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Midwest Living

Midwest Living May/June 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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editor’s note

If the Midwest had a regional flag, would we put a cabin on it? You could argue that this issue’s featured topic deserves that kind of credit. (Apologies to our friends at the Society to Promote Lighthouses and Barns.) Few icons top the cabin at representing the Midwest’s gumption and knack for balancing reinvention with roots. Do you like cabin classics? We know plenty of screen doors banging at vacation hideaways. Prefer an expectation-defying cabin? Let’s talk about twists such as tricked-out tree houses and adventure getaways inspired by Northwoods mines. Just as cabins keep pivoting for new eras, our cities and towns are booming with new faces, businesses and things to do. But there’s no mistaking that it’s still the same heart steadily beating under all the changes. We at Midwest…

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earn your wings

AT THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER, Nina and Ron Koziol’s 1-acre garden near Chicago is the O’Hare Airport of butterflies. Majestic monarchs taxi on runways of zinnias, Pentas, milkweed and asters. Super-size swallowtails circle fragrant purple butterfly bush blossoms. Smaller fliers like tortoiseshells, commas, sulphurs, checkerspots and crescents make repeated touch-and-go landings amid beds, borders and containers. To attract all the air traffic, Nina relies on blue and violet blooms—natural magnets for pollinators like butterflies that feed on flower nectar. Because most perennials bloom for only a month or so, she plants annuals in beds and pots to ensure color all summer. She also grows species-specific plants for female butterflies to lay their eggs on. The leaves provide food for the larvae that hatch and form chrysalides before morphing into butterflies. Nina…

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mint condition

DO-ANYTHING SAUCE Tomato-Butter Pan Sauce With Mint In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add 1 pint halved cherry tomatoes, ¼ cup chopped fresh mint, ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are very tender and breaking apart, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons butter until melted. Serve warm. SUMMER SIPPER Apricot-Mint Iced Tea In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add 6 black tea bags and 8 mint sprigs; steep 6 minutes. Remove tea bags. Leave mint in tea, pressing stems and leaves against pan with the back of a spoon to extract flavor. Stir in…

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come and go

We’ve packed lots of utility into this entryway. But one thing is pure fun—the framed paper below. Every few months, jot a new bucket list of activities your crew wants to accomplish that season. After all, this harried to-and-fro space in your home is also the one where every family adventure starts. STOCK A PET ZONE FUEL UP Stow a canister of treats here for taking on walks for training. Have a collapsible water bowl handy for trips. WASH Always be ready with an old towel for muddy paws, plus dry dog shampoo (such as Burt’s Bees) for a refresh after outdoor play. PLAY Keep loose essentials out of view in a basket: leashes, disposal bags and dog toys (don’t forget floating ones for water play). KEEP BY THE DOOR Hair ties and bobby pins Pool and park passes Portable snacks Change…

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sand-tastic news

TALK ABOUT A LONG GAME: A century of local and national efforts paid off this year when a stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline just east of Chicago won the designation of Indiana Dunes National Park. Recognized since 1966 as a national lakeshore, the park joins the ranks of luminaries like Yellowstone and Yosemite, boosting the Great Lakes’ profile along the way. What’s to see here? Thousands of acres of wetlands, woodlands and prairies, plus dune-lined beaches. Botantical buffs should take special notice. The field of plant ecology began here in one of North America’s most biodiverse places. Watch for native plants, such as dainty marsh marigolds, downy milkweeds and the silvery (and threatened) Pitcher’s thistle. 8 NATIONAL PARKS IN THE MIDWEST Indiana Dunes, Indiana Isle Royale, Michigan Voyageurs, Minnesota Gateway Arch, Missouri Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota Cuyahoga Valley,…

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small wonders

At The Chef’s Garden in Huron, Ohio, Farmer Lee Jones watches culinary trends for his restaurant clients. They love petite vegetables, and Lee thinks you will, too: “If we want to eat healthy, the trick is to make it fun, and mini vegetables are both fun and flavorful.” Here are four to try in your garden this summer. Green Feeding Give your plants a boost you can feel good about. Miracle-gro Performance Organics This new line from a trusted brand promises results that meet (or may even beat) the familiar original blue powder. Find it at retailers nationwide. Garden Maker Naturals This Kansas-based line of targeted organic fertilizers includes mixes just for tomatoes or herbs. Avid gardeners can even order custom blends to suit their soil. VEGETABLES: COURTESY OF MELISSA’S PRODUCE AND THE CHEF’S GARDEN IN…