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December 2008 / January 2009

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“Tannins in wine give that sense of dryness on the tongue. They add structure.” — Tony Narcisi

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“We are aware of and respect the origins and traditions of food.” — John Muth

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“We have beautiful, healthy, thriving, gorgeous poinsettias.” — Joan Brenckle
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FEATURES

GET WELL
Energize body, mind, and spirit during the holiday season with our experts’ advice for keeping the holiday pounds off and for a healthy life.

HOLIDAY
CHEERS
Let your cup run over, and toast to our region’s wide-ranging wine selection — ports, fruit blends, and more.

GREEN
GOODWILL &
FESTIVE FARE
Shop sustainably, set the perfect holiday table, and sup on a sumptuous seasonal menu in our guide to green giving

DEPARTMENTS

SEASON’S GREETINGS
Read our holiday card to you!

CALENDAR
Keep active all winter with a sleigh-full of activities.

GLOSSARY
Study your way to sipping as smartly as a sommelier.

EDIBLE CHATTER
Cook up craftily concealed vegetables for kids, and satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of vegan cupcakes.

GREEN LIVING
Say so long to plastic water bottles with UPMC’s Leslie Bonci, meet an environmentally conscious poet laureate at Chatham University, and find a fresh fir tree at Trax Farms.

ECO KIDS
Take notes with omnivorous eighth-grader Madelyn Adams as she samples Kaya’s vegetarian prix fixe dinner.

FRESH COOKING
Indulge in Italian-influenced dishes, and feel like part of the family in Chef Joseph Tambellini’s kitchen.

FROM THE FARM
Brighten a wintery windowsill with vibrant poinsettias and pungent herbs from Brenckles’ Farms & Greenhouses.

CULINARY CONVERSATION
Pamper your pets at Nature’s Horse, where sisters Rhonda Veltri and Paula Ryan advocate all-natural animal care.

FROM THE KITCHEN
Pop the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine, and settle in for a plum perfect meal at Mirabelle.

THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE
Say cheers charitably with a pint of North Country Brewing’s Firehouse Red — proceeds of the brew support the Slippery Rock Fire Department.

EDIBLE ESENCE
Fall in love with a plethora of pear pairings

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