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Radish editor Laura Anderson Shaw
As I write this, it is the dead of winter. The days are getting longer, but still are short; and the air is often so bitterly cold, it hurts your face.

With several weeks of winter ahead, though, I figure that it will be easier on me to endure if I just embrace it.

This issue of Radish has been a big help.

In past issues, I'm sure you've read on this very page that I'm not the most outdoorsy gal you'll ever meet, but I'm trying. I like the idea of spending extended periods of time in the great outdoors, but truthfully, it terrifies me. For instance, if you're spending a night or two away from home in a hotel and you forget something, you call the front desk or hit up a nearby convenience store. If you're in the middle of nowhere pitching a tent and you forget something, you might be out of luck.

Now, if you're pitching a tent in the middle of nowhere in the wintertime and you forget something, you might not only be out of luck, but in danger.

Luckily, if you're interested in braving the outdoors this winter with a hike or a camping trip, we've got you covered with everything you need to know before you go on page 22.

Speaking of camping, some of the best parts about it include sitting around the fire, cooking a meal, and chatting with friends and family. One Radish writer started doing this years ago at home, too. She inherited a fire pit from her sister, then bought a Dutch oven, tripod and lid lifter, and has been cooking up dishes over the fire ever since.

She writes about making risotto this way on pages 18 and 19.

Or, if you prefer to eat food that was cooked indoors, perhaps you could check out the sweet treats from the new French bakery Carousel of Delights, in Davenport, whose divine tartelettes grace our cover. Read more about the bakery and its bubbly owner on page 8.

If you'd like to get moving in the weeks to come, indoors or out, area fitness experts say it's easier to do with a friend. Learn more about what they have to say on page 12.

Spring will be here soon enough. In the mean time, let's make the most of winter together!

— Laura Anderson Shaw

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