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november 2013

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Master Chef’s Krissi Biasiello talks to WFM


The Results Are In! 2013 Best For Family Reader’s Choice Awards


Product Picks


A Live Turkey or a Live Comet: Which one are you more likely to see on Thanksgiving?

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Well we’re in Kansas, and as promised, the Autumn season has hit us like a ton of bricks! I am one of those people who gets really excited about this time of year. I am a foodie! I love to cook, and love to entertain. If you’re right there with me, then you are going to love this month’s product picks! You may notice a familiar face on the very next page. I had the pleasure of speaking to Krissi Biasiello from the television series Master Chef! Krissi is such a fun and energetic young woman who puts her heart and soul into her cooking, and her family. A special thanks to her for taking the time out of her busy schedule to visit with me. This month is also National Adoption Month. I would love to hear from our readers who have been down this road. Please visit us on Facebook and share your personal story! And finally, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of our readers. We at WFM wish all of you a wonderful holiday season, and thanks as always for reading. Cari Fischer Editor-in-Chief

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Interview - Krissi Biasiello

Master Chef Season 4 contestant gets personal with WFM


rissi Biasiello, a self-proclaimed loud, Italian, and brutally honest Chef from Philly, is more than just a past Master Chef contestant. Krissi is a loving mother who has a true passion for everything she puts her mind to. I had the pleasure of visiting with her. WFM: What is your favorite Thanksgiving Tradition? Krissi: Well I come from a big italian family, so we have the traditional Thanksgiving fair and then we have an entire Italian spread so it’s like two holidays in one. So . . . THE FOOD! WFM: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Krissi: I think my favorite is my Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Casserole. I’m not really a fan of sweet potatoes, and when I make this casserole, it’s the only way I’ll eat them. WFM: Have you ever been to Kansas? Krissi: I have NEVER been to Kansas, but I have to tell you, The Wizard of Oz is one of my FAVORITE movies of all time, so that’s my Kansas connection.

WFM: Regarding the show, how do you come up with the recipes you cook in the challenges? Krissi: Basically, when we walk into the kitchen, that’s the first time we know anything. You really have to come in with your A game. We study a lot off camera. Trying to memorize recipes and thinking up new ideas. It definitely adds to the stress that you’re already under to perform well. WFM: Was there one challenge in particular that really scared you? Krissi: Yeah there was, it was definitely Gordan’s Vietnamese Soup. Something so complex like that, and all of the ingredients, for somebody who is not familiar with the Asian cuisine, and the technique behind it, and as someone who doesn’t eat Asian food a lot, I really thought I was going to be done for.

bothered him a little bit was when me and Luca got into a fight because he really, really, really loves Luca. He fell in love with Luca in season 3. When Luca didn’t get an apron, Mikey was devastated.

WFM: What was your favorite camera moment? Krissi: I think my favorite moment when they surprised me with my I just needed that. I needed that push from my son.


WFM: Who’s your favorite, and least favorite judge? Krissi: Well I don’t like the term “least favorite.” Obviously Joe (Bastianich) was my favorite from the get go, even when he gave me a hard time. Gordan is absolutely hilarious. He genuinely, they all genuinely want us to succeed. I would have to say Graham is probably third in terms of favorite. His style of cooking is SO far from my style of cooking. He’s big on plating and that fru-fru cuisine, and that’s not me.

WFM: What are you plans not that the show has wrapped? Krissi: Basically I have started my own business. It’s called the Rotund Chef. I work as a private chef, do cooking demonstrations, and lessons. I’m really loving it.

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Make sure to follow Krissi on Twitter (MC4Krissi). For more information about The Rotund Chef, follow her on Facebook! Rotund-Chef.

WFM: At one point, Joe offered to take you out to dinner if you ever came to New York. Have you had your dinner with Joe yet? Krissi: Not yet, we’re just trying to get a date together. I am extremely, extremely excited. WFM: You often spoke of your son Mikey. What does he think of all of this? Krissi: He actually cracks up, because he knows how I am. For him, it kind of made him angry that some of the people who were maybe so nice to him when he had met them at the auditions were not being so nice to his mom. He’s my one man cheering section, and anyone who messes with me is not on my son’s good side. The only thing that REALLY

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THE RESULTS ARE IN! In the last few months, Wichita readers have been placing their votes online for their favorite family venue’s and services. WFM is proud to announce the winner’s of the 2013 READER’S CHOICE AWARDS!

And the winners are . . . Food! Top Restaurant: Bella Luna Cafe

With locations in Bradley Fair, New Market Square, and on east Central, it’s always only a short drive to enjoy Wichita’s favorite Restaurant!

Runner Up: Texas Roadhouse


Runner Up: Texas Roadhouse

Bang For Your Buck: Freddy’s Frozen Custard

Freddy’s has become a landmark in the Wichita area making it the perfect place to bring families together.

Runner Up: Texas Roadhouse



Red Rock Canyon Grill

This locally owned company has taken Wichita by storm with it’s incredible menu. Watch out ElDorado, they’re coming for you next!

This beautiful restaurant located in Bradley Fair is a prime spot for a romantic dinner, or to spoil the entire

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Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q

Runner Up: B&C BBQ

Hamburger Joint: Freddy’s Frozen Custard

Not only is Freddy’s great bang for your buck, but our readers also agree that the food is a huge WIN!

Runner Up: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Mexican Food: Felipe’s

This local favorite has continued to be a local tradition since 1967. Now with 4 locations, there is always great Mexican food nearby.

Runner Up: Connie’s Mexico Cafe

Pizza: Knolla’s

Knolla’s has been a Wichita favorite for more than 30 years. Their hand worked dough and fresh ingredients have truly won them this honor.

Runner Up: IL Vicino

Sports Bar: Larry Bud’s

Wichitan’s agree that there is no better

place to meet up with your friends and enjoy the game. Their entertaining menu will keep you coming back again and again.

sheet music or even lessons, this one-stop location has been nourishing Wichita students since 1984.

Runner Up: Guitar Center


Women’s Casual:


Wild At Heart

Two Attics

Located in Park City, there is almost nothing you can’t find here!

There is no other shopping experience like it in Wichita. Talk to their fashion concierge for a truly custom fit experience.

Alternative Schools:

Non-Profit Event:

Andover eCademy

Blarney Breakfast

Offering K-12, this public online school offers a traditional and high-quality curriculum for the non-traditional student.

Runner Up: Metro Meridian


Runner Up: Paramount Antique Mall

Women’s Formal:

Art Exhibit:

Art Gallery:

Foggy Bottom

No Wichita prom would be complete without a trip to this unique and fun destination.

City Arts

City Arts

From classes, to shows and demonstrations, City Arts truly deserves this honor.

Runner Up: Wichita Art Museum

Furniture Store: Furniture On Consignment

Decorating your home could not be made easier! This store is more than just couches and love-seats. Our readers also love them for mattresses, and decor as well!

Runner Up: Horton’s Furniture

Musical Instruments: Senseney Music

Whether you need a new instrument,

Schools! Public Schools: Maize USD 266

As one of the fastest growing districts in our community, Maize has earned it’s place as a Wichita area favorite.

A two-category winner for a reason.

Runner Up: Artifacts

Golf Course: Cherry Oaks

Wichita and surrounding families will find this golf course the perfect location for a day of fun.

Runner Up: Sand Creek Station

Runner Up: Derby USD 260

Live Theater:

Private Schools:

Music Theatre of Wichita

Sunrise Christian Academy

SCA has continued to be a favorite in Wichita rallying around it’s value’s and faith-based missions.

Runner Up: Wichita Collegiate School

It is no surprise that our readers chose MTW as their favorite. The brilliance that pours off their stage summer after summer has entertained Wichitans since 1972.

Runner Up: Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre

Wichita’s most beloved St. Patrick’s Day event comes together every March to benefit Rainbows.

Runner Up: Woofstock

A benefit for the Kansas Humane Society

Place to Take the Family: Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Wichitans continue to agree that TWP is an experience like no other.

Runner Up: Exploration Place

Sports Experience: Shocker Basketball

Wichita State University Basketball has taken the nation by storm! Charles Koch Arena continues to offer great excitement and truly remarkable talent.

Runner Up: Wichita Wingnuts


Auto Dealership: Davis Moore

More than just a dealership, Davis Moore is committed to public service, and making their community a better place to live.

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Autocraft Collision Repair

With 5 locations in the Wichita and surrounding areas, this growing business always takes time to give back to the community.

Other Favorites! Childcare: La Petite Academy

David’s Bridal

Making wedding dreams come true for over 60 years.

Massage: Serenity

The most relaxing place in Wichita and Derby.

Runner Up: Healing Waters

3 amazing Wichita Locations

Adoption Agency:

Retirement Communities:


Asbury Park

50 years of caring service

Runner Up: Presbyterian Manor

Wedding Service:

Specializing in foster care, parent support, residential treatment and counseling.

High Quality Early Childhood Program Year round learning • Field trips • Pre-k curriculum • Project based learning Typical and special needs children welcome • 2 weeks - Pre-kindergarten

For more information about all of our Best for Family winners, please visit our website.

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News and Information from our partners at Wichita Public Schools Minecraft to learn math and p

McAuliffe and Curtis receive national recognition for PTLW classes

Maneth has reached out to Mayberry’s math and science teachers to come up with problemsolving topics that will


hrista McAuliffe Academy and Curtis Middle School have received National Certification for their Project Lead The Way’s Gateway To Technology programs. Project Lead The Way provides curriculum in preengineering and technology. Gateway to Technology is the middle school component of Project Lead the Way. Students learn engineering using hands-on lessons in science, technology, problem-solving and math. Hadley Middle School received PLTW National Certification last year.

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but wound up having enough students for two separate groups.

be implemented into the different Minecraft worlds he creates. He has even created a virtual world of Mayberry.

Seltzer, Enders and GPA students meet real D.W.

Mayberry students use Minecraft to learn math


tudents at Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet are using the popular video game


tudents at Seltzer, Enders and Gordon Parks problem solving, although they Academy got to meet the may not realize it. Technology inspiration to one of the teacher David Maneth discovered characters in the popular Arthur an educational version of Minecraft book series. Kim Brown, sister of and created the Mayberry Miners author Marc Brown, the creator of Club for students who wanted to the “Arthur” series, shared meet after-school and enhance how she is the real-life inspiration their math while playing their favorite game. Maneth expected for the character D.W., Arthur’s around 20 students to sign up, sister. She talked about how her

McAuliffe technology teacher Shane Koranda helps a student create a circuit.

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brother developed Arthur and how many characters were inspired by people in his life. Brown shared how the first Arthur book was a bedtime story he made up to tell his children and they repeatedly requested to hear it. That inspired him to write and illustrate the story and have it published. The students were read the story, D.W. The Picky Eater, and had a lesson on how to draw Arthur. The students’ artwork was stamped with a special D.W. stamp that included Marc Brown’s signature.

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Mayberry has formed the after-school Mayberry Miners Club to have students learn math and problem solving using the popular video game Minecraft.

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product picks

the tools . . .

It’s cooking season, and we at WFM have chosen our favorite tools, and treats to make anyone’s kitchen the best room in the house.

Key Ingredient Recipe Reader

There will be no more sifting through the recipe box with messy fingers with this amazing tool. The “kitchen proof ” recipe reader not only holds all of your recipes, but is also has three kitchen timers that can run simultaneously! ( $149.99)


If you like ice-cream as much as I do, then this may be the perfect tool for your kitchen. Use freshly frozen fruits to make a creamy soft serve that is not only delicious, but super healthy! ( $49.99)

T-fal Actifry

Watch out people, this kitchen tool is sure to change your life. My family has recently discovered the Actifry, and I will never let it go! This tool makes chicken wings that are better than our local restaurant! What’s better, THEY’RE HEALTHIER TOO! You’re Wichita family can enjoy their favorite fried foods using only a couple tablespoons of oil. Trust me. This is a kitchen “must-have.” ( $199.99)

Chip-Tastic by Ronco

Potato chips in the microwave? YES! This has become a favorite took in our home. In just a few minutes, my kids love to make, and season, their own potato chips. The best part is that compared to a store brand chip that has nearly 13 calories per chip, these chips have only 3!! ( $19.99)

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Grilled Cheesus

Bring little grilled miracles to your table with this divine new kitchen tool. The non-stick plates make this sandwich griller an easy clean-up as well! Make sure to visit the OMR website . You’ll find products like the “Rise with Jesus” Mug and even a spice mix cleverly called, “Jesus H. Spice.” ( $39.95)

the treats



Don’t forget the little one’s this holiday season! This baby food is like no other. NurturMe is freeze dried to help maintain it’s nutritional value by not using high heat, or additives. One of the great things about this food is that it is gluten-free, organic, and even kosher! ( $19.99/16)

Plum Organics

This baby food company goes above and beyond just feeding our children healthier and more delicious foods. Partnered with several organizations, such as Healthy Child Healthy World, Plum Organics has followed it’s mission to help feed children in need. I might also mention that my son loves their delicious foods! I love their easy to use, and attractive packaging. I also love their commitment to “baby-sized” footprint on the earth. ( $1.52)


We all love candy, but with all of the additives put in to give it a longer shelf life, is it really worth it? UNREAL brand was created by a boy just trying to prove it could be done! With no artificial “stuff,” no corn syrup, no preservatives, and gluten free ingredients, we can all enjoy candy and “unjunk” our lives. ( $3.99)

Hint Water

Healthy Surprise

There are hundreds of subscription boxes out there. We have found one that can actually improve your health! The Healthy Surprise box comes straight to your door containing healthy snacks for up to 6 people! These snacks are all natural, vegan, gluten free, soy free, corn free, and even wheat free. Great for families with food allergies too. ( $33.99 & up)

Let’s face it, water can get boring. As a mother of a diabetic child, this water has given my daughter something delicious to drink without putting sugars, and artificial sweeteners into her body. With just a hint of added natural flavors, this healthy beverage is a tasty alternative to the average fruity drink. ( $15.38/12)

Cow Wow Cereal Milk

Are you Cereal?! Now you don’t have to wait until you finish your cereal to enjoy the great flavor or cereal milk. Cow Wow has recently come to Wichita and let me tell you, it’s not only delicious, but it’s organic and low-fat too! (now available at Dillons!)

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A Live Turkey or a Live Comet: Which one are you more likely to see on Thanksgiving? Tips for viewing Comet ISON with your family this Thanksgiving By Michael E. Bakich, Senior Editor, Astronomy magazine


mericans love to celebrate Thanksgiving as a literal parade of traditions: the turkey at the dinner table, Grandma’s pumpkin pie, Dad’s afternoon football game. This Thanksgiving, however, families may enjoy an unusual bit of halftime or after-dinner entertainment, when Comet ISON reaches its brightest point at 1:41 p.m. EST. Unfortunately for observers across the United States, that means the comet will lie dangerously close to the Sun, so we’ll have to content ourselves with televised views from observatories with the

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proper equipment to image it. Many observers are hoping Comet ISON will be the “comet of the century,” anticipating that it could grow to be several times as bright as the planet Venus— so who better to follow it with than your son or daughter? First, here is some background to enrich your viewing experience: Comets are small, irregularly shaped bodies made up of dust grains and frozen gases. Many travel along stretched-out orbits that occasionally bring them close to the Sun and then take them deep into space. When far from the Sun, the gas around a comet’s core, its nucleus, is frozen solid.

Comets shine because sunlight reflects off them. The closer they get to the Sun, the more ice changes to gas. The result is that the comet gets bigger, so it appears brighter. Closer yet to the Sun, comets develop a tail. Here are some tips to make the most of ISON: For most bright comets like ISON, binoculars provide the best views. Binoculars offer some magnification, darken the sky background a little, and have a wide field of view. Get outside the city. From an urban setting, the comet appears faint because of light pollution. So, the darker the site, the better the comet (especially the tail) will look. Observe the comet like a

scientist. Ask questions like, “How high is the comet in the sky?” “In which constellation(s) does it lie?” “Is the tail visible against the background of the Milky Way?” Note the comet’s apparent size. As it approaches the Sun, a comet can develop two types of tails—dust and ion. Can you see both the yellow dust tail and the bluish ion tail? As ISON travels toward the Sun and approaches its brightest point on November 28, your family should plan to add viewing this astronomical event in the morning sky before sunrise in November and December. No matter what the age, this once-in-a-lifetime experience is coming our way soon. MAP OF ISON

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National Adoption Month 408,000 children are currently in foster care in the United States. Of that number, 5,865 of them are Kansas kids. 958 children in the Sunflower State are waiting to be adopted. You can help. November is National Adoption Month-a time to call attention to the need for foster and adoptive families.

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