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May 2016

Is Everything Organic?

Shopping at the farmers’ market, particularly walking down the crowded parallel aisles of the 80 vendor Columbia Farmers Market can be overwhelming to new customers. Fruit and vegetable producers have signs saying “Organic,”…

The Mighty Acorn

Before most of us start digging in flowerbeds and garden boxes at our homes, farmers are busy reviewing records from the previous year, attending regional grower conferences, ordering seeds, and preparing beds to plant. Columbia Farmers…

Buttering Up

L.G. PATTERSON I love butter. I don’t use it all of the time or on everything, but most dishes benefit from good butter. I paid a little less than $10 for a 2-pound salted Amish butter roll. The price recently increased by $2 and…

An Anniversary To Remember

Amber Michelle Sears and Christopher Arland Peck met in the fall of 2006 while working at Miller’s Professional Imaging in Columbia. Their first date was a University of Missouri men’s basketball game on December 29, 2007. For the next four…

Right On Cue

The late, great Sutton's. L.G. PATTERSON You gotta be kidding! You might get away with boldly declaring your favorite pizza parlor or Tex-Mex Margaritaville. But barbecue is religion. And when people try to crown the king of…

This Academy Rocks

Before there was “Rock School” (the documentary) or “School of Rock” (the movie and musical) there was Hickman High School’s very own Academy of Rock. It was just about 15 years ago that Hickman students approached their teacher, Phil…

Bonjour, Brasserie!

Columbia has always had a Paris Road, but that’s about as close to the magical City of Lights as we come. Well start rejoicing, Francophiles, and brush up on your français while you’re at it — there’s a new restaurant in town that can…

The Quest

Carol Ward has built a career searching for the key to understanding humankind. The director of anatomical sciences at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, is among the world’s eminent paleoanthropologists whose research is…

Brews & Q

Beer and barbecue are American staples. Both continue to evolve, offering greater variety for devotees of smoked meats and fermented brews alike. So what’s new on the beer front to enhance your summer BBQ experience? If you love the…

We’ll Always Have Paris

Amid the hoopla of the American bicentennial celebration in 1976, a British wine merchant in Paris had a novel idea: a face-off between the finest French wines and those upstart newbies in California. Hoping to generate publicity for his…

For The Love Of Smoke

Whatever you call it, however you spell it — barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, Bar-B-Q, Bar-B-Que, barbie or braai — there’s one constant: “Barbecue is probably the world’s oldest cooking method, and that is the only thing about it that is beyond…

Peter Mark Richman

Recognized for hundreds of television roles dating back to the 1950s, Peter Mark Richman broke into film alongside Gary Cooper in the 1956 civil war western, “Friendly Persuasion.” “But I'm not only an actor, I’m also a playwright,”…

All about the experience

Are you looking for some new gift ideas to share with your children for Mother’s Day? Perhaps you’re tired of the same gift certificates and you’re looking for new experiences. Consider these five “out of the box” Mother’s Day gifts that…

Warren and Shelly Mayer

Once while manning the sign-up table for a Divorce Care class at church, Warren and Shelly Mayer were horsing around, being playful, teasing each other as they tend to do. And when a woman who observed their back-and-forth banter approached…