Life & Entertainment
Life & Entertainment
Whether you’re going for a slimmer waistline or simply a more nutritious meal, salads can be a solid standby — as long as you choose ingredients wisely. When visiting a salad bar or a create-your-own-salad restaurant, loading your bowl with fattening add-ins or even too many healthy options can quickly turn a diet-friendly mix into a calorie bomb.
I don’t like to skip ahead of Thanksgiving to get to Christmas, but we can in good conscience start putting porch pots together now that can span winter, with additions that can reflect each of the holidays.
You’re hosting a Thanksgiving gathering for the extended family. You want to set a table that’s refined and elegant but not too fussy. A table that makes loved ones feel merry and comfortable.
Warming up with horseradish — Close on the heels of my love for garlic is that for horseradish. While we (should have) planted garlic in October, we harvest horseradish usually in November or December, once a hard freeze has killed the foliage. “The large roots can be harvested, while smaller, pencil-sized roots can be cut in 6- to-8-inch-long sections as ‘seed’ or ‘sets’ for next year’s crop which are then immediately re-planted,” Ward Upham of K-State writes in this week’s Horticulture 2013 newsletter.
Even the simplest pet trick can impress. The secret is presentation. Take shaking hands – or “giving paw” in canine parlance. It is one of the easiest dog tricks in the book, and one that can be gussied up to make your animal appear really smart. Here’s a quick lesson from Babette Haggerty, the noted dog trainer and co-author, with Barbara Call, of “The Best Dog Tricks on the Planet” (Page Street Publishing).
“The Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite spots in this world, and I’m one walker that’s stood way up and looked way down acrost aplenty of pretty sights in all their veiled and nakedest seasons. The Pacific Northwest has got mineral mountains. It’s got chemical deserts. It’s got rough run canyons. It’s got sawblade snowcaps. It’s got ridges of nine kinds of brown, hills out of six colors of green, ridges five shades of shadows, and stickers the eight tones of hell.”
Marion will celebrate a “good-old-days” Christmas on Dec. 1 with a tour of decorated houses, booths of artists and crafters and makers of sweet and savory foods, 40 specialty shops offering specials and prizes in the 1870s business district, and a Christmas parade down Main Street at 4 p.m. At dusk, a “tunnel of lights” will reflect onto Marion County Lake, and Santa will be there, along with free hot chocolate.
If you poke your head into a home decor store these days, you’ll probably notice that it’s a jungle out there – in more ways than one.
The holiday season is a time to be on heightened alert to possible fire hazards. Here are some particular things to keep in mind.
The Districts are in revolt. People are being shot simply for raising their hands and whistling – not because they’re trying to hail a cab (they’re too poor), but as a symbol of solidarity and protest.
Dozens of top-notch dancers from five colleges are getting together to perform new work at the Kansas Dance Festival this weekend at Wichita State University.
A Forbes.com article posted on Monday puts Wichitas own The Flying Stove on a list of 25 of the coolest food trucks in America.
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Bradley Fair, the high-end shopping center at 21st and Rock, will light its big Christmas tree on Saturday. The lighting event begins at 5:30 p.m. with carols by the Collegiate Madrigal Choir and photos with Santa and will continue with the lighting of the 35-foot tree in Bradley Fair Plaza, near Newport Grill. Bradley Fair also will start its free holiday horse-drawn carriage rides through the decorated shopping center. Carriage rides, which start at the fountains, will continue from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 21. Admission is free. For more information, visit bradleyfair.com or call 316-630-9990.
“Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody,” a witty, titillating comedy inspired by the E.L. James’ best-selling novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is bound to draw a girls-night-out crowd to the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday.
Visit events.kansas.com for additional information on upcoming entertainment options — including concerts, music events and festivals — in the Wichita area and beyond.
For some of us, planning Thanksgiving dinner is an exciting “Iron Chef”-like challenge; for others, it’s more of an exercise in masochism. Whether you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving or your 50th, this is one meal that can be successfully tackled with a little planning and some tips.
Members of newly blended families spend a fair amount of time deciding when to stay out of each other’s way. That’s tough to do during the holidays.
Dear first-grade journal,
Unless you’ve spent the last few weeks, wait, make that months, floating on a piece of ice in the Arctic, you know that the holiday season is here. It makes no difference whether you love the season, hate it, or you’re somewhere in between. It’s here.
Atlanta-based vocalist Carmen Bradford will be at Friends University on Monday performing with three of the university’s jazz ensembles. Bradford, who was discovered by Count Basie and performed as a featured vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, will appear at 7:30 p.m. in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and are available at friends.edu/finearts or by calling 316-295-5677.
You couldn’t help giving Theater League’s “The Addams Family” two snaps up – literally – in the opening seconds of the overture, particularly if you (as so many opening nighters did) recognized the familiar old TV theme.
My definition of the ideal summer cocktail? Easy to make, refreshing to drink. Come the winter holidays, I make only one change: comforting to drink.
The self-cleaning feature on ovens is notorious for creating more problems than it solves. Avoid running it, especially before a big dinner party.
Electric violin at Lakeside Club
Turns out that 17-year-old Lordes megahit song, Royals the one thats topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven straight weeks now was inspired by, in part, the Kansas City Royals.
Homemade cranberry sauce is wildly better than anything you can buy, and it takes little time or effort to make. Plus, it’s easy to take a basic cranberry sauce and doctor it up in so many delicious ways.
Friends didn’t know what to say to Letty Cottin Pogrebin after her 2009 cancer diagnosis.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the third-leading cause of death in the United States. COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In the United States, more women than men die of COPD, which is more deadly than breast cancer and diabetes combined.
Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching and, no doubt, a roasted turkey will be on many menus. Beautifully bronzed turkeys grace the covers of November food magazines with numerous ideas for roasting the perfect bird. Supermarkets feature turkeys in their weekly ads. We have choices: We can purchase large turkeys or small turkeys; we can buy frozen turkeys or fresh turkeys. And if you have questions about roasting the big bird, Butterball has a consumer hotline staffed by several dozen home economists to answer your turkey questions.
Cynthia Greenwood’s three girls always get new sleepwear at Christmas, the only gift they are allowed to open on Christmas Eve. The sisters waste no time getting comfy before the family sits down to a holiday dinner and relaxes by the fire.
There are just a few weeks to go before the midnight madness begins on Nov. 28.
I’ll be honest: I have rolled my ankle more than once while wearing Dansko clogs. And yet, as soon as one pair wears out, I buy another.
After two programs of works for large orchestra and guest soloists, the Wichita Symphonys third classics concert put the focus squarely on its string section and concertmaster John Harrison for a program of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and American composer Thomas Canning under the direction of maestro Daniel Hege.
This is a youth theater group that takes a different path.
Old Town Square is a popular venue for concerts in the summer. “So we decided: How about if we have a concert for Christmas?” said Desiree Kelsch, one of the square’s organizers.
Like any other American homemaker, Morticia Addams “just wants to be the best wife, mother and hostess she can,” said Keleen Snowgren, who plays her in the new musical “The Addams Family.”