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42 POP THE BUBBLY! NEW YEAR’S EVE ENSEMBLES
72 DREAM DWELLINGS COLUMBIA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL HOMES
84 WELCOME WINTER 25 CABIN FEVER RELIEVERS
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SPOTLIGHT Don’t miss the chance to be entranced by The District’s Living Windows.
HIGH NOTE The stories behind today’s top songs.
BOOKSHELF Talk about a novel novel: The unusual premise behind Phong Nguyen’s new work.
5 THINGS Noel Knowledge: 5 things you probably didn’t know about Christmas.
HEALTH & FITNESS The dairy/non-dairy query: Decoding the different kinds of milk.
ROBINSON’S RAMBLINGS It’s all downhill from here: John recalls the thrills (and spills) of sledding as a kid.
HOLIDAY LOOK BOOK 49
HOME & GARDEN 57 Flavor 95
DASH This savory seasonal stew’s ideal for holiday company.
COOKING WITH BROOK Have a taste for some chillchasing comfort food? This spicy shrimp and grits fits.
102 DINING GUIDE 11 featured favorites.
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Check out our Facebook page for a video of our food editor, Chef Brook Harlan, demonstrating how to soak and skim grits for his Shrimp and Grits recipe on page 98 in this issue.
Don’t miss our online Holiday Look Book featuring great gift ideas from local Columbia businesses. Just search “Holiday Look Book” on insidecolumbia.net.
SWEET SNAPS HOLIDAY CHEER Discover which wines to serve at holiday festivities in a handy guide from Missouri Wine and Grape Board member Barbara Gibbs Ostmann. Just visit insidecolumbia.net and search “Cheers to the Holidays.”
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ALL IN GOOD FUN
EMBRACE JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
’m one of those people that can’t wait to get the Christmas tree up every year, although I do restrain myself. Typically, the earliest I let myself begin decorating for the holidays — and listening to Christmas music — is a few days before Thanksgiving. There’s just something about warm lights, glittering ribbon and stockings hanging over a fireplace that fills me with joy. Although you may decorate your home to the nines for the holidays, there’s sure to be somewhere else in town that has even more holiday spirit. So, get out of the house! You’ll find 25 things to keep you and your family entertained during the cold winter months in this issue’s Winter Fun Guide. From ice fishing to making hot toddies, there is certainly something for everyone. And if you’d rather stay inside, be sure to check out our binge list section, with TV show recommendations from our staff and readers. Another thing I love about the holiday season? Being able to dress up in fabulous festive finery. I got to wear the hunter green gown pictured for my photo this month and I didn’t want to take it off — as several coworkers can attest. Perhaps my favorite part is that it has pockets, a feature sorely lacking from most women’s fashion. Want to give this dress a spin? Head to Dillard’s for this Betsy & Adam off-the-shoulder gown. Spin the season away!
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Don’t Miss the Magic of Living Windows
20 Events to Fill Your Calendar
Learn the Stories Behind Today’s Top Songs
MU Professor Pens Unique Work
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FREE EVENT IN THE DISTRICT DELIGHTS ALL AGES. BY PEG GILL
owntown Columbia, or “The
her first year. “I didn’t even know it was a
District,” as it’s known, is a
contest,” she says. “We got second place.
popular place any time of the
The theme was Christmas Fairies.”
year, boasting an eclectic array of retail
While many businesses, such as
shops, taste-tempting restaurants and a
LaHue’s, have been taking part in Living
bustling bar scene. But on the evening of
Windows for years, others are relative
Friday, Dec. 6, it will become even more
newcomers, such as women’s clothing
alluring — drawing visitors of all ages to
boutique Fringe. For Morgan Pingel,
experience the magic of Living Windows
who opened Fringe with her sister,
from 6 to 8 p.m.
Riley Arends, and their mom, Charlotte
During this enchanting annual event, local shopkeepers transform their front windows into vibrant stages that
Smarr, in 2017, this will mark the third year joining in the fun. “We really enjoy Living Windows,”
showcase live holiday performances.
Pingel says. “We see lots of people
They go to great lengths planning,
walking in during that time who
prepping, painting, decorating and
mention they’ve never heard of us and
creating costumes. Adding to the holiday
didn’t know we were there. We feel like
spirit are open houses, strolling carolers,
it’s such a family-fun event, and people
holiday treats and visits with Santa.
of all ages can enjoy it. I know I always
It’s the perfect backdrop for seasonal
enjoy seeing what our neighbors are
shopping or simply a fun, festive — and
doing, a lot of them get very involved in
free! — way to spend a few hours.
the event and put a TON of work into it.
“It’s one of our longest running
“The first year we did a ‘Cowboy
events,” says Nickie Davis, executive
Christmas’ theme where my husband
director of The District. Indeed, it’s
dressed up as Santa with cowboy attire,
been around for two decades. And it’s
and we included our cattle dogs and
an event with a high level of business
some friends in the window dressed
participation, too — Davis says that in
in the same theme. Last year we did a
2018, more than 45 businesses took part.
scene from ‘Christmas Vacation’ with
Ruth La Hue, the owner of the floral
Clark, cousin Eddie and other familiar
shop My Secret Garden, has been
characters. This year I think we’re
participating every year since Living
leaning towards a ‘Santa’s Helpers’
Windows began back in 1999. “We
theme and including our dogs and one
have done many amazing windows,”
of our employee’s dogs, as the dogs are
she says. “We always serve cookies and
always a big hit!” Learn more at www.
snacks.” LaHue laughs when recalling
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Whatâ€™s Going On THE EVENTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS MONTH.
Warm Springs Ranch Holiday Lights
WARM SPRINGS RANCH | Dec. 1-29 Enjoy an incredible display of holiday spirit at this enchanting annual event featuring thousands of twinkling lights and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Thursdays-Sundays, anytime between 5 and 8 p.m.; ages 2 and younger free, ages 3-12, $5, ages 13 and older, $10; www.warmspringsranch.com Dec. 3
Ugly Sweater Party
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Don your best smarmy Santa, ridiculous reindeer or kitschy candy cane sweater for this fun First Chance for Children fundraiser! Enjoy light appetizers, drinks, games and a raffle. 5:30-7:30 p.m.; $30; www.FC4C.org
Now in its 13th touring season, this powerhouse group of classically trained musicians comes together to create nothing short of an electrifying evening of holiday rock music. 7 p.m.; from $39; www.concertseries.org
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Dec. 5-8, 12-15
“An Antique Carol”
TALKING HORSE PRODUCTIONS
See this comic opera freely adapted from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, written by the late local maestro Hugo Vianello, founder and former conductor of the Missouri Symphony. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee; $15 adults, $13 seniors/students; www.talkinghorseproductions.org Dec. 5-8, 12-15
“Last Train to Nimbroc”
COLUMBIA ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY
In 1940s America, an aspiring missionary and an Army pilot from the wrong side of the tracks meet on a train carrying the remains of the recently deceased F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathanael West and forge a connection. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee; $14 adults, $12 seniors/students; www. cectheatre.org Dec. 6
Living Windows THE DISTRICT
Local shopkeepers transform their front windows into vibrant stages for live holiday performances. Adding to the holiday spirit are open houses, strolling carolers, holiday treats and visits with Santa. Read more on page 27. 6-8 p.m.; free; www.discoverthedistrict.com Dec. 6
Tchaikovsky Holiday FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Hear the epic Tchaikovsky “Piano Trio,” one of the most monumental romantic works ever written, at this Odyssey Chamber Music Series concert. You’ll also enjoy some festive tunes.
Holiday Lights and Sights Tour
THE ARC | Dec. 6 Enjoy some of the city’s most beautiful holiday lights from the comfort of a Parks and Recreation minibus, departing from the ARC. A car seat is required for young children. 6:15-7:30 p.m. or 7:45-9 p.m.; $7.50 per person, pre-registration required; www. como.gov/parksandrec
7 p.m. with 6:45 pre-concert; $20 adults, $10 students; www.odysseymissouri.org Dec. 6-8
MOSY Holiday Home Tour VARIOUS COLUMBIA HOMES
Take a tour of four festive, fabulously decorated homes during the Missouri Symphony Society’s annual fundraising event. 1-4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday; $15 in advance, $20 day of; www.themosy.org Dec. 6-8, 11-12
“A Christmas Carol” MACKLANBURG PLAYHOUSE
Be inspired by the legendary transformation of a miser on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas spirits, in the Stephens College adaption of Dickens’ classic tale. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 8; $16 adults, $10 student/senior; www.stephens.edu
Jingle Bell Run
The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume and feel good about doing good. 8-10:30 a.m.; $25-$35 depending on course; www.jbr.org/columbia Dec. 7
City Kwanzaa Celebration
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“Great Russian Nutcracker” JESSE AUDITORIUM
This holiday season, give your family the gift of the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker.” Celebrate this cherished Columbia holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. 7 p.m.; From $35; www.concertseries.org Dec. 11
One for One Holiday Food Drive
LUCKY’S MARKET PARKING LOT
Join volunteers from area businesses including Inside Columbia magazine and Zimmer Radio as they “freeze for food” at this outdoor drive benefiting the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; donations welcome; www. sharefoodbringhope.org Dec.12-22
“A Christmas Carol”
ARROW ROCK LYCEUM THEATRE
Cookies with Santa
DKB DESIGNER KITCHENS & BATHS | Dec. 7 Don’t miss a time-honored holiday tradition from Inside Columbia magazine. Little ones can enjoy holiday-themed coloring pages, festive cookies and a chance to have their photos taken with Santa. 9 a.m.-noon; free; www.insidecolumbia.net Dec. 7
Cheese and Sauerkraut 10-mile
Happy Holidays and All That Jazz
Defy December with this somewhat silly athletic endeavor from the Columbia Track Club on the Katy Trail. The closest prediction on time to finish wins the cheese, while the worst wins the sauerkraut. No entry form needed, just sign up the day of the race. 8:30 a.m.; free; www.columbiatrackclub.com
This evening of seasonal song features both A Class Act musical theater troupe in excerpts from Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” as well as The Velvetones’ jazz stylings of traditional carols. 7:30 p.m.; free; www.stephens.edu/events
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STEPHENS’ HISTORIC SENIOR HALL RECITAL HALL
Enjoy the return of a holiday tradition in Arrow Rock when you see this Christmastime classic, now in its sixth year. 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee on selected days; $40 adults, $37 seniors, $20 students, $17 children; www.lyceumtheatre.org Dec. 14
Junior NBA Skills Challenge ARMORY SPORTS CENTER
In this skills event, boys and girls ages 13 and younger (as of June 30, 2019) will compete separately in two age groups. Skills include dribbling, shooting and rebounding. 10 a.m.; free; www.como.gov/parksandrec
The Symphony of Toys MISSOURI THEATRE
Come enjoy a spectacular holiday concert featuring a variety of music for the season and a special guest from the North Pole at this time-honored Symphony Society fundraiser. 3 p.m.; $20 adults, children younger than 18 bringing a new unopened toy are admitted free; www.themosy.org
Save the date Jan. 23
Lauren Alaina THE BLUE NOTE
Georgia native Lauren Alaina first captured America’s hearts on Season 10 of “American Idol.” Since then, she’s released two albums. 7 p.m.; from $16; www.thebluenote.com Jan. 24
“Finding Neverland” JESSE AUDITORIUM
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time magazine. 7 p.m.; from $52; www.concertseries.org Jan. 16
Columbia Values Diversity Celebration HOLIDAY INN EXPO CENTER
The annual celebration will include performances representing the rich diversity of our community and live music at the breakfast followed by presentation of the diversity awards. Registration is required. 7-9 a.m.; $15; https://www.como.gov/ arts/cvdc/
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The Story Behind the Song THREE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC.
BY JAMIE MAC • PHOTO FEATURING SELENA GOMEZ
When I felt all of the hatred was too powerful to stop.” The line presumably reflects the first major decision Adam made on his own after Jordan’s passing, which was to play the Super Bowl
This song finds Kane Brown weary from life on the road, long-
halftime show, as the decision and performance were not re-
ing for the comforts of life at home. The lyrics in “Homesick”
ceived well. Adam has stated in interviews that he really missed
are more traditional sounding than past releases from Kane,
Jordan’s guidance and navigation through tough times like this.
as it finds him reflecting on the feeling of being away from his
It’s clear the song is deeply personal.
fiancé while he’s out on the road. I’m sure the meaning of this song rings even more true now after recent life-altering events; his longtime drummer died in an automobile accident a few months back, and then just last month he witnessed the birth of
“LOSE YOU TO LOVE ME”
his first child, Kingsley Rose Brown. “Homesick” is on Kane’s second studio album, “Experiment.”
Selena Gomez is back, and has rediscovered herself with the launch of her new single “Lose You To Love Me.” To say that the
song is about her ex, Justin Bieber, would be an understatement, but she most likely won’t admit it. However, the title alone reflects where she’s been mentally the past couple years. As her relationship with Bieber was falling apart, her struggles were very
Part drinking song, part emotional reflection, Maroon 5’s first
public, including a stay at a health facility, and a self-induced
single since “Girls Like You” (May 2018) is a somber ballad, a
4-year-long withdrawal to get to a better place physically and
tribute to a lost friend. In December of 2017, the band’s man-
mentally. Her new album is expected to drop before year’s end, if
ager, Jordan Feldstein, passed away unexpectedly at the age of
not into early 2020.
40 from a blood clot. Jordan and Adam were lifelong friends, and his loss meant uncertainty for the band. Some of Adam's
Jamie Mac is the director of programming and new media of Zimmer
decisions have caught backlash, which is reflected in the lyr-
Radio Group, which includes KCLR 99, Y107 FM and 101.9 The Wave.
ics, “There’s a time that I remember when I never felt so lost /
He has worked in radio for 12 years.
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Phong Nguyen’s Roundabout
SELF-IMPOSED CONSTRAINTS UNLOCK THE DOOR FOR CREATIVE FICTION
BY LAUREN PUCKETT
ou might not notice at first.
fan, maybe you’ve already clued into the
another has supplied a new situation.
But screw up your vision,
trick. That whole paragraph is missing
He took feedback from his writer friends
then peer a little closer at the
the letter “e.”
and never turned down their sugges-
cover of Phong Nguyen’s new novel,
In fact, read the rest of Nguyen’s novel,
tions. Like a comedian using stage props,
Roundabout. You’ll see it: The letter “e”
and you won’t find a single “e” in the
he explains, he mixed in well-known
in his last name is a faint, hazy gray,
entire manuscript (apart from the one on
texts that lacked the letter ‘e,’ such as
just a few shades darker than the white
the cover). He actually removed the “e”
John F. Kennedy’s oft-quoted “Ask not
font that sandwiches it. Seems a simple
pad on his keyboard to prevent himself
what your country can do for you; ask
stylistic choice, you might think, until
from accidentally tapping it. Roundabout
what you can do for your country.”
you turn the page and start reading.
is a work of constraint writing, limited
As Nguyen puts it, he “gave free reign
“Ovid Dullann was a promising child
by a simple rule: Never use “e,” which,
to his subconscious” for more than a de-
who would always stay a promising child
of course, only happens to be the most
cade, allowing ideas to seep onto the page
— a prodigy grown old and sad,” Nguyen
common letter of the English language.
that, in any other situation, he would
writes. “Grow as Ovid might, with him it
Yet Nguyen pushed the oddity even
have thought too bizarre to write down.
was always a similar thing in dissimilar
further. The book is also improvisational
So the burning question is: Why, ex-
proportion, as a truck gradually grows in
fiction, which means Nguyen adhered to
actly? Why go through the trouble? Why
sound on its approach.”
improv acting’s rule of “yes, and,” where
play Van Gogh and cut off your prover-
no actor is allowed to say “no” once
bial ear? Roundabout tells the story of a
If you’re a Wheel of Fortune or Scrabble
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man named Ovid, who slowly realizes he
gether. Proust “just did impossible things
Tom Sawyer spin-off, The Adventures of
is a character in a book, and his author
with language,” Nguyen says. “And I
Joe Harper — he was working on what
wants to kill him. It’s like Stranger Than
found I wanted to do that, too. That was
would become Roundabout.
Fiction gone … well, even stranger. So
my inspiration. And it’s what drove me
what’s the point?
to want to build my life around the activ-
this month, is not a simple read, nor is it
ity of being a writer.”
an orthodox one, but there’s something
Nguyen chuckles at the question. And to understand his answer, he
Don’t miss that last part: “the activity
The book, out with Moon City Press
lovely and enticing about its inherent
imagines you might need to know a
of being a writer.” Writing is not just
meta-ness. Roundabout’s very existence
bit about him. Currently a Professor
about the end result, in Nguyen’s mind.
is a work of art — the fact that so many
and Director of Creative Writing at the
It’s also about the aesthetic and the
words without “e’s” can coherently exist
University of Missouri, Nguyen grew
struggle of the activity itself. The power
together is, in and of itself, a kind of
up in East Windsor, New Jersey, not far
is in the doing. Why else try something
miracle. The story switches perspectives
from where his mother worked at the
so confounding as constraint writing?
between first person, second and third;
Princeton University library. He met his
So he wrote short stories, a form
past, present and future tense; novel,
He actually removed the “e” pad on his keyboard to prevent himself from accidentally pressing it. Roundabout is a work of constraint writing, limited by a simple rule: Never use “e,” which, of course, happens to be the most common letter of the English language. "
wife at Bard College, and during a year
that fit his desire for both lyricism
poem and play. The main character,
off from school they moved to the Long
and challenge. He went on to have
Ovid, is put on trial by the author. The
Island Sound, where he lived with her
his pieces published in more than 50
reader becomes a character in the story.
in a beach cottage with no heating or
literary journals, including Agni, River
The book is circuitous; this is intention-
water, from which he traveled to work
Styx and the Iowa Review, and eventu-
al. Why else call it Roundabout?
at a waste paper company every day.
ally served as chief editor of the Cream
The business was soul-killing, he says.
City Review. He worked at Gateway
But he had his wife, and soon he had
Community College in New Haven,
Connecticut; studied for his PhD at the
the best ways to confront the topics we
He found Proust’s Remembrance of
Okay, so sure: Why? Why write such a looping, unusual story? Because, Nguyen believes, sometimes
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee;
avoid is by hyperbolizing that avoidance.
Things Past — otherwise translated as
then moved to Missouri for a job at the
Sometimes, to unleash the subconscious,
In Search of Lost Time — in a bookshop,
University of Central Missouri in 2007.
we must give it limits. The English
and it was the first time in his life he
It was only last year that he moved to
language has a power that will surprise
remembers entering a trance-like state
Columbia for his current job at MU.
us every time, if we allow it the power it
of reading. There was a magic and a
But during much of that time — before
deserves — and if we, as the wordsmiths,
challenge in how the words meshed to-
he even thought of the concept for his
cede some control.
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Yule Jewels: 5 Things You May Not Know About Christmas
Pouring Over the Facts: The Different Types of Milk
The Thrill of the Hill: Memories of Childhood Sledding
Yule Be Surprised 5 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CHRISTMAS.
BY PEG GILL
WE ALL KNOW THAT CHRISTMAS FALLS ON DEC. 25 EACH YEAR. And that presents are plentiful, poinsettias popular, homemade cookies common and scores of schools present precious pageants. But there are some other interesting (and slightly more obscure) things to know about the merriest of holidays starring Santa. Here are five:
The first artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany during the 19th century, though earlier examples exist. These “trees” were made using goose
feathers that were dyed green. These feather trees were a response to continued deforestation in Germany at that time.
“Jingle Bells” was composed in 1857 and not for Christmas
Another fun fact about “Jingle Bells?” It was the first song broadcast from space. On Dec. 16, 1965, the Gemini 6 crew serenaded Mission Control after they reported seeing a “red-suited” astronaut.
Although a Christmas goose was served in the Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” fowl is not the first choice for the festive occasion’s entrée. That honor’s reserved for
— it was originally a Thanksgiving song. Its original title was
spiral-cut ham, although a good number of turkeys are
“One Horse Open Sleigh,” but that was changed to “Jingle
served for Christmas dinner each year.
Bells” when it was reprinted in 1859.
The Montgomery Ward department store created Rudolph the Reindeer in 1939 as a promotional gimmick. The original Rudolph didn’t have a red nose because back then, red noses were seen as a sign of alcoholism and the store didn’t want him to look like a sot.
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BY OLIVIA DESMIT IT’S OFFICIALLY HOT COCOA SEASON! It used to be that the biggest decision you had to make when it came to hot cocoa was toppings — marshmallows, candy canes, whipped cream or chocolate syrup. But now there is one more decision you have to make: What kind of milk should you use?
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alk down any store’s dairy
HEALTH & WELLNESS
from other sources as well as calcium.”
But, if you can consume animal
aisle, and you will soon
milk, it does contain beneficial
But, she notes, “Cow milk contains im-
discover that there are more
components such as immunoglobu-
portant nutrients, especially for growing
non-dairy milks than ever before. Which
lin, Lactoferrin and some naturally
is better: coconut, almond, oat, soy? Or
occurring vitamin D. Animal milk has
is traditional cow’s milk best? Most con-
naturally occurring carbohydrates, and
for you? Check out the nutritional
sumers don’t really want to stand in the
non-dairy alternatives often have sugar
diagram below of the most popular
refrigerated section for 10 minutes trying
added to them to increase sweetness,
milk options. All nutritional facts
to read all the labels and figure out which
similar to how sugar is also added to
are for 1 cup and are from un-
is best for their dietary needs.
chocolate milk. However, non-dairy
sweetened products — sugar
Still a little unsure which is right
We’ve done the hard work for you!
alternatives can also have bioactive
content will be higher for
We discussed the nutritional differences
compounds and added vitamins and
non-dairy milks that are
between dairy and non-dairy milks with
minerals that are good for the body.
Bongkosh Vardhanabhuti, a food science
Ultimately, “the ‘best milk’ depends
professor at the University of Missouri. One trend that she notices? “Almond milk is gaining popularity along with
on preference,” Vardahanabhuti says. “Say that almond milk doesn’t have protein, the person could get protein
other milk alternatives,” Vardhanabhuti says. While some people prefer non-dairy milk for nutritional or ethical reasons, others actually cannot drink animal milk, including cow and goat milk. This can be due to two reasons, she says. The first is lactose intolerance, which is actually a symptom rather than a condition. This symptom is a result of the body not having enough of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down lactose, the main
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ple, the bacteria already present in the digestive system can also break down lactose, but it results in symptoms such as gas, stomachache, bloating or diarrhea. Milk alternatives do not have lactose, so people who are lactose-intolerant can drink them. The second reason people cannot consume animal milk is if they have a milk allergy.
“Unlike lactose intolerance, milk allergies involve the immune system and can be life-threatening,” Vardhanabhuti says. Other common allergies include peanut and soy protein allergies.
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Slediquette DON’T TELL MOM.
BY JOHN DRAKE ROBINSON
om had no idea. Oh sure, she prepared us for our adventure. She layered us in sweat-
she had known what we did. A half mile from our house, on a steep
promise we’d be careful. Then we’d head to the most dangerous slope and let ’er rip
Ozark hill, somebody had positioned an
over the car hood or some other makeshift
ers and coats and pants until we couldn’t
old Plymouth car hood as a makeshift
jump. We were young and invincible, and
bend, and fixed mittens over our finger
ski jump for sledders. Word traveled fast
we were going to live forever.
gloves because she hated to hear us cry
about it, and we went straight there. It
when she had to run cold tap water over
took all afternoon to work up our nerve
ment with life, will do stupid stuff like this,
crab-slow fingers, almost frostbitten
to jump that car hood. Meantime, we
and never tell you. That’s just the nature of
from overtime on snowy Forest Hill.
raced and formed sled trains and double-
things. After all, you probably did it, too.
She knew we were going sledding.
and triple-deckers. We went down the
After all, she and Dad bought the sleds
Your children, as they grow and experi-
We always stayed too long, even when the snow was slushy and the sledding was
we picked out at Western Auto — Fearless
About the time our fingers started
slow. “Just one more ride,” we would agree,
Flyers or something like that. And she bit
tingling, a kind of brain freeze numbed
and spend our last energy pulling our sleds
her lip because she knew the risks. Dad
our fear, and we took off down the hill to
up the hill, slipping and sliding to the start.
always reminded her about the time he
rock the Plymouth hood.
flew down Strawberry Hill in Hannibal,
During any sledding event, it was a safe
Then we’d go home for the warmup, and the cold water torture on near-frost-
guiding his sled between the front and
bet there would be casualties. Mainly,
rear wheels of a moving streetcar.
inanimate objects got damaged. Plastic
Nowadays snowboarders laugh at our
She knew all about Strawberry Hill
sleds and saucers were the first to break.
1950s makeshift sled runs. That’s OK. We
because she grew up two blocks from
And the car hood, even packed with snow,
used what we had.
there. As a child, she sledded that same
lost its graceful shape. Every once in a
This winter when conditions are right,
hill, fearless and invincible. But that was
while, we’d bend a steel runner or split
after a fresh snowfall, sledders and snow-
before she became a mom.
a centerboard, which destroyed Fearless
boarders will hit the slopes. Wherever it’s
As a mom she did all she could to
Flyer’s guidance system. Despite our dar-
still permissible, they’ll find a perfect hill.
make us safe. “Watch for cars. No pile-
ing jumps, rarely did we suffer anything
And when they’re not texting or tweet-
ups. Stay away from trees and curbs and
more than a bloody nose or a loose tooth.
ing or taking selfies, they’ll plunge down-
Always in the backs of our minds we
hill to test the limits of their bravery and
culverts.” Of course, she also supplied the paraffin to wax our runners. “This’ll
heard the warnings from Mom. “You can
help you go faster,” Mom promised.
get hurt if you’re not careful.” Then she’d
But don’t tell Mom.
tell a story about a kid who broke his neck,
Read more of John’s stories at johndrak-
She never made us wear helmets. But she would’ve fitted us in body armor if
or lost an eye. We would shudder and
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Decorate for the holidays like a pro Local decorator shares tricks of the trade.
BY MADISON FLECK
“The one I have in mind for this year is that I’ve got pink feathers that will be coming out of it,” Anderson says. “I’ll probably add pink lights to it, too.” Although it’s a less traditional tree, Anderson suggests doing a small flamingo tree in a space such as a kitchen.
oliday decor starts to fill stores even before Halloween these days, making holiday decorating top-of-mind from October on. Kent Anderson, owner of Kent’s Floral Gallery, attends a Christmas market in Atlanta, Georgia every year to find what’s trending in decor. Anderson’s up-to-date knowledge, coupled with his more than 40 years of experience in the decorating industry will put you at ease as he gives tips on trends and tricks to make what’s old new again.
UNEXPECTED DECORATING TRENDS
PRETTY IN (FLAMINGO) PINK One of the biggest trends Anderson saw for the 2019 holiday season was decorating trees in flamingo ornaments. Yes, you read that correctly: the large pink bird that’s often seen standing on one leg is a trend for the holidays. “It’s kind of a funny trend that people started out as a joke,” Anderson says. What was once often used as a yard ornament is now being used for an ornament on a tree. Anderson plans to have a flamingo tree in his store and isn’t afraid of veering away from the traditional holiday hues.
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DREAMING OF A BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS You’ve likely used white as a staple color in your Christmas decorating in years past, but Anderson says black and white are colors he’s seeing as prominent in 2019 decor. Using black and white as holiday decorating colors is not necessarily a new trend. Flash back to Melania Trump’s 2017 White House decor as she used bare white tree branches to line a hallway. However, Anderson suggests using both black and white on a green tree this year. “Those are two of the unusual types of colors we’ll bring in for Christmas,” Anderson says. While black and white might be trending, Anderson says traditional Christmas colors will always be in style. “You’re never going to do away with traditional colors: reds and greens,” he says. But other colors and hues such as navy, silver, gold and bronze are also as in style as ever. Anderson says creative types tend to mix metallics to add more depth to a look. KEEP THE PUMPKIN PUMPIN’ You’ve heard of Christmas decorations coming out before Halloween, but have you heard of Halloween decorations staying out past Christmas? Anderson suggests using pumpkins from October through the new year with Hot Skwash pumpkins, which are pumpkins in various sizes made out of different fabrics. Some of the pumpkins are velvet, while others have designer fabrics and Swarovski crystals.
“It’s a designer pumpkin that can be used (from October) until Christmas,” Anderson says. “I have some clients who leave them out year-round.” Anderson suggests getting a pumpkin with black and white checks as a pattern to pull in the black and white trend of Christmas 2019.
BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO DATED HOLIDAY PIECES
RIBBON CRAZE We often get stuck with hand-me-down Christmas decorations, or decorations that were a trend 20 years ago and have since become one of the less coveted decor options. Any Santa and snowman collectors out there? Anderson suggests getting new ribbon to liven up a dated piece. Whether it’s a tree, wreath or snowman, Anderson says adding a ribbon can give an old decoration new life. “Just by changing ribbons, you can do a world of good,” Anderson says. TIP: Use ribbon as garland on an old tree to fill empty spaces.
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TREAT IT TO A TREE There are just some Christmas decorations you can’t part with. While they might not technically be “in style,” they might hold sentimental value. Maybe your grandmother always put out snowmen, and you have a few of those lying around. Maybe you remember a particular toy reindeer that was always by the tree during your childhood, and you just can’t seem to part with it. Anderson says there’s an easy fix to using those pieces we hold most dear: Make it part of a scene. If you have multiple older Santas, put them out with a cluster of trees of different sizes. “Put them out with some of your best snowmen and Santas, and use them throughout the house,” Anderson says. “You want to break it up and give your house that warm feeling.”
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RURAL SPLENDOR A son defies his father to build a home that exemplifies an era.
BY SANDY SELBY | PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON
DR. JOHN SAPPINGTON WAS NOT IMPRESSED. It was the late 1840s, and the doctor had made a fortune through his agricultural interests and the sale of his Dr. Sappington’s Anti-Fever Pills, which proved to be an effective cure for malaria. Even as his family’s wealth increased, the doctor stuck to his frugal ways and made do with the log cabin that had been his home since he first settled in Missouri. His son, William, on the other hand, invested his fortune in a grand home he called Prairie Park. The magnificent estate wowed all who saw it with one exception: Dr. Sappington called it a “monument to damned fools.”
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Fast forward 170 years and Prairie Park, located just west of
home’s construction. The more publicly visible east and north
the historic village of Arrow Rock, is regarded as one of the
sides of home feature a fancy Flemish bond pattern to the
most significant surviving examples of nineteenth century
brick, with the common bond pattern reserved for the sides of
Greek Revival architecture in the state.
the home that visitors would rarely see. The bricks themselves
The home endured the ravages of time and neglect until the Lawrence family purchased it in 1948 and began its restoration. “The Lawrences saved this house,” says Day Kerr, who purchased the home with her husband, Whitney, in 1991. “We had the place down the road and we got to know the Lawrences.” When the Lawrence children chose to forego the burden of maintaining such a large historic home, the Kerrs stepped in to save the house from an unspeakable fate. “There was a rumor that someone was going to paint it white and turn it into a fried chicken place,” Day says. The home’s exterior is so striking, drivers passing by often slow down or turn around for a second look at the stately brick mansion with its two-story portico and limestone columns. The belvedere that sits atop the home would have given William Sappington a 360-degree view of his plantation and provided much-needed summertime ventilation in the days before HVAC systems delivered year-round comfort. A closer look at the details show the care that went into the
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were made on-site, likely by some of the enslaved men
William Sappington knew how to make an unforget-
who worked on the plantation. Massive carved limestone
table first impression. The spacious entry foyer leads to a
blocks form the foundation. Limestone was also used on
graceful, curving staircase, adorned with mahogany rails
the front steps, window sills and lintels, sidewalk borders
and newel post, that seems like something straight out of
and gate posts.
a Hollywood fantasy.
The grounds include a building that once housed two slave
No detail has escaped the Kerr’s notice. The intricate plas-
families. It has been modernized and now functions as a
ter moldings had been damaged over the years so they found
bed-and-breakfast. Tucked within a barn on the property are
a craftsman with the skill to copy what remained so they
remnants of another slave housing structure, complete with
could replace what had been lost. One original chandelier
splashes of blue paint that those who lived there believed
remained in the north parlor when they bought it and they
would ward off evil spirits. The Kerrs have left that piece of
had an exact duplicate made for the south parlor.
history untouched as a testament to the hardships of the
The house was originally heated with fireplaces — eleven
enslaved men and women who helped build and run Prairie
of them — but subsequent owners had installed unsightly
Park in its earliest days.
propane wall heaters. The Kerrs upgraded to a less conspicu-
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ous and more efficient system and had the heaters removed, which meant more plaster repairs and some repainting of the faux marble baseboards. The Kerrs have been meticulous in their continued restoration of the home, which they have furnished with authentic mid1800s-era pieces, including a sideboard and high chair in the dining room that originally belonged to the Sappington family and have made their way back to the home. The Kerr’s love of art is evident throughout the home, from their collection of hand-colored Audubon engravings and William H. Brown silhouettes of prominent Americans, to original portraits of William Sappington’s brother and sister-in-law, Erasmus and Penelope, by famed American artist and Arrow Rock’s own George Caleb Bingham. No one knows better than Day and Whitney Kerr that conscientious historic preservation is an expensive and neverending commitment, but for them, a passion for the past is also a commitment to the future. Thanks to their efforts, William Sappington’s “foolish” endeavor, and the lessons it can teach, will endure for generations to come. Prairie Park is available for tour by arrangement with the Friends of Arrow Rock, friendsofarrowrock.org. Sandy Selby is the executive director of the Friends of Arrow Rock.
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Most Beautiful Homes 8 HOMES TO WOW
By Olivia DeSmit Columbia is home to many beautiful dreamy dwellings — and the best part is that they are all unique. The homes featured in these pages all draw inspiration from different places and eras, from New England Colonial to Modern Mediterranean, but they do have one thing in common: They’re sure to wow. Whether you’re just daydreaming about your dream home or planning to build a home, you’ll be sure to find ideas from these magnificent homes.
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French Country Neighborhood Built in
THIS FRENCH COUNTRY HOME FEATURES custom designed limestone and
stucco with multi-paned windows and a gated courtyard with a brick walkway, located on
Size 5 bedrooms 7 bathrooms 10,975 square feet Architect Howard Nearing
7 acres. The interior of the home features a rustic yet elegant design with curved wooden arches and a limestone fireplace with reclaimed oak flooring in the hearth room. This home has an open floor plan, featuring natural light, a fully-appointed gourmet kitchen and an impressive island with wooden double entry doors opening to a stunning entryway.
Photo by L.G. Patterson
Photo by Wilcoxson Homes
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Modern Lodge THE ARCHITECTURE OF THIS HOME WAS A GROUP PROJECT: Owner Ron Neighborhood Built in
Old Hawthorne 2017
Size 4 bedrooms 7 bathrooms 9,000 square feet Architect Ron Netemeyer, Darrin Wilcoxson and Pat Grathwohl
Netemeyer collaborated with builder Darrin Wilcoxson and home designer Pat Grathwohl to put his dream layout into action. “The style of the exterior of the home certainly has the feel of a lodge, while the interior is open with a fairly modern look,” Netemeyer says. The home is designed with efficiency in mind, with spaces that can be opened up to create complete indoor/outdoor spaces for entertaining. The home includes a breezeway room that has its own full bath, custom shower, bar, fireplace and fully retractable glass sliding doors that open up a 24-foot view of the pool and hot tub area. The home sits on 2.85 acres and creates a very private and quiet oasis just ten minutes from downtown in beautiful Old Hawthorne.
New England Coastal THIS ENERGY-STAR-CERTIFIED HOME elegantly blends formal detailing with Neighborhood Built in Size
shingle-style architecture to create casual living and formal entertaining spaces. The home
was designed to maximize views of the lake while embracing the pool in the back, which is
6 bedrooms 7 bathrooms 9,000 square feet
Architect William Soupcoff
accented by a cupola-topped carriage house. The cozy two-story family room has a floorto-ceiling fireplace made of New Hampshire fieldstone, also used for the exterior foundation of the home. The exterior of the home is adorned with contemporary porthole-style windows, eyebrow dormers and a Victorian style hexagonal tower room with large round muntin windows overlooking Lake Arrowhead.
Photo by L.G. Patterson
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Modern ALTHOUGH MITCHELL WALL was the architect for this home, the owners played Neighborhood Built in Size
a large part in the design of the layout. “We designed this home with our carbon footprint
in mind,” owners Randy and Laura Sinquefield say. “We wanted to make it as green as
7 bedrooms 11 bathrooms 15,000 square feet
Architect Mitchell Wall
possible and had nearly 200 solar panels installed and 34 geothermal wells drilled.” Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the home is its floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide a 270-degree view of Arrowhead Lake and lots of natural light. The property is wheelchair-friendly, has an indoor salt water swimming pool, a 12-seat movie theater with surround sound and has an ADA-compliant guest bedroom.
Photo by L.G. Patterson
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American Craftsman Neighborhood Built in
THIS AMERICAN CRAFTSMAN & TUDOR REVIVAL HOME FEATURES
large, open room layouts, an original 1910 Steinway grand piano and a stone wine cel-
Size 4 bedrooms 8 bathrooms 8,000 square feet Architect Unknown
lar located on 3 acres. The unique driveway is 1800s brick pavers from Chicago, lined with 1700s cobblestone from St. Louis. A large solar energy system produces most of the homeâ€™s electrical needs and a deep water well irrigates the property, which is located in close proximity to downtown and campus.
Photo by L.G. Patterson
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Modern Mediterranean Neighborhood Built in
THIS HOME HAS A UNIQUE U-SHAPE that creates a private courtyard between build-
ings, perfect for spending family time in. The inspiration of modern mixed with Mediterranean for
Size 5 bedrooms 6 bathrooms 7,150 square feet Architect Nick Peckham
this home is very unique to the Columbia market. The interior of the home is minimalistic with clean lines and curved timber beam details. The architect focused on energy efficiency, so the home is close to LEED energy standards. The home is more than 7,000 square feet, but utility costs are close to ½ the cost they would be with conventional construction.
New England Colonial Neighborhood Built in Size
Old Southwest 1939 6 bedrooms 5 bathrooms 7,000 square feet
Architect Ed Cundiff
BUILT IN 1939, THIS WHITE PAINTED BRICK HOME has had multiple renovations that modernized and drastically increased the original 2,450-square-foot house. The most recent renovation was planned by architect Ed Cundiff in 2005 and drew inspiration from the traditional New England Colonial style along with the homeâ€™s idyllic setting of mature oaks and maples. The red bricks on the front porch and the large back patio are antique pavers from Moberly and Chicago. The home is designed with functional space in mind and offers connecting views of the beautiful property from every room.
Photo by L.G. Patterson
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French Country Neighborhood Built in Size
Bluff Creek Estates
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Henry Goben, but had an 1,800-square foot addition added in 2017, designed by Kent
Murdock. The recent addition added a 2-car garage, unfinished basement and landscap-
8 bedrooms 9 bathrooms 11,380 square feet
ing to the property. This estate features a classic French Country entrance, gym, theater room
Architect Henry Goben and Kent Murdock
Photo by L.G. Patterson
THIS HOME WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 2002 and was designed by architect
and separate nanny’s quarters with its own kitchen. The home sits on 2.25 parklike acres, complete with a pergola and courtyard-like centerpiece. This home could be yours! It’s currently listed with RE/MAX Boone Realty — head to their website and search “Snowberry Circle” for details.
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BY OLIVIA DESMIT & PEG GILL | PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON It’s officially that time of year when the sky is almost always gray and several layers have to be donned before stepping foot outside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun! We’ve put together 25 activities that are sure to keep you entertained and jolly this winter. From chop-your-own-tree to an epic craft beer tour, we’re sure we can chase your winter blues away. If you’re looking for something to get your holiday spirit on, check out the events with the Santa’s hat.
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Get your Meal on Ice
Are you missing the slow days of summer, casting your line and waiting for a bite? You can replicate that feeling — albeit in chillier weather — with ice fishing on CosmoBethel Lake. Columbia Parks and Recreation teams up with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Mid-Missouri Chapter of Trout Unlimited to stock trout for the winter months. During the last week of October, about 2,400 trout, most between 10 and 12 inches, are released into the lake. Ice fishing is catch-and-release from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, but after that date, anglers can take fish under statewide regulations. All fishers between 16 and 64 must have a valid fishing permit. A sign will be posted at the lake if the ice has been checked and was at least 4 inches thick at that time. Columbia Parks and Recreation recommends always fishing with at least one other person and never allowing children to fish alone. Ice fishing is allowed during daylight hours.
Shred some Snow
There are two aspects that must be perfect for sledding: the snow and the sled. Since we can’t control the weather, picking the right sled is essential. There are four main categories of sleds, each with its pros and cons. Which is best for you? FLEXIBLE FLYER. This is probably the sled you found in your grandparents’ shed when you were a kid, and there’s a reason it’s still popular to this day. Flexible Flyers can last longer than plastic sleds because they’re typically made with wood and metal, but the biggest pro is that they can be steered. Cons include if the snow layer is too thin, the blades will hit grass, slowing down your ride. And because they are made of metal and wood, crashes can potentially be more hazardous. PLASTIC TOBOGGAN. Often the easiest to find, plastic toboggans are versatile. They are lightweight, fairly inexpensive and work well. The biggest cons are that because they are plastic, they can crack and break fairly easily, and they can be difficult to steer. SAUCER. These were traditionally metal (if you’re feeling nostalgic, the metal lid of a trashcan will work) but now are typically plastic. If you’re looking for a thrill in your sled ride, saucers are the way to go. They often spin while sliding, creating more of a rollercoaster feel. Cons include difficulty controlling and an increased risk of accidents because of the mandatory cross-legged pose. INFLATABLES. If you’re tight on space, inflatable sleds can be a lifesaver. They typically work the same as regular sleds but can provide extra cushion for bumps. Cons include potential rips and tears, and maintenance to keep them filled with air. Choose wisely! INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER 2019 85
Grab your Skates
Has the temperature finally dropped low enough for lakes to freeze over? Even though we might be in the Midwest, you can still shred some ice in Columbia. Head to Stephens Lake Park, but before you get on the ice, look for a sign that says ice skating is allowed that day. As with ice fishing at Cosmo-Bethel Lake, the ice must be at least 4 inches thick to warrant a sign being posted. Be sure to skate with other people and watch out for ice around partially submerged objects and currents. Dress warm and, after skating, head to the Collins Shelter to start a bonfire with provided wood.
Chop Down a Tree
For a good reason, of course! Instead of dragging out the old artificial tree with the needles falling off, opt for a fresh, fragrant tree. Real trees can also benefit the environment and are produced locally, unlike artificial trees. Most tree farms open after Thanksgiving, but Christmas trees typically last around three weeks, so choose when you cut carefully. There are a few places around Columbia where you can chop your own tree: HINKSON CREEK TREE FARM 4150 Mexico Gravel Road in Columbia TIMBER VIEW TREE FARM 5301 E. Raitt Road in Hartsburg STARR PINES CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 21298 Pleasant Hill Road in Boonville
More Outdoor Fun
BUILDING SNOWMEN Anyone who has ever built a snowman knows that not just any snow will do. It has to be packable snow — the same kind that makes perfect snow balls — and, fortunately, that can be re-created. If the snow is too powdery, simply add a little water to make it more packable. Get creative with your snowman’s accessories. Use a colorful scarf, funky hats and different materials for buttons, eyes and noses. If you have an artistic flair, ditch the basic snow-rolling and try your hand at snow sculpting. BONFIRES One of the best things about cold weather is bonfires. There are plenty of ways to enjoy sitting around a cozy fire, whether
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that’s with roasting marshmallows, sipping on hot cocoa or enjoying a glass of wine. DECORATING TREES One fun activity to do with the kids is to help out creatures that can’t escape the chill for indoor heat. Gather fruit, popcorn, stale bread and whatever else you can find and head outside. Use the bare branches of trees as your canvas and decorate with food items. Squirrels and birds will surely appreciate it! GET OUT
See a Film
Head to the movies this wintry season in search of buttery popcorn and a few hours of enjoyment. Ragtag Cinema, a nonprofit independent movie theater, has showings of popular and newly emerging films. If you’re looking for a hit movie, head to Regal Columbia & RPX or the Goodrich Quality Theaters Forum 8. If you’re more of a fan of live performances, check out Talking Horse Theatre, GreenHouse Theatre Project, Columbia Entertainment Group or the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Student and faculty productions also can be seen at MU’s Rhynsburger Theatre and Corner Playhouse and at Stephens College’s Macklanburg Playhouse and Warehouse Theatre.
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A visit to view The Crossing’s majestic Magic Tree is fast becoming a treasured tradition for many midMissouri families during the holiday season. The Tree Lighting occurs in late November, and the tree remains lit through the holidays into January. Towering 85 feet, the sturdy sycamore is a spectacular sight. Draped in 38 miles of tiny multicolored twinkling lights, it has a breathtaking beauty that is dazzling to behold. The church’s website says there are almost 200,000 lights on the tree, each representing a person living in Boone County and reminding us that every member of our community matters to God and is made in his image. This will be its third year in existence. Daily viewing hours for The Crossing’s Magic Tree are 5 to 10 p.m., and every Friday night in December until Christmas, visitors can enjoy live music, hot drinks and photos from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Crossing’s Magic Tree
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Making a piece of pottery can be both a fun and functional endeavor. After all, you can actually use what you create if you make something practical such as a mug, vase or bowl. There are a variety of options when it comes to crafting a clay creation. You can hand-build a piece, “throw” one on a pottery wheel or choose a premade piece to paint or decorate with stamps, stencils and other decorating tools. The ceramics studio will fire the piece in its kiln and have it ready to pick up in about a week. Columbia has several ceramics studios offering different options. Some offer classes; others allow walk-ins. It all depends on your preference. Don’t worry if you’ve never potted previously — the studio staff will be happy to help. Look into Squarepeg Art Studio, which is based in a private home in a residential area near downtown; The Mud Room; Pottery Island; or Access Arts.
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This sport is a little like throwing darts — only on steroids! Sure, it’s a great way to relieve stress and release rage, but it’s also just plain fun, and there’s usually alcohol involved. You hurl a hatchet at a target on the wall, earning points depending on where it lands. Even though axe throwing is technically an old sport, its surge in popularity is recent. The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) was established in 2016 and now represents more than 6,000 league members in more than 75 cities and six countries. Some say these leagues are today’s version of the bowling leagues of yesteryear. They’re a social activity, as much as anything. Axe throwing is something you can do alone or in a group, and venues are popping up everywhere, especially in urban areas, where they’re often in former warehouses. If you think you can “handle” it, Columbia has two axe-throwing venues you can try: COMO Axe Attack and The Axe House. The Axe House even offers a Mobile Target Unit that will come to you!
Looking to unleash your inner Renoir, Van Gogh or Degas? It’s easy to enjoy a brush with fame here in town — the operative word being “brush.” Painting is a wonderful form of self-expression that’s both relaxing and rewarding, since you end up with a finished piece of art you can proudly display on a wall in your home. Don’t fret at the thought of a blank canvas or about a lack of artistic ability. An experienced instructor will guide you through the process step by step. Depending on the place, you’ll either go in and paint on site as part
For many, Christmas Day isn’t about Santa and his sleigh or toys and gifts. Instead, it’s a sacred day that celebrates the miracle of Christ’s birth long ago in the little town of Bethlehem. For Fairview United Methodist Church on Chapel Hill Road, the story of that miracle merits an interactive retelling each year through Little Bethlehem, its inspiring living Nativity, which has been staged for more than 30 years. The cast is mainly made up of church congregants and their friends, who volunteer for various roles along with children, parents and teachers from Mother’s Morning Out, the church-sponsored preschool. Visitors are initially greeted by shepherds who walk them into Bethlehem, where they meet the innkeeper and are
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of a group, or an instructor will come to you and bring all the supplies. On-site painting places in Columbia are The Canvas on Broadway, which offers group painting classes for as many as 62 painters and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and Wildys World, in Alley A, which is a mural makers’ studio offering mural parties, team builders and private art lessons. Paint the Town will send an instructor to your home or business and lead you through painting your own work of art. All they need is a group of participants and a well-lit room with tables and chairs.
taken to the stable to meet Mary and Joseph and the Wisemen. Afterward, visitors enter the church through the side door, where they can enjoy refreshments, singing and kids’ crafts. The event is free, a gift from the church to the community, although there is a donation basket inside for visitors who wish to contribute an offering. This year, Little Bethlehem will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Snow Geese Hunting
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try your hand at snow geese hunting. Snow geese migrate from the Arctic Circle during the fall and winter, sometimes getting as far south as the Gulf of Mexico but often interspersing in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. They congregate in large agricultural fields, where they feed on waste grain and small winter annual plants. The closest places to Columbia where people typically go snow goose
hunting include Audrain and Saline counties, says John George, a wildlife biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. While snow goose hunting is popular in Missouri, it requires more preparation than hunting for Canada geese or ducks, such as large displays of decoys. Typical duck and goose hunting involves targeting the birds where they eat and rest in water bodies, but snow goose hunting involves targeting where they are feeding.
Embark on a Beer Tour
If you’re feeling a little bit of cabin fever, escape the house with a group beer tour. Grab your friends and embark on a wintry imbibing journey. Feel free to mix up the order, or head to just a few.
STOP 1: BUR OAK. Perhaps one of the most Columbia-essential beers, Bur Oak’s Big Tree Double IPA is a must-try. If you’re not an IPA person, The Old 63 Pilsner is also great.
STOP 2: LOGBOAT BREWING CO. Home of the famous Snapper and Shiphead, Logboat’s industrial interior lends itself to plenty of Insta-worthy moments.
STOP 3: BROADWAY BREWERY. With a cozy atmosphere, Broadway Brewery is the perfect place to spend cold winter afternoons. It also has plenty of space if you have a big group. Try the 11 Point IPA — named after a river in Missouri — or the Thresher Robust Porter.
STOP 4: FLAT BRANCH. Chances are if you’re still on the beer tour at this point, you will definitely want something to eat. Flat Branch is not only one of the best breweries in Columbia; it’s also one of the best restaurants. Try the Katy Trail Pale Ale or the Baltic Porter, and pair your beer with a brick oven pizza or Chokes ’n’ Cheese.
STOP 5: GÜNTER HANS. The draw of Günter Hans
isn’t only its selection of German beers but also its bretzels — giant, baked-fresh-daily pretzels. Don’t leave without trying one!
STOP 6: INTERNATIONAL TAP HOUSE. To round out this beer tour, head to what regulars call iTap for the most international beer options in Columbia. Bonus: Insomnia Cookies is right next door if you’re craving something sweet.
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Music lovers in Columbia are lucky. With venues that allow both large-scale and more intimate performances, we’re able to enjoy a diverse array of musical entertainment. Mizzou Arena often books big-time names and touring artists such as Chris Young. The University of Missouri Concert Series brings acclaimed acts in many musical genres to Jesse Auditorium and the Missouri Theatre each season, including major musicals, internationally renowned symphonies and ballets and more. Shows this winter include The Great Russian Nutcracker in December, “Finding Neverland” in January, and “An American in Paris” and the Russian National Ballet performance of “Swan Lake” in February. The Blue Note draws popular national acts, as well as local and regional ones, and its sister venue, Rose Music Hall, offers shows in a smaller indoor setting, plus al fresco shows at Rose Park during warm weather. Although they aren’t technically “concert venues,” plenty of other places in CoMo offer musical entertainment, too: You can find jazz at Murry’s, aspiring artists at Café Berlin, Odyssey Chamber Music Series’ concerts at First Baptist Church and more. Heck, you can even catch a solo strummer at Potbelly Sandwich Shop! (And grab a Logboat brew, too — a first at any Potbelly location.)
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You’ve no doubt heard the expression that something “provides an escape from reality.” That couldn’t be a more apt description of escape rooms: You and your teammates are locked in a themed room and given a time limit to complete some sort of a mission and “escape” the room by finding hidden clues and solving challenging puzzles. The escape room trend started a few years ago, offering players a real-life version of “Mission Impossible,” and has continued to grow, in spite of — or perhaps in part because of — a world gone digital. It’s fun to do something active in real life with others and bond over a satisfying shared experience. Columbia currently has two Escape Room businesses: MindBreak Escape Rooms, located in the Columbia Mall, and Breakout CoMo on north Eighth Street. In addition, the Columbia Public Library has hosted escape room events in the past, including one with a Harry Potter theme.
The MOSY Holiday Home Tour
If you love the magic of the holiday season and delight in decorations, you won’t want to miss the Missouri Symphony Society’s (MOSY) Holiday Home tour, happening the first weekend in December. You can take a tour of four festive, fabulously decorated homes in various neighborhoods throughout Columbia. It’s the perfect chance to sneak a peek at how other folks deck the halls! Who knows? You might even find ideas and inspiration for your own home. This marks the 36th year for the annual fundraising event, which helps ensure that the Missouri Symphony can continue to amaze audiences with the artistry of its talented musicians. Tour hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of, and are available online at www.themosy. org or at the Broadway D&H Drugstore, all Columbia Hy-Vee locations and McAdams LTD.
The Candy Cane Crib
For years, when the holiday season rolled around, Ryan Shultz’s house was the stuff of local legend in Columbia, known as “The Candy Cane Crib” because of its incredible holiday lights. People flocked to see it and offered Shultz money to help defray his electric bill, but he opted to donate those funds to charity instead. By 2017, Schultz felt he needed a bigger canvas to capture his vision, so he talked to Logboat Brewing Company, which agreed to let him decorate the brewery’s exterior and also pledged a generous charitable donation. You could say things snowballed from there. Taylor Dalton joined forces with Schultz, and the brewery became a bona fide seasonal attraction, complete with special holiday festivities, a visit from Santa, live music and more. This marks the Candy Cane Crib’s third year at Logboat and its 10th year in existence. It’s a project both men are passionate about, hoping it will become a holiday tradition for families in and around Columbia and will encourage
As joyous and fun-filled as the holiday season can be, it can also be a major stress fest. That’s where spa services come in. Who wouldn’t enjoy a chance to recharge and refresh during the dead of winter? A massage, facial, manipedi or other treatment can provide a blissful break when it’s bleak. Far and away, massage is the most popular spa service in the U.S., and it offers a host of health benefits, including calming the nerves, reducing anxiety, helping to relieve depression and stimulating the lymphatic system. Didn’t happen to receive any gift certificates for pampering during the holidays? Not to worry. Columbia is home to many topnotch spots offering spa services. The types of services vary, but some options to consider are: The Strand Salon and Spa, Riversong Spa & Salon, Dermistique, Bella’s Massage, Rebecca’s Day Spa, Cayce Medical Spa, KeLani Wellness Spa, Life is Sweet Massage Therapy and CoMo Massage.
people to remember worthwhile local charities during the season of giving. It’s grown each year, adding more lights and structures, and this year it promises to be even bigger and better than ever. Look for two Santa Nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 21. The second one will include a huge raffle giveaway of local goodies!
Any donations received this year will benefit the Columbia Golf Foundation.
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Get your Green Thumb On Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh herbs and produce. Worried about that green thumb getting frostbite? Simply move your garden indoors. You can use pots, planters or really any other containers to hold your plants. The most important thing you will need is light. If your home doesn’t have a spot that gets enough sunlight, you can invest in grow lights that can be found fairly inexpensively.
Some herbs that grow well indoors include basil, parsley, thyme, mint, cilantro, oregano and chives. If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, try tomatoes, peppers, greens (such as kale and spinach) or carrots. Indoor gardening can be a great project to do with the kids, from making a trip to the store for materials to watering newly sprouted seedlings — all the way to that first bite of your home-grown goodness.
While there are a lot of winter dishes and desserts you could make, sometimes simple is better. Enlist the kids’ help in making this snow ice cream, but maybe leave them out of the hot toddy preparation.
SNOW ICE CREAM
8 cups of snow (or shaved ice) 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Extra toppings, as needed Pour condensed milk over snow or shaved ice. Add vanilla and other toppings. Stir until well-mixed. Serve immediately.
Craving something sweet? Instead of schlepping to the grocery store in the cold, whip something up with ingredients you already have — both inside and outside the house. Snow ice cream is extremely easy to make and only requires a few ingredients: snow, sweetened condensed milk and flavoring. For more adventurous flavors, try mixing in fresh fruit or chocolate! Recipe via the Food Network.
1 ounce bourbon, brandy or scotch 1 tablespoon honey 2 teaspoons lemon juice ¼ cup water, boiling Mix bourbon, honey and lemon juice. Top with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.
Looking for a beverage a little more grown up? Curl up with a steaming hot toddy. Made with bourbon and honey, this traditional toddy is sure to warm you up from fingers to toes. Recipe via Epicurious.
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Get Cozy & Creative
Whether you have kids or you’re wanting to relive the days when you were one, blanket forts are fun for everyone. THERE ARE A FEW ESSENTIAL STEPS TO CREATING A BLANKET FORT STEP 1 Choose your location. Your fort can face a TV if you’re looking to set up a cozy movie-watching nest; if you’re looking for more stability, use a table as the base of your fort. STEP 2 Gather all of the blankets and pillows you have in your home. STEP 3 Construction time! Make sure to use paper weights, books, hand weights or anything else heavy to weigh down blankets and ensure they won’t slide off. STEP 4 Line your fort with plenty of pillows and any blankets left over. STEP 5 Enjoy your cozy haven, preferably with hot cocoa (or a hot toddy!) and a good book, movie or just spending time with friends or family.
Binge the Blues Away
It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard Netflix fan, an Amazon Prime-watcher or a Disney-plus subscriber, chances are you’ve binge-watched at least one series since the inception of streaming services. Don’t worry, we’re not judging. In fact, we’re big fans of grabbing a bowl of popcorn, some hot cocoa and curling up on the couch … for several hours. If you’re looking for a new series to get hooked on, check out our staff recommendations and reader picks. Try something new — from the comfort of your home. S TA F F R E CO M M E N D AT I O N S
“HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER”
“This show is based off of a book series written by Diana Gabaldon. It doesn’t conform to one genre so it has something for everyone. History, romance, sci-fi, there’s a lot! The fifth season will be premiering in February so there is a lot to catch up on, making it great for binge watching.” Megan Schmeling, graphic designer
“I love the mystery of who the mother is throughout the entire series, and it’s an authentic show with great life lessons in every episode. It’s essentially impossible to pick which character is your favorite because all five of them have qualities that you can relate to on some level. It’s just a series that makes you feel happy. Christine Lepp, director of sales
R E A D E R ’S P I C K S
“Hosted on Paramount Network, “Yellowstone” is like The Sopranos, except with cowboys. It has drama, action and mystery all wrapped into one easy-to-get-hooked-on show.” Scotty Cox, Clear 99 radio personality
“THIS IS US”
“BIG LITTLE LIES”
“It’s a family story line that is mostly in the present, but has flashbacks of their pasts, as well as glimpses of their future. Because of this, it’s a great show to get hooked on because you’re constantly getting little clues. It’s a great family drama that will have you empathizing with the main characters — laughing with them, grieving with them and cheering them on.” Victoria Brees, event planner
“The costumes, drama and characters are all outstanding!” Nancy Adrian
“Besides the most fantastic cast, I really love this show because it showcases the difficulties of working moms, real relationship issues with friends, spouses and your children. The characters are so well built in the first episode that it leaves you eager to know more. I was hooked. It also has one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard lately!” Nicole Calvert
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A Stew-pendous Winter Warmer
Spicy Shrimp and Grits Hits the Spot
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department flavor DASH ARTICLE TITLE
Savory Seasonal Stew RED WINE AND LAMB MINGLE MARVELOUSLY.
BY AMANDA ELLIOTT
f you’re looking for the perfect dish to serve guests at a holiday gathering, I have the ideal no-fuss option that will surely be the star of the party. It’s a great introduction for those who are on the fence about lamb and it’s a cozy, warm entrée that will hit the spot on a cold night. Serve over polenta, buttered noodles or any other starch you think would make a nice match.
LAMB STEW SERVES 6 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons butter 1½ pounds carrots, diced into large chunks 2 yellow onions, diced into large chunks 1 pound baby Yukon potatoes, halved 5 cloves garlic, chopped 1 pound wild mushrooms, torn 3 pounds lamb stew meat or lamb shoulder 4 tablespoons flour 96 INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER 2019
2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 bottle pinot noir ½ cup pomegranate molasses 2 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 tablespoon honey Salt/pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large Dutch oven pan, heat olive oil on medium high. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add in carrots, potatoes and mushrooms. Sauté for an additional 3 minutes and then
remove from pan and place in a bowl. Toss lamb with salt, pepper and flour in a bowl. In same Dutch oven pan, add butter and then add lamb. Caramelize lamb on all sides, and then remove from pan. Add tomato paste to pan and cook for 1 minute and then add in all vegetables and lamb. Add wine and let reduce briefly, making sure to scrape up any bits in the bottom of the pan. Add in pomegranate molasses, honey and thyme. Cover and place in oven. Let cook for 1½ - 2 hours, until meat is fork tender. Adjust seasoning as needed.
flavor department COOKING ARTICLE WITH BROOK TITLE Brook Harlan is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is a culinary arts instructor at the Columbia Area Career Center.
Coarse Correction DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE OF “TRUE” GRITS WITH SPICY SHRIMP.
BY FOOD EDITOR BROOK HARLAN • PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON have been a big fan of grits for a long time, or at least what I thought was grits. About 10 years ago I got to try some OG Grits. They were coarse-ground with a stone mill powered by the War Eagle Creek (a tributary of the White River) in Rogers, Arkansas. Quick grits do not taste like this, nor do other coarse-ground grits you get in the store. The difference is similar to the difference between freshly squeezed lemon juice and bottled lemon juice. If you have always used lemon juice out of a
plastic bottle, that is lemon juice to you. But once you figure out you can squeeze it out of a fresh lemon, there is a clear and distinct difference. A word of warning: Just like getting lemon juice from the bottle vs getting lemon juice from a fresh lemon, there is extra work. But the final result is worth it.
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COOKING WITH BROOK
SOAK War Eagle Mill is a great resource for true grits, but there are many other locations around the country. Like most things, there is a way to do it and a better way to do it. Many times the bag for your grits may lead you slightly astray. The soak is very important — I will let you know how I have adjusted the soak — for now, my method is ever-evolving. The soak is why the next time you cook grits it will lead
the grits cook more quickly and need less
plate. The shrimp can be cooked toward
to a superior result. Real stone-ground
attention. Once the liquid has simmered
the end in the liquid or sautéed separate-
grits have the chaff from the corn. Think
and you have added the grits back in, turn
ly. Keep a close eye on the shrimp; they
of the parts of popcorn that get stuck in
the heat to low and stir every minute or
can easily overcook if left in too long.
your teeth. Wouldn’t it be nice to remove
two to keep them from sticking to the
You just want to see them turn from
them? By soaking them, you can. Many
bottom. As they thicken, you may need
white to pink. If you need to, you can cut
methods suggest soaking them in water,
to stir a little more often. Once the grits
into a larger one to check and make sure
stock, whey or milk overnight. I like heat-
have started to thicken, taste them and
it is cooked all the way through.
ing the milk before soaking and find that
season lightly with salt and pepper. If they
they cook much nicer the second day.
have a little crunch to them, they need a
Find a tall container (that won’t melt with
little more liquid. Once they have a slight
The dish is shrimp and grits, but there are
boiling liquid). Place your grits inside,
bite — not a crunch — they are ready
so many other items that make the dish. If
bring about 5 times the amount of liquid
to go. Turn off the heat. They can sit for
you can find some good andouille sausage
to a simmer (add a nice pinch of salt) and
30 to 40 minutes on the stove if needed,
or tasso ham, it will add a tremendous
pour it over the dry grits. Stir vigorously
until the rest of your food is ready. Just
amount of flavor. Bacon, ham, Canadian
with a spoon and watch pieces of chaff
add in a small amount of liquid and re-
bacon or spicy sausage can work as a
start floating to the top. Use a small
heat over medium heat. Make sure to add
substitute. I like to brown the meat, add
strainer or perforated spoon to scrape off
cheese, then butter off the heat, so the fat
in the onions until the edges start to
the floating chaff from the liquid. Repeat
does not separate. If you happen to have
brown, then remove them all and reserve
the process of stirring and scraping off the
any leftover grits, they store well. Make
till the end. After that, you can add all of
chaff another 3 or 4 times. Each time you
sure to cool them completely uncovered
the liquid and other aromatics to reduce
will scoop out a little less. Now place the
in the refrigerator before covering them.
the sauce. Aromatics include, but are not
container in the refrigerator overnight or
Cooked grits keep in the refrigerator for 3
limited to, garlic, tomatoes, white wine,
at least 4 to 5 hours to soak.
to 4 days, but after that should be frozen.
lemon juice, pepper flakes, onions and
They reheat well in the microwave or in a
herbs. After the sauce’s flavors have had
saucepan on the stove.
time to meld, the meat and onions can
COOK Heating cold grain and cold liquid
be added back in the pan along with the
together can lead to bad things. It can
take much longer and it is much easier
A 4- to 6-ounce portion is great per
can be whisked in once the shrimp are
for the items at the bottom of the pan
person, the size will depend on your
cooked. Toss in the chopped parsley and
to stick and need constant attention. I
preference. Larger shrimp are great for a
season to taste. Spoon out a portion of
like to strain the liquid from the soaked
smaller group for a plated dinner. Small-
grits onto each plate and top with a heap
grits, bring it back to a simmer and then
er shrimp would work better for a larger
of the shrimp with sauce. The combina-
whisk the grits back into the liquid once it
group where you’re not keeping track
tion of the creamy grits and the spicy
comes back to a simmer. I find this helps
of how many shrimp are going on each
shrimp are worth the wait.
shrimp. A generous amount of butter
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SHRIMP AND GRITS 4 SERVINGS
1 to 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled or 1 Â˝ to 2 pounds un-peeled
1 cup real stone ground grits
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 to 3 ounces shredded cheddar
4 to 6 ounces Andouille sausage, small diced (or another spiced sausage)
5 cups milk or other liquid 1 to 2 ounces butter
3 to 4 ounces Tasso Ham, small diced (or an other spiced ham)
Place your grits inside a tall container, bring liquid
1 Onion, small diced
Pour it liquid over dry grits. Stir vigorously with a
4 Garlic Cloves, minced 1 cup diced tomatoes with juice 1 cup water 1 cup white wine 1 lemon, juiced 1 tsp pepper flakes (optional, leave out for milder dish) 4 Tablespoons minced parsley 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced 4 Tbsp butter, diced
to a simmer separately with a heavy pinch of salt. spoon and watch pieces of chaff start floating to the top. Use a small strainer or perforated spoon to scrape off the floating chaff from the liquid. Repeat the process of stirring and scraping off the chaff another 3 or 4 times. Place the container in the refrigerator overnight or at least 4 to 5 hours to soak. Stur once more the next day and remove any floating chaff. Strain liquid again and bring to simmer, add in soaked grits and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for another 20 to
In a large saute pan, cook diced andouille and
30 minutes until grits are tender, stirring frequently
tasso ham until lightly brown, add onion and
and adding more liquid if needed. Remove from
cook until edges are starting to brown, and sau-
heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in cheese and
sage and ham have started to develop crispy
butter and season with salt and pepper. Grits can
edges. Remove sausage, ham, and onion and
sit if needed for 30 to 45 minutes until the rest
reserve for later. Add garlic, tomatoes, water,
of your dish is ready. Re-heat over medium heat
wine, lemon juice, and pepper flakes. Simmer
with frequent stirring, add more liquid if needed.
for 10 to 15 minutes until the flavors have melded and the liquid has reduced by about half. Add sausage, ham, and onion back into the pan along with shrimp and sliced green onion. Cook until the shrimp has turned from white to pink all the way through (cut into one). Add in the parsley and turn off the heat. Add all of the butter at once and stir constantly until the butter has emulsified into the sauce. Season to taste and serve on top of grits in a bowl or on a plate.
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This section offers a monthly rotating selection of restaurants in Columbia drawn from our extensive online dining guide. The restaurants featured in this section are picked by our magazine editors and are not chosen with any consideration to advertising. To include your restaurant in our extensive online dining guide, email email@example.com COLEY’S AMERICAN BISTRO AMERICAN 15 S. Sixth St. coleysamericanbistro.com
Burger, and there are entrée options to
Coley’s is a comfortable, unpretentious
borhood hangout, but on an elevated
D. ROWE’S AMERICAN 1005 Club Village Dr. drowesrestaurant.com
level. The patio is a pleasant perk to
D. Rowe’s bills itself as Columbia’s
enjoy when weather’s nice. A couple
“Regular” Place, and it’s easy to see why
standout starters are the Shrimp Tacos,
— it’s a Best of Columbia hall-of-famer
featuring fire-grilled shrimp tossed in
for “Best spot to watch the game.” It’s got
a smoky honey-chipotle sauce and the
a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere,
Coley’s Nachos. The Grilled Salmon
ample-sized portions of good grub —
Salad is a popular pick, and the rotating
and you want to keep returning. The
soup creations are yummy and inventive.
minute you step inside you’re smacked
You can’t go wrong with their Classic
with the enticing aroma of woodsmoke
place that consistently serves good food. It has the hallmarks of a favorite neigh-
suit every taste, including the unique Artichoke Cakes and Hoisin Pork Chop.
— a delicious reminder of the hickory
lover, their matcha lattes are top-notch.
smoked wings that await. D. Rowe’s
Their food offerings include crepes,
smoked wings are not to be missed!
salads, tempura and more.
They’re dry rubbed and award-winning and flat-out fabulous. The menu’s wide, another reason why it’s easy to make D. Rowe’s a regular place. The pulled pork sandwich on a Kaiser bun melts in your mouth, and D. Rowe’s knows to offer creamy coleslaw as a topping.
NOURISH CAFÉ & MARKET BAKERY & CAFÉ 1201 E. Broadway nourishcafemarket.com Nourish is known for organic, nutrientrich, unprocessed food made from scratch. The entire menu is free of gluten,
THE HEIDELBERG BAR & GRILL 410 S 9th St. theheidelberg.com
soy, corn, refined sugar and preservatives.
At The Heidelberg, happy hour means
uncluttered and clean as its offerings. You
appetizers are buy one, get one free —
can enjoy smoothies, bowls, salads, sand-
otherwise known as half-priced apps
wiches/wraps, even raw vegan desserts.
to regulars. The best way to experi-
The Broadway Bowl, for instance, offers a
ence this deal is to make it into a meal
healthful and flavorful array of marinated
with a group of friends. Order several
kale, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted
apps and share them with the table,
broccoli, lemon garlic hummus and cauli
tapas-style. The Heidelberg’s appetizer
balls. You can opt to add in hormone free
offerings draw on classic pub fare and
chicken, grass-fed beef or other punches
include some can’t-miss options. Try
of protein for a few dollars more.
the bacon and Cheddar skins — potato boats topped with a hearty helping of Cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Other delicious offerings include burgers, such as the Heidelburger, chili and other pub food. Gather earlier and experience The Heidelberg's patio overlooking the MU campus, or visit late and get cozy in one of the pub's many booths.
In other words, it’s tasty food you can feel good — almost righteous — about eating. Nourish’s minimalist atmosphere is as
PIZZA TREE PIZZA 909 Cherry St. pizzatreepizza.com Yes, Columbia has a plethora of pizza places. But Pizza Tree stands apart because its pizzas are so imaginative and delicious. Who else makes a Banh Mi pizza? This Pizza Tree pie packs a piquant punch.
BUBBLECUP TEA BAKERY & CAFE 23 S. Ninth St.; 1101 Grindstone Pkwy Suite 107 bubblecuptea.com
In spite of the slight sensation that your
If you’re a fan of tea, boba or Japanese
deceptively simple but is really great — the
cuisine, you’ll definitely be a fan of
Steven Cheese, with garlic-herb butter.
Bubblecup Tea. As soon as you walk into
And while you can choose from Pizza
one of their stores, you’re surrounded by
Tree’s set pie offerings, you can also build
all of the tea options that they offer. If
your own. Due to the eatery’s small size
you are a milk tea fan, try the Royal Milk
and limited seating, carry out or delivery’s
Tea — or if you’re a matcha green tea
probably your best bet.
lips are on fire, you can’t resist another slice. Plus, it’s pretty, with its colorful house-made kimchi and spiraling drizzle of chile aioli … Another top nosh sounds
BUCKINGHAM SMOKEHOUSE BAR-B-Q
BUCKINGHAM SMOKEHOUSE BAR-B-Q BARBECUE 3804 Buttonwood Drive buckinghamsmokehouse.com
sides and sweet potatoes are something
eaters, their ribs and smoked chicken are
to be celebrated. The secret to their
Buckingham is probably the longest-
but looking for something slightly on
success? A 5,000-pound smoker that
standing barbecue place in Columbia —
the healthy side, try their pit salad — a
LAS MARGARITAS MEXICAN 5614 E St. Charles Rd., Suite E; 220 S 8th St.; 10 Southampton Dr. lasmargaritascolumbia.com
they celebrated 20 years last year — and
salad topped with plenty of smoked meat
Although they now have several loca-
for good reason. Their smoked meats,
of your choice. For the more traditional
tions throughout Columbia, the original
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burns more than a cord of hickory wood every week. If you’re a fan of barbecue
Las Margaritas sits on Corporate Lake, near
curry with stir fried broccoli, carrots,
something from their expansive bar menu,
Rock Bridge High School. This Mexican
onions and zucchini with your choice of
featuring local brews, custom cocktails like
restaurant has stolen the hearts of many
sauce. The coconut curry and Demon
the Fla-mango and frozen Irish coffee.
Columbians with their margaritas, fajitas
Chicken are also great choices. Every dish
and tacos. Try the fajitas nachos — tortilla
is customizable with your preference; the
chips topped with queso, fajita peppers,
restaurant allows diners to choose how
onions and your choice of meat. They are
spicy they want their meal.
a perfect combination of nachos and fajitas
CHRIS MCD’S FINE DINING 1400 Forum Blvd., Suite 38 chrismcds.com
THE QUARRY SOUTHERN & HOMESTYLE 1201 E. Broadway thequarrybar.com
Chris McD’s is an oft-overlooked steak-
If you’ve ever been to New Orleans — or are
vodka and a sugared rim and is a must-try.
BANGKOK GARDENS ASIAN 811 Cherry St. bangkokgardens.com
still hoping to get to visit The Big Easy —
While you’re at the bar, try the baked crab
head to The Quarry to get a taste. Try the
and shrimp dip with a five-cheese blend
shrimp po’ boy with fried or sautéed shrimp,
and toasted French bread. For an entrée,
served on a sandwich with lettuce, tomato,
the Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with
If you go to Bangkok Gardens, you’re go-
mayo and spicy fries. Looking for something
fire-roasted peppers, sweet corn, select
ing to get a lot of recommendations from
with a little more heat? Try the shrimp &
greens and avocado puree will leave you
locals. The best part? They’re all going to
crawfish etouffee, a spiced seafood stew
wanting to come back time and time again.
be amazing. Try the Nheu Phat, Paht Nam
served with rice. Don’t leave without order-
Chris McD’s is perfect for business dinners,
Mon Hoy, or Kai Paht Kratiem — chicken
ing the beignets and wash it down with
date night and everything in between.
in one dish. You can’t go wrong with a margarita, but Las Margaritas also has delicious mojitos as well — their strawberry mojito won Best of Columbia’s best cocktail in 2019.
house and seafood restaurant. One of their signature cocktails, the pineapple martini, features house-made sweet pineapple
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ON THE TOWN
Whiskers and Wine The Whiskers and Wine Auction Gala was an evening of fine dining, wine and revelry in support of the Central Missouri Humane Society. Stephens College students paired with local rescue animals to create fashion-forward looks that captivated the crowd.
Date Oct. 24
Angie DeWitt & Butters
Location Holiday Inn Executive Center Benefiting Organization Central Missouri Humane Society
Photos by Megan McBride
Lori Guy & Robin LaBrunerie
Richard Wallace & Bea Smith
Laura Morgan & Lyle Johnson
Gary Drewing & Mary Jo Henry
Ann Kroenke & Charlotte
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EPIC Fall Mixer
Clint Young, Keegan Thompson, Michelle Rippentrop, Sheena Rice, LaRee Hutchinson & Collin Tucker
Members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerceâ€™s EPIC division gathered for their Friday Night Lights Mixer on Nov. 7 to celebrate the fall season. There were appetizers and drinks, networking and fun activities for attendees to take part in! The event was a phenomenal way to relax while making new connections and strengthening old ones.
Date Nov. 7 Location Bright City Lights Photos by Max Hammock William Watts, Jessica Watts & Sheena Rice
Emma McClellan, Michael Triebsch & Alexander Debeau
Zach Wagner & Keegan Thompson
LaRee Hutchinson & Kathryn Leeper
Jacob Garrett & Kerry Layman
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ON THE TOWN
2019 Boone County Hall of Fame The Menser Family
Brian Struchtemeyer & Gwen Struchtemeyer
Michelle Baumstark & Frank Baumstark
The 2019 Boone County Hall of Fame “History Makers” Gala was held on Friday, Nov. 1. Honored were new enshrinees Judge Ann Covington, Buchroeders Jewelry, and the late Don Faurot. The 370 guests at the Atrium on 10th Street enjoyed a dinner by bleu Events and tribute videos devoted to each of the three enshrinees. Dr. Peter Steipleman was the evening’s emcee. Net proceeds support the endowment trust of the Boone County Historical Society as well as the society’s operational needs.
Date Nov. 1 Location The Atrium Benefiting Organization Boone County Historical Society
Photos by Debbie Daniels, Marjo Price & Nancy Badger
Mike Middleton & Julie Middleton
The Faurot Family
Suzanne Rothwell & Jim Rothwell
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4th Annual Casino Night to Benefit Welcome Home The Welcome Home organization held their 4th Annual Casino Night on Nov. 1 in the Lela Raney Wood Ballroom on the Stephens College Campus to raise money to uplift and restore the lives of our nationâ€™s veterans.
Megan Sievers, Adriana Nieman & Susan Jones
Date Nov. 1
Kerri Roberts & Terry Roberts
Dylan Akins & Miranda Ketcherside
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Roger Rudkin, Jenny Lorenz-Rudkin & Heather Corke
Brittani Batye & Kelly Knierim
Mark Irons & Emily Streib
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Under the CPSF The Columbia Public Schools Foundation celebrated its annual fall event, Under the CPSF, on Oct. 15 at the Kimball Ballroom at Stephens College. The event highlighted the foundationâ€™s recent grants and celebrated the 2019 Hall of Leaders honorees, which include Outstanding Alumni, Retired Educators and Volunteers. Marilyn Soucie, Jan Mees, Judi Schoonover, Susan Nichols, Teresa Maledy & Cathie Loesing
Date Oct. 15 Location Kimball Ballroom, Stephens College Photos by Creative Photo
Pam Spencer, Steve Calloway, Teresa Maledy & Carla London
Steve Knorr, Tim Cox & Katherine Cox
Marty Lile, David Lile & Karen Wingert
Jean Gurucharri, Shannon Bahadori & Abe Bahadori
Ron Smiley, Judy Smiley, Susan Griffith, Sally Cooper Myers, Nancy Page & Bonnie Prather
Jack Jensen, Jackie Belcher & Chris Belcher
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A NEW VIEW
A New View
BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER, I HAVE ACCESS TO SOME UNIQUE POINTS OF VIEW IN THE COMMUNITY. Assignment Home Near Arrow Rock Location Rural Saline County
ne of my earliest childhood memories was a buckeye that was given to me by my grandfather. He told me to keep it in my pocket and rub it for good luck. I kept that buckeye with me all the time. It survived many runs through the washing machine and got a bit scratched up when my brother and I would play catch with it. Until I stumbled across this tree, I had never seen a live buckeye tree. I thought the trees only grew in Ohio. When I saw them hanging on the tree as I was shooting exterior images of the house, I immediately knew what it was. I flashed back to the day I lost the buckeye my grandfather had given me. I was devastated and thought my days of good luck were over. As I found out, I was wrong about my luck (I was also wrong about the trees only growing in Ohio).
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Advertising Index All–n-One Outdoor Solutions ................................30 Appletree Quilting ................................................21 Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre ................................114 Automated Systems ............................................112 Bank of Missouri ..................................................24 Bluestem Missouri Crafts .......................................56 BMW of Columbia ...............................................34 Boone Hospital Center ..........................................17 Bubblecup Tea Zone .............................................29 Buchroeders Jewelers....................................3, 9, 52 Bush & Patchett L.L.C. .........................................112 CC’s City Broiler ...........................................55, 101 CenterPointe Hospital ...........................................48 Central MO Dermatology & Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery....................................50 Clean Cut Barbershop ..........................................51 Clip Joint .............................................................22 Columbia Art League............................................48 Columbia Post Acute ....................................20, 121 Columbia Safety & Supply ......................................7 Commerce Bank .....................................................5 Convergence Financial .........................................19 Culligan Water Conditioning of Columbia...................................................59, 61 Dean and Amber Klempke ....................................63 DKB Designer Kitchens and Baths ............58, 61, 110 Douglas W. Beal MD & Associates ......................105 Downtown Appliance .....................................61, 83 Dr. Komal Ashraf, DO ..........................................29 Facial Boutique ....................................................53 Inside Columbia-Advertiser Testimonial ................119 Inside Columbia-CoMo Eats ................................108 Inside Columbia-E-Newsletters ..............................83 Inside Columbia-Holiday Subscription Offer ...........53 Inside Columbia-Inside Scoop .............................112 Interior Design Associates .....................................20 Iris Media-The Dove ...........................................106 Jefferson City Medical Group ..............................123 Joe Machens Ford Lincoln .......................................6 Johnston Paint ......................................................69 Knockerball Como ..............................................123 Lee’s Tires ..........................................................108 Menard Inc. ...................................................61, 69 Mercedes-Benz of Columbia .................................14 Millersburg Valley Landscaping .............................83 MO Heart Center ...................................................4 Missouri Stair Lift................................................105 MU Adult Day Connection ....................................22 NH Scheppers Distributing Company .......................8 Nikki Aleto Coaching ...........................................97 NW Industries, LLC .................................................2 Providence Bank.................................................121 Shop Mid Mo.......................................................56 Socket .................................................................37 Star Heating & Air Conditioning............................63 Starr Properties ....................................................24 Steve’s Pest Control ...............................................10 Supplement Superstores ........................................12 Terrace Retirement Community ............................108 The Broadway, A Doubletree by Hilton.................114 Thrive Skin-Alyson Mongler ..................................54 Tiger Express Wash ............................................124 Tiger Spirit ...........................................................53 Tin Roof Monogram & Gift ....................................53 University of Missouri Health Care .........................47 Veranda Antique Mall ..........................................60 Wilson’s Total Fitness ..........................................116 Zimmer Communications-Meet the Team ................18 Zimmer Communications-Nursing Gala .................94
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Slumlord Millionaires TACKLING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS.
BY FRED PARRY
few months ago, I was standing at the deli counter at a local grocery store when the clerk asked me what I did for a living. I responded by saying, “I’m a County Commissioner here in Boone County.” In the most respectful way possible, she said. “What’s that?” “Well,” I replied. “I spend a lot of time talking to people about their gravel roads, sewer systems and the vicious dogs in their neighborhood.” Without skipping a beat, she asked, “Can you do something about my landlord?” I was caught off guard by her question and my curiosity got the best of me. I wanted to know more. To make a long story short, this young lady was a single mother of two children living in a two-bedroom duplex outside the city limits of Columbia. She proceeded to tell me there had been standing sewage on the lower level of her apartment for the last three weeks and that her landlord had refused to take care of the problem. By this point, her two young children were now getting sick and the smell in her apartment was becoming unbearable. When she threatened to withhold rent, the landlord told her to pack up and move somewhere else. For most of us, that would seem like a reasonable thing to do. Unfortunately, for this young mother, her hourly pay of just $9.91 (approximately $21,000 annually) makes it very difficult to come up with the two month’s rent which is often required for another rental, plus the additional utility and damage deposits. To complicate matters further, it’s nearly impossible to find two-bedroom rentals for $500 per month in Columbia, let alone in your child’s current school boundaries. Most of the listings you’ll find on Zillow in this price range don’t include interior
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photos of the rental units. I’m guessing there’s a good reason for that. Realizing that I might be guilty of being stereotypical, I might also cautiously point out that many of the “affordable” rentals available in Columbia are in crime-infested, unsafe neighborhoods. Because of these obstacles and more, most of the “working poor” in our county have no choice but to tolerate their desperate living conditions, while their slumlord landlords continue collecting rent. When I got back to the office, I conferred with my colleagues on the commission, members of the Columbia/Boone County Health Department and with Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey. Those conversations led me to a litany of horror stories of bedroom walls covered with black mold, carpeting soaked by broken water heaters and leaking pipes, bed bugs, cockroaches, dangerous electrical issues and inoperable furnaces. If you’re lucky enough to find affordable housing within the city limits of Columbia, you have the good fortune of being protected by rental housing standards that prevent landlords from taking advantage of their tenants. If you live in the county and you qualify for public assistance with a Section 8 voucher, you’re also protected by federal standards that mandate landlords “to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing.” But if you’re trying to rebuild your life, boot-strapping it without public assistance, there is NO protection for you. How can this be fair? For almost 20 years, the Boone County Commission has tried to get rental housing standards in place for the unincorporated areas of the county. Because we do not have a charter form of government, we are dependent on the state legislature to enact these
housing standards on our behalf. While our local senators and state reps have vigorously supported our efforts in the past, they have been stopped in their tracks every year by the powerful lobbyists representing the 18,000 members of the Missouri Association of Realtors and, unfortunately, the 400+ members of the Columbia Board of Realtors. The real estate agents with whom I’ve spoken insist that this is a property rights issue and an attempt to prevent overreach by local governments. True or not, the end result is deplorable living conditions for the same people who do our dry cleaning, wait on us at restaurants or work behind the deli counter at the local grocery store. This must change. While it is true that some Boone County slumlord millionaires may also be real estate agents, the vast majority of these offenders are simply opportunistic entrepreneurs who have gobbled up Boone County’s affordable housing stock and then let these properties fall into severe disrepair. We’re going to try and tackle this issue again in the 2020 legislative session under the leadership of Representative Chuck Basye and Senator Caleb Rowden. Unfortunately, the Columbia Board of Realtors has already notified us that they will not support our efforts again this year. In spite of this, we plan to forge ahead hoping that simply “doing the right thing” will prevail over the greed-driven special interests that have infiltrated the General Assembly.
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