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Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
The holidays came early this year when readers submitted their homemade sweets for LN’s Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest. Four Seasons pastry chef Mary Boehne, LN Cooks’ chef John Johnson and Spicy Bits writer Matt Sorrell helped judge the tight, but oh-so-delicious race, and Ladue Florist decked the festive holiday table.
As we begin to experience the caress of winter’s chill, I think back to a perfect spring day when a group of LN staffers joined Food Outreach’s ‘cook and pack’ volunteers. Our experience was nothing short of uplifting: We knew that the time spent packaging baked chicken, roasted pork, shrimp and grits, and fruit salad would mean a nutritious meal for someone who needs it.
Closing my eyes, I see my dad carving the turkey with his first electric knife and sweet potatoes cooking on the stove. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year that gives us all the opportunity to travel through time. So here, I share with you my favorite pie.
The Saint Louis Zoo has plenty to be excited about, including the $15-million polar bear habitat, which is set to open in 2015. Construction on the 40,000-square-foot McDonnell Polar Bear Point began last month. When completed, it will more than double the space of the zoo’s old polar bear habitat, and house an adult male and female bear, as well as a couple of cubs. Among the features of the new space is a seamless transition from sea to coastline to land, allowing the bears to swim, dive, rock-climb and dig in the sand. There also will be a 22-foot visitor viewing window and an Arctic cave room for viewing the bears as they swim in a 13-foot-deep pool. The habitat also includes a state-of-the-art life support system that recirculates and treats exhibit water, saving the zoo some 2.3 million gallons of water each year.
Q: Chef, I love breakfast! I’m wondering if you have a great pancake recipe that I could use for a family event coming up. I really want to wow them and show them something special.
Named Islamorada (Purple Islands) by the Spanish in the late 1800s, this tropical Florida island has been a favorite destination for legendary storytellers like Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway. In the mid-1940s, a small inn called Olney Inn opened right smack on the Atlantic. Its first guest was President Harry Truman, followed shortly thereafter by Edward R. Murrow and other political Washington elite. Frequent transformations of the lodge brought avid fishermen from around the world, including perhaps the most famous angler, George H. W. Bush, who came so often he established an annual Bonefish Tournament raising thousands of dollars for various charities.
Fall is prime time for apple-picking and enjoying the crisp, juicy fruit, whether on its own fresh from the tree or prepared in the form of a sweet treat. Recently, LN called on its readers for their favorite apple dessert recipes. And after careful consideration, we have a winner!
New seasons bring new trends, and that includes catering menus. These area food experts dished to LN about their autumn offerings—both new and traditional. Find your fall food inspiration here, and even snag a recipe. Hungry yet?
The third annual Ladue News Show House opens to the public next month. This year’s Show House, 23 Lenox Place in the Central West End, is filled with details of Old World craftsmanship and touches of Gilded Age elegance.
Q: Chef, I have some friends coming over and want to do something a little fun on the grill this weekend. We are doing margaritas at the bar. Do you have any great ideas that will spice up our party?
I love meatloaf with mashed potatoes, and it brings back many memories of being a kid and watching my grandmother cook in the kitchen. Here is a great meatloaf recipe that is a little playful with the old-fashioned version.
The massive ceiling restoration at the Fox Theatre is underway. But while the theater is dark, there will be a few things cooking this summer, literally. The lady of the house, MARY STRAUSS, has announced two ‘legendary’ summer four-course dinners to take place in the theater’s Grand Lobby: Dinner with the Stars (July 27) and Dinner with Josephine Baker & Friends (Aug. 24). Dinner with the Stars will offer ‘a taste of Old Hollywood’ featuring recipes culled from some of Tinseltown’s most storied establishments such as Chasen’s and The Brown Derby, as well as an homage to Frank Sinatra by vocalist Tom Heitman. The French-inspired Dinner with Josephine Baker and Friends will feature entertainment from actress Cheryl Howard, who stars in Off-Broadway’s The Sensational Josephine Baker. For reservations or more information, call 535-2369 or visit fabulousfox.com/dinners.
LN’s 2013 Charity Awards had something new this year: an online system that offered readers the opportunity to nominate individuals and organizations for their community service. Congratulations to our winners!
The best way to eat heirloom tomatoes is simply to slice and serve them with a little oil and salt. The presentation below does just that. You also can dress them up with a few tapenades.
Chef John Johnson
Here in Missouri, we are lucky to have one of the most sought-after mushrooms in the world. I decided to add sautéed mushrooms to my pasta and red sauce, replacing meatballs for morels.
Q: While eating out with my husband a few weeks ago, we had a wonderful, thick slice of prime rib at one of our favorite restaurants. My husband, as usual, smothered it in horseradish cream. It made me think that other than cocktail sauce, what else is horseradish used for? I’ve seen the fresh roots at the store, but never had the courage to try and cook with it. Can you give me some ideas?
Seeing stars…St. Louis will welcome a couple of big names beginning next month. On Tuesday, April 23, BOB DYLAN and his band will perform on the Peabody Opera House stage. Tickets went on sale March 15, and may still be available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or through ticketmaster.com. Dylan, who will turn 73 in May, became the first rock musician to be voted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters earlier this month.
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.