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Modern Furniture as Art

By Belle Du Chene Kent Welsh designed and built furniture for a local company for 28 years before deciding to go out on his own. In late August, he started Griffin Modern, an industrial and modern furniture company. His interesting designs caught our eye, so we sat down with him for a little Q&A about […]

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Let’s Braise!

By Wini Moranville No cooking vessel gets used in my kitchen this time of year more than my braiser. In fact, I love this pan so much that I wrote  an e-cookbook about it. What’s a braiser, you ask? These pans have shallower sides and wider bases than a Dutch oven. The lower height lets […]

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Were You There? Culinary Fight Night

By Wini Moranville At the city’s first Culinary Fight Night, which was was held Sunday night at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, chefs Dominic Iannarelli of Splash Seafood Bar & Grill and Mike Holman of Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge battled it out in a Las Vegas-style boxing ring setting, preparing a three-course meal […]

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Bookworms, Unite!

By Belle Du Chene Dr. Seuss once wrote: “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” This winter, you can take those literary journeys with others who share your interests. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s Bow Wow Meow Book Club members read a different […]

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The Official Color of 2015 Is … Marsala

By Belle Du Chene The experts at Pantone have spoken, and 2015’s color of the year is … Marsala. For those vaguely familiar with the term, Marsala refers to the hue of a deep and earthy red-brown wine. Pantone describes the color like this: “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful […]

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Top Value Wines

By Wini Moranville A great thing has happened over the 30-plus years I’ve been drinking wine: Inexpensive to moderately priced wines have become infinitely better. Not just drinkable, but thoroughly enjoyable. Recently, I decided to compile a list of my top 10 all-time-favorite value wines in the $15-and-under category. It was fascinating to see where these […]

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