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dining rooms for every taste


Dining together with family and friends is something to be enjoyed and savored. It’s a time when everything else can be put on hold and your attention can shift to sharing food, engaging in conversation, and creating memories. Unfortunately, the pleasure of getting together for meals has mostly been relegated to holidays and special occasions. Today’s large, modern kitchens now have islands to accommodate members of the family as they hurry about, grab a bite, and return to their busy schedules. Continued on page 10.

Autumn’s bounty is roasted to perfection for a festive harvest menu. See page 14 for recipes.

From traditional and formal to contemporary and casual, these rooms offer inspiration for dining room decorating and furniture. Clockwise from upper left: [1] The centerpiece of this cheerful dining room is the unique dining table with elaborate cast iron ends. Originally a base for showcases in haberdasheries from the 1880s to the 1920s, the lovingly restored table and beautiful recovered stained glass piece were discovered by the homeowners at Wichita’s Eclectiques. Custom Indian lace curtains and green and white leopard patterned upholstered chairs, by A&M Superior Upholstery, complement the display of green and white transferware and Majolica. [2] A vibrant tablescape sets the tone for this glamorous dining room, and demonstrates the hostess’s attention to detail and the high regard in which her guests are held. Table settings from The Plaid Giraffe.[3] An antique solid walnut trestle table and handtooled leather chairs, trimmed with bronze calvos enrich the lodge style comfort of this naturally elegant dining room. The decorative cast iron chandelier, sconces, and floor lamp provide warm illumination to gatherings that promise to be replete with fine food and enlivened conversation. Custom design and furnishings by Design Studio, Ltd.

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A Peaceable Kingdom: tender care for aging pets Noteworthy: fine stationery makes a distinctive statement On The Porch: nature’s beauty greets autumn holidays A La Carte: cookbooks for gatherings and restaurants of note Shades of Green: a tiny seed produces abundant yields Quiet Spaces: the music of words that nourish the soul

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Music Worth Seeing Wichita Grand Opera’s new season brings major stars from the Met, Europe, and the Heartland. f you’re ready to experience the theatrical energy of live performances—beautiful singing, stirring music, intense drama, colorful costumes, striking scenery, and graceful dancing—all combined to deliver unrivaled entertainment, then this is the year to treat yourself to the uniquely magical allure of opera. The arrival of Wichita Grand Opera’s new 2012-2013 Season promises all this and more.


Elements for a decidedly sophisticated, yet slightly rustic style Extra wide rush seated armchairs with black leather cushions provide ample comfort and a modern flair, an antique Asian bamboo cabinet finds new use as a unique side table, and an old-fashioned wooden warehouse cart is repurposed into a handsome coffee table. Stop by the showroom and browse our ever-changing collections 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

European Tenor Martin Iliev stars in the title role of Verdi's Otello, January 19, 2013.

Three great operas, a ballet, and talent that reads like a who’s who from the Met, Europe, and the Heartland, means a full season of stirring music, velvety intense voices, and powerhouse performances. You won’t want to miss a single show. In fact, you may want to consider upgrading from single tickets to season tickets and enjoy all the additional benefits of being a WGO Subscriber. The Season begins with Otello, by Verdi. This powerful music set to Shakespeare’s tragedy, which conquered the operatic world in Verdi’s time, now premiers in Wichita under the baton of Maestro Steven Mercurio. Next up is the sparkling comedy, Don Pasquale, by Donzetti, updated to the 1960’s in St. Louis. The charming, tuneful score blends Music Worth Seeing, continued on page 4.

A Peaceable Kingdom Old Friends Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. ith this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior dogs and cats. As pets reach their golden years, it becomes even more important to work closely with your veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for your senior pet. Much like people, senior pets require a little extra care and attention, but most of it comes down to the same simple advice doctors give their human patients. Have regular health exams, stay active and engaged with life, eat a balanced and nutritious diet, and remember to pay attention to any changes that might be taking place. It’s important to keep in mind that when cats and dogs enter their senior years, every year amounts to 5–7 human years, so make sure you have your veterinarian perform thorough exams and complete laboratory tests every six months. Regular exams are needed to catch and delay the onset or progress of disease and for the early detection of problems such as organ failure and osteoarthritis. These visits are also a good time to review any differences in your pet’s activity or behavior you may have noticed. Like humans, as dogs and cats age they also get a bit slower in their mental sharpness, and one or more of their senses may dull. It turns out that one of the best ways to keep your pet’s senses sharp is to stimulate them with plenty of exercise, play, and interaction. Unfortunately, one of the other ways pets today are similar to their humans is that many are overweight. If that’s the case with your cat or dog you may find they can benefit from a special diet that will provide them with the complete nutrition they require while not putting on extra pounds. Remember that taking a few short walks throughout the day is one of the best remedies, which also gives them the much-needed exercise and stimulation they need. There are plenty of other things you can do to keep your pet happy in those golden years. Keep an eye out for how they are handling changes in temperature, or if it appears that they are having a more difficult time getting around. If A Peaceable Kingdom, continued on page 7.



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Burnell’s Creative Gold has become a local trendsetter by bringing the greatest assortment of dazzling lines of jewelry to Wichita Burnell’s Creative Gold is having a special showing November 8-10, featuring Masriera. With a rich artistic history of over 200 years, the fine jewelers of Masriera company in Spain take ten to fifteen metal molds that were originally crafted in the early 1900s and make new castings using the same enamels that were available at that time to craft a very limited edition of new heirlooms each year. Also featured will be gemstones cut by Steven Sanders from Colorado, known for his intricate mosaics made with precious stones. This will also be a great time to see the brilliant jewelry of award-winning engagement ring designer Mark Schneider, as well as the stunning pieces created by Burnell’s own award-winning inhouse design staff.

This premiere fine-jewelry store offers its customers the most exciting and innovative jewelry experience around.


ou can tell the difference as soon as you step inside this store. Fine jewelry and exquisite gemstones are a passion here. That’s why you’ll find jewelry that would never be seen in this region were it not for the special efforts of Burnell’s Creative Gold to bring it to Wichita. Jerry Burnell and his staff are on a mission. They’re focused on ensuring that this world-class fine-jewelry store is as celebrated for its extraordinary jewelry as it is for its friendly presence and unparalleled customer service. For over thirty years customers from as close as just down the street to those that have traveled from around the world have discovered that this familyowned store has built a gold-standard reputation for trust, as well as for carrying—and creating— the widest range of exciting, innovative jewelry designs around. Burnell’s has also become well-known as a customer-oriented, full-service store; you can stop by, for example, to have your watch battery changed or your rings cleaned and restored to their sparkling original condition, whether you buy any more jewelry or not. The ambience is warm and personal, in part because a marvelous series of color photographs, all awardwinning images taken by Burnell himself that are periodically changed out, graces the walls. Having served as president of the Kansas Jewelers Association for two different 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 an unparalleled 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. Burnell’s has enjoyed an unmatched reputation for carrying the widest range of innovative and exciting jewelry designs by more than 140 top designers from around the world. So regardless of your budget, the occasion, or who you are buying for, Burnell’s will help you find that perfect gift. While this store’s top-of-the-line, readymade jewelry is always exquisite, Burnell’s Creative Gold is consistently acclaimed for extraordinary jewelry wholly designed and made by Burnell and his staff of four in-house master jewelers. They’ve won more than fifty–five national jewelry design awards by creating some of the most innovative and dazzling jewelry in the country. “We’re always pleased to say that people looking for fine jewelry need look no further than our store, right here in Wichita,” Burnell says, smiling. Make this holiday season special with a gift of the most spectacular fine jewelry around, visit Burnell’s Creative Gold in the Mill Creek Shopping Center, 550 N Rock Rd, 634.2822, or visit

Kitchen & Bath Gallery’s newly remodeled showroom is a stunning backdrop for the exceptional talent and creativity of this top Wichita remodeler For over twenty years Wichitans have trusted Kitchen & Bath Gallery to be a respected source for a full range of professional designs and installations.


ut they also know that this company’s name has long been a tad misleading. As owners Mark Combs and Ray Anderson say, “Our name is just the beginning.” Thanks to the remodeling of their 2823 East Douglas Avenue Gallery, you can now see just what they mean. The Kitchen & Bath Gallery design team, long valued for their dedication to detail and commitment to quality, has been working overtime to develop just a few Contemporary Traditional Cottage Colonial Mediterranean French Country Newly remodeled showroom featuring unique designs for any room in your home with a harmonious blend of style and function.

diverse vignettes to showcase an even wider variety of styles, rooms, designs, and installations they excel in creating. As you walk through this gallery it’s plain to see, from the interior designers to the trim carpenters to the office staff, this company is continuing to build upon a culture of excellence that makes a real difference in every aspect of every project. Kitchen & Bath Gallery’s approach to custom home remodels is one of unparalleled craftsmanship. They use only the best materials and are passionate about creating an environment of trust where the customers’ hopes, dreams, and ideas have an opportunity to come to life. Visit their inspiring showroom and see for yourself why Kitchen & Bath Gallery has earned a reputation as a full-service remodeling contractor associated with the highest level of quality and integrity, not just for a kitchen or a bath, but for any room in your home. Or a room addition. Or a whole house remodeling or renovation. Learn how Kitchen & Bath Gallery can transform your dreams into a reality, stop by their showroom at 2823 E Douglas, call 686.7938, or visit Autumn 2012


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nature center The birds you feed need water as much as food! A heated birdbath or a heater in your birdbath will allow your birds not only a much needed drink but a bath to keep their feathers clean to better insulate themselves during cold winter days. The Shops at Tallgrass • 8336 E 21st Street #500 • 683.2121 Mon–Fri 10–6 Sat 10–5, Sun 12–4

Music Worth Seeing, continued from page 2. bright melodies, vocal fireworks, and a witty English translation. Abounding with the divinely beautiful music of Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro is a great comedic frolic and one of the top five most-performed operas in the world. WGO brings ballet to Wichita with Swan Lake, by Tchaikovsky. One of the most popular ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s glorious music underscores the drama of this story as performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre. Metropolitan Opera Soprano With three great Zvetelina Vassileva, brings her operas, the ballet, signature role as Desdemona in and the major talent Otello to WGO on January 19, on stage, you won’t 2013, and stars as Countess want to miss a single Almaviva in The Marriage of performance. Figaro, March 16, 2013. As a Season Ticket Subscriber you can experience the timeless pleasure of all four amazing productions, and qualify for a Metropolitan Opera Bass/Baritone number of additional benefits: receive discounts on Patrick Carfizzi stars as Figaro in regular single tickets, be able to secure your favorite WGO’s premiere of The Marriage of Figaro, March 16, 2013. seats before single tickets go on sale, exchange your tickets 48 hours before curtain time for another performance, upgrade your tickets at anytime, and for Plan A subscribers, receive an invitation to a cast party where you’ll be able to meet the stars. All of this is definitely a season worth seeing! For more information about the individual performances, or about upgrading to a Season Ticket Subscriber, call 316.262.8054, or visit

Give a “feel-good” holiday gift this year from Wichita’s CJ Spa! For two years, this Wichita business has offered 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.


f you usually find it difficult to pick your holiday gifts, then this year eliminate the stress and give a gift certificate to CJ Spa. Everyone enjoys the blissful relaxing world of massage, and at CJ Spa they can create a package that is specifically tailored to meet anyone’s needs. Plus with the addition of manicure and pedicure services to complement their massage, your someone special can feel good from their head to their toes. Hot stone massage is especially popular in the winter, and at CJ Spa you can combine it with any of the other massage therapies they offer. Consider combining aromatherapy and hot stone, and remember to try out the free steam room while you’re there. To fit into your hectic holiday season, CJ Spa also offers thirty-minute gift cards. You may want to give this ideal gift for the holiday season to yourself. After all, it’s their gift to you when you purchase two or more gift cards for others. Now that’s a gift that can make everyone feel good! You can relax and refresh at either of their two convenient locations: 5231 E Central, 683.0200, and 3101 N Rock Rd, 425.8899, Mon–Thur 9:30 am-9:30 pm, Fri–Sat 9:30 am– 10:30 pm, Sunday 9:30 am–8 pm. Appointments preferred, walk-ins welcome. It’s simply elemental at CJ Spa, where you’ll find the calming benefits of essential oil aromatherapy massage, hot stone massage, and other natural spa options. Remember that special person in your life with Gift Certificates featuring special upgrades. For more information, visit


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Noteworthy: It’s All in the Paper Thoughtful correspondence deserves distinctive stationery. here’s something about sending and receiving handwritten notes or letters that elevates communication to a meaningful art. You may recall receiving them from an aunt, a parent, or a friend. Maybe there was something about the paper it was written on that caught your attention, which reflected their personality. It made you immediately recognize it as coming from them. Or perhaps it was the handwriting. Whatever it was, it made you feel special. You knew they had taken the time to put their thoughts down in their own hand, and if it was written on their own personalized stationery, you were honored. You may not have known what made the difference, but you knew when you felt it in your hands that it was something exceptional. Fine quality papers have their own unique body, weight, and even texture, however subtle, that make them distinct. Although much has been said about the lost art of writing as the digital age is in full swing, fine paper continues to withstand the test of time. The fact that people receive dozens of e-mails daily makes a handwritten note even more significant. It tells the person receiving it that you made the extra effort and took the time to choose your stationery and consider your words. Handwritten notes are also a pleasure to receive as they give a person the opportunity to spend time with your phrases, perhaps going back and rereading, contemplating, and enjoying the message you sent. In the same way the clothes you wear project an image, the words you write, and the paper you use are an expression of your style. Investing in a quality, personalized, fine stationery is a way to communicate with elegance and grace. Make sure it says everything you want, but don’t worry about what you’ll write. Whether it’s a quick note, a simple card, or an informal letter, the thoughtful expression of your handwritten message will always be appreciated. For a memorable impression, choose from the extensive selection of quality cards, invitations, and all things personalized—including fine stationery, from Maxine’s, 682.8193. A mainstay in Wichita for over fifty years, Maxine’s is the place to go to find a style that says, “This is me,” and that you will find pleasure in using for years to come.


239.7367 Clifton Square 3700 E Douglas Ste 90 Tue–Fri 10–5 Thur 11–6 Sat 10–4 Closed Sun & Mon

Specializing in Nearly New Furniture, Home Décor, and Women’s Designer Clothing and Accessories

Nice Things Upscale Consignment Boutique

Local Kitchen Tune-Up is a winner at creating the new space you want ®

This award-winning business delivers the fresh new look you want for your kitchen without the hassles of typical remodeling jobs.


oon after Jim and Arlene Phillips started up the local franchise of Kitchen Tune-Up® they started winning awards. That was eight years ago, and with each new job they complete they continue to raise the bar. Winners of eight Project of the Month Awards, numerous Customer Service Awards, and this most recent year’s prestigious National Project of the Year Award, they have become the go-to pair for homeowners seeking just the right custom touches for nearly every room of the house, or office. Although Kitchen Tune-Up specializes in cabinet refacing, kitchen cabinet installation, redooring, and wood surface reconditioning and restoration, this talented team also has the know-how, and experience to do complete remodels. Flawlessly. These days, cabinet refacing really interests homeowners. Jim Phillips says, “Cabinet refacing is an exciting and very affordable option, whether you want to simply refresh your cabinets or want a whole new look for your kitchen.” Door and drawer fronts can wear down faster than the frames, so it’s not always necessary to install expensive new custom cabinets. Instead, cabinet refacing is an economical way to revitalize your kitchen with new doors, drawer fronts, and matching veneer, while keeping your existing cabinet boxes. You can have a new-kitchen look without the new-kitchen cost. Kitchen Tune-Up offers an impressive selection of wood choices Autumn 2012

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This Kitchen Tune-Up kitchen brought another Project of the Month Award to Jim and Arlene Phillips. Primarily a cabinet refacing project, the kitchen also 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 Chris and Cassie of Wichita. “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!”

and colors. In addition, the Refacing Plus™ option allows you to have additional cabinets, drawers, and islands installed. Kitchen Tune-Up can even help you choose special cabinetry like entertainment centers or home offices in other areas of your home. And custom storage solutions are available for your bathroom, media room, laundry center, craft area, and home office needs. Before Even better, when you choose to reface your cabinets instead of completely 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! To schedule a free in-home consultation, call Jim and Arlene at 316.558.8888 or e-mail To learn more about Kitchen Tune-Up’s numerous services, including bath remodeling, visit 5

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Guest Bath in Winner Pick of the Parade 2012 Spring Parade of Homes

Why The Premier Gutter Cover System is Superior is a solid, heavy gauge aluminum gutter protection system that blocks entry of leaves, twigs and debris. The cover is guaranteed to keep gutters and downspouts clean and free flowing. It completely covers the gutter like a roof, while water easily flows from the roof into the gutter. The Gutter CoverTM is equally effective for new or existing gutters. Clogged gutters cause damage and detract from the beauty of your home. They are dangerous and time consuming to clean.

Eliminates gutter cleaning! Why risk falling? Save your valuable time for better things!

he Gutter Cover of Wichita is a locally owned and operated family business established in 2002. The Gutter Cover Professionals is a nationwide manufacturer that produces the strongest gauge Gutter Cover on the market and uses a unique internal bracket system that adds to the appearance and durability of the installed product. Mike and Lori Clasen provide professional services at affordable prices throughout the greater Wichita region. Mike handles each job himself, and truly cares about your satisfaction. They take great pride in the quality service they provide their customers and appreciate the opportunity to share this great quality product with you!


Unique nose forward design extends past the front edge, so there are no gaps or openings for debris to enter or collect on top. Attractive sleek, low profile design gives a clean, finished look between the roof and gutter line, enhancing your home’s appearance. gives you the best protection for your investment. The design is the result of years of experience and thousands of installations in the gutter cover industry.

On The Porch: Natural Inspirations ature combines with seasonal decorations to create a perfect accent to the character and architectural details of this lovely historic home. Branches covered with multi-colored autumn leaves lend a graceful frame to its aesthetic appeal, overflowing potted mums and an assortment of pumpkins and gourds edge the tiered brick entryway, and a brightly colored seasonal wreath at the door completes the natural appeal of this warm and inviting front porch.



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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 let us know. We’ll be more than happy to stop by, and maybe even sit a spell. To view on-line, please visit Support your local businesses whenever possible. Please let participants know you saw them in The Front Porch Wichita! Editor: Kathy D. Heaton Copy Editor: Jo Bowman Contributing Graphic Designer: Hai Tran Publisher: Patrick D. Wherritt Contents copyright ©2012 by Daniels Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Nothing may be reprinted or reproduced in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. The Front Porch Wichita is a registered trademark of Daniels Publishing, Inc.

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A Peaceable Kingdom: Old Friends, continued from page 2 your dog or cat is arthritic or debilitated you may want to cut back a little on the exercise, but if you keep them cooped up or just lying around their bodies will quickly deteriorate. So try to keep them as mentally and physically active as possible. Look around and make sure your home is as safe as possible for them. You may want to cover slippery floors with rugs, add another layer of warmth to Autumn 2012

their favorite resting places, or even consider adding dog stairs or a pet ramp to help give them an extra lift. Most importantly, take it easy on your elder friends. Be patient, and remember pets experience pain just like humans do, and as their bodies begin to slow down, they will likely have many of the same ailments and problems that you will, including possible incontinence. Sometimes it can be treated, but in other

instances you may want to take a look at using floor pads or pet wraps that are specifically designed to help manage it. Your pets’ golden years are a time to cherish. Give them plenty of tender loving care throughout their life, but remember as your loyal friends age, they need your help even more. Keep them comfortable, healthy, and happy. They’re worth it.


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The Pantry: Cookbooks with a Person Point of View There are plenty of cookbooks from celebrity chefs, but often the recipes they contain are beyond either the expertise, or the inclination, of the home cook. For this reason alone, these outstanding collections of recipes, presented in a warm and personal manner, would be a welcome addition to any collection. The Gathering of Friends by Michelle Huxtable Volume Volume Volume Volume

One: The Gathering of Friends, 2008 Two: Let’s make food your love language, 2009 Three: Celebrations, 2010 Four: Celebrating Mother Nature, 2011

Clarenden Woods, LLC

he Gathering of Friends series of cookbooks were created by Michelle Huxtable to introduce “food as a love language,” and as the heart and soul of this unique collection, she has more than succeeded. If you like food photography then you will immediately fall in love with The Gathering of Friends cookbooks, but what makes them even more sumptuous, are the extravagant settings that are the backdrops for each and every meal presented. Huxtable is an interior designer, so each photo is an inspiration for room decor, tablescapes, and in her Fourth Volume even nature seems to be enhanced with her presentation of incredible meals served up within the beautiful landscapes of Thanksgiving Point Gardens, in Utah. The cookbooks are encased with hard, laminated covers, making them easy to keep clean, and inside you discover the pages are bound with a heavy-duty spiral, mak-


ing it easy to keep the pages open to the recipes you are following. These are not necessarily classic comfort foods, but they are certainly dishes you can easily cozy up to. In fact, these are cookbooks that you’ll find yourself lingering over long after you’ve shared the last bite from a “Romantic Repast,” “Whisperings of Winter,” or an “Enchanted Evening.” In the end, what Huxtable brings to these cookbooks is a part of her own love for food, and, more importantly, love of sharing: herself, her designing ideas, her family, and her seemingly effortless way of preparing elegant meals for memorable gatherings of friends. All four volumes and an architecturally designed, solid wood bookstand are available at Frou Frou, 651.0771, located in The Shops at Tallgrass, 8340 E 21st St North, Ste 600.

Pinches & Dashes: Recipes & Life Measures from the Junior League of Wichita, 2012 Favorite Recipes® Press

inches & Dashes is the newest cookbook in what is becoming a Wichita tradition: Junior League Cookbooks. Following the highly successful Women of Great Taste and The Sunflower Sampler,


Pinches & Dashes is a culinary collection of recipes to help you celebrate all of life’s moments—whether big or small. The recipes range from the elaborate, special occasion dishes, to fast and simple weeknight family dinner fare. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients, and many of the dishes take an everyday recipe, add a pinch of this and a dash of that, creating an entirely new and delicious twist. You can also rest assured that the recipes will turn out because each has been triple tested. Complementing the outstanding collection that includes several favorites from nine Wichita-area restaurants, are informative sidebars with culinary tidbits and littleknown food tips to help both the novice and more-experienced cook work with the ingredients. Pinches & Dashes is a beautiful book, worthy of display on a coffee table—although you’ll want to keep it close at hand in your kitchen—and filled with delectable selections that are bound to become instant favorites in your home. The bonus is knowing that proceeds from the sale of Pinches & Dashes will assist the Junior League of Wichita to combat child abuse. Available at many fine area stores, through the Junior League of Wichita at 682.7472, or by visiting their online store at

A La Carte: Restaurants of Note GARDEN GRILL CAFE

Naturally Gourmet


GARDEN GRILL CAFE is gourmet dining in downtown Wichita. Featuring delicious vegan meals from the world’s finest cuisines, Chef Miguel Larcher brings his innovative talents to create unique pastas, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and pizzas that bring joy to your palate, comfort to your soul, and health to your body. GARDEN GRILL CAFE also features freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, delectable desserts, and a savory array of Chef’s always flavor-filled, internationally inspired entrée du jour. Delivery & Catering Available | Cooking Classes Coming Soon


Oh Yeah! China Bistro

300 N Main 978.9213

Chinese Cuisine with an Artful Flair

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

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

Deliveries within 4 mile radius

Open Mon–Fri 11–2:30, Mon–Thurs 4:30–9:30, Fri 4:30–10, Sat 11:30–10, Sun 11:30–9


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.” 3101 N. Rock Rd 425.7700

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.

Since opening in 1996, HANA CAFE has steadily gained favor with those who appreciate ultrafresh sushi and other artfully prepared-from-scratch Asian food. 325 N. Mead, Old Town Square


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

It’s no surprise that savvy Wichitans are increasingly choosing to eat at OH YEAH! CHINA BISTRO. This fine-dining Chinese restaurant reaches far beyond the ordinary with authentic gourmet Chinese cuisine. 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, plantbased or meat proteins, and steamed or stir-fried dishes—and they are more than happy to accommodate special requests. 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.

and Sushi Bar

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

AIDA’S Coffee House

A i d a’s

IL VICINO AT BRADLEY FAIR 2132 N Rock Rd 636.2121

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, homemade soups like California medley and broccoli-cheese, 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 Oldtown 262.6721

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Shades of Green: Tiny seed makes big impact Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wah,” or “keeno-ah.” has become increasingly popular over the last decade, both for its sweet, nutty flavor, and for its high nutritional profile. n fact, its high protein, combined with its super mineral and antioxidant concentrations is what originally caught the eye of NASA scientists, who now are considering quinoa for its Controlled Ecological Life Support System. Choosing Fair Trade Often referred to as a grain, this ancient food, domesticated quinoa supports family thousands of years ago high in the Andes, is actually a little farms that are environseed, similar to a sesame seed, from a plant related to Swiss mentally responsible and chard and beets. The Incas relied on quinoa to feed their sol- helps to create a flourishdiers. Today, consumers across America and Europe have ing planet. developed a taste, and demand, for this superfood. Along with that increased demand has come the very real concern about what will happen to those families who for centuries have depended on this food crop as a way of life. Among the 1,800 varieties of quinoa currently grown, royal quinoa, or quinoa real, is Continued on page 15.


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he simple act of taking time to sit around a table and enjoy a meal with others, as a family, or with friends, is one of the easiest ways to lead a healthier and happier life. Slowing down is a great way to reduce stress. Eating in a relaxed and supportive environment is not only better for digestion, the food actually tastes better and, perhaps most importantly, eating together strengthens the bonds that keep us together as family and friends. Although sharing meals is common to every society, the customs and rules that are to be observed in each culture are as different as the types of cuisines. The idea of a dining room, and the accompanying special tables, arose in the Middle Ages. What was first a parlor, or small room, with planks or boards set up on trestles, has evolved into highly stylized rooms, furniture, and accessories. Central to the dining room is the table, which more than any other piece of furniture in a home, represents the family as a whole. So much so that sometimes when a member is temporarily absent, their place is still set, or reserved, for their return. The sideboard, or what is also sometimes called a buffet, is another piece of dining room furniture that has stood the test of time. They provide a waist-high place to set out appetizers, a large meal, or to perhaps display fine serving dishes, or a stunning dessert. First appearing in the dining rooms of Continued on page 13.


A handcrafted Spanish-inspired tiered chandelier creates a dramatic focal point for this handsome dining room. The custom solid alder dining table with a carved trestle base has eight comfortable high back chenille and leather chairs, including two host chairs accented with wood carving. The oversized carved, gilded mirror reflects light, adds dimension, and another element of drama. The heavy carving compliments the curved accents in the chair fabric and the iron sconces. See entire dining room on page 11, top right. Interior design and furnishings by Cohlmia Interiors, 689.8585. This dining room, aglow with sparkling light from Italian glass pendants, delivers the perfect mix of Old World elegance and contemporary simplicity. Rush seat ladder chairs and the unique direction of the wood top of this English Country pedestal table lend an intimate warmth to the space. Interior by Legacy Design, 304.4904. A stunning China cabinet is handcrafted from smooth alder and given a rustic finish with multi-colored layers in natural brown tones. The yellow-toned glass and oilrubbed bronze hardware give it the appearance of a period German piece. Custom designed and built by the Wichita Cabinet Company, 617.0176.

Wine cellars and rooms have become increasingly popular. This specialty dining area was created to accommodate tastings, as well as celebratory dinners for entertaining friends with vintage pairings. The oversized hand-distressed trestle table is made from Bur Oak timber harvested from the personal ranch of the owners. The table and custom wine room were designed and built by Logan St. Fine Wood Products, 266.4948.

An inspired mix of antique and contemporary items creates a refined, yet relaxed, dining room that clearly says, “Welcome.� The antique Tibetan sideboard showcases a carved Quan Yen figure and a pair of chinoiserie painted column lamps. The cane backed arm chairs and French wrought-iron chandelier set off the contemporary, octagonal bamboo-based, glass-topped table. Interior design and furnishings by Design Studio, Ltd., 682.6612.

Traditional style at it’s very best brings out the grace and charm of this lovely 1924 Mediterranean style home. A trio of arched windows over a spacious window seat lets in natural light to complement the soft, inviting glow from the intricate sconces, original to the home. The gentle curved lines of the China cabinet and carved chairs create a classic look, and the harvest tablescape extends a cozy invitation to guests.


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A custom French walnut china cabinet in a distressed hand rubbed finish with touch lighting offers plentiful room for storage and display. Floor-to-ceiling draperies accented with an embossed leather cornice and oversized iron clavos nails are the perfect accent to this elegant dining room.

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They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon, The moon, The moon, They danced by the light of the moon.


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Warm up for the holidays with a fireplace addition by Heartland Home Improvements. Imagine your home filled with the laughter and joy of the upcoming holidays while gathered around a warm fire. othing says “home” quite like a warm fireplace. A fireplace can act as the focal point to a particular room if it is well designed. With so many styles and features to select from, you can build a room around the fireplace. It adds warmth and comfort to the overall feel of a room. The color of the fire glowing and the character that the trim and material brings to the room is like none other. With the addition of a fireplace in your room, you can benefit by saving heating dollars when you lower the furnace and use your new fireplace for zone heating in that area of your home. It keeps the room just as warm while using far less energy.


Improvements. She said they are “very pleased” and described Heartland Home Improvements as being “always helpful and accommodating”. Monica and Brett expressed that they would highly recommend Heartland Home Improvements to anyone looking to update or remodel their home. To learn how Heartland Home Improvements, 2423 W. Maple, can turn your home improvement dreams into a reality, call 316-264-7744 or find them on the web at

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Quiet Spaces Between the Lines Poetry. The very word itself stirs up a multitude of emotions. f you find yourself feeling intimidated by the idea of reading poetry, then you are not alone. Even poets have a difficult time knowing how to approach poetry. Wordsworth defined good poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.” In contrast, Rilke wrote, “poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences.” Poetry was originally an oral tradition, used to tell stories in a way that they could be remembered and passed on from generation to generation. To this day poetry readings remain one of the more popular ways to enjoy this almost musical form of expression. From the ancient epics of Homer, to the romantic ballads of Shelley, to the structured verse of the Haiku, to the rhyming lines of rap, poetry comes in as many styles and forms as you can imagine. There is not a topic under the sun that the poets have not addressed, and through their words, their images, their tenor, and their tone you can experience life in ways that take you beyond the words on a page. It is little wonder that poetry has been referred to as “the language of the soul.” Taking time to curl up with a single poem, or a collection of poems, can offer solace, an inspired view of the world, and a renewed appreciation of language. When you spend time with a poem you can be immersed in a sea of feelings, or a universe of experiences, and somewhere between the lines you find a quiet space and your awareness shifts.


The spaces in the poem are yours. They are the place where you Can enter as yourself alone And think anything in. —W. S. Graham If you are interested in learning more about poetry, visit, or To listen to poetry being read by contemporary poets, or by poets from the past, visit 12

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Distinctively New The Kitchen Place was able to create dramatic changes to this Wichita home by carefully rearranging spaces and removing bulky elements of the past. By designing an open floor plan to maximize the space of the adjacent room and hallway the kitchen is now much larger and more appropriate for this family’s active lifestyle. The complete makeover included a custom knotty cherry island that comfortably seats six, and is topped with 6 cm thick granite as well as a glass tile backsplash that was also used to create a shimmering wall for the newly installed wine center. The final touch was added by utilizing a wide plank flooring which creates a seamless flow from the kitchen into the adjacent hearth room. Working with the creative team at The Kitchen Place these homeowners now enjoy a wonderfully functional kitchen and a distinctive new look that exceeded their expectations For 66 years, The Kitchen Place has emphasized long-standing relationships, with a process that revolves around our customers as we tailor-fit each step to every remodeling or new construction need.—Pat Lang, President/Owner

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the wealthy in the early 1700s, they continue to be one of the most sought-after items for dining rooms. The other popular piece of furniture to find its way into the dining room is a china cabinet or hutch. Both offer a beautiful way to display fine china or collectibles, and provide necessary storage for table linens, dishes, and silver or flatware. The difference between them is that a china cabinet is one piece, and usually more formal in style. A hutch serves the same purpose, but is made up of two pieces, a buffet, or cabinet, with detachable upper shelving, and when constructed in a traditional rustic manner, is often relegated to the kitchen. Lighting is still one of the most effective ways for creating a mood or atmosphere in your dining room. In ancient days diners relied on torches and candles. The very word, lamp, is from the Greek, lampas, meaning torch. It was the Greeks who replaced torch-

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es with terra cotta oil lamps in the 7th century BC. It was not until the late18th century, however, that the lamp came to have a separate chamber for the oil and a glass chimney. Next came gas lighting, which was used until the development of electricity that began to light homes across the country at the turn of the 19th century. Dining rooms of today still benefit from this long history of different sources of lighting, and many of the ancient styles continue to be used. Sconces, candelabras, chandeliers, pendants, and lamps of every description, are used to create multiple layers of warm, diffused light to highlight meals. Whatever types of lighting sources you choose, they should all coordinate and lend a sense of harmony to your dining room. The spirit of gathering is influenced as much by your surroundings as it is by the company you share it with. Remember that when you’re comfortable, chances are pretty good that your family, and your guests, will also enjoy the space, the food, and the camaraderie.


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ROASTED GOODNESS arvest time means a cornucopia of vegetables that are practically designed for roasting—squash of every variety, onions, peppers, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts—the list is nearly endless. Oven roasting vegetables is the easiest and tastiest way to enjoy them. The high heat intensifies their natural flavors and transforms them in a way that will have you asking, “Why didn’t I do this before?” The aroma from the oven as the sugars begin to caramelize will have you checking on them with pleasure. Even the way they look when roasted—rich, browned, and bursting with flavor—is far more appealing to when they are boiled or steamed. Most autumn fruits are also suited for roasting, making them a quick and easy alternative for healthy and delicious desserts. One thing is sure; whether it’s vegetables or fruits, roasting will forever change the way you see them.


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Roasted Harvest Squash Small dumpling squash are naturally sweet and a perfect size for entertaining, making them a delicious and easy centerpiece for your harvest meal. Sweet Dumpling Squash

Elway's Charred Red-Pepper Soup

4 sweet dumpling squash 2 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper to taste

Celebrate the football season with this red-pepper soup, adapted from Elway's at the Ritz-Carlton Denver.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Clean and cut the tops off the individual squashes with a sharp knife. Using a small ramekin can give a uniform line to follow, and be sure to cut at a slight angle so the lids will stay on while roasting. Remove the tops and scoop out all of the seeds and fibers from the hollow. Brush the squash inside and out with the olive oil and sprinkle the insides with salt and pepper.

4 red bell peppers 5 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided salt and freshly ground pepper 2 onions 3 large carrots, coarsely chopped 3 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1 can (28-ounce) whole peeled tomatoes 6 cups water 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar, or as desired Heat the broiler. Core the bell peppers and place them, skin-side up, on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Broil the peppers until they are well charred but not burnt, 3 to 5 minutes depending on the heat of the broiler. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Meanwhile, peel the onions and halve them lengthwise. Coat the onions with 1 tablespoon canola oil and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Grill the onions on all sides until well-charred. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then trim off the root end and coarsely chop the onions. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add the onions and stir around the pot for a minute to soften, then add the carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent. Stir in 2 teaspoons of salt and one-half teaspoon of pepper, along with the garlic. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the carrots are softened slightly and the garlic is aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and peppers, no need to peel the peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes to develop the flavors. Add the water and bring the soup to a simmer. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, loosely cover the pot and cook for 45 minutes. Blend the soup using an immersion blender, or in batches using a stand blender, and strain. Add the sherry vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper. This makes a generous 2 quarts soup. Adapted from Elway's at the Ritz-Carlton Denver as published by Noelle Carter in the Los Angeles Times.

Place the squash on a large sheet pan. Pour about 1 cup of hot water in the pan to prevent the squash from searing, and to help keep them moist as they roast. Cover with foil and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove the foil and continue roasting until they are easily pierced with a small knife, and the skins are beginning to brown or blister, approximately 8-12 minutes.

Quinoa Pilaf 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup onion, minced 1/3 cup celery, minced 2-3 teaspoons dried sage 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 bay leaf 2 cups vegetable broth 1 1/4 cup Alter Eco Rainbow Quinoa, rinsed 1/2 cup dried cranberries, divided use 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, divided use Heat olive oil in a medium size saucepan over medium high heat. Sauté the onion and celery with the sage for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion is slightly translucent. Add the cinnamon, bay leaf, broth, rinsed quinoa, and half of the dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and continue cooking for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, but keep the pan covered and let the quinoa sit for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

To Assemble Carefully lift the squash from the pan with a spatula, remove the tops, and fill each squash with the quinoa mixture. Garnish with the additional dried cranberries and roasted pumpkin seeds. Serve with the roasted vegetables. Serves 4.

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Roasted Grapes and Walnut Triangles Grapes are one of nature’s finest foods. Naturally sweet, they can be eaten raw, dried, frozen, or cooked, but when they are roasted they develop an intense flavor that when wrapped in filo pastry become a heavenly dessert.

1 pound Brussels sprouts 1 red onion 8 ounces button mushrooms 2 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper to taste

8 sheets of filo pastry 5 tablespoons butter or non-dairy substitute, melted 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon mixed with 2 tablespoons coconut sugar 3-4 cups black or red seedless grapes, divided use 1/3 cup walnut pieces 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Cut off the very end of the stems, leaving some to keep the sprouts together. If they are small you can leave them whole, otherwise cut in half. Remove the core end, outer paper peel, and slice the onion in half vertically, and then cut each half into 1/4” thick vertical slices. Remove the mushroom stems and depending on size, cut in half or quarter. Keeping the three vegetables separate from one another, toss each in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the Brussels sprouts on one end of a flat sheet and place in the preheated oven. Cook for 20 minutes, or until they are still firm, but the outer leaves have begun to cook. Toss the sprouts around to make sure they are cooking evenly, and add the red onion and mushrooms to the sheet. Return the sheet to the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes. The Brussels sprouts should be nicely browned, and the onions and mushrooms should be slightly browned, but if any of the vegetables need additional time cooking, simply remove the fully cooked ones, and return the others to the oven for a few minutes. Add additional salt and pepper to taste and serve.Serves 4.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Each triangle is made from 4 layered strips of filo, made by cutting the 8 sheets of filo in half, lengthwise. Brush one strip of filo with the melted butter, sprinkle lightly with the cinnamon sugar mix, then lay a second strip of filo on top, brush with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and repeat with the third and fourth strips of filo. Place a rounded 1/3 cup of grapes and 1 generous tablespoon of walnuts on one corner of the filo strip. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Gently lift the corner of the dough over the grapes and walnuts to create a triangle. Continue folding the filled triangle over into the strip, maintaining the triangle shape, until the entire strip is folded into a triangle. Some cooks equate the process to folding a flag. Brush each triangle with melted butter, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden-brown. Remove from the oven, and cool to room temperature. The triangles will stay crisp for several hours. When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar and serve with additional fresh grapes.Serves 4.


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The Art of Craft Every room in this newly remodeled home reflects the superb quality that the Wichita Cabinet Company is known for. Employing traditional woodworking skills, with state-of-the-art technology, they were able to hand craft every corner to the homeowners’ specifications. From customizing cabinet ideas to creating rich finishes to designing distinctive furniture they helped create a home that truly is a work of art. Right: This European farmhouse-inspired kitchen and dining room features custom designed alder cabinets that are finished in a natural brown and rustic green. The eyebrow in the open cabinet above the onyx sink mimics those found throughout the home’s architecture. The bar is topped with hand-scraped knotty alder in a hand-rubbed finish. Below: A custom designed walnut table is the perfect complement to this inviting and graceful entry. Thank you to Kathy Nott at Legacy Design.


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Shades of Green, ,from page 9 grown only in the Bolivian Altiplano salt flats, 13,000 feet above sea level. The arid conditions and rich mineral soil here produce seeds nearly a third larger than anywhere else in the world. Quinoa from this region has been prized for centuries; in Incan times, this supersized quinoa was reserved for royalty, hence the Alter Eco Rainbow Quinoa is a diverse flavor and texname quinoa real. Alter Eco, a Fair Trade tural experience: the light Certified company, and a and fluffy, toasty pearl, balmajor importer of quinoa, is ances perfectly with the nutty red and the crunchy dedicated to keeping these black quinoa. small family farms sustainable, and profitable. Fair Trade is a global trade model and certification program that identifies products that are just that—fair. Fair to the small farms that grow the crops, fair to the small companies that process and export/import the products, and fair for the consumer. Alter Eco works directly with the quinoa farmers and the farmer-owned cooperatives, ensuring a living wage for the farmers and sustainable development for the co-ops. Beyond the fields, they have initiated and supported programs as diverse as providing new technology to starting a nursery and building a healthcare center. These are the things that make a very real difference in these communities that have been thrust into the international marketplace. Alter Eco is the first to acknowledge these changes may appear small in global terms, but they are impressive gains for their partners. “When producers tell us about the shift in their life after becoming a Fair Trade farmer, many describe the same proud moments you would: sending their kids to school, attending to the health of their families, and looking forward to the future. They also work together to build programs that benefit their entire community.” So the next time you want to know more about the impact of your food choices, look for the Fair Trade Certified label. You can rest assured it will not only be nutritious and delicious, but that it will also be food you can feel good about. Fair Trade Certified Alter Eco Quinoa is available at local natural food stores. See page 14 for an easy and delicious recipe using Alter Eco Rainbow Quinoa. To learn more about Fair Trade visit

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Adding Light and Air with Style The trick to creating a new makeover in an older home is thinking outside the box. In this case, it was outside the rooms. Enclosed rooms that prevented views of the backyard, as well as conversation within the living area, and a dated kitchen were in need of a new perspective. The skilled team at Guthridge Nighswonger opened up rooms that didn’t exist, and created a flow of beautiful spaces that included a totally remodeled kitchen complete with stunning black granite highlighted with blue, and stainless steel appliances. Easy-to-use drawer cabinetry, a countertop range, and the double wall oven made excellent use of the space. The expansion also created a new dining area, a new patio, and the homeowners’ favorite new place—a sunroom. A double tiered recessed ceiling adds depth and style to the new room addition. The walls of windows and French doors feature Phantom® retractable window and door screens, which make it possible to fully enjoy the backyard views and when weather permits the flow of fresh air and gentle breezes. Radiant floor heating ensures that the room stays just as comfortable when the temperatures drop. A new patio completes the effortless flow from the sunroom to the dining area and kitchen. The transom windows over the French doors in the dining area bring additional light to the kitchen and dining spaces, accent the new raised ceiling that now meets the eaves, and add to the overall spaciousness of these now open and light-filled rooms.

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