Hearty Potato and Cheddar Soup With Bacon

Need a delicious recipe to use up some of your Wisconsin cheese? Try this great recipe adapted from “Live, Love, Eat!: The Best of Wolfgang Puck.” Serves 6 1/4 pound bacon, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup butter 2 small leeks, trimmed, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1 carrot, peeled, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 cup […]

Lake Geneva Fall Calendar Events

If the Wisconsin Cheese Trail isn’t your slice of cheddar, but you still want to get away for the weekend, check out Lake Geneva’s upcoming fall events. September 1-6: 161st Annual Walworth County Fair: This fair features tons of great activities for the entire family, including a kiddie carnival, pony rides and a petting zoo. […]

Diversity 101: Opening the Door to Dialogues on Race

Race and diversity are topics few of us know how to talk about, no matter how dedicated we are to racial equality. This reality hit home at Highland Park High School, where a diverse student body struggled with segregation and racial disparity in student performance. In response, District 113 introduced a diversity initiative six years […]

The Pleasures of Pole Dancing

As responsible moms and wives, my group of friends had mixed feelings when we decided to try a new type of movement class. Pole dancing has a distinctly slutty reputation. “I admit, I’m both curious and nervous,” confessed Lynn. Our husbands, however, loved the idea and were surprisingly helpful in clearing our calendars, offering to […]

Autumn Apple Cake

Instead of the usual apple pie, think apple cake when those delicious, crisp apples start to fill the farmer’s markets this month.

The Rules According to Wohlner

Following a few simple rules helped interior designer Stephanie Wohlner transfer her family’s “wreck of a house” into a stylish and comfortable home. Rick and Stephanie Wohlner’s 80 year-old 5,600 square foot Nantucket Clapper-style home was dated and worn the first time they saw it, but they appreciated the simple architecture, idyllic wooded setting and […]

The Cheese Stands Alone: Dane County, Wisconsin

The legends are true.   Less than three hours north, starting in Madison and meandering in every direction along back-country roads dotted with family farms, cornfields and quaint old dairies, you’ll find the best place in the nation to spend a weekend overindulging on cheese. Old World Emmentalers made in copper-lined Swiss kettles. Impossibly creamy […]

Helping Kids Help Themselves with Homework

The 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Sweeney*, held out the vocabulary assignment that Francie Baker’s mother had seen her daughter do two weeks before. “I found it blowing across the playground,” Mrs. Sweeney said. “Francie said it must have fallen out of her pocket when she was upside down on the jungle gym. It’s one more […]

Improv Class Gives Grown-ups a much needed Play Date

Betsy Graham of Winnetka arrived half an hour late to class and on the verge of tears. “I’m so sorry I’m late,” she apologized, shakily pulling up a chair to join the group as instructor Lisa Bany-Winters handed her a plastic cup of red wine. “I’ve had the worst week, but I just kept thinking, […]