Zap! Bam! Cuppow!

I go to the Flying M Coffeehouse as much for the clever merchandise as for the locally roasted coffee. On a recent visit, I had one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” moments when I discovered Cuppow. This earth-friendly American company created a new recycling niche, by enabling conscientious consumers to turn canning jars into to-go carriers.

Their flagship product is a drinking lid adaptor that turns a … Read More

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Making It: Food Entrepreneurs Get Boost from U of I Tech Center

Photo by Ariel Agenbroad.

It’s 10am on a Tuesday morning and from the parking lot it smells like a Missouri-sized barbecue contest. But next to the large, nondescript industrial building a few blocks off the main drag in Caldwell, there are no trailers emblazoned with sunglass-wearing hogs, no trash-talking bearded men hefting spice-rubbed pork shoulder, no gleaming stainless steel smokers.

Inside, however, there is a bearded man, in a beard

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Fowl Fare: Local Duck Wranglers Find Eager Buyers

Photo by Laurie Pearman.

At a Pilgrimage to Canterbury–themed feast hosted by Nancy Parker, owner of Blessed Earth Herb Farm and member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, plates were piled high with root vegetables, stewed fruit with cream and glistening, roasted duck. But once the goblets were drained and the dishes cleared, Parker’s taste for duck hadn’t been sated.

In order to save money, Parker had raised ducks for … Read More

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Walnut Alchemy: Simple Steps Create Bold Italian Liqueur

Photo by Tara Morgan.

On a midsummer amble thorough Boise’s North End I paused under a leafy walnut canopy. The branches were drooping with dozens of bumpy green orbs that were on their way to becoming bitter black walnuts.

Plucking one from the tree and turning it over in my hand—breathing in the pungent, Pine Sol-y smell—I remembered an article I’d read on nocino, an Italian liqueur made from unripe … Read More

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