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Ring in 2014 and keep the glow going all the way through February with a slate of fun wintertime events both new and traditional. Don’t let the cold weather keep you stuck at home when there are so many reasons to get out and about!

Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art Ends Jan. 12 Explore more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings from one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The cost of admission includes an audio guide, and interactive iPads enhance the overall experience. Catch this colorful exhibition while you still can. Museum members get in free; public tickets are $18.


Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Rd., (317) 923-1331,

DOWNTOWN INDY WINTER FARMERS MARKET SATURDAYS THROUGH APRIL 2014 Indy Winter Farmers Market Saturdays through April, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The weather outside may be frightful, but it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious fresh produce. Hit the west wing of downtown Indy’s historic City Market to browse a vibrant array of locally produced meats, cheeses, breads, baked goods, pastas, teas and much more.

Carmel Winter Farmers Market at Indiana Design Center Saturdays through March 15, 9 a.m. to noon The Indiana Design Center plays host to a lively collection of 30 or so vendors each weekend, making this a one-stop shop for local foodstuffs like meats, poultry, popcorn, pastries, produce, cheeses and eggs.

Hamilton County Home Show Jan. 18 and 19 Calling all DIYers! Dozens of local exhibitors take over the Main Exhibition Hall of the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds for two days to share their vast knowledge and showcase products that can improve your home. Tickets are $5. 2003 E. Pleasant, Noblesville,

200 S. Rangeline Rd., Carmel,

Hearthside Suppers at Conner Prairie Jan. 10 through March 23 These participatory cooking events let visitors time-travel back to the 19th century to experience a meal made using recipes from the era. Suppers include a tour of the Conner House and the chance to feast on the fruits of your labors by candlelight. $60 per person, reservations are required. 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, (317) 776-6006,

Swan Lake at the Tarkington Jan. 16 through 18 Ooh and aah as graceful dancers interpret this iconic ballet. Since its debut in 1877, performances of Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale have continued to enchant audiences around the world. The Center for the Performing Arts, 355 W. City Center Dr., Carmel, (317) 843-3800,





Devour Downtown Winterfest Jan. 20 through Feb. 2 Try something new or revisit old downtown Indianapolis favorites during this popular twice-a-year promotion when more than three dozen of the best restaurants in town whip up sumptuous three-course meals for around $30 a head. Visit the web site for a list of participating restaurants and mouthwatering menus. (317) 673-4211,



Clowes Presents: Martha Graham Dance Company Feb. 7, 8 p.m. You’ll delight in this eclectic contemporary dance performance from the company that’s inspired and influenced choreographers and performers around the world since its inception in 1926. Tickets start at $25. 4602 Sunset Ave., (317) 940-6444,

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre presents: Steel Magnolias Feb. 7 through 22 Bring along your besties for some female bonding through this hilarious and heartwarming tale of friendship among six strongwilled Southern beauties. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Tickets are $41.50. The Center for the Performing Arts, 355 W. City Center Dr., Carmel, (317) 843-3800,

Rock of Ages Jan. 26, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Returning to Indy for one night only, this rocking love story celebrates the bighair bands and music of the 1980s with a soundtrack that includes Journey, Night Ranger, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Styx and Bon Jovi. Tickets start at $25. Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey, (800) 745-3000,

202 E. Market St.,



Put it in neutral A NEW BAG IN A GOES-WITH-EVERYTHING, ready-for-anything neutral hue seems right at the start of a new year. Beige isn’t too boring and black isn’t too basic when there’s gold hardware to dress things up. Think studs, chain straps and other gleaming details. // TEXT BY ERICA SAGON

1. The studs give it an edge, but the classic shape keeps it workappropriate. Fossil “Sydney” leather tote with stud detailing, $198 at Macy’s



4. 2. Clean lines, but plenty of eye-catching details, including the luxe gold-tone plate across the front. Vince Camuto “Jace” shoulder bag, $278 at Macy’s 3. Elegant grommets glam up a cool, slouchy tote. Cinched tote, $59 at Nine West Outlet*

4. Ladylike, yet modern—perfect for carrying just the necessities on girls’ night out. Round cross-body purse with chain strap, $59 at Nine West Outlet*

*Find Nine West Outlet at Edinburgh Premium Outlets in Edinburgh, Ind.


Eiffel Tower Chair courtesy Houseworks.

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IKE MANY OF US, MEGAN WINN STARTED journaling as a kid to rehash dreams and to vent about all the little ways her sisters annoyed her. She never stopped putting pen to paper, and eventually, she took things one step further and started actually making the journals herself. Under the label Binding Bee, Winn crafts oneof-a-kind leather-bound journals by hand using a historical bookbinding technique. These rustic beauties are meant to be cherished, so it’s no surprise they’ve become popular guest books for homes and weddings as well as for personal use. After taking a bookbinding workshop in college, Winn was hooked—the craft married her love of art with writing things out by hand. Later, she studied with a bookbinding master in Plainfield. “This is the way books have been made for hundreds of years,” she says. “That feels really significant to me.”

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Winn sources handmade cotton paper for her journals and tears each sheet by hand, creating a ragged edge. For the cover, reclaimed leather is cut to size. Winn binds the journals with waxed linen thread, which is strong yet won’t damage the paper, and antique keys are often added to the closures. “They’re earthy, but there’s a certain elegance to them,” Winn says of the journals. Thoughts on dreams, books and business fill her own pages. Not sure where to start with your own journaling? “Write down three things you’re grateful for,” Winn says. “Journaling really does center people in a more happy, productive place.” Find Binding Bee journals in Indianapolis at Homespun ( and on Etsy ( For more info, visit m

BINDING BEE journals come in a variety of sizes: extra-small ($38), small ($68 and up) and large ($98 and up).

ANTIQUE KEYS are a signature feature of Binding Bee journals. At her home studio in historic Irvington, Winn uses an archival technique called longstitch binding to bring repurposed materials together.





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Reverse sun damage ERASE THE EFFECTS OF SUN DAMAGE WITH an intense pulsed light (IPL) session. In this treatment, short blasts of high-intensity light are used to penetrate the skin’s surface and damage melanin, the pigment that causes brown age spots. The skin then repairs itself to eliminate the spots and create a more even skin tone. IPL treatments aren’t new, but the techniques used for them have been improved. Patients can now isolate and remove specific spots as needed. Davina Arbour, director of operations for ClarityMD recommends undergoing a complimentary skin consultation before treatment. “We take pictures with our Visia machine to analyze the skin in order to recommend the best treatment plan,” she says. Results can be seen with one treatment, although those with extensive sun damage may require as many as three sessions. It’s best to perform IPL during fall and winter months, and the treatments are safe for most skin types (not recommended for Hispanics and African Americans). Cost for treatment: At ClarityMD, treatments range from $150 to $350, depending on the body area. Call (317) 571-8900 to set up a free consultation, or visit for details.

Wipe out wrinkles THERE ARE MANY NEW TYPES OF FACIAL fillers on the market; many experts favor Juvederm Voluma XC. This is the first and only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid and lidocaine injectable, proven to correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area. In November 2013, Dr. Mark Hamilton of Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery became the first plastic surgeon in Indianapolis to be trained on administering Voluma. “Voluma really is a game changer in how we treat mid-face aging,” says Dr. Hamilton. “This is a product that we can take off the shelf, inject in the office and provide instant lift and fullness that lasts up to and beyond two years.” Injections are minimally invasive and take only about 15 to 20 minutes. Results are immediate. Cost for treatment: Hamilton FPS charges $950 per syringe, and recommends patients come in for an evaluation to determine how many syringes will be needed. Call (317) 859-3810 for a consultation, or visit to learn more about Voluma XC.

Tone and firm abdominal muscles LOSE INCHES OFF YOUR WAIST IN ONE SESSION with the TORC abdominal treatment. Just 30 minutes on this electronic muscle-stimulating device is equivalent to a six-hour gym workout, says Melissa La Fleur of 7e Fit Spa. According to La Fleur, the electronic impulses stimulate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a nucleotide that releases energy and is a key component of metabolism. In addition, the stimulation increases the production of collagen and elastin, aiding in the elasticity and smoothness of the skin. La Fleur believes the TORC is more efficient and effective than a gym workout. “When working out, your body has to conserve energy and therefore, you only use 10 percent of your potential energy,” she says. “But when you are relaxed [as when using the TORC], your muscles can use 30 percent of their potential energy.” La Fleur says patients can lose three or more inches in just one session. But like a gym workout, one session won’t produce lasting results. “We recommend a series of six treatments,” says La Fleur. The TORC is wonderful for the abs, but can also be used on other areas, such as the thighs and buttocks. The device is versatile, helping patients lose (or gain) inches as desired, and helps to lift the muscles. Cost for treatment: 7e Fit Spa charges $89 for a single treatment, but offers packages at a discount and specials for spa members. Call (317) 776-8995 or visit for details about the TORC.

Erase spider veins WHILE SCLEROTHERAPY HAS LONG BEEN THE customary treatment for varicose veins, smaller spider veins can be more difficult to eliminate. Patients can expect vastly improved results as new laser technologies are used in conjunction with sclerotherapy.   Surface laser treatments take only minutes with minimal discomfort. As in sclerotherapy, the treatments causes the vein walls to seal down and be reabsorbed into the body, ultimately leading to the disappearance of unsightly veins.  Indiana Vein Specialists offer the latest generation of such laser technologies.   “By adding the newest surface laser technology, this is an excellent option for patients who have faced limitations with traditional sclerotherapy treatment,” says Dr. Jeff Schoonover. While varicose and spider veins tend to be chronic, diagnostic ultrasound technology can be used to find and treat new vein issues. Dr. Schoonover suggests annual follow up to monitor and evaluate vein disease.  Cost for treatment: Prices vary depending on the number and severity of the veins being treated.  Visit or call (317) 661-4416 for information. m

Cosmetic enhancements by the numbers: 8 14.6 million: the number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in 2012. 8 90: the percent of cosmetic procedures performed on women (versus men). 8 1827: the year Dr. John Peter Mettauer performed the first plastic surgery. 8 252: the percentage increase in cosmetic procedures for women since 1997. 8 2008: the year Big Tent Books published a children’s picture book explaining why mommy is getting a flatter tummy. 8 Who Knew? War was the impetus for many breakthroughs in facial reconstructive surgery in an effort to repair the tissues and organs of wounded soldiers.





ccording to ancient folklore, fairies bring luck, prosperity and good health. Be it true or not, you can’t go wrong in creating your own fairy garden. These miniature Edens are fantastically fun to design and surprisingly easy to maintain. Simply find a container (use a wooden box or flower pot), fill it with soil and select the plants of your choice. Then let the fun begin: choose a fairy, add a few fanciful accessories, and voila, your garden comes alive. “They make you feel young again,” says Darlene Trusty of Allisonville Nursery. Playing with plants, furniture and fairy dust... what’s not to love? So kiss the winter blues goodbye, find your garden gloves and let’s get started. It’s time to dig in the dirt. 9.



1. Color-block blouse Swap your usual button-down for something a little softer. Mossimo sleeveless tuxedo tunic, $24.99 at Target 2. Graphic-print skirt Stripes or another print with clean lines keep the look crisp. Calvin Klein knit pencil skirt, $89 at Macy’s 6

2 6. Bold bracelet Let a striking bracelet or two peek out from your jacket sleeves.


Stretch bracelets, $28.50 each at Macy’s 5

3. Bright bag The rules of blackand-white dressing aren’t too strict. Let in a little color with your accessories—a cobalt bag is a great finishing touch. Danielle Nicole “Peyton” satchel, $88 at

4 5. Textured jacket A jacket in tweed or a marled texture is nearly as versatile as a black blazer. It won’t overwhelm other blackand-white prints when worn together.

4. Sleek heels Wear these with tights until the weather warms up. Ankle-strap heels will be a key look for the rest of the year, and these hit a perfectly modern note. “Juliette” ankle-strap heels, $128 at Ann Taylor

Mango wool-cotton flecked jacket, $89.99 at



blocked or bursts. If not treated quickly, permanent brain damage or death can result. Every minute counts when it comes to getting treatment. If you suspect you or someone else is having a stroke, act “F.A.S.T.” Face: Does one side of the face droop when the person smiles? Arm: Does the arm or leg on one side of the body drift downward when raised? Speech: Is speech slurred or strange? Time: If you observe any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. 2. Congestive heart failure is another common form of heart disease among women. This chronic progressive condition occurs when the heart muscle cannot pump enough blood to supply the body’s need for oxygen. In most cases, there is no cure, but the disease can be managed with proper care.

Risk Factors Some heart disease risk factors are not within our control and cannot be changed. These include a family history of heart disease, age (particularly women 55 and older), and race or ethnic background (African-American, Hispanic and Native American women are at greater risk for heart disease than Caucasian women). Fortunately, many risk factors are within our power to improve in order to diminish the risks of heart disease, including blood pressure and cholesterol levels, diabetes, smoking, weight and physical activity levels.

How do you measure up? Every woman should know her numbers. If you don’t know yours, ask your doctor. Healthy targets to shoot for:

Get involved! Go Red for Women and raise awareness about heart health by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 7.

Blood pressure: 120/80 or lower Total Cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL LDL (Bad) Cholesterol: less than 100 mg/dL HDL (Good) Cholesterol: 50 mg/dL or higher Triglycerides: less than 150 mg/dL Fasting blood sugar: less than 100 mg/dL Body Mass Index (BMI): less than 25 Waist circumference: less than 35 inches

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Prevention Following these five steps can reduce your risk of heart disease. 1. Don’t smoke. If you smoke, stop today. When you stop smoking, your risk of heart disease drops by as much as 50 percent within just one year. 2. Get up and move. Thirty minutes a day of regular, moderately intense exercise makes a big difference in your health. Gardening, housekeeping and climbing stairs all count; even walking the dog helps if you keep up a brisk pace. And, the 30 minutes doesn’t have to happen all at once. Break it up into three 10-minute segments if necessary. 3. Follow a heart-healthy diet. This means sticking mostly to foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt. Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products. Drink alcohol only in moderation—this means no more than one drink a day for women. The DASH Eating Plan developed by the National Institutes of Health can help protect your heart; your physician’s office can provide more information, or visit the NIH web site at 4. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes—all risk factors for heart disease. Reducing your weight by even 10 percent can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce your risk for diabetes. 5. See your doctor regularly. As women, we tend to visit the doctor only when we have a medical problem, but regular check-ups are also important. Along with a yearly pap smear and mammogram, all women should have an annual physical performed by an internist or family practice physician.

Take Action February is American Heart Month, and Friday, Feb. 7 is the 10th Annual National Wear Red Day, part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative. Mark your calendar to wear red on Feb. 7 to help raise awareness, and go to to send a free e-card to friends and family encouraging them to join you. Let’s mend broken hearts for women everywhere. Make it your goal to get hearthealthy this year. m

Addressing end-of-life issues and the importance of planning ahead End-of-life issues aren’t pleasant to think about or comfortable to discuss with your aging loved ones. But, taking the time to talk about sensitive subjects like advance directives and funeral pre-planning before a health crisis arises can be to everyone’s benefit. Here, our Kit panel of experts weighs in on some of the trickiest topics to address with your loved ones, and the important documents everyone should have on hand. BY AMY LYNCH + ILLUSTRATIONS BY LIVIA CIVES

kit: How important is planning ahead when it comes to end-of-life issues? Maureen Lindley, Vice President of Marketing, Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers: In our business, it’s everything. Statistics show that within the first 48 hours after a death, 150 decisions need to be made. If a family hasn’t done any funeral pre-planning, they usually sit with us for three to five hours. That’s valuable time they could be spending with their families. Kate Kunk, RN, CIRS-A, Caregiver Options Counselor at CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions: We have to change the public mindset about planning for end-oflife situations. Often, circumstances are so need-driven, people react by making knee-jerk decisions. There’s a whole continuum that should occur, and it all goes back to preparation and pre-planning.

kit: Let’s say a crisis does occur. What will a doctor or hospital need to know immediately? Jill Rusk, Director of Business Development, RN and Case Manager at CarDon and Associates: Mainly, the name of the primary-care physician and any specialists your loved one is seeing, a list of medications your loved one is taking, a brief medical history and health insurance information. Dr. Jaclyn Smith, hospitalist at Riverview Hospital: It’s also helpful if your loved one carries identification and an emergency contact number so hospital personnel can let someone know how they are.

Beth Gehlhausen, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County: That’s so true. If something happens quickly and you have to make decisions in crisis mode, you may not have time to vet out what you really want. You may have to settle for something less. Tina McIntosh, Founder and President of Joy’s House Adult Day Service: And, planning ahead allows all parties involved to be part of the process. It allows Mom to help choose where she wants to live. It allows Dad to be part of the decision about how his money is spent. It allows caregivers to hear from the people they love what really matters to them.


kit: What documents are involved in an advance directive? Carol Applegate, Nurse, Elder Law Attorney and Owner of Applegate Elder Law: The main documents you should have in place are a power of attorney, a living will, health care representative form and a HIPAA release. Power of attorney is the person who will make decisions for you if you aren’t able to. Your healthcare representative is the person who’ll make your healthcare decisions; this doesn’t necessarily have to be the same person as your power of attorney. Maureen Lindley: The most overlooked point with a power of attorney is that it ends at the time of death. You also need to have the right of disposition specified in the power of attorney. Carol Applegate: The living will determines whether you want life-support measures taken. There’s also a new document in Indiana called a Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) that goes one step further to address whether or not you want food and hydration. You have to be in the end stages of life to initiate this form, and it must be filled out with your physician. Kate Kunk: POST is national in scope, which is great, because if you’re somewhere else in the country and you have a health crisis, it’s accessible and it always stays with your records. Marc Adamson, Administrator, Hancock Regional Home Health: A do-not-resuscitate order (DNR) is a separate document, too. If something happens at home and your loved one has a DNR but can’t produce it, home healthcare personnel and first responders have to perform CPR and call 911. Carol Applegate: Keep in mind, you can revoke these documents at any time. And, you can specify whether you want the document or the healthcare representative to have the ultimate say if there happens to be any disagreement. Beth Gehlhausen: The last thing you want when someone is in their final stages of life is disagreement and fighting among family members about what to do.

kit: Where can I go to prepare these documents? Dr. Jaclyn Smith: Most of the time, physicians will have forms in their offices and can help you fill them out and explain your options. Documents are also available at your local hospital and nursing homes. Tina McIntosh: There are forms available online if you choose to create the documents yourself, but it’s always a good idea to speak with an attorney to ensure you have everything properly in order. Carol Applegate: Professional assistance is helpful because every situation is different and questions come up that you may not be sure how to answer. Once you have your documents in place, let your family members know where they are. Better yet, give everyone a copy. Marc Adamson: We recommend keeping a copy of all your documents on the side of the fridge. First responders will typically look there and can grab the information they need quickly. Jill Rusk: And, make sure someone has a set of keys to your loved one’s residence. It’s also good to keep the name of your family’s financial advisor and contact info somewhere handy, as well as financial account numbers and online passwords.

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Resources Planning for end-of-life issues and assembling the appropriate paperwork can quickly feel overwhelming. For help: CICOA is a one-stop shop for central-Indiana resources related to aging, from providing referrals for services to offering brochures on a number of topics including long-distance caregiving, seniors and driving, and organizing medications. CICOA also publishes a comprehensive Solutions Guide full of useful information. To learn more, call (317) 254-3660 or visit Joy’s House has recently created a new Compassion, Advocacy, Reassurance and Education (CARE) Kit binder that conveniently organizes all the information you need to have on hand regarding your loved one’s health and care. The kit provides a central location in which to keep documents, records and notes, and is easily portable to doctor appointments. CARE kits are free; for more information, call (317) 691-5247 or visit Joy’s House at 2028 E. Broad Ripple Ave. during regular business hours. Flanner and Buchanan offers a planning guide that helps loved ones make their end-of-life wishes known in regards to funeral planning. For more information, visit or call any Flanner and Buchanan location. Other helpful resources to consider include family doctors, local hospitals, attorneys, senior centers and churches.

Upcoming events for caregivers Cremation seminar Tuesday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m. Community Life Center, 10612 E. Washington St. Sponsored by Flanner and Buchanan Oakland Memorial Gardens, this lunch-and-learn session covers everything you’ve always wanted to know about cremation, but were afraid to ask. To RSVP, call (317) 898-6611 or email

Women’s Health and Wellness Event Saturday, Jan. 18, 8 a.m. to noon Riverview Hospital Women’s Pavilion (entrance 11), Noblesville Enjoy a morning of health information, screenings and assessments designed to educate and inspire women. This event will include a variety of breakout sessions, information booths, fitness demonstrations and a continental breakfast. To register, call (317) 776-7247; for a complete list of offerings visit

Back pain seminar Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 to 7 p.m. Riverview Hospital Krieg DeVault Conference Room (located in the lower level of the Women’s Pavilion), Noblesville Dr. Praveen Perni, a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon will discuss treatment options for sciatica and low back pain. A light dinner will be served. The program is free, but registration is required; call (317) 776-7999 or go to

Heart-healthy cooking event Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. Riverview Hospital, Noblesville Join Riverview Hospital and its team of cardiologists and staff for an evening of heart-healthy recipes and cooking tips. We will be serving each item that is prepared and will conclude the evening with a Q&A session. Attendees will receive a coupon for a complimentary Blood Chemistry Profile at the Riverview Outpatient Lab and a copy of each recipe. $15 per person or $25 per couple. Registration and payment is required by February 18. Register at or call (317) 776-7999.

CICOA celebrates 40th anniversary Founded in 1974, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is the premier source of information and access to resources for older adults, family caregivers and people of all ages with disabilities who are living in Central Indiana. Through a network of agencies, service groups and volunteers, CICOA provides home care services, home-delivered meals, home health care, transportation, accessibility modifications, respite care and caregiver support. For more information, call (317) 254-3660 or visit

STYLE REBOOT SPARKLES. WINTER WHITE. MAXI DRESS. WORKOUT GEAR. MORE. When it comes to food, exercise and other daily habits, we seek out a fresh start with the new year. Why not throw our closets in the mix? Sometimes that means adding a few new-to-you pieces, like a winterwhite sweater or leather-accented leggings. Other times, it’s about making the most of what you’ve already got: repurpose that summer maxi dress or restyle your holiday sequin blouse. Reboot your closet with these wardrobe resolutions. TEXT AND STYLING BY ERICA SAGON + PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRIS WHONSETLER

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This time of year, nothing’s more welcome at the end of a cold, wintry day than a warm bowl of soup. Here, chefs from across Indy share some favorite recipes that simmer away on their stoves. Serve with good crusty bread, and you have a filling meal. Make some space in your fridge or freezer for leftovers—these recipes make generous batches. Ask any of these chefs and they’ll tell you, soup always tastes better the next day, anyway. TEXT BY ERICA SAGON + PHOTOGRAPHS BY GABRIELLE CHEIKH + STYLING BY KATHY DAVIS

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1/ SAFFRON HAM AND BEAN SOUP Craig Baker, chef and coowner of the Local Eatery and Pub 14655 N. Gray Rd., Westfield, (317) 218-3786,

Baker made ham and bean soup almost daily when he worked at a restaurant in Maryland—the recipe came from the chef’s grandmother. Now, Baker’s own version is a winter staple at his Westfield restaurant. Bacon was one of the original ingredients, but Baker has decided he prefers the lightly smoked City Ham from Indy’s Smoking Goose instead. Ham and bean can be a one-note soup, Baker says, but City Ham and saffron add depth. “Even though it wasn’t something I grew up with, it’s a comfort-food soup to me,” Baker says. Wise words: This soup is a crowd-pleaser. It’s fuel for a long football Sunday. Baker’s kids love it, too. Chef’s tip: Baker uses heirloom beans, but any dried white variety will work, including fava. (Recipe on page 62)

2/Brown butter mushroom and Gorgonzola soup (Recipe on page 62)

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3/ Roasted tomato and fresh basil soup (Recipe on page 62)



INGREDIENTS 1 T. vegetable oil 1 yellow onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 2 carrots, diced 2 T. chopped garlic 2 1/2 c. dried white beans, soaked overnight in cold water and drained, according to package directions /2 lb. City Ham from Smoking Goose, diced into 1/2-inch cubes


/4 lb. chopped fresh spinach


5 qt. chicken stock 1 /2 T. dried thyme 1 pinch of saffron Salt and pepper DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oil in a Dutch

oven or heavy-bottom stockpot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add onions, celery, carrots and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent. 2. Add ham and beans to the pot, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. 3. Add spinach, chicken stock, thyme and saffron to the pot, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the beans are soft, about 1 to 2 hours. 4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2/BROWN BUTTER MUSHROOM AND GORGONZOLA SOUP Roger Hawkins, chef and owner of Circle City Soups 222 E. Market St., (317) 632-3644, Search Circle City Soups on Facebook

This one-pot mushroom soup is the result of some tinkering in the kitchen. Hawkins borrowed the brown butter idea from a favorite ravioli recipe, and he was looking for a way to use

up some Gorgonzola. The result is now a regular offering at his downtown Indy soup spot inside City Market. The rich and luxuriously creamy soup boasts some distinctive flavors, but nothing is overwhelming. Not even the cheese. “The Gorgonzola flavor is slight, but it’s unmistakable,” Hawkins says. With just a handful of ingredients, each one counts. Use high-quality Gorgonzola and a mix of flavorful mushrooms (anything but portabellas will do, Hawkins notes). Chef’s tip: Use the same pot every time you make soup. You’ll learn to eye the amount of ingredients, and see whether you need to thicken or thin the recipe.

Serves 10 INGREDIENTS 1 /2 c. butter (1 stick) 1 large onion, sliced 2 potatoes, peeled and diced 1 lb. mushrooms, smashed 1 qt. heavy cream 2 c. water 2 T. tomato paste 3 /4 c. Gorgonzola crumbles DIRECTIONS 1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven or stockpot with a heavy bottom over medium heat. Cook until foam subsides and butter is a deep nutty brown color. Watch carefully so that the butter does not burn. 2. Add onions to the pot and cook until translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes. 3. Add mushrooms, potatoes and tomato paste to the pot. Allow tomato paste to saute until fragrant. 4. Add cream and water to the pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until potatoes are tender. 5. Add the Gorgonzola and puree the mixture with an immersion blender until smooth. Or, use a blender to puree the soup in batches.


Larry Hanes, executive chef and owner of Eggshell Bistro 51 W. Carmel Center Dr., (317) 660-1616, Find Eggshell Bistro on Facebook

Oven-roasting many types of tomatoes (including Roma, cherry and heirloom varieties) brings out their natural sweetness and brightens the flavor of this classic soup. “This tomato soup is a little more sophisticated than the one you grew up with,” Hanes says. “It’s more complex, and it has a really beautiful texture.” While you’re at it, put a grown-up spin on tomato soup’s old faithful companion, the grilled cheese sandwich. Try one of Hanes’ favorite variations that he serves up at his Carmel restaurant—melty Muenster and speck (a dry-cured, lightly smoked ham similar to prosciutto). “I think it’s OK to slurp this soup; it’s a sign of approval,” Hanes says. Chef’s tip: Hanes likes to garnish this soup with crème fraiche, basil pesto and a finishing salt, such as pink sea salt.

Serves 8 to 12 INGREDIENTS 2 lb. Roma tomatoes 2 lb. mixed tomatoes (cherry, heirloom, on-the-vine, etc.) 15 large garlic cloves 4 medium yellow onions Olive oil Kosher salt Freshly cracked pepper 1 28-oz. can of organic fire-roasted tomatoes 4 dried bay leaves 1 /2 c. butter (1 stick) 2 qt. organic vegetable stock 1 bunch fresh basil or live-root basil, de-stemmed 2 c. whole milk

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DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare the vegetables for roasting by cutting tomatoes in quarters, and peeling and quartering the onions. Peel the garlic. 2. Place the tomatoes, onions and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet (use two sheets if needed). Cluster the garlic cloves toward the center and roughly cover them with the onions to protect them from scorching. Drizzle the vegetables generously with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. 3. Roast vegetables for about 30 minutes, or until slightly charred and caramelized. 4. Transfer the roasted vegetables and their juices to a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the canned tomatoes to the pot. 5. De-stem bay leaves with a knife. Add leaf segments to pot and discard stems. 6. Add butter and vegetable stock to the pot. 7. Bring pot to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour or until soup reduces by approximately one-third. 8. Add basil leaves and whole milk to the pot. Continue to cook over low heat for 10 minutes. 9. Puree everything in the pot, including the bay leaves and basil leaves, with an immersion blender until nearly smooth, letting some texture remain. Or, puree in small batches in a blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

kit magazine. January/February 2014  

A fashion/lifestyle magazine for women ages 30 to 60.

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