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I’ve been stopping by Bonner more often lately, exploring the new Milltown State Park that is just 7 miles from downtown Missoula. Wildflowers, birds, solitude, high river waters, great views and plenty of benches are the draw.

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A love of powwows brought Putt Thompson, a dairy farmer from Texas, to Montana, specifically to see the Crow Fair some 43 years ago. A young woman named Jill whom Putt had known since they were 13 years old would eventually find her way to Putt and Montana and, as life goes, they would get married and settle in Wyola on the Crow Reservation.

During the heyday of the Silk Road — the actual road, not the former Missoula restaurant — dried rhubarb root could be more expensive than cinnamon or opium, and Marco Polo went searching in northwest China for specimens that could thrive in Europe.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley that provides the elasticity needed for the bread and other baked goods to rise and hold their shape. But those with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or gluten or wheat allergies cannot tolerate any gluten in their diet. It is possible, though, to still enjoy breads and other baked goods while going gluten-free.

You pronounce it “sal-more-EEL-ee-yo.” Now that’s out of the way, what is it? It’s a fabulous Italian lemon and olive oil sauce, marinade and dipping condiment for fish, chicken and just about any vegetable. Once you make it, you’ll be totally hooked and wonder where this miracle of a food has been all your life.

As you read this, most of Germany will be eating its way into a feeding frenzy known as spargelzeit, a two-month long, white asparagus-fueled celebration of asparagus and spring. About 125,000 tons of white shoots will be consumed, plus another 15 tons of green, by summer solstice. After that, the asparagus fields are given a rest, to ensure a bountiful harvest the following spring.

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Walk into Béquet Confections just outside Four Corners in Bozeman and suddenly, you feel safe. The moment I step through the door of the showroom, I am immediately swaddled in the hug of buttery caramel goodness. The thick rich aroma fills my head and takes me back to my childhood memories of caramel apples, Cracker Jack candied popcorn, and cinnamon rolls on Sunday mornings. A smile rounds the corners of my lips.