Recipe for Radiance

Photo by Guy Hand.

When a dermatologist looking at a mystifying rash gave me the surprising diagnosis of Rosacea, suggesting lifelong antibiotics and topical creams, and every article I read advised the avoidance of sun, wind, heat, cold, exercise, stress, spicy foods, cheeses, sweets and any other type of pleasure, I knew that just wasn’t going to work for me.

Dozens of research hours later, I learned that my (voluntary) … Read More

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Red Walnuts: A Nutty Pleasure of a Different Color

Photos by Bob Vestal.

Bite into a red walnut from Idaho’s Bounty, an online co-op that connects growers with local consumers and restaurants and you’ll likely be transported to a quiet, shady orchard or a grove of gnarled trees. But the scarlet-skinned nuts probably don’t produce visions of two lone trees growing in Meridian. Karoly Foldesi smiles beneath sandy, toweled-dry hair. His shorts reveal the legs of a professional soccer … Read More

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Olivin Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom

When some people turn 65, they dream of touring the country in an RV or spending more time with their grandkids, but Joyce Renoff, after 40 years in the real estate industry, thought it was the perfect time to move across country and open a specialty olive oil shop.

It was a huge leap of faith for sure, but not a blind one. Joyce had been the assistant manager for … Read More

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Culture Club: The Making of a Cheese Group

Photo by Guy Hand.

While some friends get together to discuss the lyricism of the latest Anthony Doerr novel or get a little worked up about that new political biography, my girlfriends and I meet regularly, not over books, but over steaming pots of milk and instant read thermometers. We’ve got what I’m going to call a cheesemaking club. It may be messier than your average book club, but there’s … Read More

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