Cheers to the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and entertaining is in full swing. Chances are you’re planning to serve wine at your event but might be wondering which wines to serve and how much to buy. A general rule of thumb is to offer a dry red, a dry…

Tasty Tamales

You can stuff just about anything into tamales. Cheese, vegetables, braised meat, seafood, chicken, venison, turkey, beans and dessert are all common, but you can come up with so many more with a little imagination. If you talk to anyone…

A Little Louisiana

Around noon on weekdays, the parking lot is typically packed at Cajun Crab House, where Kevin Dinh and Linh Nguyen have been serving Southern-style seafood to Columbia residents for a little more than four months. The way Dinh tells it,…

Holiday Stress Busters

After a year of discussing ways to live a healthier version of yourself in 2018, we are finally approaching the happiest, busiest and, ironically, most stressful time of the year. Sure, for the kids (and possibly the kid in us all), this is…

A Tale of Two Santas

Your children were perfect angels when they visited Santa. They get that from you. But not everybody’s Santa experience was perfect. Not mine. My bad Santa experience happened when I was a grown adult. My first job out of the Mizzou…

Make a Difference

As the holiday season approaches and the scent of spice fills the air, it’s time to remember the purpose for the celebrations and tummies full of mashed potatoes. November offers Columbia residents the opportunity to show gratitude and give…

Remedies That Work

Preparing for the fall season includes several fun things: cold and crisp air, leaves turning red and, of course, apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes. The last thing any of us wishes or plans for is to combat the flu. Last year,…

Fashionable Yet Functional

Although wedding bells ring at regular intervals during the sizzling summer months, some brides are choosing to tie the knot after the trees have lost their leaves. With twinkling lights and nature’s magic touch, winter can be a romantic…

Picture Perfect

Marty O’Connor Shaw, who goes by “Connor,” is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as photographing wildlife. So when he wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Ciera Marie Dawson, he had the perfect spot: S & S…