Obsession Chocolates’ head honcho chocolatier Rebecca Flynn gives a lesson on making truffles
Before we get started, you should know that tempering chocolate is the difficult part of this process. When I teach this truffle lesson in Chocolate 101 at our downtown location (18 S Barstow St.), we spend a good chunk of time going into the ...
Menomonie shop Tooskies specializes in cloth diapers
A frequent reaction upon hearing my plan to use cloth diapers was a friendly warning against their inconvenience and messiness. Still today stereotypes of yesterday’s cloth diaper systems linger and deter parents from even considering cloth...
learn about this issue's cover art by Erik Christenson
“While making this piece I imagined these monsters as they might look in a subway station, all jumbled together going every which way. Maybe Milton ran away to Monsterland or maybe he’s dreaming. Maybe he followed a monster back into his closet ..."
We all know that the guy in the red suit is the one who delivers the goods to the underside of our trees on Christmas. And every holiday season he gets all the press. Well who would he be without that charming lady on his right arm helping out?
colorful correspondence between area folks and the big, bearded guy
Sorry, but I was just sitting here thinking … Is this about the Three Brothers/Laredos/Pink Pig/Dakota Grill/Klassix building? I know you were a big fan of all the restaurants at that place. You know that wasn’t my fault, right?
Get warm fuzzy charity feelings at the same time as frozen fingers at the Polar Plunge
Want to prove yourself as a true Wisconsinite? Want to help the Special Olympics? Why not do the Polar Plunge? At Half Moon Lake on February 26, 2012, individuals and teams will jump into three feet of icy cold water to raise money for...
Hobbs Ice Center hosts three festive events this winter including skating with Santa
Have you ever noticed that every musical, movie, or TV show with a kidsy angle is made that much more awesome by adding the phrase “on ice?” Think about it. Disney On Ice: genius. Sesame Street On Ice: brilliant.
the fifth edition of this fun project deserves your yuletide attention
I start humming Christmas tunes sometime in February and don’t stop until the hangover sets in on January 1. Xmas tunes were such a part of my youth – caroling the nursing home circuit, Charlie Brown TV specials, wandering around the...
how Mother Nature tracked me down and demanded I have a white Christmas
There we were, standing right outside the door – a family of deer frozen in the headlights – and all around us, falling from the sky, was snow. In Texas. And this particular family of deer was dressed in shorts and flip-flops.
Gabi Mills, from Strum, is definitely a youth to remember in the Chippewa Valley. At only 14 years old, she has plenty of reasons to be excited about for her future. For starters, she is quite the sensation on YouTube – her channel, Fantacylandfilms,
parents get creative with veggies to stay ahead of the childhood obesity problem
With the national childhood obesity problem and the rise of sustainable local eating, parents are increasingly concerned with staying ahead of the curve on their child’s nutrition. But with kids’ natural hatred for vegetables, what is a parent to do?
event to explore treating cancer through nutrition
We are all becoming more comfortable with alternatives to traditional, “western” medicine to cure all that ails us. Heck, the poultice we whipped together from herbs and Half Moon Lake scum took care of some warts that were going around the office...
You wake up in an unfamiliar room. You have no recollection of how you got there and upon further examination, you realize you don’t even know your own name. Then, a strange man hands you a book telling you that your life story is inside.
hardcore cyclists to invade town for multi-terrain race
Want a crazy way to spice up the holidays and put those Thanksgiving calories to use? Overdrive Cycling Club presents the Princeton Valley Cyclocross Race at the Eau Claire golf course as a benefit for Feed My People.
Collections of Colonies of Bees return to House of Rock
Articles about Collections of Colonies of Bees always start with two things so let’s get them out of the way early: Yes, they were the non-Bon half of Volcano Choir (a brilliant and amazing album that I won’t trivialize with a one sentence sum-up)...
A lot of us out there often times have the good fortune of sharing a warm house with family and friends on Thanksgiving day, with turkey, football – everything that makes Thanksgiving something to be thankful for.
William O’Neill’s book on early American history, shown through the eyes of Irish
With a long and celebrated Irish heritage of his own, Menomonie author William O’Neill drew inspiration for his new book from the strength his ancestors had during one of the bleakest moments in their history.
David Tank, a professor of journalism at UW-Stout, is a true-blue 3D enthusiast. Just visiting his home outside of Menomonie gives one a clear understanding of his passion for this type of photography. His home is covered in memorabilia.
Here’s an idea: why not pepper this year’s “gifts to buy” list with a number of fine items crafted right here in the good ol’ Chippewa Valley? It’s fun, thoughtful, and it helps contribute to the place you call home. And with the following guide, it’
Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (and everything in between) should be in our magazine more often, don’t ya think? Well we do. But here’s the problem: Volume One needs your submissions for that to happen.
Dreamy. Captivating. Divine. Another 500 adjectives could not encapsulate all of Jeanette Robbins’ recently published collection of poems and art titled Angel’s Mirth.
From Page 1 we are met with Robbins confronting us burdened, worrisome folk...
collage postcard exhibition channels the advertising age
For the month of December, Tangled Up in Hue is presenting one-of-a-kind, socio-political statement artworks in the form of advertisement collage postcards. The artist, Rice Lake native Ted Lewis, employs miniature collages produced on 5x7 cards...
Every time I hear Sarah Krueger’s voice, I get the distinct feeling that my feet are lifting, if only just a little, from the ground I am standing upon. I know gravity remains that most tenacious of tethers, but that’s the power of art...
The Innocent Men, a UWEC all-male a cappella group, is releasing a new CD this December and putting on a concert to celebrate it. On December 10 at the university’s Council Fire Room in Davies Center, members Shawn Ryser, Ryan Simmons...
three local songsmiths hearken back with holiday songs
Take the holidays back to the Old World this year with the release of the sequel Old World Yuletide II by local musical artists Ivar Lunde, Nanette Lunde, and Peter Phippen. Old World Yuletide is inspired by 17th and 18th century music.
The Federal Railroad Administration has selected a preferred route for the high-speed passenger train between the Twin Cities and Chicago, and let’s just say you’re not gonna like their decision. Eau Claire will no longer be included in the plans.
condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on
Five apparel design and development students at UW-Stout were awarded first prize in the International 2011 Safety Products Student Design Challenge for their Underground Mine Suit – a project they designed to prevent injuries and save lives.
Even if you didn’t know Kris personally, you very well might have known his work. Kris was one of the creators of what I still consider to be one of the coolest art projects in Eau Claire in recent years – Bringing Art to Light.
From Nov. 17-19, BareBones Ensemble Theatre presented Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Hunter Gatherers at The Grand Theatre, a play about a dinner date gone awry with sex, violence, wrestling, and animal sacrifice. Kinda like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf...
All Eau Clairians have undoubtedly seen the colorfully decorated hand sculptures in the city. And once again you can buy one of your own. Three of the hands from the 6th annual Hands Across Eau Claire project are being auctioned by...
Since the local brews of Lucette and Lazy Monk debuted in the past year, local drinkers have responded and the production has gone like gangbusters. Well now we can rejoice in yet another brew, as Lazy Monk unveils its Oktoberfest.
the pride of Stevens Point goes head-to-head with Chippewa’s finest
Leinie’s Original is always a solid choice among run-of-the-mill beers when you’re looking to drink something for long periods (bringing a case to a party, for instance). But you’ll find light beer drinkers opting away from it if it’s in...
area beers and cheeses that combine unique, strange, and downright weird
Once opened and poured, this beer displays a dark hazelnut color with a half-inch tan head. As you lean in to take a whiff you find yourself initially overwhelmed with the mint, which quickly mellows to reveal hints of both chocolate and coffee.
Whenever I tell people I brew my own beer I get very mixed reactions. Most people are surprised that someone without access to a brewery full of equipment even has the ability to brew beer, and others ask if it’s even legal to do so.
how Wisconsin and Eau Claire came to be famous world-wide for a celebrated kind of beer
“The chemical make-up of the water here really makes it an ideal spot to brew. The type of yeast needed works best in a cool, damp environment, which is also readily available with all the caves.” – Tim Kelly, brewmaster at Northwoods