Holiday fun without the fuss

Stout-braised short ribs with creamy mashed potatoes. (Photo by Carmen Troesser, courtesy Sauce Magazine.)

Stout-braised short ribs with creamy mashed potatoes. (Photo by Carmen Troesser, courtesy Sauce Magazine.)

As the holiday season begins, and tables fill with beloved people and food, it can sometimes be difficult for hosts and hostesses to keep the emphasis on fun and away from stress.  But with a little strategy and a few thoughtful tips, we hope your festivities can include extra deliciousness and minimal mad dashing.  This month on Sound Bites, our collaboration with Sauce Magazine, the Sauce ladies share some of their ideas for a fuss free holiday.

Managing editor Stacy Schultz, art director Meera Nagarajan, and senior writer Ligaya Figueras  stopped by Cityscape last week with ideas on everything from satisfying eats and bar basics to making a new guest feel comfortable amongst a group of old pals.

Listen above and see more over at Sauce.  (Also, if those short ribs pictured above have your mouth watering, find out how to bring them to your table.)

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Local urban farmers bloom where they’re planted

Joe Ostafi with Urban Harvest STL, preparing the site for construction of more raised beds. (Photo by Libby Franklin)

Urban agriculture has taken root in cities everywhere, including right here in the River City.  It comes in many forms: the community garden, the backyard vegetable patch, the rooftop bee colony.  But cultivating food in town can be complicated and wrought with challenges—so what is it that’s driving some city dwellers to skip the grocery store and get their hands dirty?   Libby Franklin reports in the next of our new series Sound Bites,created in partnership with Sauce Magazine.

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