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Midwest Living

Midwest Living March/April 2019

Midwest Living celebrates the unique and surprising Midwest region through its food, travel destinations, lifestyle, homes and gardens. Like visiting with a best friend, it unveils the authentic flavor of this region through inspiring photos, inside tips on best places to visit, and family-favorite recipes that simply taste great.

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Meredith Corporation
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3 min.
mid-thought

Self-improvement brings enough dirty work without the added challenge of winter, the original Debbie Downer, whispering in our ear. So I aim for change when nature’s own support group will cheer me on. You can go outside, see buds straining at the tip of every branch and realize they’ll explode into millions of leaves in a few weeks. Every ball club is still a World Series contender, and football teams are playing intrasquad spring games that the home team always wins. With all that balmy can-do in the air, here are a few goals I’m laying out for the coming months: APPRECIATE THE SOIL. On a cold night this winter, I came across Nebraska author Willa Cather describing the spring earth as “full of sunlight.” I’ve been waiting to get my…

3 min.
a room in bloom

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS THE STRATEGY To arrange flowers in a wide vessel, lay a grid of floral tape across the opening, or nestle floral foam or a ball of chicken wire inside. THE HEIGHT Think low. Make sure flowers don’t block eye contact. THE BLOOMS For a contemporary look, combine a few show blooms with a wispy, trailing filler. Our mix: poppy (1), ranunculus (2), lisianthus (3, 4), clematis (5), Juliet garden rose (6), Antique Caramel garden rose (7). GET TO KNOW KELLY MARIE THOMPSON The flower whisperer behind this story. Daughter of an avid gardener. Owner and creative director of Fleur in Chicago—stop by her Logan Square boutique for a workshop or to browse plants, jewelry, ceramics, soaps and more. Don’t overlook your yard. Clematis is one of my favorite unexpected cut flowers. In early spring, I also love…

2 min.
green expectations

GET TO KNOW NICK STRAWHECKER Opened Dante in 2009. Learned to make sausage from his Italian grandfather. Worked in a Michelin-rated restaurant in Tuscany. Italian stamps fill chef Nick Strawhecker’s passport. His annual trips inspire the menu at Dante in Omaha, where authentic ingredients star: Guanciale. Caciocavallo. Soppressata. Lettuce. Yes, lettuce. Many Americans view greens as just a landing pad for the good stuff—thick dressings and hearty toppings. But Nick’s side salad takes a European approach. The vinaigrette is light. A fine dusting of pistachios and cheese clings to the leaves for crunch, salt and umami. Every bite is balanced. You can taste the lettuce. And it’s good. Delivered daily from an Iowa farm, the mix might include turnip tops, juvenile chard or frilly red leaf. Nick believes that hyper-seasonality—the idea that each season contains…

5 min.
off the eaten path

Chef Joel Mahr did the big-city thing for half a decade in Omaha. He helped launch Lot 2, a restaurant that skyrocketed to star status. The buzz rolled in, and a three-month waitlist filled out. Then he left in 2016, with a dream to open his own spot—in a southwest Iowa town with just 1,450 residents. Joel already sourced ingredients from his in-laws’ farm in Corning (80 miles from Omaha), and he felt rural life calling. “It’s city dining in a small town. And it makes sense,” Joel says of Primrose, which opened last spring. “I get to pull stuff right out of the ground and bring it in with dirt still on it.” Primrose isn’t the only delicious surprise hiding far from big cities. Some pivot on chef-crafted menus. Others offer…

2 min.
puff piece

Malted Strawberry Cream Puffs HANDS ON 30 MINUTES TOTAL 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES ½ cup whole milk½ cup water8 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced½ teaspoon fine sea salt1 cup flour4 large eggs, at room temperature3 cups strawberries, sliced2 tablespoons granulated sugar2 cups heavy cream, chilled⅔ cup malted milk powder¼ cup powdered sugar, plus extra for garnish1 teaspoon vanilla 1. For puffs: Position oven racks to the upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 400°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. 2. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine milk, water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add flour all at once; stir vigorously. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball that doesn’t separate. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well…

3 min.
the space between

I’m a California native, so when my husband and I built our home in Minneapolis, we put a shiver-free path from house to garage high on the wish list. I envisioned a simple covered walkway, but my architect had a better idea: a breezeway you could call “potting shed-plus.” His design took the concept literally to new heights by raising a pavilion-style roof—complete with a rustic chandelier. We found the star of the space by chance in the basement of the property’s original home. What I thought was a concrete laundry washbasin turned out to be a triple-tub Alberene soapstone sink. (These days most soapstone is imported, but Alberene soapstone has been quarried in Virginia since the late 1800s.) We hoisted the sink out with a crane during demolition, restored…