Dining and Drinking

Missouri Eats: Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate’s Seasonal Pumpkin Treats

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate vice president Christina Abel (whose parents founded the company in 1981) recommends swapping out your pumpkin pie recipe for dessert-sized truffles this holiday season. The beloved St. Louis-based chocolatier’s pumpkin pie candy varieties include pumpkin bark, pumpkin truffles and pumpkin caramels. All are made with all-natural milk chocolate, pumpkin pie flavorings and spices. The bark is handmade …

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Show Off Show-Me Wine Country

The holiday season is upon us. In addition to shopping for gifts and planning for feasts, you’re probably wondering how to entertain your loved ones when they visit. Missouri wine country is the answer. There are more than 130 wineries in the Show-Me state, each offering a unique and exciting experience. Wine country is the perfect place to take your …

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Missouri Eats: Brown & Loe

Brown & Loe is a welcome addition to the City Market neighborhood in Kansas City, which has always offered an impressive array of restaurants. Harry Murphy runs the New American restaurant with daughter Kate McGlaughlin. Located in the former Merchant’s Bank building that was built in 1920, the restaurant takes its name – still emblazoned across the façade – from …

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Branson Hot Spots for the Best Pies

Branson is known for many attributes: Live music, theaters, three pristine lakes and plenty of amusement are just a few. But whether it’s known to visitors or not, locals can tell you that Branson is also a premier location to find a mouthwatering slice of pie. It should be no surprise; if there’s anything old-fashioned Ozarks’ cooks know how to …

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Missouri Eats: Perfect Pie Shops for Thanksgiving

Peggy Jean’s Pies in Columbia Peggy Jean’s Pies, which opened its doors in April 2014 on Buttonwood Drive in Columbia, Missouri, is a sequel of sorts, reviving what Rebecca Miller’s mother, Jeanne Plumley, began 20 years ago. The original Peggy Jean’s Pies opened in Columbia in March 1994. Friends Peggy Day and Jeanne Wagster (now Plumley) founded the bakery using …

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Chambourcin Cranberry Sauce

This Chambourcin Cranberry Sauce, or Cham-berry Sauce if you’re in a hurry, is easy to make, stores well, and adds tangy flavor to a wide range of dishes. This recipe should definitely make it on to your Thanksgiving table, but it’s also great with pork, as a condiment on sandwiches, served over warm brie, or as simply as spread on …

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Missouri Eats: Thanksgiving Dinner at Stroud’s in Kansas City

Although famous for its pan-fried chicken and hearty side dishes, Stroud’s in Kansas City also serves a home-style dinner on Thanksgiving Day. From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stroud’s offers a buffet with traditional favorites, plus from-scratch chicken noodle soup, pan-fried chicken, catfish nuggets, housemade cinnamon dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. (During regular dinner service, every chicken plate at Stroud’s …

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20 New Wineries to Discover in MO Wine Country

It’s time to discover a new winery (or ten) in the Show Me State. The number of wineries in Missouri has grown drastically in the last twenty years to a formidable force of 130, producing 1.25 million gallons of wine and supporting nearly 15,000 fulltime jobs. Owning a winery is no easy task, but the passionate and hard-working winemakers of …

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Great Comfort Food Spots in Missouri

How do you define comfort food? For some, comfort food is a connection to the past. Perhaps you’re searching for a fried chicken recipe that turns out like Grandma’s. Or maybe you’re waking up early on weekends to make biscuits and gravy for the kids, just like Mom did for you when you were little. For others, comfort food is …

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Shop Local at Missouri Wineries

Holiday shopping can be really stressful, but it’s also a great opportunity to share your favorite things with the people you care about and support local businesses. A gift with a story makes a longer lasting impression and shows that you really put thought and effort into selecting it. Gifting locally crafted items you love adds a sense of place, …

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