in America became a far less formal affair, to be enjoyed by everyone, at any time. Hosts were encouraged to use mis-matched cups since “the goal of the ceremony is to create lightness. America is a land of effortless variety, so an ideal setting would contain glass, plastic, clay and enamel without seeming contrived.” Comparing it to the Asian ceremonies, Gardener’s guidelines explain, “Unlike Japan, there exists no native tea architecture. Ceremonies can be held in any room of the house where guests can be made comfortable; dining room, kitchen, parlor.” Tea continues to be a warm invitation to everyone, from visiting heads of state, to next-door neighbors, or unexpected guests. The only rule that most agree should be observed is that it should be regarded as a “time-out”, as it were, and should never be rushed. The Way of Tea, as Rikyu reminds us, is not so much about what you are drinking, as it is about your state of mind while you enjoy your favorite brew. In fact, it may very well be that it is the actual act of slowing down to prepare and drink a cup of tea that yields its greatest benefits. From the formalized Japanese Way of Tea, to the casual American ceremony, there is a calming nature to the ritual of putting a kettle of water on to heat, setting out your favorite cup or mug, and selecting the tea you’re about to brew. Work is set aside, and your mind begins to focus on the task at hand. This simple activity is the first stage in quieting your mind. To sit with a cup of tea, letting it steep those few minutes brings another level of stillness. Perhaps you wrap your hands around the warm cup. Your breath becomes slow and easy. And then, as you exhale, you feel the tensions of the day release. You sit back comfortably in your favorite chair, and take a sip. Maybe you close your eyes for a moment. A state of calm begins to warm your body, gently transporting you to your own inner, quiet space. Your mind slows down, and you simply sit and drink your perfect cup of tea. Winter 2011–2012

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Since 1977 The Wichita Gallery of Fine Art

Noteworthy: A Passion Endures After nearly thirty-five years of providing the finest regional and national contemporary realism art, The Wichita Gallery of Fine Art will close at the end of the year. ince 1977, Bob and Lucille Riegle have pursued and shared their love of art at The Wichita Gallery of Fine Art, located off the third-floor walkway of the Bank of America building, in the heart of downtown Wichita. Looking back, it’s easy to see that opening a fine art gallery was a natural progression for this couple. They had always had a deep appreciation for art. Bob graduated from The University of Kansas and worked as an archi- Bob and Lucille Riegle invite art lovers to tect for twenty-five years. Lucille earned a take this final opportunity to share “the pasB.A. in Sculpture and Ceramics from KU, sion” at The Wichita Gallery of Fine Art. and worked as an Interior Designer for businesses such as Innes Department Store, and Marion Alley Interiors. If you ask Bob and Lucille how they see it, they’ll say it hasn’t been as much work as it’s been just doing what they liked. Looking at art, collecting art, and getting to know the artists. “We’ve just done what we liked doing,” Bob says, “and everything seemed to work out alright.” They loved to travel, taking in the art and architecture of Chicago, St. Louis, and New Orleans. But a turning point came in 1960, when they took a five week trip to Europe and visited art museums, famous cathedrals, and historic sites. All the places they had carefully mapped out beforehand, as Lucille notes, “to make sure we would see the art we were most interested in.” From then on they knew that art would play a major role in their future. Upon returning home, they visited Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, where they began to purchase fine art to add to their growing collection. They also started making plans to open a gallery in Wichita. A place where they could share their love of art, and to that end they began to bring outstanding work from across the nation by artists they had come to know. When asked how they chose what art to carry in their gallery, Lucille says, “If we liked it was the first thing”. “And it had to be quality work”, Bob adds. Their combination of impeccable taste and good judgement has stood the test of time. The list of established, full-time artists represented at the gallery reads like who's who of contemporary realism art: Regional artists Paula Plott, Jean Cook, and Todd Matson, and national artists David Hettinger, William F. Reese, and Doran Barham. The Wichita Gallery of Fine Art has played a vital role in the culture of Wichita, but their greatest satisfaction has come from helping others nurture their own love of art. “Bob has helped many Wichitans start art collections and has created an awareness of contemporary, representative art in the community,” says Wichita attorney Eric Engstrom. As chair and board trustee of the Wichita Art Museum, and the Museum’s Interim

has offered Wichita collectors the finest available art of outstanding artists from across the country. It has been our privilege and pleasure to meet and serve so many good people. It is hard to believe that almost thirty-five years have passed by so quickly, but the time has come for us to close the door on what


has been our most enjoyable experience in the art world. We will be closing the gallery December 31, 2011, with our sincere thanks to all of you who have been such good friends and supporters.

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You are Invited to A Final Show and Sale The Month of December

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For this final show, all artwork will be offered at a discount, in appreciation for the support we have received over the years. All of our inventory will be included. Some of the artists are: Todd Matson, Jean Cook, William F. Reese, Lowell E. Smith, Paula Plott, David Hettinger, Ray Vinella, Doran Barham, Bill Harrison, Leonard Wren, Kandy Tate.

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Director during its expansion, Engstrom shares the Riegle’s love of art and remembers dropping into the gallery in its early days, as he conducted business within the building. The Riegles were always happy to talk about art, and eventually they developed a close friendship. The Riegles have always welcomed art aficionados to the gallery. “You don’t need to buy art to have an appreciation for art,” Bob notes. Although that may be their business, it’s always been their passion for art, and the joy they’ve found in sharing it with others that has meant the most to them.“The gallery has been a great adventure for us,” Lucille adds. “We’ve made a lot of good friends.” Asked what they’ll do once they close the doors at the end of the year, Bob says, “Oh, I don’t know, maybe we’ll travel a little. There’s still plenty of art to see.” And with that he gives an affectionate nod to his partner of over 64 years, and by the twinkle in her eye, you know theirs is a passion that endures. Share your passion for art at The Wichita Gallery of Fine Art, 100 N Broadway, Ste 210, throughout the month of December and find considerable discounts on an incredible collection of fine art. For more information, please call 267.0243.

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Kitchen Tune-Up has the perfect options for your fresh, new looking kitchen When you choose the affordable option of cabinet refacing, you’ll get a new-kitchen look without the new-kitchen cost. lthough they certainly can do full kitchen remodeling, Jim andArlene Phillips, local franchisees for Kitchen Tune-Up since 2005, specialize in a host of other, less-expensive options. From cabinet refacing, redooring, and new kitchen cabinets, to restoring and reconditioning any wood in your home, their work is impeccable. Kitchen TuneUp has won six national awards in the Best Kitchen Design and Project of the Month categories. Moreover, they make certain every customer gets the best possible option for their particular needs. In this case, the homeowners were looking for a change from their outdated, golden oak cabinetry, but it was still in great condition. As Jim Phillips explains, “Refacing was a perfect option for them because they were happy with the space and layout, and already had the high-end countertops and back splash and natural maple hardwood floors that would have had to be replaced if they were to do a conventional remodel.” With custom-made solid maple wood cabinet doors and drawer fronts, and matching maple wood veneers and moldings for the cabinets, the look of their kitchen was changed dramatically without replacing the cabinet boxes. These days, cabinet refacing really interests homeowners. Jim Phillips says, “Cabinet refacing is an exciting and affordable option, whether you want to simply refresh your cabinets or want a whole new look for your kitchen. Not everyone is familiar with modern refacing materials and techniques, and may be reticent about choosing it. But it's a great, high-quality alternative to replacing structurally Before Refacing sound cabinetry. We have literally hundreds of options to choose from and can almost always provide a solution to a customer's problems or remodeling goals.” For more information on Kitchen Tune-Up’s options for your kitchen, call 558.8888, or visit


After Refacing The Colsons couldn’t have been more pleased with Kitchen Tune-Up. “This may have been primarily a cabinet refacing project,” says the homeowner, “but we also gained so much more.They added a lot of space. They installed a new drawer under our range, as well as pull-out shelving in the pantry and lower cabinets.They even re-aligned drawers in the corner so they would open properly. Plus, now we can appreciate the natural beauty of our stone backsplash and creamcolored granite countertops. The beautiful dark-cherry finish was the perfect option.”


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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.

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For the Love . . . of Opera Wichita Grand Opera’s season begins on February 4, 2012, with one of the most iconic operas of all time: Verdi’s masterpiece, Il Trovatore. he WGO has assembled a world-class cast led by internationallyrenowned conductor Steven Mercurio. This is a performance you won’t want to miss. On March 17th, Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus will entertain opera connoisseurs and novices alike. WGO’s new production—sung in English to let the comedy Renowned Director/Actor John Stephens in a production of Don flow—will show why Pasquale. Stephens will be directing and starring in the title role this is one operetta that of the Wichita Grand Opera’s two performances of Don Pasquale truly deserves to be per- April 21, and 22, 2012. formed on the Wichita Grand Opera stage. The WGO presents another gem by the grandmaster of Italian comedy, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, in two performances on April 21st and 22nd. This new production will be performed in English with a modernized look. This time around, “The Don” will make you an offer you can’t refuse. Great Russian ballet companies are second to none, and you have a chance to see why on May 2nd as the 50-member strong Moscow Festival Ballet, led by prima ballerina Maria Sokolnikova, brings Adam’s timeless classic Giselle to life at Century II. There is no better way to usher in spring than with one of the most gorgeous ballets ever written. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Wichita Grand Opera Box Office at 316.262.8054 or online at


On the Porch: Lifting Spirits High inter decorations keep spirits high on cold winter days. They can be exquisitely beautiful, or graciously simple. Placing a decorative wreath to festoon the front door, or adding a simple touch to an existing porch element, extends a warm welcome into this transitional area from outdoors to indoors. But when it comes to winter porches, the old adage, “less is more” remains a reliable style guide. Granted, it can be fun driving through neighborhoods to take-in the elaborate displays, but as Christmas comes and goes, there’s still plenty of the season left to enjoy. Which is why decorating ideas that are simple, and easy, are a great alternative to take you through the months of winter. Live evergreen, kept to a minimum, make a festive welcome, as do twigs of bittersweet berries, and that perennial favorite, pine cones.


Above: This beautiful wreath, cleverly employing the use of nature’s muted colors of winter, is aesthetically pleasing and guaranteed to lift the spirits of friends and neighbors the entire season. Created by Aida’s, 262.6721. Right: Filled with wood, an antique ore cart from Colorado stands year-‘round in a courtyard. Dressed up for the winter with a simple addition of pine boughs and pine cones, it eloquently demonstrates that minimal embellishments are naturally inviting. Front porch by Design Studio, Ltd., 682.6612.

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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


and Sushi Bar

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

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

Gift Certificates Available.

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


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.”

IL VICINO IN COLLEGE HILL 4817 E Douglas Ave 612.7085 BOTH LOCATIONS Open 7 days a week 11 AM – 10 PM







IL VICINO AT BRADLEY FAIR 2132 N Rock Rd 636.2121

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AIDA’S Coffee House

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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

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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.

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his universally beloved spice is labor-intensively harvested from the inner bark of the more than one hundred varieties of cinnamon trees that thrive on the South Asia subcontinent. Renowned since antiquity, but kept secret by spice traders protecting their sources, cinnamon made its relatively late debut on the European stage in the sixteenth century and quickly became prized as a gift worthy of kings. Cinnamon is readily available in stick, chip, and powder form. There are at least four different species sold as cinnamon, which has led to a spirited debate among importers, 8

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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

Cinnamon: The Signature Holiday Spice

If the cheery cardinal has become the iconic image of winter, and skiing, the most fancied winter sport, surely the spice that people most associate with winter is sweet, fragrant, warmwith-memories cinnamon.


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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.

cooks, and even world governments. Sri Lanka currently produces fully ninety percent of the world’s cinnamon supply, and in August of 2011, this tiny country launched an aggressive campaign to have its product declared the “true” cinnamon. You see, another spice—cassia—has been on the spice scene as long as cinnamon, costs less than its competitor, and is fairly indistinguishable from it in appearance, aroma, texture, and taste. These two used to be explicitly labeled “cinnamon” and “cassia” on the spice-aisle shelf. But in 1937, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was successfully lobbied to lump cassia and cinnamon under the generic label “cinnamon.” Today, you may find Saigon, Indian, or Mexican cinnamon on that shelf, it’s an unspecified blend of cinnamon and cassia. Interestingly enough, Mexico is the world's largest importer of Ceylon—Sri Lankan— cinnamon, or as Sri Lankans say, "true” cinnamon, because the spice has become a crucial ingredient in Southwest cuisine. Virtually all Mexican cookbooks painstakingly explain the difference between true cinnamon and cassia. But beware that Ceylon cinnamon is Winter 2011–2012

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much more subtle, which may account for the growing popularity of Vietnamese cinnamon, also known as Saigon cinnamon, among many serious cooks. For most people, the discussion remainsna distinction without a difference. Ground cinnamon, generic or “true,” adds a delightful kick to many sweet and savory dishes, including curries and stews, pastries and baked goods, breads and toast, soups and pastas, ice cream and chili, and even vegetables. Mexico’s famed mole sauce, a classic topping for hot chocolate, contains Ceylon cinnamon. And cinnamon sticks mulled in traditional apple cider, or in soymilk with honey, are wonderfully warming winter beverages. Store this pantry essential in tightly sealed glass containers. Ground cinnamon will stay fresh for about six months in your pantry, and stick cinnamon, a year. Look for Vietnamese cinnamon, as well as other cinnamon varieties, at your local natural food store, ethnic market, or spice vendor. Winter 2011–2012


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orking with wood is a highly regarded art, and with good reason. It takes years of experience to learn how to best reveal the beauty and depth of a wood’s particular grain, and to enhance its natural tone. Interestingly, traditional woodworking techniques have changed very little over the centuries. In fact, most woodworkers would readily recognize the tools that were used hundreds of years ago. But as these homeowners discovered, it’s not just about sawing, staining, or building. It’s how the craftsperson uses all their tools and skills to produce, as the Craftsman homeowner put it, a finished product that “commands attention.”

A Craftsman Family When this family decided to build their home in the Craftsman style, they had a distinct advantage: the homeowner worked in the construction business, and his father was a master carpenter. With a little hands-on training, the rest of the family became skilled at staining and painting the exterior wood beams. Grandma, an accomplished photographer, documented all of the work and published a book about the building of their home. Together, they created a masterful work of art to be enjoyed for years to come. As it says in their book, “Building our home has been an adventure! We are thrilled to be here finally, but we also enjoy remembering our incredible journey.” The owners designed many of the home’s outstanding elements, such as the stair railing’s decorative doublebraced balusters that echo the custom box-beamed ceilings throughout. The trim carpenters had the required expertise to complete the stair rail, and turned the owner’s vision into a beautiful piece of art. The owner and his father worked together to build and install all the interior beams. When the house was still in the planning stages, they had received a mirror for Christmas that was handcrafted by Granddad. They liked it so much; they asked him to make the eight mirrors needed for all the bathrooms. Tapered columns, and the owner’s specially designed wood grills for the windows and doors, helped to unify the Craftsman influence. The use of cherry wood throughout the home, finished with a natural sheen to best display its inherent beauty, and variable-width plank maple flooring, completes the look and character of a Craftsman-inspired home: a home evocative of all that is simple, natural, and calm.

A Natural View Originally, the windows in this home were covered with wood blinds. The homeowner loved the look of the wood, but wanted the convenience and pleasing nature of wood shutters. Janie Chisholm Designs installed custom cherry-stained maple shutters throughout, and added transoms to the taller windows. The cumulative effect was a transformation of this lovely home. The shutters created a striking accent to the existing fine woodwork. Because they open into the rooms, the shutters made the beauty of the surrounding landscape more visibly accessible. And they gave the home an updated contemporary character. The homeowner couldn’t be more pleased. “The shutters are much easier to use than the blinds, especially when it comes to cleaning. And although we took a lot of time to change out the entire house, Janie and Dave Chisholm understood what we wanted and were more than happy to work with us as we made the transition from blinds to shutters. Working with them has been a wonderful experience.” Window treatments by Janie Chisholm Designs, 686.8417. Continued on page 12.


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Shades of Green Choose the Right Wood, Build Responsibly Take time to know your wood and you can build green and beautiful. ith all the wood that’s being used, it makes sense to take a look at the options available when planning your projects, and thanks to the lead taken by many of the very industries that use the most wood; there are plenty of green and beautiful options to offset the demand. Advanced framing techniques have been developed to minimize the amount of wood used during the construction of new homes, composite, or man-made, products are now readily available to replace solid wood, and many builders are taking a new look at steel and concrete for unseen, structural applications. Bamboo is an increasingly popular alternative to wood. It is extremely strong, sustainable, and with its unique grain, bamboo works beautifully in everything from floors, to walls and furniture. Reclaimed wood makes it possible to enjoy the lustrous woods of yesteryear. Rescued from old barns, factories and warehouses, or even from old ships, it offers the unique beauty of a naturally aged patina, and wear from years of actual use, the highly desired finishes that faux-painters and others work hard to artificially recreate. Because it has sometimes weathered for centuries, contracting and expanding, it can make a more stable choice than new wood in many applications. Today, the wood and building industries, conservationists, and scientists work together to make sustainable wood a priority. The US Forest Stewardship Council has played a significant role in creating “Green Building” standards, and is a great source for builders and homeowners. The best way to know the impact your choices will make is to educate yourself about the types of wood you want to use. Talk with your builder, and consider checking out some of the alternatives. Then, see how the wood you select stands up to The Forest Stewardship Council’s Green Building standards. You’ll be doing the right thing, and the wood you use will be a lasting thing of beauty that you can feel good about. Continued on page 13.


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A Handsome History When this dignified home was built in 1924, it was the talk of the town. The Wichita Beacon featured a lengthy story about it, including information about the lady of the house, Mrs. C.M. Jackman, and how she played a major role in its design. Apparently, she drew her inspiration from California’s Spanish-style homes, her travels to South America, and from “treasures brought literally from all corners of the world”. It seems that Mrs. Jackman struck upon a timeless blend of cultures in her design, as this home continues to awe and inspire its fortunate residents, as well as its guests and neighbors. From the moment one enters the two-inch thick mahogany front door, it is clear that the details of this house have been meticulously executed. An artful cornice crowns the door, and the surrounding frames display intricate hand-carved nature motifs. In fact, it is the wood throughout this home that sets the tone for the rest of the décor. Grand arches and beams span the living room. French doors and wood-trimmed transoms are set inside the gently curved recessed wall at the far end. Three smaller arches lead the way to a stairway and landing that lead into other areas of this spacious home. An ornate wrought iron balustrade, trimmed with wood, overlooks a low wall into the living room. But beyond its strikingly unique characteristics, this home has held a time-honored tradition of being called home by a line of distinguished Wichitans: from Mrs. Jackman, to the Harrell family, to the W.B. Harrisons, donors of the W.B. Harrison Park on S Webb Road, to Marjorie and Don Enoch. Mr. Enoch was mayor of Wichita from 1969 to 1970, and is best remembered for developing his idea for a parade and festival along the Arkansas River waterfront to celebrate Wichita’s centennial. His Centennial of Progress Pageant evolved into the annual Wichita River Festival. Mrs. Jackman would be proud: her vision for a unique home has taken on a life of its own and it’s quite a handsome history, indeed.

A Capital Classic Wood paneling, first used centuries ago as a source of insulation over cold stone walls, was a practical application that developed into a major element for architects and interior designers. During the seventeenth century, grand palaces across Europe began using ornate panels that often framed works of art. The use of wainscoting and elegant crown molding soon followed. Custom wood-paneled walls add classic character to a room, but the choice of wood makes all the difference in the world. Styled after the famed dining rooms of The Capital Grilles, these homeowners, working with Mark Combs of Kitchen & Bath Gallery, and Pat Wormhoudt of Design Studio, Ltd., chose to surround themselves in the warmth and luxury of knotty alder, stained a rich cherry, creating a gracious tone that exudes the history of the Old World, and fosters a relaxed environment for engaging in quiet conversation or a spirited game of billiards. The box-patterned paneling is repeated in a corner banquette. Club chairs, leather bench seats, and upholstered backs that match the chairs in the nearby seating area provide a comfortable place for table games or a light supper. Oils of English pastoral scenes add a library-inspired look.

A restored Brunswick Narragansett billiard table, situated in its own adjoining space, was awarded the first medal of excellence at the Paris Exposition of 1878. The periodstyle lamp overhead was custom designed and locally fashioned with fabric and metal. The uninterrupted background lends an air of sophistication, and the varying tones in the wood panels give an incredible depth to this exquisite entertainment room’s appearance, creating a warm, inviting glow that is the mark of classic, fine wood finishing. This stunning project was the work of Kitchen & Bath Gallery, 2823 E Douglas, 686.7938, and Design Studio, Ltd., 2820 E Central, 682.6612. To view this room’s impressive wood bar, please see page 3. 12

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Shades of Green: continued from page 11 Feed the Birds, Restore the Planet Simply stated, Droll Yankees crafts the best made-in-the-USA bird feeders in the world, and arguably the greatest variety. What’s more, this company is fiercely green. roll Yankees encourages backyard bird feeding as one way to restore the balance of biodiversity worldwide. “It’s really a simple idea,” explains Nick Clausen, co-owner of the Backyard Nature Center. “The more you feed the birds, the more will survive to raise their young. The better the baby birds are fed, the higher their survival rate. The more baby birds that survive, the more birds there’ll be to consume more insects. “The fewer insects you have, the fewer chemicals you'll have to use, and the faster you’ll restore the environmental balance around your home. You, your children, your pets, your yard, and the water supply will be healthier. A healthier habitat means more birds. So the more you feed the birds, the sooner all this will happen.” Additionally, Droll Yankees’ business practices take green to a whole ’nother level. Most bird feeders are so flimsy that they end up in a landfill after only a season or two. But Droll Yankee feeders are designed to last; each carries a lifetime warranty against squirrel damage and manufacturing defects, and you can purchase only the parts you might need. Of course, Droll Yankees also recycles responsibly in-house, but they also use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified recycled materials—products certified as coming from managed, sustainable forests—for their catalogs and packaging. Light fixtures in their 80,000square-foot facility boast energy-efficient bulbs; many are motion sensitive. And this futurefocused company is installing photovoltaic panels for in-house hot water. “They’re pretty amazing—always looking for more ways to reduce consumption of natural resources, while continuing to make the best bird feeders in the world,” says Clausen. Pick up several of Droll Yankees’ attractive, Droll Yankees’ New Generation 13" sturdy, supremely eco-friendly bird feeders for Peanut Feeder with green accents features yourself and as gifts at the Backyard Nature an excellent design that is built to survive Center, The Shops at Tallgrass, 8336 E 21st St, the elements of nature while serving your backyard friends their favorite food. 683.2121.


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La Fiesta Roasted Garlic Soup Potato-Bean Tacos with Cucumber Salsa Black Bean and Corn Tamales with Green Chile Sauce Mushroom and Squash Tamales with Red Chile Sauce Polenta Orange Cake with Blackberry Kumquat Sauce Mexican Hot Chocolate

oliday traditions offer a number of opportunities for families and loved ones to come together and the seasonal feasts are probably the best loved. In the Southwest, like here, families and friends visit one another, often bringing small gifts, and one of the most appreciated is the gift of homemade tamales, made with masa harina, a flour made from corn. Although time-consuming to prepare—in Mexico, and closer to home, in New Mexico, the women of the family may spend several days chopping onions, roasting chiles, grinding spices, and cooking the savory fillings for traditional tamales—these little packets of savory fillings are a delicious way to celebrate the season. In fact, the time spent in preparing the tamales is as much a part of the tradition as the meal itself. A warm kitchen, full of the sounds of laughter, chopping, and the clattering of pots and pans, is a time when memories are created and relived. Experienced older hands teach young novices how to wrap the tamales in softened corn husks, then deftly twist and tie the ends shut with strips of husks. A savory roasted garlic soup—which can also be prepared ahead of time—and appetizing potato-bean tacos served with a refreshing cucumber salsa are a perfect accompaniment to the tamales, or they can be served on their own for a light, but warming, supper. The Polenta Orange Cake is made with polenta, a ground corn meal, and ground almonds instead of flour, which makes an extremely moist and dense cake that is, surprisingly enough, not at all heavy. Fresh blackberries, cooked with Chinese kumquats and finished with an orange-flavored liqueur such as Grand Marnier make a fabulous topping.


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Roasted Garlic Soup 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 to 1 1/2 heads of garlic, roasted (See note, below.) 5 cups, approximately, white rose potatoes, cut into bite-size cubes 4 to 5 cups vegetable stock salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup parsley, chopped, for garnish

Sauté the onion in the olive oil until it becomes transparent. Peel the roasted garlic cloves, mash them with a fork, and add them to the onion mixture. Add the potatoes and the vegetable stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover, and cook for perhaps twenty minutes, then remove the pan from the heat; the recipe can be prepared up to this point a day ahead and refrigerated. Lightly mash a little more than half the potatoes, return them to the pan, and re-heat. Adjust the seasonings, add the chopped parsley, and serve. Note: Place the garlic cloves with one to two tablespoons of olive oil in a small oven-proof dish or wrap them in foil. Bake at 375 degrees for about forty-five minutes, or until they are soft, then pierce and slip off the skins.

Potato-Bean Tacos with Cucumber Salsa For the Potato-Bean Tacos 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 to 3 cups bite-size new potatoes, steamed 1 to 1 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans salt and pepper to taste 1 package fajita-size flour tortillas 1/2 cup feta cheese, optional

Heat the cumin powder in a heavy-bottomed skillet. When it starts to become fragrant, add the chopped onion and stir to coat it with the cumin powder. Add the vegetable oil and sauté the mixture until the onion begins to soften. Add the cooked potatoes and cooked pinto beans and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

For the Cucumber Salsa 1 English cucumber, peeled, de-seeded, and diced zest of 1 lime juice of 1/2 lime 1 to 2 jalapeños, de-seeded and diced finely 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Mix the cucumber, lime zest, and lime juice together. Add the diced jalapenõ and chopped cilantro, stir well, cover, and chill for at least one hour. To assemble the tacos. Heat the fajita-size tortillas. Fill them with the potato-bean mixture. Top them with crumbled feta cheese and the Cucumber Salsa.

Tamales with Chile Black Bean and Corn Tamales with Green Chile Sauce For the Green Chile Sauce 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup chopped tomato 2 cups roasted Hatch green chiles, chopped 2 cups vegetable broth 2 cups water salt to taste

Sauté the chopped onion in the vegetable oil until it is softened. Add the garlic and then the flour and continue cooking until the flour turns golden. Add the chopped tomato, the chopped green chiles, the vegetable broth, and the water. Add salt and simmer for twenty to thirty minutes. Set aside. For the Black Bean and Corn Tamale Filling 1 cup black beans, cooked 1/2 cup roasted green chiles 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen

Mix all the ingredients together.

Mushroom Squash Tamales with Red Chile Sauce For the Red Chile Sauce

Prepare a 1 to 2-ounce package of dried red New Mexico chiles according to package directions. Set aside. 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced 1 cup chopped tomato 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, shaved 2 sticks cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 2 cups prepared Red Chile Sauce salt to taste

Sauté the onion in the vegetable oil until it is softened. Add the garlic, the chopped tomato, the chocolate, the cinnamon sticks, the clove, and the coriander. Add the mixture to the two cups of prepared Red Chile Sauce. Simmer the mixture for twenty to thirty minutes, remove and discard the cinnamon sticks, add salt to taste, and set the mixture aside while preparing the filling.

inch wide. Lay the softened corn husks flat and spread the prepared masa on each husk to within an inch of the edge on each side. Top half of the husks with one to two tablespoons of the savory Black Bean and Corn Filling, and the other half with the Mushroom Squash Filling; roll each husk up. Fold the sides over and, holding both ends, twist each tamale until it makes a firm roll; tie the ends with the strips of corn husk. At this point, the tamales can be refrigerated for up to a day, or frozen to be finished at a later date. When ready to cook, put a steaming basket into a large kettle. Add water to just below the basket and bring it to a boil. Place the tamales log-cabin style into the steaming basket, cover, reduce the heat but keep it at a high simmer, and cook the tamales for forty-five minutes to an hour. Add more water as needed to maintain the water level during that time. Serve the Black Bean and Corn Tamales with the Green Chile Sauce, garnished with the grated Monterey Jack cheese, or non-dairy substitute. Serve the Mushroom and Squash Tamales with the Red Chile Sauce, garnished with the sour cream, or non-dairy substitute, and the toasted pumpkin seeds.

For the Mushroom Squash Filling 1/2 cup onion, chopped finely 1 portobello mushroom, chopped finely 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 cup winter squash, steamed and diced

Mix all the ingredients together. To assemble the tamales 2 cups masa, prepared according to package directions 1 package dried corn husks 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, or non-dairy substitute, grated, for garnish 1/4 cup sour cream, or non-dairy substitute, for garnish 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish

Soak the corn husks for approximately an hour, changing the water once. Separate the softened husks carefully. Use the broken husks to make ties from strips approximately one-eighth-

Mexican Hot Chocolate 4 discs TAZA Cinnamon Chocolate Mexicano* 4 cups sweetened almond milk 1–3 tablespoons additional sugar, as desired

Chop the Taza Cinnamon Chocolate into chunks and set aside. Bring the almond milk to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and vigorously whisk the chocolate pieces into the milk. Taste and add more sugar if needed. * TAZA Cinnamon Chocolate Mexicano—a small batch, artisan chocolate flavored with biodynamic cinnamon—is available at Verde Sustainable Living, in Mill Creek, Central and Rock Road, 634.3793. Continued on page 15.

Masa is field corn soaked in lime to remove the corn kernel then soaked again to remove the lime and ground to a fine paste. Masa harina is the flour made from this paste. Polenta is ground corn meal.


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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour a nine-inch springform cake pan. Allow the butter to come to room temperature, then beat it until soft; add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and creamy. Grind the skinless almonds in a food processor until fairly fine, but not entirely smooth. Stir the ground almonds and the vanilla into the butter mixture. Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly between each addition. Place the polenta in a small bowl and mix in the baking powder and salt. Fold the orange zest, orange juice, and the polenta mixture into the butter mixture. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for thirty-five to forty minutes, or until the cake is a deep golden brown. It will still be a little wobbly. Allow it to cool to room temperature before serving. While the cake is baking, prepare the topping. Place the blackberries, kumquats, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the kumquats begin to collapse. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the Grand Marnier. To serve, spoon the sauce around a piece of cake, drizzling some over the top, and finish it off with a dollop of whipped topping.

Polenta Orange Cake with Blackberry Kumquat Sauce For the cake

For the topping

2 sticks unsalted butter, or non-dairy substitute 1 cup superfine sugar 2 cups skinless almonds 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs, or egg replacer 1 cup polenta 1 teaspoon baking powder Good pinch of salt Grated zest of 2 oranges Juice of 1 orange

1/2 pint blackberries 1 cup kumquats 2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 cup Grand Marnier whipped topping for garnish

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