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The latest issue of Nebraska Life Magazine is bursting with new stories and photos for you to enjoy. Below is an overview of what you’ll find inside. Have this issue delivered directly to your mailbox by clicking here to subscribe today!
Noah would have needed an extra ark to make room for all the taxidermy featuring 500 animals hunted by Dick and Mary Cabela displayed at their magnificent Sidney house. For decades, the Cabelas and their powerhouse company headquartered in Cheyenne County have stood out like the giant African elephant they have pursued and celebrated. No matter how big their business or home grew, these down-to-earth folks always managed to fit in here, with kindness and grace.
Story by Matthew Spencer, Photographs by Christopher Amundson and Joshua Hardin
The crisp autumn air of another football harvest in Lincoln is an intoxicating aroma for Nebraskans. We all stick together in all kinds of weather, from dark clouds of despair to the brightest rainbows of five national championships. But our united citizens of Husker Nation are divided when asked to name the 10 most unforgettable moments in their beloved team’s history.
Story by Matthew Spencer
The ponca hills are alive with the sound of music. Throughout the years, many beautiful sounds of nature have been captured here by its owner, who also happens to own the world’s record for selling Christmas records. He is Chip Davis, founder, composer and maestro of the Omaha-based Mannheim Steamroller, renowned for uplifting orchestral Christmas shows described as 18th-century classical rock.
Story by Matthew Spencer
Say Cheese, please. It’s the only food that makes you smile simply by saying the name. Within the past decade, six gallant Nebraska farms have created cheese bursting with flavors. In fact, some of the cheese tastes so good it stinks.
Story by Matthew Spencer, Photographs by Alan J. Bartels
The sun is far from up as the morning rooster crows out over the North Loup River Valley. At this early hour in Ord, most streets are empty. But there’s not a parking spot to be had within a block of Rosie’s Deli & Bakery, and barely an empty seat inside. Like a busy bee floating between blooms, 11-year-old Rosie Beran goes from table to table topping off steaming mugs to get Ord’s workforce up and going.
Story and Photographs by Alan J. Bartels
By the time Buffalo Bill Cody rejoined the 5th U.S. Cavalry as a scout in the 1876 Pine Ridge conflict with the Cheyenne, his theatrical flair had him treated by troops like a 19th-century rock star. His reputation as an Indian fighter was legendary. It was on this lonely hillside 137 years ago that the most famous showman of the Wild West was said to have outgunned a Cheyenne warrior and taken his scalp as revenge for the killing of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer three weeks earlier at the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Story by Carole Butcher
When Nebraska Life staffers were buzzed in the front gate of the Nebraska Governor’s Residence, our photographers were hungry to see the stately home. The aroma coming from the kitchen was almost heavenly. We were told that the kitchen is never part of the official tour. Good thing for us that first lady Sally Ganem sometimes skirts the rules. With the first puppy, Snickers, guarding the foyer, the first lady took us by the elbow and showed us around.
Story by Alan Bartels, Photographs by Tannon Osten and Alan J. Bartels
You don’t have to work for Nebraska Life to get behind the scenes at our Governor’s Residence. Public tours take place Thursdays 1-4 p.m. The kitchen isn’t part of the tour, but the aroma of Chef Kathy Henning’s cooking will make you wish it were. Visit www.governorsresidence.ne.gov. Before you tour the residence, here’s a mouth-watering recipe to try in your own home. More recipes can be found in the pages of Nebraska Life!
Combine flour and seasonings. Coat chicken breasts in flour mixture. Fry in equal parts butter and olive oil 3 minutes each side. Remove chicken from pan, place on dish and cover to keep warm. In the pan, add lemon juice stock and capers. Bring to a boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Return chicken to the pan and simmer 5 minutes. Remove chicken to a platter. Add 2 Tbsp butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
1 tsp Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
2 cups flour
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup capers, rinsed
2 Tbsp butter
black pepper to taste