Recipe of the Month: Gluten-free chicken cutlets

Gluten-Free Chicken Cutlets David Davenport, Ph.D. Bloomington Cooking School Ingredients: Boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 cup almond flour 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1 cup gluten-free plain bread crumbs Betty Crocker gluten-free flour blend Canned coconut milk Garlic Powder Salt Pepper Frying oil NOTE: It is gluten that makes the mess in your frying oil Instructions: 1.  Unfold thighs—as arranged by the butcher—and flatten into uniform thickness.   2.  Prepare three bowls: 1st bowl:  Flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste 2nd bowl:  Coconut milk, thoroughly whisked 3rd bowl:  Almond flour, coconut, and bread crumbs   3.  Set a cookie rack over a jelly roll pan 4.  Dredge the chicken in bowl 1, then bowl 2, then bowl 3, and set […]

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Billy Young: The Bicycle Man (video)

BY CARMEN SIERING Bloomington is a bike town and it’s common to see people riding bikes for recreation and sport, and even as a means of transportation. But for some folks, having a bike means a whole lot more. That’s something Billy Young understands. “When I was homeless, I had a couple of jobs and the biggest obstacle was getting to them,” Young says. “A bicycle can be an answer. Maybe just a stepping-stone answer, but an answer so that people can start to get back on their feet again.” In August, Young was presented with the Outstanding Resident Volunteer Award by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) for the work he does in salvaging, restoring, and donating […]

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The Bridge Spiritual Center for Seekers of Restorative Therapies (photo gallery)

Karla Kamstra. Photo by Stephen Sproull   BY BARB BERGGOETZ The Bridge Spiritual Center, located in the inner corridor of Fountain Square Mall, is a sanctuary for those seeking calmness and balance in their lives, says owner Karla Kamstra. The center, which opened in June, offers therapies like Reiki, reflexology, and crystal healing, as well as interfaith classes, workshops, and community gatherings. Kamstra, 55, who also founded Pets Alive, a nonprofit organization that offers spay and neuter services, says her experience in developing that community-oriented organization, coupled with her long-time fascination with religion and strong Baptist upbringing, inspired her to become a spiritual leader. She is now in her fifth year of religious studies, enrolled in the One Spirit Interfaith [...]

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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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Charlie Bird of Bloomington (Video)

Charlie Bird’s hobbies include cycling, paddle boarding, dancing at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, and taking photos with his fans. He frequently makes appearances at school carnivals and local festivals, and he keeps the community updated through photos on his Facebook page. Charlie’s social media chronicles his expeditions to Indiana University sporting events and his treks down the B-Line Trail, among many other adventures. He’s quite an impressive local figure, but there’s something a little different about him as well. He happens to be a 31-year-old Green-Winged Macaw. For the last decade, Charlie has explored Bloomington with his human, Joe “Jojo” Porowski. Check out this video from local filmmaker Nick Bauer to learn more about Bloomington’s avian celebrity. —Sophie Bird Video […]

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