Flat Branch Home Loans

Located in a chocolate-colored building on the corner of S. Fifth and Cherry Street, Flat Branch Home Loans blends inconspicuously into its surroundings. Anyone driving by would think they spotted just another local business in a restored older storefront. What they are actually seeing is the tip of a multi-state iceberg. Flat Branch Home Loans […]

Heading for the Highways

Several times each year, Scott Robinson packs enough clothes for a week, kisses his wife Cindi goodbye, jumps onto his Harley Davidson, then heads for the highways that crisscross the country. Unlike the stereotypical Harley Davidson rider, Robinson, a retired orthodontist, is neither loud, boastful nor covered with age-faded tattoos. He’s low key and laid […]

Superfood RX

Typically, February and March are important months for keeping up with New Year’s resolutions, including losing weight, beating sugar cravings, fighting Type 2 diabetes or ensuring a strong heart. To help with these goals, on the next page are five foods with superfood qualities that are commonly found in refrigerators or pantries. Blueberries This fruit […]

A Real Goat-Getter

Imagine going to get the mail followed by dozens of goats, a Chicuahua and perhaps a Bordie Collie. Teresa Snow, former news anchor and reporter for KRCG TV and KMIZ TV, leads the herd down the long driveway and to the mailbox. Snow, her husband, Ben Voeller, and four children have 28 goats, but that […]

Chef ’s Choice

When you go out to a restaurant, there’s an assortment of delicious dishes to try. But what do the chefs consider their personal favorite creations? Chefs Jeff Guinn with The Broadway hotel and Ben Parks with the Barred Owl Butcher & Table share their beloved dishes and the secrets to the success of the dish. […]

Removing Brain Tumors

Sitting on the sticky, white paper covering the exam table, about 200 patients are told they need brain surgery each year at University of Missouri Health Care. Whether it is benign or cancerous, brain tumors can be life-altering for the men, women and children who face the prospect of surgery. The surgery can be invasive […]

Cannoli Confection

Cannoli, “The King of Sicilian Desserts.” If you say the word “cannoli,” there is a 50-50 chance that someone will tell you to “leave the gun, take the cannoli.” Cannoli were adapted from a dish brought to Sicily by the Moors more than 1,000 years ago. The Sicilians adapted it to what we know as […]

Double Indulgence

There’s not much that will win over your loved one more than chocolate. If you really want to wow that special someone this year, whip up a batch of these double love, double delicious, double chocolate chip cookies. When you eat them warm out of the oven, your heart will melt like the chocolate in […]

True Love

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, thoughts are turning to … chocolate. But which wine to serve with the holiday’s iconic sweet? We turned to Rachel Holman, CEO of Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, for her thoughts on the pairing of wine and chocolate. “I treat my wine and chocolate pairings similar to my […]

Capitol Ceres

The goddess has left the building. She is the Roman goddess of fertility. Her moods cause the seasons to change. And the common people of Rome identified with her more than any other god. When the 10-foot-4 statue of Ceres, goddess of agriculture, mounted the Missouri State Capitol dome in 1924, she planned to stay […]

Iconic Eats

Kerri Linder, author of the recently released Iconic Restaurants of Columbia, Missouri, never would have seen herself becoming an author of a culinary book back when she was working as an accountant for State Farm Insurance. She realized one day that she needed a job that provided flexibility in her schedule to accommodate the busy […]

No-Bake Cashew & Pistachio Bars

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2019. Cashews and pistachios are known for their good-fat, nutrient-rich, high-protein qualities. These no-bake delights address cravings without inducing the guilt of some other treats. This recipe is vegan, paleo, keto and gluten-free. 1 cup unsalted shelled pistachios 1 cup unsalted raw cashews ½ cup unsalted pumpkin […]

Fast Fixes

Each year, it seems a new diet fad is born. “Keto,” “paleo,” “low-carb” and “low-fat” are a few weight-loss diet fads making the rounds on social media and appearing on grocery store shelves. Losing weight tops many New Year’s resolution lists, but the clinical process is more complicated and individualized than simply adopting the diet […]

Mental Wellness

About 847,000 adults through- out Missouri live with mental illness, according to a 2016 study by the Missouri Division of Behavioral Health. The National Institute of Mental Health indicates that roughly 20 percent of adolescents, either currently or at some point during their lives, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder. The need for proper […]

Fit or Fat?

In the past five years, Columbia has steadily climbed’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live” rankings. The community has leapt from the 46th position in 2014 to 21st in 2018. In addition to recreation, schools, real estate and business, the list takes community health into consideration. also gave a nod to Columbia in […]

Freezing Fitness

To look at Matt Taylor, one would quickly deduce he is no stranger to the gym. An avid weightlifter, Taylor has dealt with the aches, pains and injuries that come with vigorous exercise. About two years ago, he came upon a new way to deal with his ailments that has also inspired a new business […]

Get Jacked!

No secret in vegan and vegetarian circles, jackfruit has been gaining traction in mainstream cuisine as many look to eat fewer meat-based meals or try more exotic foods. Jackfruit is having a moment. A species of tree in the fig, mulberry and bread-fruit family native to southwest India, the jackfruit produces a large, bright green, […]

Magical Potion

For centuries, “vinegars” have had the reputation of be-ing the ultimate DIY potion for all things household, ranging from shiny bathtubs to eliminating the nastiest of odors. So, what is so special about apple cider vinegar (ACV), and how did it top the health charts after the advent of social media? ACV is fermented apple […]

A Winter Variation

In the winter, I love doing greens that we typically think of roasting but, instead, slice them super thin for a fun, crunchy salad. This salad gets a roundness of flavor from the bright and vibrant dressing and the pop of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates have increased in popularity in the past decade for their antioxidant […]

About the Kids

During his motivational speaking stops around Columbia, through his work with children and adolescents from around the community, L’Damian Washington sees the impact he makes. When he goes back to Douglass High School and a student calls out to him and says he’s still wearing the sneakers Washington and former Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel […]