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Welcome to September

September 1, 2010

Kids are back in school. The humidity might just give way to cooler temps. A long weekend is ahead. And your September issue is here. That’s a pretty great start to the month, if you ask us.

Step into September to find a little bit inspiration for every aspect of life. Follow world champion lumberjack athlete (and hometown star) Shana Martin’s journey in raising awareness for a debilitating illness. Despite the rare genetic disease that has changed her family’s life forever, Martin lives with an honesty and optimism that brought a smile to our faces.

Then find a bit of inspiration for your closet with BRAVA Fashion and Style Director Rosalee Eichstedt‘s guide to fall styles. If you’re not in the market for a new wardrobe, be sure to explore our guide to three simple accessories that can update any outfit for fall.

Plus, find tips and tricks for taking care of yourself and your family in our survival guide for the Sandwich Generation, a workout that fits into a workday, a guide to creating a sanctuary at home, a breakfast you just have to try, and more!

Enjoy September!

Tis the Season

July 30, 2010
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Sometimes it doesn’t truly feel like summer until it’s almost over. We only have a month left, and we here at BRAVA are making it a point to soak up all that August has to offer before the leaves start to fall. And we’ve found ways to make this last month of summer as perfect as possible! Here’s our advice for living it up, straight from our August issue:

1. Find your happiness. Join three local women—Deneen Carmichael, Jenny Wimmer and Chris Hansen—in the pursuit of their dreams. Then get out and find yours—whether your happiness is in a cup of coffee before the kids wake up or in making a major life change, the time is now!

2. Veg out. Literally. Sit back, relax, and make a stress-free, healthy and simple meal with recipes from our favorite local vegetarian-friendly restaurants.

3. Indulge in a little retail therapy. Oh yes, treat yourself to something new. We suggest starting with a great pair of jeans that work for any occassion. Find a few easy tips in this issue to help you find a pair of jeans that puts a smile on your face.

4. Drink to your health. Sip and savor a selection of healthy drinks from our “Drink to Your Health” feature. We suggest enjoying any of these ice cold while sitting in the sun (preferably while someone serves them to you, rubs your feet and fans you with a palm frond). But simply sitting and sipping on the front porch will do as well.

5. Get out! In four months, we’ll be yearning to get out and about in sandals—so we’ve found a selection of great area events to hit up before summer ends. From Ride the Drive to a new tour of Taliesin, pack your schedule with things to do—you can rest up all winter.

And there’s so much more. From new books to read and new restaurants to try, to a heartfelt and honest story about moving forward after a miscarriage, August is all about life—and taking the good and the bad and doing something with it.

Have a great month!

Ahhhh…Summer!

June 29, 2010

Summer is here, and so is your July issue!

July 2010 cover

This month, we celebrate the local art scene—writers, dancers, fine artists, musicians and more! To bring you the best of the best, we asked four local women enmeshed in the area art scene to recommend an individual they see as a rising star in their own medium: Kanopy Dance Artistic Director Lisa Thurrell recommends dancer Yoshie Fujimoto Kateada; local musician Bethe Kille presents signer/songwriter Whitney Mann; Madison Poet Laureate Fabu Carter Brisco brings us writer Catrina Sparkman; and Paula Panczenko, executive director of the acclaimed Tandem Press, recommends visual media artist and veritable jack-of-all-trades, Chele Isaac (featured on our cover). Find out why you need to know these names inside the issue!

Beside the four mentioned above, we had a great time working with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Music Director Andrew Sewell, three amazing local women who play with fire to create their art and more. Plus, we gathered a selection of local authors’ works to add to your summer reading list and a selection of artsy events you’ll want to check out this month.

Other than that, you’ll find a fun way to spruce up your summer wardrobe, tips for making menopause manageable and more. We hope you enjoy the issue!

Music, Man Caves and More

June 28, 2010

Jason Sheridan is a homebody. You wouldn’t know it from following his exploits with the popular band Bascom Hill, but his travels and touring is precisely the reason that he needs: A MAN CAVE. And he was more than happy to share the space he’s created on his own with us in our June issue. In case you missed it, here are a few photos of Jason, and the coolest dog on the planet, Theo.

Sheridan and dog Theo relax on the ultimate man cave couch.

Sheridan working his magic in his music studio.

And Sheridan and his bandmates would like to share something else with you! Check out their new video for the song “My World,” featuring a bevy of cool stars (yes, even The Hulk makes an appearance).

Enjoy!

A Different Perspective

May 28, 2010

This month we celebrate a first: The first time we’ve worked with men in a feature story in our magazine!

Welcome to our “Man Issue.” For our cover story, we gathered a group of local men to talk about relationships, communication and what they’ve learned through the years. Their answers were funny, touching and introspective. Throughout the rest of the issue, we’ve sprinkled in a little bit of information for the man in your life—from tips on grooming to a men’s health checklist, “man cave” essentials and more. We had a lot of fun learning about the men in our lives this month, and we hope you do too!

But that’s not all we have in store for you! We’re getting set to celebrate summer with casual weekend fashions, summer grilling recipes from local chefs, great books to read on the beach, backyard bash hosting tips and a selection of local beers that we think should top your list to sample this summer (oh yes, we took on the job of sipping them all to bring you only the best).

We hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend, and enjoy the June issue!

Mom Knows Best

May 13, 2010

In our May issue, we asked four extremely talented local chefs to share one recipe that reminded them of their mothers (check out the recipes here!). In honor of our own mothers, we’ve decided to share a few of our favorite recipes from our moms. Enjoy!

White Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
“I don’t usually like cake, but my mom always made this for me, and I still request it on holidays!” —Michelle Page-Alswager

Use one box regular white cake mix. The trick is in the frosting!

1 c. butter (room temperature)
1 c. creamy peanut butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla

1. Cream butter and peanut butter.
2. Add half powdered sugar and blend.
3. Blend in milk and vanilla.
4. Add remaining powdered sugar.
5. Stir until smooth and well blended. Smooth over cooled cake.

Cream Cheese Mints
“I remember making these mints for holidays. My mom had all these cute little molds to put them in. I haven’t tasted anything like them for years!” —Kris Lerdahl

1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
3 c. confectioners’ sugar
2 drops peppermint oil
Any food coloring paste (optional)

1. In large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter and confectioner’s sugar. Mix in peppermint oil. Color as desired with food coloring, or leave white.
2. Roll mixture into small balls and place on waxed paper or soft molds. Flatten with a fork dipped in confectioner’s sugar.
3. Let dry for about two hours on waxed paper, then freeze or refrigerate.

Lemon Orzo
“Whenever my mom makes this orzo, it makes me think of summer—it’s so light and fresh! I’d recommend it with salmon.” —Mollie Shambeau

1 pkg. orzo
2 cans chicken broth
3 lemons
1 bunch chives, minced
Salt and pepper

1. Boil chicken broth and two cans water, and cook orzo as it reads on the package. DO NOT OVERCOOK THE ORZO—it gets sticky if you do! Strain liquid and put cooked orzo in a bowl.
2. Squeeze juice from at least two fresh lemons. You can make it as lemony as you want, but at least two will get the job done. Be careful of the seeds as you squeeze!
3. Grate the zest from one lemon into the bowl.
4. Add chives, and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Mix and serve warm or cold, depending on your preference.

West Coast Chicken
“Almost every recipe in my repertoire are dishes my mom made for family dinners when I was growing up. When my sisters and I were young, we called this dish orange chicken.” —Kristin Joiner

1 can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 stick butter, melted
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. soy sauce
3-4 lbs. chicken (skinned, bone-in thighs are really good. Skinless, boneless breasts work as well)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all sauce ingredients and marinate chicken overnight (plan ahead, a couple hours isn’t going to do the trick!).
2. Bake chicken and marinade uncovered in a 9×13 pan at 350 degrees for about 60 minutes, basting several times.
3. Serve with rice.

Steak Continental
“I remember this being the only way that I liked steak when I was young. Now, every time I make this on the grill or broiled, I get rave reviews!” —Sarah DeRoo

2 lb. steak
1 clove garlic
2-3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. unsalted tomato paste (ketchup works in a pinch!)
1 Tbsp. vegetable or olive oil
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano leaves

1. Cut both sides of steaks diagonally about 1/4 inch deep, forming diamonds on each side.
2. Mash garlic with salt. Add other ingredients.
3. Rub into both sides of steak and wrap in wax paper. (I often just leave the steak and marinade in a glass baking dish together.) Let stand in fridge 5-6 hours or overnight.
4. Broil 5-8 minutes on each side or grill until steak is to desired tenderness. Slice thin and serve.

Let us know your favorite recipes in the comments, and we’ll add them to our BRAVA recipe archive!

Enjoy!

Now Presenting…

April 28, 2010

Quick, go check your mailbox! Our May issue should be arriving, and we’re thrilled to give you a little sneak peek below:

This month we celebrate moms! Whether you’re a mom yourself or taking a moment to remember and thank the women that played a role in raising you, we hope that our cover story, “In the Motherhood,” brings up a great memory or two. We were so thankful that four local women—Vicki Gutierrez, Alicia Haas, Angela Reasby and Karen Reinhardt—let us into their lives for just a moment to find out exactly where they are in the journey through motherhood. From a new mom to an empty-nester, there’s a little something for everyone.

In a tasty homage to moms, we asked four incredibly talented local chefs to share the recipes that they remember from home. And check back next week for a few recipes from the mothers responsible for raising BRAVA crew!

And you won’t want to miss the chance to see the winners of our makeover contest. Associate/Style Editor Mollie Shambeau worked with a selection of local stylists to help four area women find a new look. The results are fresh, fun and within reach for every woman.

Find all this, plus easy steps to building curb appeal, tips for beating stress, worldly flavors from Madison-area restaurants and so much more in the May issue.

Enjoy, and have a great May!

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