Category Archives: Travel

Healthy Holidays: Hiking Camelback Mountain

When the Midwestern Gentleman and I left home on the Winter Solstice, our backyard looked like this, courtesy of “Snowstorm Draco.” After spending the weekend with the Gent’s family in the equally snow-blanketed Twin Cities, we flew to Arizona, where … Continue reading

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Eating Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free in Kansas City, MO

On Week 6 of the Elimination Diet, I decided to add nightshades back onto the menu so our long weekend in Kansas City, MO, wouldn’t be quite so difficult to negotiate culinarily.  I was still avoiding gluten, dairy, and corn … Continue reading

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Ch-ch-changes: Identifying Food Sensitivities with an Elimination Diet

Hey, gang.  You may have noticed my blogging schedule has been a bit off lately.  There have been a lot of changes happening in my kitchen, and more recipes failing to thrill than I’ve experienced in many years of cooking.  … Continue reading

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Bombfire Pizza

For my day job as a book and paper conservator, I recently attended a weekend-long continuing education workshop at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation in Mt. Carroll, IL.  The program’s director encouraged workshop participants to join her for dinner … Continue reading

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Holiday on the North Shore: Two Harbors, MN

Something happens to me when I get as far north as Duluth, MN.  Driving from Iowa, we take 35 N to get to the North Shore, and at Duluth we get our first glimpse of Lake Superior.  The sight of … Continue reading

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Gone Fishin’

The Midwestern Gentleman and I are off honeymooning on the gorgeous North Shore, which stunned my Yankee sensibilities the first time I visited it.  I’m convinced Lake Superior is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets (a secret every Midwesterner is … Continue reading

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Chilled Raspberry-Chile Champagne Soup

Ever since our trip to Santa Fe in May, the Midwestern Gentleman and I have been dreaming of cold raspberry soup. Since we had perused the menu online before dining at The Shed, our tastebuds were primed for this enticing … Continue reading

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Weekend in Santa Fe: Part II

The second day of our weekend in Santa Fe was as crazily jam-packed as the first.  After a fortifying brunch of fresh fruit and jalapeno-cheese quiche at the Inn on the Paseo, we started the day with some museum time.  … Continue reading

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A Rainy Weekend (?!) in Santa Fe, NM: Part I

We dodged between the rain drops, so to speak, during our weekend visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  A friendly shop owner informed us that the unusual May cold front and rain had swept into northern New Mexico from Iowa.  … Continue reading

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Java Junction, Madrid, NM

The week before last, the Midwestern Gentleman and I found ourselves winding along a dark, rural highway, unexpected rain pattering on the windshield, as we searched the roadside of Route 14 for a coffeeshop called Java Junction, located at the … Continue reading

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