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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mama Bear in Your LifeMay 06 2017
A round-up of Mothers’ Day gift ideas for the Mama Bear in your life! Read it HERE.
The Flavor of FallOct 08 2015
In this month’s Gold Book, Leslie chases a classic fall treat: a pumpkin spice latte. Moline’s Milltown Coffee’s offers a great rendition. Read about Milltown here!
Four Feet TreatsOct 03 2015
Since Leslie’s family got a poodle, a whole new world has opened up! Read about Four Feet Treats, a local business featuring healthy dog treats and handmade collars in August’s Gold Book.
7 Reasons to Hit the Food HubJul 29 2015
If you’re local, you’ll want to check out the QC Food Hub this summer! Here’s why…
Bourbon Flights at Barley & RyeMay 15 2015
Click HERE to read about Leslie’s afternoon of bourbon flights at Barley & Rye, a farm-to-table eatery in the Quad Cities.
Menu MakeoverMay 15 2015
Read Leslie’s account of adjusting her cooking for her egg, dairy, and soy intolerant daughter HERE. (Also, have you ever seen a cuter model?)
Nho’s Cafe: A tiny treasureFeb 12 2015
My new favorite restaurant. Read about this fun and funky dining destination in this month’s GOLD BOOK.
Barley & RyeNov 19 2014
Read about how this great new restaurant stays true to the farm-to-table movement. Click here to enjoy the story of Barley & Rye.
Back to school at Dewey’sSep 10 2014
The kids are back in school and I’ve found myself in the mood for books and, if I’m honest, a bit of quiet. I found both—plus a delicious lunch—at the library! Check out Dewey’s Cafe by clicking this link. It’s a delightful back-to-school spot!
Portobello, Please!Aug 12 2014
In this month’s Radish Magazine, I write about the versatility of portobello mushrooms. Enjoy!
Davenport finds its sweet spotAug 12 2014
Read about a fabulous new bakery in the heart of downtown by clicking HERE or opening your copy of The Gold Book.
Great River BreweryJul 09 2014
The Quad Cities is home to many microbreweries. Read about my favorite in the June issue of The Gold Book by clicking HERE.
No Shortage of Sweetness!Jul 09 2014
Click HERE for your summertime guide to local ice cream sources!
The Moscow MuleMay 16 2014
Read about the classic cocktail served in a copper cup in this month’s Gold Book. Click HERE for the full article.
DIY Sugar ScrubsMay 16 2014
Read the May issue of Radish Magazine to learn how to make sugar scrubs. They’re a great alternative to micro bead exfoliants and a great Mother’s Day gift! Click HERE to read the full article.
How We RollApr 03 2014
This month, I tried to make my own roll of “un-paper” towels. Was this adventure in sustainability worth it? Find out in this month’s Radish Magazine.
March is for Mustard!Mar 23 2014
Who knew that making your own mustard would be so easy and satisfying?
Read how in the latest Radish Magazine by clicking HERE.
Turning Leaf SpaFeb 19 2014
Leslie and her husband experienced the Signature Package at the Turning Leaf Massage and Day Spa. The evening includes a couples massage and dinner catered by Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. She writes about the incredible experience HERE. (Someone had to do it!)
Cooking Up A StormDec 03 2013
Read about Sister Kathleen Storms, a retreat director, healthy food advocate, and cookbook author in November’s Radish. Click HERE to learn about this fascinating woman as well as some new tips for cooking wholesome foods for a crowd.
Afternoon OatmealOct 16 2013
Feeling snackish? Learn two new ways to enjoy an autumn treat. Click here to enjoy Leslie’s most recent article in Radish Magazine!
Storage SavvySep 05 2013
Click here to read about Leslie’s adventure in finding a sustainable kitchen alternative to plastic wrap.
Carefully CarbonatedAug 01 2013
This month, Leslie tastes and enjoys the hand-crafted soda offered at Fresh Deli. Read about it here!
Friends and VendorsJul 06 2013
Click here to read more about the history of our local farmers’ market through the story of a lovely local couple.
Worth Its SaltJul 01 2013
Read about an easy, flavorful way to liven up your summer dishes here!
“Kombucha: The New Home Brew”Mar 02 2013
Read about Leslie’s new favorite: Kombucha tea! You can find information about the age-old elixir in this month’s Radish Magazine. Click here to read!
Photo by Paul Colletti for Radish Magazine.
“Sweets For Your Sweet”Feb 07 2013
Click below to read Leslie’s latest column for The Gold Book.
“Beyond the Banquet”Dec 18 2012
Click here to read “Beyond the banquet: With the right frame of mind, every meal can be a feast”
Radish Magazine, December 2012
“The Right Brew for You”Oct 17 2012
Leslie’s writes about her favorite morning beverage in the “Right brew for you: Sorting through coffee labels and growing practices,” Radish Magazine, October 2012.
“The Art of Baking,” The Gold StandardOct 01 2012
The Art of Baking: The Sweet Appeal of the East Side Bakery, The Gold Book, November 2012
Read the article here!
“Food Frights”Sep 01 2012
Food Frights: Have a picky eater? So were our food writers, Radish Magazine, September 2012
“Cafe D’Marie,” The Gold StandardAug 18 2012
Dine and Unwind at D’Marie, The Gold Book, August 2012
Click here to read about this quaint Quad-City cafe!
“La Lou Crepes,” The Gold StandardJun 18 2012
“La Lou Crepes: A Culinary Adventure Close to Home,” The Gold Book, June 2012
“Before you reach for sugar, consider rhubarb’s savory side”Jun 01 2012
Beyond the crisp: Before you reach for sugar, consider rhubarb’s savory side, Radish Magazine, June 2012
“What’s in a name?”May 01 2012
What’s in a name? Farmers’ market vendors flex some creative muscle, Radish Magazine, May 2012
“Hit the bins!”Apr 01 2012
Hit the bins! Unsure what to do with bulk ingredients? Here’s help, Radish Magazine, March 2012