Cookbook by Army Wife Brings People Together

BY JANET MANDELSTAM Lynn Wilson knows firsthand the stresses that military families face — transfers every three years, no friends at the new post, deployments, separations. So in her 38 years as an Army wife, the Bloomington native made it her mission, “to get the families in my husband, Bob’s, unit together, to build a bond among them.” She did it by hosting theme parties tied to the seasons. “Nothing brings people together better than a good party,” Lynn says. Now that the Wilsons have retired — Bob as a lieutenant general — Lynn’s collected plans and recipes for 24 of those parties have been published in a book titled At Ease: A Salute to Creative Entertaining (Favorite Recipes Press). […]

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New Competition for Sandwich Chains: Bloomingfoods Now Delivers!

BY CARMEN SIERING Customers walking into any one of the three Bloomingfoods locations at midday frequently encounter a bustling lunch crowd, and among the most popular menu items, says Operations Manager Paul Read, are the deli sandwiches. Now, thanks to a new delivery agreement with BtownMenus, fans of Bloomingfoods sandwiches don’t have to leave the house or office to get them. “Just last spring we were discussing how to reach a broader audience, and delivery is the way groceries are going in general,” Read says. “No sooner did we start talking about it but BtownMenus let us know that a lot of people were interested in getting Bloomingfoods delivered. After that, it was a pretty straightforward process.” It’s a pretty […]

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Darn Good Soup, a Well-Named Little Eatery

(top row, l-r) Potato leek, beef bourguignon, split pea with ham, lentil spinach, and chicken andouille gumbo. (bottom row, l-r) Chicken tortilla, triple roasted eggplant, chili, and cream of asparagus. Photo by Aubrey Dunnuck BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR Darn Good Soup, on the west side of the downtown Square, is like a Baskin-Robbins for the chowder crowd, except it has way more than 31 flavors. Unfortunately, they aren’t all available at once. But the fact that there are nine soups daily — some with meat or seafood, and always vegetarian and vegan options — puts some spice in the day of true Darn Good Soup devotees, who check the website every morning to see which of the 70-plus varieties are on [...]

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A Young Man’s Fascination with Bison Leads to Ranch Where Bison Now Roam

(l-r) Danielle Schafer, Zach Martin, Jennifer Karnes, and Marc Huffman. Photo by James Kellar   BY ROSIE PIGA PIZZO As a 20-year-old tinkering around on a ranch in Fortville, Indiana, Zach Martin found himself in “immediate awe” of bison. “They are majestic, huge, powerful animals,” says Martin. “It sticks with you, the awe moment.” It took more than a decade, but his reverence for the majestic beast led Martin, now 33, to suggest starting a bison ranch to a group of friends. The opportunity presented itself, in the form of a 225-acre property for sale in Greene County, in 2014.    “I came in with this idea to my friends about the ranch,” Martin says. “We all wanted to do [...]

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Fine Dining

Photos by Aubrey Dunnuck     Pickled Carrots Chef Erika Yochum Feast Bakery Cafe  A fun little garnish for salads or tacos or a mezza plate. 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds (or freshly picked, thin, baby carrots) Peel from one lemon 4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup apple cider vinegar  3 chile de arbol 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons toasted ground coriander  2 teaspoons toasted ground cumin 1) Place carrots, lemon peel, and garlic in a large bowl. 2) Mix water, vinegar, chiles, sugar, salt, and spices in a small pot and bring to a boil. Simmer until salt is dissolved. 3) Pour brine over carrots, lemon [...]

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