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2 tablespoons cornstarch 1½ cups whole milk 1½ cups frozen butternut squash cubes or cubed and roasted butternut squash 4 oz Roth Van Gogh® Gouda, shredded 4 oz Roth Havarti, shredded 4 oz bacon, cooked and crumbled 4 cups of macaroni or penne pasta, cooked (approx. 8 ounces dry) 1 teaspoon smoked paprika ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs

1 pear 8 figs, fresh or dried 2 Romaine hearts 1 cup Grand Cru®, shredded ¼ cup balsamic glaze ¼ cup vegetable or grapeseed oil

1. Preheat oven to 425° F. 2. Whisk cornstarch into cold milk until incorporated. (Mixing cornstarch into heated liquids produces lumps.) 3. In a sauté pan over medium heat, slowly stir the milk mixture with the butternut squash until the sauce begins to thicken. 4. Slowly add grated Van Gogh® Gouda and Havarti cheeses until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Mix in the bacon and cooked pasta. 6. Place mixture in a 9×9 baking dish. You can cover and refrigerate for 1-2 days or freeze for later use 7. Sprinkle paprika and breadcrumbs on top and bake for 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. You may brown top under broiler for approx. 2 minutes.

1. Core and slice the pear. Reserve in cold acidulated liquid, such as a cup of water with a tablespoon of lemon juice. 2. Cut figs and romaine hearts in half. 3. Heat half the oil in a large skillet until almost smoking. 4. Quickly sear two of the romaine halves on the cut side—do not overcook or wilt. 5. When browned, immediately remove Romaine from skillet, place each half on a plate and immediately top with shredded Grand Cru®. Repeat. 6. Place figs and pears on top and around romaine. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. 7. Top with candied or toasted walnuts or pecans (optional).

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CONTENTS VOLUME 31—ISSUE 1

DEPARTMENTS 6 8 11 14

MID-THOUGHT

16 18

BUFFALO NACHOS

20

THROWBACK PHOTOGRAPHY

22 24 53

CITRUS RECIPES

76

GET AWAY TO THE BEACH

94 96 104

EVENTS

SKI THE BIRKIE COOKBOOK CLUBS HOW TO DECORATE WITH DARKS

SEE THE MYSTERY HOUR

GREAT WINTER READS DREAM TRIP GIVEAWAY

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A COOLER KITCHEN page 46

FEATURES 27

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8 SEASONS OF COOKING

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It’s time to plan this year’s garden, and our step-by-step plan shows how to plant a yard that tastes as great as it looks.

Add a dash of excitement to your kitchen with tips for mixing materials, decorating with tile and more.

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MID-THOUGHT editor’s letter DID SWISS CHARD MAKE ME A BETTER PERSON? That’s giving a lot of credit to a leafy green, but if you throw in garlic scapes, a food processor and a couple of essential cookbooks, there’s a good case for food making the man. The change started when I realized that a few cooking risks can refire imaginations dulled by the workaday routine. It’s like the best storytellers you know—people who never seem to suffer a dull moment. Whether they’re talking about a Great Lakes cruise or a misadventure at the DMV, they see details that inject drama into any situation. Then I noticed similar potential on the kitchen table. In an adventurous moment, my family signed up for a CSA (community-supported agriculture) share, committing us to a weekly delivery of whatever was growing at the farm we joined. Faced with a pile of Swiss chard, I started Googling recipes and techniques. With the arrival of garlic scapes, Saturday morning eggs became an event I had to share. Yes, I became That Guy at parties. (But I like to think people enjoyed my cooking epiphanies more than Fantasy Football Guy’s war stories.) Soon, I was reliving vacations by re-creating flavors I found and looking forward to weekly chats with the kimchi vendor at the farmers market. In the end, I have a better sense of the seasons, my community and the talent that great cooks display every day. Those each sound like worthy goals at this time of year, when we’re all optimistic about selfimprovement. Putting a little adventure into your meals provides a simple, affordable way to stretch yourself, even if you have no plans to run a marathon or see Rome in 2017. Need ideas on where to start? In “Ace of Clubs” on page 11, Hannah Agran shares her leap into a new cookbook club. On page 34, Tracy Singleton and Marshall Paulsen of Minnesota’s Birchwood Cafe double our concept of a cooking year by giving names to four new seasons. I’m already looking ahead to what I’ll discover when “Thaw” and “Scorch” arrive.

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BIRKIE-BLOODED

Cowbells and 10,000-plus athletes rattle the stillness of northern Wisconsin’s lumpy white blanket. Come sleet or sub-zero temps, the annual American Birkebeiner draws 30,000 people to towns built for hundreds. With a 55K classic, adaptive races and dogpowered “skijoring,” attendees celebrate a historic Norwegian ski trek—when two Birkebeiner warriors (named for their birch leggings) rescued infant Prince Haakon during a civil war in 1206. The four-day “Birkie” in Hayward (February 23–26 this year) is North America’s largest cross-country ski gathering. P H OTO G R A P H E R Kevin Miyazaki

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HERE & NOW get together

Early on Sunday, the texts start flying. Angel will be late and needs to finish her tamarind chicken in my oven. (And by the way, where can we buy tamarind in Des Moines?) Natalie shares a photo of garden tomatoes about to be transformed into curry. When she shows up at my house with her covered dish two hours later, I offer a drink and an apron. Channeling memories of her study-abroad trip to India, she rolls my chapati dough into tortilla-like rounds. I man the griddle. Tami and Terry arrive. More hands. Our assembly line moves quickly, lubricated by wine and hungry anticipation. My friends and I had a traditional book club once. But frankly, our food usually outshone our literary critique. When we disbanded, I missed the themed meals, not the guilt over novels left unread. Then we saw a story online about cookbook clubs. Intrigued, we voted to reboot. We’re not pros yet, but our fledgling club has survived its first year. We include husbands (because they cook, too) and children (because we want to expose our littles to new foods). We meet at 5 p.m. and feast around the host’s coffee table. It’s a lax, jeans-and-tees way to close out a weekend—but the food is amazing. We’ve explored Cajun, Italian and Ukrainian fare, and we’ve waddled happily home from a meal based entirely on potatoes. As this magazine’s food editor, I knew that we’d all appreciate a nudge to try new recipes, but I didn’t anticipate how elevated club dinners would feel above ordinary potlucks. No one walks in with a tired three-bean salad. Every dish is a conversation piece, and it all fits together. When the last chapati lands on the stack, we survey the table: green beans flecked with mustard seeds, eggs poached in tomato sauce, lentils redolent of cumin and onion, a comically dense cardamom cake. We grab plates and dig in.

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EVERY BOOK TELLS A STORY, LIKE THE TIME WE ALL HAD PINK HANDS FROM OUR BEET-HEAVY UKRAINIAN MEAL.

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Oven-Roasted Chicken Tikka Our club loved Meera Sodha’s Made in India ($35, Flatiron). Her flavors are fresh and authentic, but the ingredient lists are manageable. HANDS ON 30 MINUTES TOTAL 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES

1 13⁄4 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1 fresh green chile pepper (such as serrano), seeded and coarsely chopped 1 1 ⁄4 teaspoons salt 11⁄4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 ⁄2 cup whole-milk plain yogurt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon chili powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric 3 ⁄4 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed 3 ⁄4 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garam masala*

1. Using a mortar and pestle, bash the ginger, garlic and green chile pepper with a pinch of salt until the mixture turns into a paste. (Or, very finely chop them together on a cutting board.) In a bowl, combine the ginger mixture, chicken, 11⁄4 teaspoons salt, yogurt, chili powder, turmeric, cumin seeds, sugar, paprika and garam masala. Chill, covered, for 15 minutes or up to 2 hours (the longer the better). 2. Preheat oven to 400°. Grease two rimmed baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Shake excess marinade off the chicken, then distribute the pieces between the pans. (Or thread chicken on skewers so it’s easier to turn while cooking. Be sure to wash hands after, due to the hot peppers in the marinade.) Bake 20 minutes, turning once. MAKES 4 SERVINGS. *SHOPPING TIP Garam masala is an Indian spice blend with cardamom, cinnamon and other flavors. It’s available at large supermarkets, or you can find online recipes to make your own. PER SERVING 218 cal, 8 g fat, 138 mg chol, 1136 mg sodium, 5 g carbo, 1 g fiber, 29 g pro.

From Made in India by Meera Sodha. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of Flatiron Books, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers Ltd.

how to cook the books INVITE CURIOUS EATERS Our roster runs the gamut: Meg and Erik have made DIY bacon, but Rachelle didn’t own a pepper grinder. (She does now.) The common denominator is that we’re game for new things. We have about 10 core members, plus a few who come occasionally. (Fewer than that, and you won’t get a good sampling of the cookbook.)

PLAN AHEAD We created a private Facebook group to avoid messy e-mail chains, then used FB’s calendar feature to schedule hosting duties for a year. (First Sunday of the month is easy to remember.) The host chooses the book, and we all post our recipe picks. Couples usually make two dishes, and we all chip in with wine.

PASS IT AROUND Cookbooks are pricey, so we had to figure out a way to keep things affordable. The host usually buys a copy of her pick (Amazon is great for used books), and we check the library, too. Then we pass our books around for two weeks before the meeting. We’ve also shared funky ethnic ingredients, so that we don’t buy multiples.

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BONUS RECIPE

In her cookbook, Meera Sodha recommends serving Chicken Tikka with Mint and Yogurt Chutney. We agree. Find the recipe at midwestliving.com/ chutney.


HERE & NOW nest

PRETTY DARK

Deep, luxurious hues evoke high-impact drama without a hint of gloom. Gwen Hefner of The Makerista blog shows why you shouldn’t be afraid of the dark.

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going deep Gwen’s tips for decorating spaces with dark walls: MAKE A MATCH Think how

you want the space to feel and function. If you need a light area to work, skip the black. “A dining room is a perfect place to take risks because it’s not a space you live in,” Gwen says. KEEP A BALANCE Light colors add contrast, but go easy. “Too much light can look stark,” Gwen says. FINISH UP Sheen is key for dark walls that show dust and dirt, much like a black car. “Matte looks modern but shows every smudge,” Gwen says. “I settled on wipeable satin.”

When she played The Sims video game in middle school, Gwen Hefner made all of her houses black.

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SATURATED JEWEL TONES ARE THE NEWEST DARK HUES TO WATCH (AND TRY). WE LIKE SHERWINWILLIAMS’ RICH BLUE-GREEN ‘CASCADES’ OR BENJAMIN MOORE’S 2017 COLOR OF THE YEAR: AMETHYST ‘SHADOW.’

But when she lobbied to cloak her bedroom like nightfall, her mom drew the line at cobalt blue. “I’ve never been afraid of color; I like it in big doses,” says Gwen, who got a second shot in the dark when she reworked the dining room of her 1980s suburban Kansas City home with a bluish-black customized paint. “It’s moody for sure. Everybody has something to say about it, and that’s what I like. It evokes feeling.” The redesign started with a wallpaper mural as the focus. Inky-black walls and ceiling magically disappear like the night sky—their intensity balanced with warm wood, gleaming metal, a bit of color contrast, live plants and natural light. Thrilled with the overall look, Gwen says her best advice is also the least glamorous. “Prep like a pro. Fill any wall bumps, holes or cracks. Any imperfection is magnified with dark colors.”

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HERE & NOW crave

BUFFALO ROUNDUP

Loaded Buffalo Nachos HANDS ON 20 MINUTES TOTAL 25 MINUTES

When it comes to Super Bowl snacking, we leave the messy task of deep-frying hot wings to the pros. But buffalo-flavor nachos? Game on.

6 cups kettle-cooked potato chips 2 cups shredded cooked chicken* 1 ⁄ 3 cup cayenne pepper sauce (Frank’s RedHot) 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 ⁄2 cup crumbled blue cheese or shredded cheddar cheese Very thinly sliced celery and chopped celery leaves 1. Preheat broiler. Spread potato chips evenly on a baking sheet or in a shallow oven-going skillet. (If you like, line the pan with foil for easy cleanup.) 2. In a small bowl, combine chicken and 1 ⁄ 3 cup pepper sauce. Top chips with chicken, then sprinkle evenly with the Monterey Jack and blue cheese. 3. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and chips start to brown. Garnish with celery and celery leaves. Serve immediately. MAKES 12 SERVINGS. *TIP Since purchased deli-style rotisserie chicken is very salty (and you’ll get plenty of that from the chips), we recommend cooking plain chicken for this recipe. Place a large (12 ounces) boneless skinless chicken breast in unsalted or very lightly salted water; bring to a boil and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through (165° or no longer pink inside). PER SERVING 180 cal, 11 g fat, 34 mg chol, 443 mg sodium, 8 g carbo, 1 g fiber, 11 g pro.

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Three major ski resorts offer a total of more than 165 downhill runs. To skiers and boarders, the Petoskey Area is a Michigan treasure.

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Take up the $10 invite to see Springfield, Missouri’s, irreverently quirky The Mystery Hour. This TV talk show and its Emmy-winning host won’t remain (somewhat) undiscovered for long. W R I T E R Greg Philby I L LU ST R AT I O N Martha Napier

Boyne Mountain Boyne Falls, MI Boyne Mountain features a 500 ft. vertical drop, 60 downhill runs (the longest is 1 mile), 7 terrain parks, and 10 chairlifts including a 6-place high-speed lift.

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regional Emmy and three Emmy nominations. Jeff’s humor often targets Missouri or Springfield, with friendly gags that even nonlocals can appreciate. And, in true Midwest form, the cast and crew invite the audience to join them in a posttaping party down the street. LAUGH IF YOU MUST

After an intro clip rolls, Jeff bursts onstage through the curtain. He and the cast dramatically read strange Craigslist entries from Springfield. A bad pun in the Unnecessary News segment falls so flat it leaves an awkward pause. Then laughter. In many ways, it’s like hanging out at a block party with neighbors who are on a roll. The eclectic guest list has featured actor Jay Jackson from Parks and Recreation and the woman who designed the wavy pattern on Solo cups—she comes out full of giggles over the fuss. Memorable sketches (available online at themysteryhour.com) include the viral “Instagram Husband,” exceeding 5 million YouTube views, and a man dressed as a cigarette trying to enter clubs after Springfield’s smoking ban. “We are the No. 7 fastestgrowing late-night talk show in Springfield,” Jeff says. “And we’re the only one.” It’s a humble brag if you ever heard one, delivered by a guy who has proven that sometimes it pays to wryly go where no man has gone before.


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While you mull over Instagram filters, this North Dakota native is perfecting a Civil War-Era photo process that inspired them. W R I T E R Timothy Meinch

FIRST CAMERA AT 44. Shane Balkowitsch had never owned

a camera when he saw a wet-plate photo in 2012 and “immediately fell in love.” The vintage aura on glass sparked his curiosity. His tenacity took over when a veteran photog told him to forget about the complicated craft. Six weeks of research later, Shane made his first image with a custom wooden camera. “I’ve always been meant to do this. I just didn’t know it until I was 44,” Shane says. NO FILM. #NOFILTER. He now claims 2,000-plus glass wet plates

Wet-plate photos require an on-site darkroom.

one ho ur with the champ In 2015 a friend landed Shane a studio session with world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. Shane made five plates. The Smithsonian Institution asked for the image above, Holyfield kept one shot, and Shane has the other three.

to his name (some at state and national galleries). The style harks back to photography’s teething years before the Civil War. It gave way to more efficient film technology before 1900. But it remains the purest photo format, Shane says, because it forgoes film by printing silver directly onto tin or glass plates. Each image resembles an oversized negative with zero visible grains or pixels. Shane is part of a resurgence, with an estimated 1,000 artists practicing the black-and-white chemistry today. SHOOTING FOR POSTERITY. Wet plates require precision, thoughtful composition and patience—a subject must hold still for a 10-second exposure, then wait at least 20 minutes to see a single shot. “There’s something romantic about this process,” Shane says. His shop, Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio in Bismarck, offers personal photo sessions and is booked six months out. Mortality drives this father’s faith in tin and glass over paper and bytes. Shane says his grandchildren’s greatgreat-grandkids could hold his images without deterioration. “I am not making plates for this generation. I am always thinking about hundreds of years from now.”

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This is the moment it felt like you were exactly where you were supposed to be. You wouldn’t have guessed it. But you’ll never forget it.


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Grapefruit can do more than start your day. Its zingy flavor works wonders for a weeknight dinner or dessert. (No spiky spoon required.) GOOD-FOR-YOU TREAT

Honeyed Grapefruit Frozen Yogurt In a medium bowl, combine 3 cups (24 ounces) plain wholemilk Greek yogurt, ½ cup honey and 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest. Peel, section and chop 2 grapefruits; gently fold into yogurt. Spread in a 2-quart baking dish. Freeze, covered, for 1 hour. Stir. Cover and stir again every 30 minutes until nearly firm. Sprinkle with ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds. Freeze, covered, until firm. If needed, let stand 10 minutes before scooping.

DINNER WINNER

GrapefruitAvocado Salsa In a medium bowl, combine the following: 2 medium grapefruits (peeled, sectioned and chopped), 1 chopped medium avocado, ½ cup rinsed and drained canned black beans, ½ cup frozen wholekernel corn (thawed), ¼ cup finely chopped red onion, 1 fresh jalapeño pepper (seeded and minced), 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, 1 to 2 teaspoons honey and a pinch or two of salt, to taste. Serve with pan-fried chicken, pork chops or fish.

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slice it nice Peeling citrus with your hands is fine for snacking, but for recipes that call for grapefruit or orange segments, try this technique (called supreming) for pretty, membrane-free slices.

Slice off the top and bottom of a grapefruit or orange so it’s flat on both ends. Set the fruit on a cutting board to trim off remaining peel and pith. You should be left with a “naked” fruit.

Working over a bowl to catch slices, slice out one segment at a time, working your way around, folding over empty membranes like pages of a book.

PARTY PERFECT

Maple-Grapefruit Tartlets Let 1 rolled refrigerated piecrust stand per package directions. Unroll and cut about 14 circles with a 2½-inch cutter. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet and prick with fork. Combine 2 teaspoons sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Brush cutouts lightly with milk and sprinkle with some of the sugar mixture. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes or until golden; cool on wire rack. (Can be stored until serving.) Mix 1 tablespoon maple syrup into 3 ounces softened cream cheese. Spread on cooled cutouts. Top with segments cut from 1 to 2 grapefruits and sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture. Serve immediately.

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Peel back the flavor on 50 more citrus dishes at midwestliving.com/citrusrecipes.

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HERE & NOW editors’ picks

SHELF LIFE

What? No one gave you a great book for Christmas? Let us pass along a few of our favorites, dog-eared and perfect for long winter nights.

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together, to the last of the frontier. Open, expansive skies. Majestic bison.

And the hush of the prairie. There’s no place like Kansas for experiencing unspoiled paradise. 800.2.KANSAS ¡ TravelKS.com/Escape

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Timothy Meinch


If you’re traveling for meetings or the kids’ softball tournament, you’ll take the basics in a hotel: safe location, clean linens, maybe a pool and free waffles in the morning. But then there are the nights you want to remember, when you’re not merely staying somewhere during travel, but traveling somewhere for the stay. Enter the boutique hotel, a brand of hospitality that bucks chainhotel predictability with artful details rooted in the place you’re visiting. In these hotels, you’ll rarely have the same experience twice, even at the same location. The Hotel Vandivort in Springfield, Missouri, for example, has 32 different layouts among its 50 rooms. In an age where everyone’s buying into buying local, boutiquestyle hotels are catching on. More than 10 have opened since 2015 in large and midsize Midwest cities. Most boutique hotels represent a splurge, but you’re buying an extra level of homey, quirky or luxurious flair. On-site amenities may include bicycles (sometimes skateboards), farm-to-breakfast-in-bed cuisine and rooftop lawn games with craft cocktails. Styled decor taps local artists and history. The buildings themselves often revive historical properties. It all carves out a sense of place, as connected to the land as the baker down the street. If a getaway where you may not even want to leave your room sounds right for you, keep reading to discover some of our favorite spaces across the Midwest.

THE CHARMANT HOTEL LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN // 67 ROOMS

Savor free truffl es at check-in inside a retired 1898 candy factory. The Charmant embellishes its legacy with a 24-hour gourmet sweets counter, framed candy tins decorating guest rooms and an elevator shimmering like a golden Willy Wonka ticket. Relics of the Joseph B. Funke Candy Company breathe life into the interior with exposed brick walls and maple hardwood floors bearing scars from the production days. Even the breakfast menu sticks to the sweet theme, featuring a delicious grapefruit brûlée ($3) topped with sugar and torched. The Charmant overlooks Riverside Park downtown on the Mississippi River. Find local eats, museums and galleries surrounding the hotel, or drive five miles east for sunrise or sunset at Grandad Bluff, a 600-foot mesa with a tri-state vista of the Mississippi River Valley.

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CHICAGO // 184 ROOMS

1950s bow ties and furniture

The Charmant sits on the site where La Crosse’s first building was built in 1842. Today 52,000 people live in the city, a gateway to the outdoors with award-winning restaurants and a University of Wisconsin campus serving 10,000 students.

a lake or park view with rooms and suites beside Lincoln Park. You can even treat your pooch with a swanky stay. The front desk keeps a drawer full of biscuits and offers pet-friendly guest packages with doggie

room) and a pup-happy meal.

GRADUATE ANN ARBOR ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN // 204 ROOMS

This shrine to academia in the University of Michigan’s hometown captures Wolverine pride with charm and depth. Tweedy accents merge Ralph Lauren with Bo Schembechler (the storied U-M coach waves at guests on an outdoor mural). Approach the front desk made of old wooden filing cabinets, lounge on plaid couches and jog your memory with formulas such as E=mc2 scribbled on blackboards. Room keys look like student IDs from famous Michigan alumni, including Iggy Pop, Desmond Howard and Gilda Radner, who all took classes across the street.

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WALK TO THE BIG GAME Graduate Ann Arbor anchors the north end of the State Street retail corridor (local restaurants, art venues and nightlife), a mile north of Michigan Stadium and the Crisler Center, home to Wolverines basketball.


A TOUCH OF B&B Boutique hotels often nod to bedand-breakfasts and hostels, with accents like local books and cozy nooks creating a living-room feel.

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HOTEL VANDIVORT SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI // 50 ROOMS

The lobby restroom in this fancy spot has garnered a social-media following for fl attering selfies. A fixture around the mirror diff uses light in a way that makes everyone look fabulous. More than 1,500 glamorous shots on Instagram include a #HotelVandivortBathroomSelfie hashtag. The glam extends to guest rooms with walk-in showers and an elegant-vintage aesthetic. Design themes play off the history of the revitalized 110-year-old Masonic temple the hotel occupies. Fittingly, it’s located at the heart of a downtown that boasts its own recent renaissance. Pubs and every brand of cafe (from European-style to small roastery) fill the neighboring blocks. Walk next door to the historic Landers Theatre for live music or an indie film or stroll a mile east to Hammons Field, home to a Cardinals’ minor-league baseball affiliate.

MILWAUKEE // 90 ROOMS

Beer claims center stage, literally, at the Brewhouse, where guest rooms and suites surround six enormous copper brewing kettles. This hotel transformed a historical Pabst Brewery complex into a steampunk-industrialchic destination, where all suites have a small kitchen. Drink and eat in your room with The Beer Baron package, which provides a six-pack of PBR. (It also includes valet parking and tickets to the nearby Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion.) The home-turned-museum highlights deep connections between the Pabst family and Milwaukee history and culture. Sample local brews and food at Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub under the same roof as the hotel.

STAY LIKE A PRO Get the most from your hotel stay with these tips from industry expert Bruce Claver, former luxury hotel operator. PICK UP THE PHONE.

A chat with a human before you even arrive can pay off in unexpected

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ways at small hotels (like landing a suite that’s “unavailable” online but suddenly opens up with a cancellation). TELL YOUR STORY.

“If you’re coming in for a special occasion, mention it,” Bruce says. A good luxury hotel tracks things like anniversaries or


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CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION HOTEL CHICAGO // 241 ROOMS

A boutique rehab at this historical men’s sports club added five bars and restaurants with cushy guest rooms above Michigan Avenue. Liven up an evening of revelry in the Game Room bar, where fair-themed bites accompany shuffleboard, chess, billiards and an indoor bocce court. In Milk Room, guests slide into a pocket-size bar limited to eight people with a reservation and down payment. On the rooftop sits Cindy’s, a see-and-be-seen hub centered on food, drinks and panoramic views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. For finer fare, Cherry Circle Room showcases the culinary mastery of Land and Sea Dept., which operates several lauded Chicago eateries. If you must leave the hotel, the famous “bean” sculpture sits just steps away across bustling Michigan Avenue.

birthdays in a guest profile (sometimes with details as specific as when and how you take your coffee). Special occasions can land a bottle of champagne or cheese spread in your room. A more spacious suite with a view is common. “A hotel would be negligent if it was

someone’s anniversary or birthday and they didn’t upgrade them when they have the vacancy,” Bruce says.

just another customer and tap into the most attentive service. “Some staff will even give you their personal cell phone number,” Bruce says.

KINDNESS IS KING.

Learn names and treat staff as you would a friend, especially the concierge. This can set you apart as more than

NO ASK IS TOO BIG.

Need a different pillow? The hotel may have a pillow menu. How about

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a razor? They will likely deliver one to your room if you call down and ask. Bruce has watched luxury hotel staff run out the door to Walgreens to buy an electric teakettle for a guest in need. “That’s what sets them apart as a boutique from chains and bigger hotels.”


TIPPING THE SCALES

21C MUSEUM HOTEL CINCINNATI // 156 ROOMS

Guests fi nd themselves at the center of a contemporary art museum and perhaps unwittingly contributing to exhibits. Lines blur between art installation and play thanks to 4-foot yellow plastic penguins that staff and visitors move around the hotel. Don’t be alarmed if one shows up inside your guest room or waiting outside a door. Other exhibits rotate, with some broaching adult themes—as expected with contemporary art—in a two-story museum surrounding the lobby. A wood-fire gastropub, Metropole, tops the city’s lists of best restaurants. Wander less than a mile down Walnut Street to find a string of museums, food and drink stops, plus green space on the banks of the Ohio River bordering Kentucky.

Tip appropriately, says Cheryl Rosner, founder and CEO of Stayful, a discount booking app and online concierge for boutique hotels: “It communicates what you value.” Tip the concierge in advance, especially before a special request: $5 to $10 per service. For others: bellboy ($1 to $2 per bag); housekeeping ($2 to $5 per night); bartender ($1 or $2 per drink/ cocktail); and 20 percent for spa services.

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THE KIMPTON JOURNEYMAN HOTEL MILWAUKEE // 158 ROOMS

Cozy seating scattered around fi re pits defi nes The Outsider rooftop bar. This nook on the ninth floor features a birds-eye view of the Historic Third Ward, with lawn games like cornhole, shuffleboard and oversized Connect Four. Staff limits the crowd size via a rope line at the main-floor elevator. On street level, Tre Rivali feels more like a prime staple of fine dining than a hotel restaurant. Its list of house-made specials covers lamb chops, braised octopus, sorbets and warm Greek donuts. Guests will find life-size ceramic dog statues (and yoga mats) adding character to their rooms. And for local exploration, the hotel stocks each guest suite with a customized leather bag (locally made) with an itinerary of neighborhood highlights. Walk to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Lakeshore State Park and the Milwaukee Public Market, all within a mile of the hotel.


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Renaissance-style Murano chandeliers hang from the ceiling beside a hallway of tiles signed by celebrity guests, such as Ariana Grande, Cher and local Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet. Pampered touches can make any guest feel like a celebrity: key-card restricted access to each guest floor, a rooftop pool with cabanas and fire pits (Adult Swim on Sundays during the summer), and an Escalade shuttle for guest outings within 5 miles. That distance covers the trendy Westport and Power and Light nightlife districts, the Sprint Center, and plenty of KC’s praised barbecue stops. But you may want to stick around the Sorella in the morning for the complimentary European-style breakfast at Francesca’s Greenhouse Lounge, with cappuccinos and lattes made to order.

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CLEVELAND // 122 ROOMS

It’s only fi tting that a stay in the heart of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame city would include a guitar. Request one at the front desk and carry it to your room or serenade your friends in the lobby. Cleveland history is woven into the hotel fabric with elements like sock-monkey-andargyle-sweater carpet design honoring the garment history of the downtown core. Today a booming theater district, Progressive Field and Restaurant Row define the area.

One of the world’s most active art collectors opened this sophisticated space in early 2015. Multiple floors feature artwork from the personal collection of local businessman Ron Pizzuti, plus commissioned pieces by Ohio artists. Hotel guests can show their key cards for free access down gallery, The Pizzuti Collection, in Columbus’ Short North Arts District. In the hotel, an open staircase that feels like it belongs in an art gallery leads to an impressive view above the lobby’s marble floor, hand-laid in a pattern reminiscent of an M.C. Escher print. Guests can enjoy treatments in stone and marble private spa suites.

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LE MÉRIDIEN COLUMBUS, THE JOSEPH COLUMBUS, OHIO // 135 ROOMS

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winter Windows glaze with a frosty shn that mirrors the glow of candles. Crus brightens wintry fds made with available local ingredients—cured meats, cheeses and wild rice.

SMOKED TURKEY AND CITRUS WILD RICE SALAD Juicy oranges and crunchy veggies balance the heartiness of smoked meat and whole grains. A healthy new year never tasted so good.

For recipes, see page 52.

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MAPLECHILE BUTTERNUT SOUP

East meets Midwest when a classic coldweather soup gets a transformative drizzle of maple syrup and Asian chili-garlic paste.

Thaw

The sun ris a l tle earlier and burns just a little warmer as winter loosens its iron grip. We’re weary of storage crops, but happily, once maple sap begins to ow, we know all the lively things of spring are on their way. 36


spring Earth’s promise is fulďŹ lled! Here come e delicate grns, poking tentatively up from the cold ground. Bring on e frh eggs from hens once again laying, the lush carpet of lettuces, the radishes with peppery crunch. SPRING EGG SCRAMBLE Early-harvest vegetables such as sweet peas and radishes reinvent a classic egg scramble. Serve for brunch or a light dinner with a leafy salad.


HONEY FRENCH TOAST WITH MACERATED BERRIES

Sugar and orange liqueur draw peakseason juices from berries. Spoon them over custardy baked French toast and soft whipped cream.

summer We’re nearly giddy w h e heat. Lettuces and delicate plants give way to strawberries and snap peas ripening on e vine. With produce so fresh, all a cook needs to do is step out of the way and let e

natural flavor shine.


Scorch

The heat and humidy intensify. It seems as though someone throws a switch, and the tomatoes, eggplants and corn appear all at the same time. Basil ďŹ lls the kitchen with a swt, grn perfume. Cold soups tease forth languid appet.

CUCUMBERBASIL GAZPACHO Classic tomato gazpacho has a garlicky, acidic bite, but here, buttery avocado and fragrant basil mellow things considerably.

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We smell e change in e air. It’s back to school and off to pick apples. Squash and pumpkins hang heavy on their vines. We rush to get e garden in e jar.

frost

In our fields, e ghosts of e harvt are coated with silver and glisten in the morning sun. Sudden cold snaps appetites into action. Roasted parsnips, Brussels sprouts and carrots are all a l tle swter for their extra time in the ground.

ROASTED PORK WITH APPLE-WALNUT SALSA Burnished to a crisp but lusciously moist inside, a saltand-peppered roast shoulder lets the pork flavor star. Apple and parsley cut the richness.

BUTTER-ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS Roasting Brussels sprouts in brown butter doubles down on their naturally nutty flavor. You can stop right there—or add smoky bacon and sweettart pomegranate arils.


dusK

Bread baking, pie making and the floury fun of cki fill the house with warm, spicy scents. At year’s end, as clouds hang low and heavy with the first snow, we gather for holiday feasts and cozy in for winter.

LEMON-HAZELNUT COOKIES Humble to look at, but utterly delicious to eat, these buttery, salt-dusted cookies burst with nutty wholesomeness and fresh lemon punch. For recipes, see page 52.

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you can get growing earlier. Make smart use of this space by planting the veggies you buy most and that grow well in the Midwest. (See our plan on page 44.)


If January has you dreaming about this year's garden, consider a mow-less, savor-more approach. Without sacrificing a bit of beauty, you can fill your yard with lush veggies, fruits, edible flowers and herbs. A potted fig tree here, stepping-stone herbs there. Plus two smartly planted raised beds that will

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turning it with a pitchfork twice a week to allow oxygen to break things down. Go for a classic 3x3-foot wooden pallet bin, or try the Redmon Green Culture Compost Bin for $65 (amazon.com).


ONE SMART GARDEN PLAN This plan developed by our garden editor, LuAnn Brandsen, lists specific varieties that excel in flavor, performance and yield in Midwest gardens. For instance, our salad green choices are slow to bolt in hot weather, meaning they won’t become bitter as early as other varieties.

Keep it coming. Plant heat-loving cukes after harvesting early peas.

RAISED BEDS 101 Site Most plants need 6–8 hours of sunlight. The south side of your yard usually delivers the most light.

Dimensions Construct frames from rot-resistant cedar. (Avoid pressure-treated wood that can leach chemicals into the soil.) Keep beds no more than 4 feet across so that you can easily access the middle. (Lumber comes in 8-, 10- and 12-foot lengths, so keep your dimensions in multiples that will reduce waste, such as 4x6, 4x8 or 4x10.) Build boxes 10–12 inches deep to accommodate longer roots— and to give your back a break. (Two standard 2x6-inch boards stacked lengthwise are 11 inches high.)

Alternate carrot and radish seeds. As you pull the earlier radishes, carrots can fill in.

Paths Eighteen- to 24-inch paths between beds give ample room to walk, weed and harvest. You’ll need 4 feet if you want room for wheelbarrows or wheelchairs.

Soil

Use 1 part compost + 1 part sand + 2 parts native soil. Add more compost each year. Radishes and nasturtium flowers repel squash bugs. Nasturtiums also improve radish flavor.

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BED 1 EARLY PEAS 'DAYBREAK’

If you harvest pods before seeds fill out, you can eat them like snap peas.

Resow salad greens every 2–3 weeks from mid-March through April and again in late summer.

BED 2 ARUGULA ‘ASTRO’

Harvest with a scissor as a "cut and come again" crop.

SPINACH CUCUMBERS ‘STRAIGHT EIGHT’

Aptly named, this 1935 All-American Selection winner pumps out straight, 8-inch fruits.

KALE ‘LACINATO’ or ‘RED RUSSIAN’ for spring ‘VATES’ or ‘WINTERBOR’ for fall

Cool weather sweetens this green. Plant four weeks before final frost and again in early fall.

EGGPLANTS ‘NADIA’

Stake when planted. Enjoy 7- to 8-inch glossy fruits long after most types shrivel in the cold.

BROCCOLI ‘GYPSY’ for spring ‘ARCADIA’ for late summer

ZUCCHINI ’ZEPHYR’

Yields pretty yellow fruits with green ends; has nutty flavor and big blossoms for stuffing.

BEETS ’MERLIN’ or ‘RED ACE’

These are incredibly uniform and sweet.

ONIONS ‘WALLA WALLA SWEET’ for fresh ‘WHITE SPANISH’ or ‘COPRA’ for storage

Use plants, not dried sets. Long-day varieties are a must.

CARROTS ‘BOLERO’ or ‘SCARLET NANTES’

RADISHES ‘CHERRY BELLE’ for spring ‘CHINA ROSE’ for fall

BUTTERNUT SQUASH ‘BUTTERSCOTCH’

This has a rich, sweet flavor and an individual serving size.

NASTURTIUMS

‘AMERICA’

Fall sowings often overwinter under 4 inches of straw.

LETTUCES LEAF ‘RED SALAD BOWL’ or ‘GRAND RAPIDS’ or ‘BLACK SEEDED SIMPSON’

Pick beans daily, and plants will produce more.

BIBB ‘BUTTERCRUNCH’

CRISPHEAD ‘GREAT LAKES’

ROMAINE ‘LITTLE GEM’

Go for a salad bar-worthy mix.

POLE BEANS ‘BLUE LAKE’ or ‘RATTLESNAKE’

Extend tomato season with both an earlyripening hybrid and a main-season choice.

Replant these stringless types every 4–6 weeks.

TOMATO ‘HOMESLICE’ or ‘EARLY GIRL’

These are early and flavorful.

TOMATO ‘CELEBRITY’

Large fruits won’t crack.

SWEET BASIL ‘GENOVESE’

Harvest top four leaves often to keep sweet.

TOMATO ‘YELLOW PEAR’

Super-sweet bite-size fruits have a mild flavor.

SWEET PEPPER ‘GYPSY’

Thin-skinned, super-sweet fruits change color as they ripen from green to yellow to orange to red.

Basil enhances tomato growth and sweet pepper flavor.

SWEET PEPPER ‘BELL BOY’

This chef favorite has large thick-walled fruits that ripen from green to red.

PEPPER ‘‘JALAPEÑO’ or ‘SERRANO DEL SOL’

OREGANO SAGE PARSLEY

color code These plants are super-easy to start from seed.

Place tall veggies to the north or west so they won’t shade shorter plants (except salad greens, which benefit from shade).

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LIVING COLOR

Like plants, rich green hues breathe life into both modern and traditional design.

GALLERY KITCHEN

Hang art or lean it on counters or shelves to give your kitchen instant personality. Bonus: You’ll see it often.

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tart this new year resolving to love the kitchen you’re in— after a few upgrades. Whip up big-impact changes with our stylish alternatives to upper cabinets, sensational floor tiles and textured shiplap. Or whisk in smaller design updates that still go a long way, such as a striking countertop lamp or our ridiculously simple— and chic—solution for corralling countertop clutter. From $40 and up, here are tasteful ways to refresh your kitchen now.

ALWAYS IN STYLE

Add timeless appeal with marble or look-alike, easy-care quartz that won’t stain like its natural counterpart. Here it cascades from backsplash to countertop in a modern waterfall effect.

W R I T E R LuAnn Brandsen

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TO THE TOP

LIGHT TOUCH

Continue tile beyond the backsplash and all the way to the ceiling to add big texture, pattern and color. Glossy tiles reflect and bounce light. Patterned tiles mimic the bold look of wallpaper—but with more durability.

Used in nearly every other room, sconces make sense in the kitchen, too. Their ambient light shines via a decorative touch.

HIT SINGLE

Hang one shelf at the midpoint rather than stacking two or three. You’ll create an elegant, minimal focal point with less visual chaos and the chance to display taller items.

VIEWFINDER

Invite light and frame a view with windows that rise from the countertop, wrap around a corner or fill an entire wall. For a clean look, paint frames to match wall color.

On e upside

Just the thought of removing storage might make you gasp, but hear us out. Sans upper cabinets, your kitchen will look larger, and countertops become a more pleasant work space when no longer shadowed beneath cabinets. Open shelving is one way to use above-counter wall space, but windows, pot racks, art and tile also shine.

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Mix  up

Choosing just one metal finish, lighting style or counter surface is like settling for a one-ingredient meal. Spice things up with a more interesting blend, such as this kitchen’s gilded hardware, chrome faucet, copper pendant and black sconces—all enhanced by warm woods.

OUR TOP

ALL NATURAL

A neutral often found in nature, the color charcoal feels timeless. Team with natural materials, crisp whites and a hint of black.

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CLUTTER CACHE

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Clear the counter by tossing papers, loose change, etc., into one beautiful bowl that can be tucked away when company comes.

SHIPSHAPE Humble shiplap rules as the current go-to wood, adding warmth and texture to ceilings, walls and islands.

BRIGHT IDEA

A table lamp on the counter cozies things up. (Toc Table Lamp, $130; dwellstudio.com).

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FAUCET Nearly 2 feet tall, the Asaro faucet in a copper finish pairs with any countertop. $199.95 (signaturehardware. com). PENDANT The Edie light’s natural copper dome is handcrafted in the US. $459 (schoolhouseelectric.com). COUNTERTOP Add affordable pattern with the 98-inch Barkaboda walnut countertop that can be cut to size. $289 (ikea.com). KNIFE RACK Kansas City-sourced walnut with a rich oil finish makes this wall-mounted rack look as sharp as the knives it holds. $60 (nolancousa.com). KNIVES Award-winning chef (and Cleveland native) Michael Symon put his name and expertise behind the design of high-carbon steel cutlery. From $39.99 (ergochef.com).

STIRRING STYLE

See more ideas at midwestliving.com/kitchens.


We’re floored by how fresh geometric designs look underfoot, whether in a pantry or the entire kitchen. Pick a style that nods to your home’s architecture for the best staying power.

Go bold with Popham Design’s Honeycomb tile. $25.95 per square foot (annsacks.com).

LEFT RIGHT

Pigmented cement cures in water to create the chalky, muted finish of the Big Al tile. $15.50 per square foot (cletile.com).

Arte Black porcelain tiles by Merola deliver artisaninspired style without the high-end price tag. $8.47 per square foot (homedepot. com).

SO CLEVER

A trend toward two sinks strikes us as doubly nice—one for prepping, and one for cleanup. But if you can have just one, make it this fantastic!

SocialCorner takes an island’s edge, keeping counter space undivided and making it easy for two to share. $2,750 (julien.ca).

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Forty percent lighter than other concrete sinks, the NativeStone apron sink comes in three finishes. $1,845 (nativetrails.com).


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RECIPES For main article, see page 34.

8 SEASONS OF COOKING

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Butter-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

In addition to tempting recipes, such as Maple Ham Pizza and Autumn Vegetable Quiche, The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook features engaging stories about the farmers and producers whose ingredients stock the Minneapolis cafe’s kitchen (University of Minnesota Press, $29.95).

Health considerations aside, this recipe will make you question the wisdom of always roasting veggies in olive oil. The butter browns to aromatic perfection while the sprouts cook—genius! HANDS ON 15 MINUTES TOTAL 30 MINUTES 1

⁄4 cup butter

1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (4 cups) 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper Crisp-cooked bacon (optional) Pomegranate arils (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place butter in a large rimmed baking sheet. Place pan in oven for 5 minutes, or until butter melts. Add Brussels sprouts, thyme, salt and pepper; carefully toss to coat. 2. Roast for 15 minutes or until golden brown and tender, stirring once. If desired, garnish with crumbled bacon and pomegranate arils.

covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. MAKES 24 SERVINGS.

*TO TOAST HAZELNUTS Preheat oven to 350°. Spread hazelnuts on a baking sheet. Bake until skins turn dark brown and begin to crack and flake, about 10 minutes. Transfer warm nuts to a clean kitchen towel, gather up the corners and gently rub the hazelnuts against each other to remove the skins (not all of the skins will come off). PER SERVING 114 cal, 5 g fat, 18 mg chol, 149 mg sodium, 16 g carbo, 0 g fiber, 2 g pro.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS. PER SERVING 141 cal, 12 g fat, 31 mg chol, 259 mg sodium, 8 g carbo, 3 g fiber, 3 g pro.

Lemon-Hazelnut Cookies Many cookies call for just citrus zest, but these crumbly gems use a lot of juice, too, so they’ve got the same tart kick as lemon bars. They’re a perfect match for hot tea. HANDS ON 15 MINUTES TOTAL 30 MINUTES 1

⁄2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1

⁄2 cup packed brown sugar 1 ⁄4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla Zest and juice of 1 lemon (2 teaspoons zest and 3 tablespoons juice) 1 egg 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder Salt 1 ⁄4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts* Coarse or flaky sea salt Granulated sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats or lightly grease them. 2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer, then beat in the brown sugar, 1 ⁄4 cup granulated sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice. Beat in the egg. 3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. 4. Beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture to make a soft dough. Stir in the hazelnuts. Using a #40 (11⁄ 2 tablespoon) scoop, drop rounded scoops of batter onto the prepared baking sheets (or roll dough into 11⁄ 2 -inch balls). Sprinkle them with sea salt and granulated sugar. Bake until the edges are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. 5. Let cookies cool on the baking sheets for several minutes before transferring them

Honey French Toast with Macerated Berries Egg bread, extra egg yolks and half-andhalf take a trusty diner classic to new levels of splurge. (Trust us, you won’t regret going along for the ride.) Both the French toast and berries need to rest overnight, so this is an ideal make-ahead brunch dish. HANDS ON 25 MINUTES TOTAL 2 HOURS 40 MINUTES PLUS OVERNIGHT

2 pints strawberries, hulled and quartered (or 1 pint each strawberries and blueberries) 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier) 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur (such as Chambord) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 6 to 8 1-inch slices brioche, challah or other egg bread (about 11⁄4 pounds) 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 4 eggs plus 2 egg yolks 4 cups half-and-half 1 ⁄2 cup honey 2 teaspoons vanilla Pinch grated nutmeg Sweetened whipped cream (optional) Sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

1. For berries: In a medium bowl, gently stir together the berries, sugar, orange liqueur, raspberry liqueur and lemon juice. Chill, covered, 8 hours or overnight. 2. For French toast: Brush the bread slices on both sides with melted butter and fit them snugly into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Set aside. 3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks. Whisk in the half-and-half, honey, vanilla and nutmeg. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Chill, covered, for 1 hour or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking.

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4. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake the French toast, uncovered, until a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Serve with whipped cream and toasted almonds, if desired, and the berries and their juices. MAKES 6 SERVINGS. PER SERVING 873 cal, 51 g fat, 404 mg chol, 525 mg sodium, 87 g carbo, 2 g fiber, 18 g pro.

Roasted Pork with Apple-Walnut Salsa This recipe makes a very generous amount of the apple salsa, about 4 cups. It will keep fine for a day or so in the refrigerator to eat with leftovers, or just halve the recipe if you don’t think you’ll use it all. Any leftover pork makes a mean sandwich. HANDS ON 20 MINUTES TOTAL 5 HOURS 40 MINUTES

1 5- to 7-pound bone-in pork shoulder roast Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 red and/or green tart eating apples, cored and finely chopped 1 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped 1 ⁄ 3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (1⁄2 bunch) 1 ⁄4 cup finely chopped red onion 1 ⁄ 3 cup lemon juice 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded if desired, and finely chopped 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup 1 tablespoon sunflower or other mildflavored oil 2 cloves garlic, minced

1. Preheat oven to 300°. Trim fat from meat. Sprinkle meat generously with salt and pepper (don’t be shy, as this is the meat’s only seasoning). In a very large cast-iron skillet, brown roast about 5 minutes on each side in hot oil over medium-high heat. Drain. 2. Transfer roast to a rack in a roasting pan. Roast for 4 to 5 hours or until meat is very tender (195°). Remove from oven and let stand 20 to 30 minutes before slicing. 3. While meat roasts, prepare the salsa: In a medium bowl, combine the apples, walnuts, cilantro, red onion, lemon juice, jalapeño, honey, sunflower oil and garlic. Chill, covered, until serving time. Serve with roasted, sliced pork. MAKES 18 SERVINGS. PER SERVING 258 cal, 16 g fat, 58 mg chol, 177 mg sodium, 9 g carbo, 2 g fiber, 18 g pro.

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STAY IN ARTISTIC LUXURY  Surround yourself with paintings and sculptures (many from Ohio artists) at Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph. The elegant boutique hotel offers fine dining at The Guild House, cafe breakfast at Soul and free entry to the Pizzuti Collection art gallery nearby. SNACK AT A PUBLIC MARKET Columbus’ 140-year-old North Market is open daily, housing more than 30 merchants. Go international with Hubert’s Polish Kitchen and Nida’s Sushi, or sample delicacies from local farmers at an outdoor Saturday market.

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LEARN THE FINER POINTS OF COFFEE AND FRAGRANCE Explore the complexity and variety of coffee beans with a Sunday afternoon cupping workshop at One Line Coffee, a small-batch roaster. Find an open seat at The Candle Lab’s fragrance bar to make a soy candle, or sample the store’s selection of 120-plus scent varieties.

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UNWIND WITH A MASSAGE AND MUSIC Forget your cares after a massage or facial at Mukha Spa, specializing in cosmetics and medical spa treatments. Then sip craft cocktails and Ohio beer while listening to local songwriters each Friday and Saturday at Black Brick. Catch musical theater and cabaret in the historic Garden Theater.

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STAY CLOSE TO THE ACTION  Holland’s downtown hotels are near more than 120 shops, galleries and eateries, and just minutes from the beach. One favorite: the contemporary CityFlatsHotel with cork floors and walk-in showers. The new Courtyard Holland Downtown by Marriott includes a sports lounge with 80 beers on tap. Another great option: Hope College’s Haworth Inn. EXPERIENCE DUTCH HERITAGE Paddle a kayak around Windmill Island Gardens. Then visit Nelis’ Dutch Village, the Holland Museum, and De Klomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory (get personalized wooden shoes!). HOLLAND’S “BIG RED” LIGHTHOUSE

Water sports and handcrafted items, such as wooden shoes and wooden bowls, star in this town located near Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa.

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CLIMB THE LIGHTHOUSE  Grab a photo atop the “Big Red” lighthouse on a rare private tour. Then tour the 254-year-old DeZwaan windmill with Alisa Crawford, America’s only Dutch-certified master miller. DINE IN STYLE  Grab breakfast or lunch at deBoer’s Bakkerij and cafe, run by fifth-generation Dutch bakers. Enjoy an Italian meal at Pereddies and dinner on the patio at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant on Lake Macatawa.

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PLAY ON THE WATER  Hit the Lake Michigan beach at Holland State Park, take paddleboard lessons, rent a Sea-Doo, take a half-day fishing charter or enjoy a sailboat cruise. HIT THE TRAIL  Climb the staircase at Mount Pisgah, a dune overlooking Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan, Holland State Park, and the “Big Red” lighthouse. Or hike the many wooded trails near Holland.


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ON SOUTH DAKOTA’S WESTERN EDGE, a dark line of hills rises, promising adventure. As they have for centuries, the Black Hills still captivate imaginations with scenes found nowhere else. Here, caves twist and turn for hundreds of miles, gunslingers’ myths hang in the air and bison stampede across the prairie. And, of course, the Hills deliver an American icon: Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Driving Iron Mountain Road sets the stage as travelers get glimpses of the presidents’ faces framed in road tunnels carved from solid rock.

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TOUR BADLANDS AND CAVES  Wander the canyons and spires of Badlands National Park before grabbing a glass of the famous free ice water at nearby Wall Drug Store. Head underground to see part of 320 miles of mapped passageways in Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument (plus many privately owned caves). TAKE A SCENIC RIDE  See 1.2 million acres of Black Hills National Forest on the 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail. The former railroad line now serves hikers, bikers, equestrians, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Drive the 22-mile Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, which winds through the canyon to several waterfalls and hiking trails.

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RELIVE THE WILD WEST  In Deadwood (the entire town is a registered National Historic Landmark), explore Main Street, Mount Moriah Cemetery (where Calamity Jane is buried), or the Historic Adams Museum and House. GO JURASSIC See ancient fossil accumulations throughout the Black Hills. Find amazing specimens at the Museum at Black Hills Institute in Hill City, the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, and the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City.


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MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T LOOK for the Great Gatsby in southern Indiana, but the area around French Lick and West Baden Springs was a magnet for the glamorous crowd early in the 20th century. The 200-foot-wide dome at the West Baden Springs Hotel drew international attention and sheltered amenities like intricate tile mosaics. Today, the resort continues to present splendors from the past and present, all set in the beauty of the forested countryside near Patoka Lake.

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PLAY A PETE DYE GOLF COURSE The legendary architect sketched his vision for this rugged hilltop layout (which includes 40-mile views) on a napkin. The course hosted the 2015 Senior PGA Championship.

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WALK WITH ELEPHANTS Wilstem Ranch honors the area’s deep circus history with a chance to help bathe elephants and encounter giraffes up-close. DINE IN LARRY’S HOMETOWN 33 Brick Street includes a showcase of sports memorabilia, such as awards owned by native son and NBA legend Larry Bird. Stop by for a pint of local brew and a hand-cut steak. TRY LOCAL WINE AND SPIRITS At French Lick Winery, you’ll taste the full range of wines, plus spirits made with grain milled on-site.


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EXPERIENCE BLOSSOM TIME BIKE CHERRY COUNTRY  The Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas feature deep glacial lakes and Lake Michigan bays. Take a blossom-time cycling tour to Suttons Bay along the 17-mile Leelanau Trail, a paved path passing acres of orchards. TASTE WINE ON THE PENINSULAS  Wineries and restaurants on the Old Mission Peninsula host visitors for Blossom Day (May 13 this year) with samples of new wines, seasonal food and wine pairings, and winemaker chats. The Leelanau Peninsula hosts its Spring Sip & Savor May 6–7.

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is cherry blossom time, when blooms fill the area along Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay, lighting up the “Cherry Capital of the World” with color. (Threefourths of America’s tart cherries grow here.) And since this is also wine country, blossom time is a perfect opportunity to taste the offerings at 40-plus wineries located on the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas just outside of Traverse City.

SHOP THE COMMONS AND DOWNTOWN  Check out the white blossoms lining downtown streets, along with boutiques and art galleries filled with new finds for the season. A few minutes away, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons offers upscale shopping and dining in a former 19th-century state hospital.

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SAMPLE SPRING’S HARVEST For a taste of seasonal cuisine with a waterfront view, try the Boathouse Restaurant on the Old Mission Peninsula. A 10-acre farm nearby grows many of the restaurant’s vegetables, fruits and herbs using environmentally friendly practices.

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WALK THROUGH WILDFLOWERS Lake Michigan hosts some of the country’s best spots to find spring ephemerals, shy plants that bloom for only a few weeks. Natural areas, like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, hold walks filled with northern woodland stars, including trillium. Watch for smaller neighbors such as trailing arbutus, starflower and orchids.

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After all, we’re home to the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines where artwork from 22 of the world’s most celebrated artists will awe you. At the Sioux City Art Center, see works by iconic artists such as Grant Wood. No Iowa trip would be compete without taking in a Broadway show at Cedar Rapids’ Paramount Theater that was built in 1928 and was recently restored to its original architectural glory. For more trip ideas, check out traveliowa.com.

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TWO MIGHTY RIVERS frame Iowa along its eastern and western borders. The rich farmland in between gave rise to an artistic legacy that includes John Wayne’s birthplace in Winterset, Eldon’s American Gothic house that anchors the muchparodied painting and the Field of Dreams film site in Dyersville. A road trip across the north-central part of the state reveals a small town filled with notable architecture, some great local meals and the site pilgrims still visit to see where “the music died.”

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VISIT LEGENDARY ARTISTS  SEE THE WRIGHT STUFF   Sleep and drink in the world’s last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel at Mason City’s Historic Park Inn, where all 27 guest rooms are unique. The Wright-designed Stockman House a half-mile away is also open to the public. TOUR PRAIRIE-STYLE HOMES Along a winding creek, Mason City’s Rock Crest-Rock Glen Historic District holds a dozen Prairie-style homes, five designed by Walter Burley Griffin, one of the style’s creators. It’s the country’s largest collection of this iconic architectural style.

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SAVOR GREEK-STYLE STEAKS  Mason City’s Northwestern Steakhouse started sizzling steaks in 1920, and the space has hardly changed since Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne visited and posed for the photos now lining the walls.

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TOUR A LIBRARY’S WORLD-CLASS ART  Charles City’s Mooney Art Collection holds works by Rembrandt, Dali and Picasso.

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EXPERIENCE MUSIC LANDMARKS  Catch a show at Clear Lake’s Surf Ballroom, where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and “The Big Bopper” played their last concert. Then drive 11 miles to the giant pair of glasses marking the Buddy Holly Crash Site, where the musicians’ plane crashed in 1959. FOLLOW A BARN QUILT ROAD Nine counties in north-central Iowa offer barn quilt trails, connecting to a nationwide trail that leads to more than 7,000 painted barns.

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be as quiet or spirited as you choose. In the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, often called the Everglades of Michigan, you can slip quietly past eagles, deer, otters and more. On shore here at the sweet spot of Michigan’s Mitten, you can sample the kind of local dining and wine that have made Michigan one of America’s leading foodie destinations.

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WINE AND DINE ON THE WATERFRONT  INSIDERS’ WILDLIFE TOUR Escape to the soundtrack of bald eagles swooping overhead in the area of the Shiawassee refuge known as The Flats. Local legend Johnny Panther guides you on one of his shallow-draft boats. PEDAL WITH 14 OF YOUR PALS  Get a dose of wind-in-the-hair along the Bay City waterfront on the Sunrise Pedal Trolley, a 15-passenger bike from the Netherlands. Stop at favorites like Artigiano for artisan cheeses. CRUISE UNDER THE STARS  On the deck of Real Seafood Company in Uptown Bay City, enjoy wine and a fresh catch before a magical night on BaySail’s Appledore IV schooner. You’ll cruise under quilts and constellations on a Stargazer Sail along Saginaw Bay.

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TRY THE ULTIMATE WINE EXPERIENCE  Enjoy edible art inside the Table Restaurant at Midland’s The H Hotel, featuring artisan charcuterie and great wines. Then head to Whine for hard-to-find wines and overstuffed leather chairs. Visit Eastman Party Store to assemble a basket of wines and gourmet cheeses. STAY DOWN-TO-EARTH AND EAT FARM-TO-TABLE  Stop into Old Town Saginaw’s farm-to-fork hideaway, Bradley’s Bistro, where the menu is never the same twice. Starters include hand-cut fries with truffled sea salt; for a main, try Faroe Island salmon in fresh citrus ponzu.

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TASTE WINE A NEW WAY  Only Frankenmuth FunShips lets you cruise the scenic Cass River aboard an electric boat while sampling chocolates paired perfectly with wines. Charter the boat for just your crew, or join them for an open cruise.


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STORIES FILL THE HOLLOWS tucked into the forested Hocking Hills region of southern Ohio around the town of Logan. Here on the edge of the Appalachians, families escape to hiking trails, waterfalls, quiet cabins and other hideaways that help them reconnect with the land and with one another.

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ADVENTURE AND GLAMPING RELAX IN A CABIN  Stay in a cabin or vacation home, where you can chill in a hot tub and watch stars in Ohio’s darkest skies. Both Buffalo Lodging Company and Good Earth Cabins offer options ideal for everything from couples to reunions. HIKE HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK More than 2,300 acres hold numerous waterfalls and rock formations. Check out three of the park’s lesser-known scenic areas at Rock House, Cedar Falls and Cantwell Cliffs. One must-see for everyone: Ash Cave, an amphitheater-like rock wall with a trickling waterfall. ZIP THROUGH THE TREES  Hocking Hills Canopy Tours and Soaring Cliffs give you a literal bird’s-eye view of the forest on zipline tours. If you’d rather stay on the ground, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours also offers an all-terrain Segway adventure.

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LEARN THE ROPES & GO PADDLING Join High Rock Adventures for rock climbing or rappelling, including night options. For a tamer look at the woods, take an ecotour that covers local history, plants and geology. Hocking Hills Canoe Livery offers group canoe trips. Or take a pontoon cruise on Logan Lake. ASH CAVE

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HIT THE DINER Logan offers several choices for classic diners, such as the Hocking Hills Diner, featuring a dozen varieties of hot dogs, and Sandy Sue’s Silver Diner, where you can eat in a classic retro dining car. EAT IN THE PARK Hocking Hills Dining Lodge, located in Hocking Hills State Park, has become a local favorite for melt-in-your-mouth brisket, ice cream sandwiches and Sunday brunch.


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MISSOURI’S TOP TOURISM DESTINATION embodies the outdoor passion that defines the Ozarks region. Four million visitors come each year to the “Granddaddy” of all outdoor stores: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. The chain’s massive home store attracts outdoor enthusiasts with one of the world’s largest assortments of outdoor gear, apparel and gifts. Once you have all your new gear, head outside to discover miles of trails, rivers and other outdoor activities near Springfield.

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RELIVE HISTORY  Learn about the Civil War’s second major battle at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Get the details at the visitor center, then drive, walk or bike the battlefield.

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TASTE THE OZARKS  Downtown Springfield and the Commercial Street Historic District feature more than 40 chef-owned restaurants offering local flavors. Sample beverages at several local breweries and wineries. STAY THE NIGHT Hotel Vandivort was honored as the 2016 Boutique Hotel of the Year by the Boutique and Lifestyle Lodging Association. Other award-winning hotels include the DoubleTree Hotel Springfield and the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center.

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VISIT THE WORLD’S BEST ZOO Consistently ranked one of the world’s best zoos, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a whole different kind of animal. Visitors will be transported to exotic locations to see thousands of animals from across the globe in their natural habitat. It’s the ultimate interactive zoo experience spread over 130 acres, and with more than 7 acres of indoor exhibits, it’s a year-round must-do. FOLLOW THE COBBLESTONE ROAD The Old Market Entertainment District is a visitor favorite, thanks to cobblestone streets lined with unique boutiques, art galleries, antiques emporiums and tasty sweet shops. TOUR A PINK MARBLE MASTERPIECE  Thirty-eight different marbles from seven countries combine to make the Joslyn Art Museum one of the country’s most unique art museums. Inside, it’s filled with more than 11,000 works of art.

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WALK ON BOB Spanning the Missouri River, Bob is a one-of-a-kind, 3,000-foot-long suspension bridge with a larger-than-life personality. He has his own Twitter and Instagram accounts and loves to chat. Bob is one of few pedestrian bridges to connect two states; the state line runs right through him. Stand in the middle and be in two states at once. It’s called “Bobbing” (trust us; it’s a thing). DINE ON STEAKS AND REUBENS Omaha is legendary for steak, but did you know that the city has been raising Reuben since the beginning? That’s right. The Reuben sandwich was invented in Omaha, and while many have duplicated it, you should always travel for the original.


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TOUR MAIN STREET AND BEYOND  DINE ON MAIN STREET Two of downtown’s unique eateries include Fried Green Tomatoes, known for its rustic Italian dishes and located in a former leather shop owned by the family of Ulysses S. Grant. Fritz and Frites offers the unique pairing of German and French dishes in a charming European-style bistro setting. TOUR ON A TROLLEY  Rides on the red-and-green Tri-State Trolley highlight local lore with stops at sites like President Grant’s home and the Galena Historic District. GET OUTSIDE  Rent a kayak from Fever River Outfitters for a paddle down the Galena River, which connects to the Mississippi. Then fly through the woods with Long Hollow Canopy Tours on ziplines that reach speeds of up to 40 mph.

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In a word association game, San Diego will almost always lead to beach. Right along with blondes, surfboards and fish tacos. There’s no argument about beaches being a lifestyle in this city of 1.4 million, sitting 120 miles south of Los Angeles and 17 miles north of Mexico. Each sandy and rocky slice of land along the Pacific has its unique personality: Pacific Beach for the young party crowd, Imperial Beach for the bird watchers, Mission Beach for families and novice surfers, and Ocean Beach for the hippies. There’s even a naturist spot at Black’s Beach for those who want to bare all (and descend a harrowing cliffside trail).


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Coronado island Call it Nado to sound like a local and ignore that it’s technically a peninsula. Catch the ferry from downtown or drive via Silver Strand Boulevard for scenic bike rides or boutique shopping on Orange Avenue.

gaslamp Quarter Victorian-Era buildings and new towers coexist in a 16-block historic district downtown. It’s the epicenter of nightlife with rooftop restaurants, dance floors and off-Broadway stages.

Everyday California tours Access La Jolla sea caves by fins and snorkel, or kayak with guides (from $50). Gray whale kayak tours run in the winter (from $60). Or rent gear for an independent adventure.

uSS midway museum Step aboard one of America’s longestserving aircraft carriers. The floating museum in San Diego Bay displays 29 restored aircraft among 60 exhibits.

But you’re skimping on a winter escape if you drop anchor at the water’s edge in San Diego, where February’s average high is 65 degrees. “You can be skiing in the morning, and swimming in the afternoon, and still have enough time between to get lunch,” says Grant Barrett, a New Yorker who landed here six years ago. True to the SoCal stereotype, San Diego’s downtown streets serve a bounty of VW buses and RVs stacked with surfboards or kayaks. Even in the sea of glass towers and zero-emission

taxis, these harbingers whisper: The ocean is near. “There’s always something compelling out there: the beach, biking, hiking, camping, swimming, running, kayaking,” Grant says. You can survey the options from atop the California Tower in Balboa Park. Rising 462 feet above the sea, the carillon tower recently reopened to the public after 80 years in solitude. Visitors on a viewing platform look north to the Cuyamaca Mountains beyond the renowned San Diego Zoo. Snow-dusted

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Cuyamaca Mountains beyond the renowned San Diego Zoo. Snow-dusted Laguna Mountain peaks pierce the eastern skyline. Even Mexico is visible south of downtown on a clear day, with the glittery horizon of sapphire to the west. The tower’s home of Balboa Park caters to every kind of traveler. As the nation’s largest urban cultural park, it holds more than two dozen museums, gardens and cultural attractions. Here, you’ll find the world-famous zoo, where pandas, rhinos and some 650 other species live. The Old Globe Theatre, modeled after Shakespeare’s original in London, hosts Tony Award-winning musicals. Drop $55 on the multiday Balboa Park Explorer pass for seven-day access to 17 museums (including the Museum of Man, the San Diego Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Art). Or stick with free offerings such as the botanical gardens and the Timken Museum of Art (home to San Diego’s only Rembrandt).

Several restaurants in the park, such as Panama 66, feature seasonal California items, including panko-crusted mushroom patties and tempeh, lettuce and tomato sandwiches, served with local West Coast IPA beers. San Diego is home to nationally recognized Ballast Point, Green Flash and Stone Brewing companies. For a midwinter ocean fix, there are few better spots than the La Jolla Coast Walk Trail, 12 miles north of downtown. The 1.5-mile dirt path rolls from a cliff-studded cove harboring sea lions to hillsides of yellow succulents and glasswalled mansions perched above sea caves. It ends at La Jolla Shores, where surfers in wet suits scope out lines and sun worshippers bask. Beyond the sand, paddleboarders, divers and snorkelers gaze at canyons and a kelp forest in La Jolla Underwater Park. The 6,000-acre submerged preserve is one more reminder why visitors should venture beneath San Diego’s beachy veneer.

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Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival CHICAGO JANUARY 19–29 It’s a rare talent to transform a sock puppet into Lamb Chop or make Pinocchio run like a real boy. This citywide festival explores the art of puppetry with performances, workshops and more (chicagopuppetfest.org). Art Garfunkel EFFINGHAM JANUARY 21 This poetic mastermind is perhaps known best as half of Simon and Garfunkel, famous for

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival DES MOINES , IOWA FEBRUARY 18 Literally, you can put bacon on anything. Thousands of tickets sell out fast at the Iowa Events Center. Indulge in samples, bacon-eating contests and lectures about America’s favorite cut of pork (blueribbonbaconfestival.com).

SocialICE: Rochester Minnesota’s Ice Bar ROCHESTER FEBRUARY 16–18 Several 12-foot-long ice bars take chilling to the next level with a combination of signature cocktails, a live DJ and an ice garden in downtown’s Peace Plaza (downtownrochestermn.com).

such hits as “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge over Troubled Water.” The folk-legend-turned-solo-artist brings his tunes to Effingham Performance Center (the-epc.org). Valentine’s Day Moonlight Walk ROCK ISL AND FEBRUARY 14 Follow luminarias on a nighttime stroll through a former Native American village at Rock Island’s Black Hawk State Historic Site. Then warm up inside with hot cocoa, doughnuts and live entertainment (blackhawkpark.org).

INDIANA Sand and Steel: Visions of Our Indiana Shore VALPAR AISO JANUARY 10–APRIL 2 Encounter artwork inspired by the beauty of the Indiana Dunes and the industrial DNA of the Hoosier State at Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art. The exhibit showcases the work of Midwestern painters (valpo.edu/brauermuseum-of-art). Mahler’s The Song of the Earth INDIANAPOLIS JANUARY 20–21 Gustav Mahler’s early 20th-century symphony delves into life’s triumphs and sorrows in the historic Hilbert Circle Theatre (indianapolissymphony.org).

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Dance Theatre of Harlem BLOOMINGTON JANUARY 28 Founded in 1969 to challenge old-school ideas about ballet, this multicultural troupe breathes new life into classic routines in the Indiana University Auditorium (iuauditorium.com).

IOWA America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66 WEST BR ANCH JANUARY 15–MARCH 18 A traveling exhibit showcases a vintage Ford Mustang, iconic photos by Russell Olsen and other artifacts spotlighting a fixture of Americana. Visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum to experience the homage to the touristy route (hoover.archives.gov). Jim Brickman Pure Piano: The Greatest Hits COUNCIL BLUFFS FEBRUARY 24 Save the date and bring a date for an evening with one of the top-selling pianists of all time in The Arts Center Theater at Iowa Western Community College (artscenter.iwcc.edu).

KANSAS Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show TOPEK A FEBRUARY 3–5 See the latest boat models or stock up on fishing gear and peruse camping

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Red Cedar Lodge Awarded Outstanding Lodging by Iowa Tourism. Escape to Iowa's countryside and retreat to a beautiful riverfront cabin. Enjoy a well appointed full kitchen, lodge pole pine furniture and a cozy gas fireplace. Perfect for couples, families and girlfriend getaways. Paid in part by Iowa Tourism. 1880 Gilbert Road Charles City Iowa 641-228-3444 • www.TheRedCedarLodge.com

Downtown Winter Ice Festival SAULT STE . MARIE JANUARY 27–28 Ice warms the soul at this downtown festival, where chainsaw artists at local businesses duke it out for best ice sculpture (saultstemarie.com). Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience AUBURN HILL S FEBRUARY 20 Digital screens and 3-D designs bring the cult series to life at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Composer Ramin Djawadi conducts an 80-piece orchestra and choir performing the epic soundtrack (palacenet.com). Winter Beer Festival COMSTOCK PARK FEBRUARY 24–25 Drink up in west Michigan’s largest outdoor stadium, Fifth Third Ballpark. Each ticket comes with 15 tasting tokens and offerings from more than 100 Michigan breweries and brewpubs, live music, and fire pits (mibeer.com/winter-festival).

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MINNESOTA The Lumineers MINNEAPOLIS JANUARY 19 The folk rock band with a Song of the Year Americana Music Association Award is headed to the Target Center to perform hits such as “Ho Hey,” “Stubborn Love” and “Ophelia.” BYO beard, plaid shirt or other hipster essentials (targetcenter.com). Full Moon Snowshoe, Sip and Sample OAKDALE FEBRUARY 10 Snowshoes are recommended for trails in the 220-acre Oakdale Nature Preserve, lit by luminarias and moonlight. Find the Oakdale Discovery Center to thaw with treats from Maple Island Brewing and Bright Wines (oakdalefun.com).

MISSOURI Kansas City Restaurant Week K ANSAS CIT Y JANUARY 13–22 Indulge in multicourse meals, including KC’s world-class barbecue, for $15 and $33. Try Barrel 31, a whiskey bar with artisan pub food, or 801 Fish, plating choice seafood in the heart of the Midwest (kcrestaurantweek.com). The Midwest Regional Beer, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival SPRINGFIELD FEBRUARY 4 Savor craft beers, local wines, and the continued on page 98

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Peoria. Peoria is not just a city. It is a destination. Peoria has big city amenities with small town hospitality.

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Chicago Wolves. The Chicago Wolves deliver top-flight professional hockey and game-long entertainment start with an award-winning indoor fireworks show.

Rockford Area. Explore our museums, visit unique shops, grab a bite to eat, or relax at one of our hotels. It’s all right here in Real. Original. Rockford.

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Rosemont. MB Financial Park at Rosemont entertainment district is a one stop suburban destination for dining, entertainment, nightlife, and family fun.

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See Quincy on the Great River Road. 3,600 buildings on the National Register. Request the Self-Guided Architectural Driving Tour.

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Decatur. Bring the family to the Heart of Illinois. Awardwinning zoo, Children’s Museum of Illinois, Lincoln historic sites, 20 area hotels.

Southernmost Illinois. Featuring the lush Shawnee National Forest and state parks, our guide offers information on the sites worth a visit.

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Springfield. Plan a legendary getaway to Abraham Lincoln’s hometown! Experience more Lincoln sites than anywhere else. Order your visitors guide today!

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Effingham. Visit Effingham & see what our city has to offer, including Firefly Grill, John Bros & Tuscan Hills Winery— perfect for any foodie!

Visit Galena. #GetToGalena and experience 130 eclectic shops on Main Street, historic buildings, romantic vineyards, unique events and 30 bed & breakfasts.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Tour Chicagoland’s best Frank Lloyd Wright sites with the experts: Home and Studio, Robie House, Unity Temple, Bach House and The Rookery.

VisitSI. A central location of information about local attractions, lodging, shipping, dining and events in our communities within Southern Illinois.

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Willowbrook Hotels. Affordably comfortable hotels for the value-minded visitor! Close to Chicago, major airports & interstates, shopping, dining & entertainment.

Galesburg. Experience a historic railroad community rich in art, music, and theatre. Walk in Abe Lincoln’s steps or see our community through Carl Sandburg’s words. Geneva. Charming picture-postcard town with 100+ specialty shops nestled in historic storefronts, enchanting restaurants and gracious accommodations. Great Rivers Country. Home to the largest wintering population of bald eagles outside of Alaska. Visitors flock to see the majestic bird as towns host annual eagle events and festivals.

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Holland. Award-winning downtown, heated streets & sidewalks, microbreweries & wine-tasting, Tulip Time May 6-14. FREE VISITORS GUIDE.

South Haven’s Victoria Resort. Close to Lake Michigan and Downtown, beautiful bed and breakfast, large guest cottages, open all year.

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Great Lakes Bay Region. Getaways to Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland and Saginaw!

South Haven. Michigan’s favorite four season resort port! Cozy lodging, scenic drives, craft beverage trails. Winter wonderland.

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Chalet Landhaus Inn. Built in traditional Swiss style for a touch of Switzerland close to home. Indoor pool, gourmet dining, two blocks from downtown.

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finest cheeses and chocolates from more than 100 vendors, while listening to live music at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center (ozarkempirefair.com). Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series ST. LOUIS FEBRUARY 24–26 Front row attendees may taste the dirt of the arena at Scottrade Center with the roughest, toughest bull riders around. The pro invitational features crowd favorites like J.B. Mauney and Silvano Alves, bold bulls, and eight-second thrills (scottradecenter.com).

NEBRASKA Winter Blues Festival FAIRBURY JANUARY 28 Pay homage to the blues with performers, such as Shawn “Lil Slim” Holt and Jared’s Super Blues Party, onstage at The Tasting Room. If the music doesn’t cure your blues, try some craft beer and barbeque to melt them away (fairbury.com). National Geographic Live! Where the Wild Things Live with Photographer Vincent J. Musi OMAHA FEBRUARY 7 The veteran National Geographic photographer has gotten scary-close to thousands

Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight WICHITA , K ANSAS JANUARY 26–29 Enter the lush world of Avatar, complete with music from the blockbuster film. This Cirque du Soleil performance unites Hollywood’s human-Na’vi hybrids with exhilarating sets, sounds and acrobatics at the INTRUST Bank Arena (intrustbankarena.com).

of animals. Hear about encounters with potbellied pigs, chimpanzees and venomous snakes at the Holland Performing Arts Center (events.nationalgeographic.com).

watch an amateur baking contest, place bids in an auction and view a chocolate-centric art exhibit at Oxford Community Arts Center (chocolatemeltdown.com).

Dale Nichols: Nebraska Regionalist KEARNE Y THROUGH APRIL 2 Get lost in the beauty and simplicity of farm life. Nebraska artist Dale Nichols is known best for snowcovered country scenes, which will be on display at the University of Nebraska’s Museum of Nebraska Art (mona.unk.edu).

17th Antique Motorcycle Show: British Invasion WARREN JANUARY 7–MAY 28 The National Packard Museum specializes in exhibits for the famous luxury automobile. But this show shines a spotlight on bikes—rare British motorcycles of the 20th century, including Triumph, Norton and Ariel rides (packardmuseum.org).

NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra Presents: Winning Themes BISMARCK JANUARY 21 The night promises nostalgia with live soundtracks from Hollywood. The symphony performs portions of Oscar-winning scores at the Belle Mehus Auditorium (bismarckeventcenter.com).

Rosanne Cash SPRINGFIELD FEBRUARY 11 The daughter of Johnny Cash has followed her father’s legendary country footsteps, releasing more than a dozen albums imbued with heartfelt lyrics and twang. Clark State Performing Arts Center hosts the Grammy-winning artist (pac.clarkstate.edu).

Greenway Ski Day GR AND FORKS FEBRUARY 4 Hardy souls dive into winter at Lincoln Drive Park. Activities include classic snowshoeing and ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides and a cardboard sled race (gfparks.org).

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Red River Valley Home and Garden Show FARGO FEBRUARY 24–26 Start gearing up for fix-it season at this home and garden show at the FargoDome. Attendees find products and workshops featuring industry pros (hbafm.com).

OHIO Chocolate Meltdown OXFORD JANUARY 14 Visitors can nibble on chocolate treats from vendors,

Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo R APID CIT Y JANUARY 27– FEBRUARY 5 A 10-day event celebrates cowboy culture. Rodeos, live music, horseback roping and livestock sales fill out 96 agriculturefocused events at Central States Fairgrounds and the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (blackhills stockshow.com). Ben Folds with the South Dakota Symphony SIOUX FALL S FEBRUARY 11 Ben Folds’ moody, soothing brand of ’90s rock takes new depth with strings, brass and woodwinds. The show inside the Washington Pavilion offers new songs and reimagined hits, such as “Brick” and “The Luckiest,” (sdsymphony.org). Mardi Gras Weekend DEADWOOD FEBRUARY 24–25 A taste of New Orleans injects this historic downtown with a masquerade party, parades, costume contests and live zydeco music (deadwood.com).

WISCONSIN Wine Around the World FOND DU L AC JANUARY 28 This annual event at Lake Winnebago Conference Center will offer more than 100 wines and 30 international beers from around the globe. Sip some favorites and taste cheeses for the benefit of area nonprofits and charities (winearoundtheworldfdl. com). Madison Winter Festival MADISON FEBRUARY 18–19 Customized hills and paths are formed for recreational activities like snowshoeing, sledding and cross-country ski races in Elver Park. Gear up for the fun or competition (winter-fest.com). Shelby Deering

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This creamy-tasting chilled soup is a natural for serving as an appetizer in small glasses or as a light lunch or supper on hot summer days.

SAMBAL-MAPLE SYRUP In a screw-top jar, combine 1⁄4 cup pure maple syrup and 1 ⁄4 cup Asian chili paste (sambal oelek). (Look for this spicy condiment in the Asian aisle of large supermarkets.) Store in the refrigerator and use to drizzle on soup or roasted vegetables, or as a glaze for meats.

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PER SERVING 280 cal, 12 g fat, 0 mg chol, 534 mg sodium, 44 g carbo, 3 g fiber, 1 g pro.

2 ripe avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and cut up 1 large cucumber (12 ounces), unpeeled, seeded and cut up 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil 1 clove garlic, peeled 2 green onions, trimmed and cut up 2 cups Corn Stock (recipe below) or chicken or vegetable stock Zest and juice of 1 lime 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1. Puree all ingredients in a blender or in a large bowl with an immersion blender. Add stock or water to reach desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap. Chill for 2 to 24 hours; stir before serving. If desired, top with finely chopped cucumber. MAKES 4 SERVINGS. CORN STOCK Slice kernels from 2 or 3 fresh ears corn (reserve corn kernels for another use). In a large saucepan, bring the cobs and 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Let cool, then discard cobs. Chill, covered, 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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Cucumber-Basil Gazpacho

PER SERVING 141 cal, 10 g fat, 0 mg chol, 562 mg sodium, 11 g carbo, 5 g fiber, 4 g pro.

Maple-Chile Butternut Soup This is a great dairy-free (and cholesterolfree, too) soup in its own right, but a drizzle of Asian-spiced maple syrup adds a wonderfully unexpected kick and dramatic red flourish. HANDS ON 25 MINUTES TOTAL 45 MINUTES

2 tablespoons rice bran oil or olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1⁄ 2 -inch pieces (about 51⁄ 3 cups) 1 cup apple cider 2 cups vegetable stock or water 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup Salt Ground black pepper Sambal-Maple Syrup (recipe follows)

1. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender but not brown. 2. Add squash, cider and stock. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until squash is very tender. Stir in coconut milk and maple syrup. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in a blender. (An immersion blender works, too.) Return soup to the pan, adding more liquid as desired. Season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with a swirl of Sambal-Maple Syrup. MAKES 6 SERVINGS.

Scrambles are a blank slate that you can adapt to every season, varying the veggies to use whatever you have on hand. More lunch-like than breakfasty, this version begs for a salad and buttered toast. HANDS ON 20 MINUTES TOTAL 20 MINUTES

8 eggs 1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill Salt Ground black pepper 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 small bulb fennel, cored and chopped 1 ⁄2 cup shelled fresh peas or frozen peas, thawed 3 or 4 radishes, sliced 1 ⁄4 cup crumbled feta

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, dill, and salt and pepper to taste. 2. In a large skillet (nonstick, if available), melt the butter over medium heat. Add the fennel and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the peas and radishes; cook 2 to 3 minutes more or just until crisptender. Add the eggs. Cook, without stirring, until mixture begins to set on the bottom and around edges. With a spatula or large spoon, lift and fold the partially cooked egg mixture so that the uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked through, but is still glossy and moist. Remove from heat. Stir in feta. Serve immediately. MAKES 4 SERVINGS. PER SERVING 216 cal, 15 g fat, 388 mg chol, 389 mg sodium, 6 g carbo, 2 g fiber, 15 g pro.

Bonues Green Tea Vinaigrette Recip

Marshall Paulsen created this unusual dressing when matcha was the surprise ingredient in a chef’s challenge. On a mixed-green salad, it’s a perfect accompaniment to the Spring Egg Scramble. HANDS ON 15 MINUTES TOTAL 45 MINUTES 1

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1 tablespoon matcha (green tea powder)* 1 ⁄2 cup fresh mint leaves 1 tablespoon chopped shallot 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon lime juice 1 clove garlic, smashed 1 ⁄ 3 cup rice bran oil or mild olive oil

1. In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar and matcha just to a simmer. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover and let cool completely.

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2. In a blender, combine the tea mixture, mint, shallot, maple syrup, mustard, lime juice and garlic. Cover and blend until mint is chopped, scraping sides as needed. With blender running, gradually add oil in a thin stream. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to one week. MAKES 16 SERVINGS. *SHOPPING TIP Matcha is a vibrantly hued powdered green tea. Ordinary green tea that you find in tea bags is not a suitable substitute. Find matcha online or at Asian markets and large or specialty supermarkets. PER SERVING 47 cal, 5 g fat, 0 mg chol, 26 mg sodium, 2 g carbo, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein.

Smoked Turkey and Citrus Wild Rice Salad You’ll only use half of the Orange-Honey Vinaigrette you make for this salad—which is good news for any other salads you make this week. It’s a standout recipe. HANDS ON 20 MINUTES TOTAL 1 HOUR 1

⁄2 cup uncooked wild rice

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⁄2 pound shredded smoked turkey or

Salt chicken (1 cup) 1 stalk celery, chopped (1⁄ 2 cup) 1 small white onion, chopped (1⁄ 2 cup) 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (1⁄ 2 cup) 1 ⁄2 cup dried cherries Orange-Honey Vinaigrette (recipe below) Ground black pepper 2 small oranges or satsumas, peeled and sectioned 5 to 6 ounces mixed greens Microgreens (optional)*

1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add the wild rice and a pinch of salt, and reduce the heat. Simmer the rice until it is tender, about 40 minutes. Drain the rice, and let it cool. 2. In a large bowl, combine wild rice, turkey, celery, onion, bell pepper and cherries. Add just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat, about 1 ⁄2 cup. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 3. Arrange the mixed greens on a platter or plates. Spoon the rice mixture onto the mixed greens. Garnish with orange slices and microgreens, if desired. MAKES 6 SERVINGS. ORANGE-HONEY VINAIGRETTE In a blender, combine 1⁄ 2 cup rice bran oil or mild olive oil, 1⁄4 cup orange juice, 1⁄4 cup white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon chopped shallot, 1 teaspoon ground coriander and 1 clove garlic. Cover and blend until smooth; season with salt and pepper to taste. Store, covered, in the refrigerator. *SHOPPING TIP A chef favorite for garnishing dishes, microgreens are essentially baby plants, such as tiny, tender radish tops. Find them at specialty markets. PER SERVING 281 cal, 11 g fat, 29 mg chol, 537 mg sodium, 31 g carbo, 3 g fiber, 14 g pro.

Lemon-Hazelnut Cookies, Honey French Toast with Macerated Berries, Cucumber-Basil Gazpacho, Maple-Chile Butternut Soup, Spring Egg Scramble, Green Tea Vinaigrette, and Smoked Turkey and Citrus Wild Rice Salad adapted from THE BIRCHWOOD CAFE COOKBOOK Copyright © 2015 by Tracy Singleton and Marshall Paulsen with Beth Dooley. Published by University of Minnesota Press.


CEDAR RAPIDS IA

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Thanks to a vibrant Czech culture and a downtown renaissance, the Eastern Iowa home of American Gothic artist Grant Wood has never felt more dynamic.

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GUIDE

KATE SILVER Travel writer + kolache connoisseur 1 VILLAGE MEAT MARKET AND CAFE Locals head here for smoked Czech sausages, goulash and candied bacon.

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2 THE CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM OF ART Admire the world’s largest collection of works by Wood before checking out his nearby home and studio.

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3 NEWBO CITY MARKET Dozens of vendors peddle specialty food and art at the industrial site-turned-hip market. 4 CEDAR RIDGE WINERY AND DISTILLERY Taste smooth whiskeys and full-bodied wines at Iowa’s first distillery licensed after Prohibition ended.

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5 SYKORA BAKERY The line goes out the door as customers order kolache pastries and other Czech specialties.

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PHOTOGRAPHS: AUSTIN DAY

6 GRANT WOOD MEMORIAL WINDOW The Veterans Memorial Building houses this Wood-designed masterpiece, with about 10,000 pieces of stained glass.

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7 POPOLI RISTORANTE AND SULLIVAN’S BAR Upscale Italian fare tastes that much richer inside this 106-year-old former bank. 8 THE HOTEL AT KIRKWOOD CENTER With 150 staff members and 71 rooms, hospitality takes center stage at this airy, art-filled hotel with a lobby bar.

THREE THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW

A podium signed by Barack Obama resides at the African American Museum of Iowa. More than 100 flavors of popcorn await at Great American Popcorn Company. The Mother Mosque of America reigns as North America’s longest-standing mosque. 104 MWL JAN.FEB 2017

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Under a blanket of snow

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