Food

Strategies for staying healthy, mindful as high-calorie holiday season approaches

With Halloween officially behind us and Thanksgiving on its way, now might be a good time to start strategizing for the long, temptation-laden holiday season ahead.Because nothing can derail a well-meaning dieter quite like Thanksgiving, which each year leads the average American to consume ...

Flour recall prompts new warning: Don’t eat dough or batter

The most basic of baking ingredients, flour, is at the center of a complicated question: How did it become contaminated with bacteria normally found in animal feces?The E. coli-tainted flour from General Mills has sickened 46 people in 21 states and prompted about 45 million pounds of it to be ...

Session to explain new urban agriculture laws, future of agriculture in Lawrence

A group of growers and city employees will explain Lawrence's new urban agriculture laws during an informational panel Tuesday. Session attendees will also be asked to share thoughts about the future of urban agriculture in Lawrence. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Public ...

Lawrence Public Schools announced as beneficiary of new culinary festival

Lawrence Public Schools will be the beneficiary of a new culinary festival planned for this fall, festival organizer Julia Ireland announced Thursday. Ireland, owner of Torched Goodness — one of Lawrence's seven food trucks — established the festival as a bookend to food truck season. It ...

Food truck owner planning new culinary festival in Lawrence

A new culinary festival is being planned in Lawrence this fall as a bookend to food truck season.Julia Ireland, owner of Torched Goodness — one of Lawrence’s seven food trucks — is behind the effort. She dubbed the new event “Savor Lawrence,” with the idea that it would feature foods ...

The day I discovered the truth about trans fats: ‘poison’ hidden in plain sight

I never understood why trans fats were so bad until I interviewed Dr. Michael Zabel, a cardiologist with Lawrence Memorial Hospital, back in February. If I had known what I would learn that day, I might have plugged my ears and made loud noises like an obnoxious child while Zabel told me about ...

Bite Sighs: Homemade cream puffs are a piece of cake

It happens to all of us sooner or later. We discover that we have a friend who (gasp) doesn’t like chocolate. I know, it truly boggles the mind. Don’t worry. There’s no need to get new friends. Simply expand your culinary horizons with the super-versatile cream puff.If you’ve never ...

Does your doctor still really need to use that stethoscope? Medical opinions vary

To hear a patient’s heart, doctors used to just put an ear up to a patient’s chest and listen. Then, in 1816, things changed.Lore has it that 35-year-old Paris physician Rene Laennec was caring for a young woman who was apparently plump, with a bad heart and large breasts. Dr. George Davis, ...

Locally Sourced: Kansas cold weather doesn’t mean you can’t eat local

February in Kansas doesn’t often inspire conversations about local food. Our sensory memory of last summer has long expired, and the craving of spring flavor is yet to awaken. Most familiar signs of life are weeks from emerging, and the yellowish-brown landscape reminds that we are at the ...

A slice of white bread is the trick to healthier Oscars food

Finger food can be tricky for the healthy eater. Tiny bites that explode with flavor often are loaded with empty calories and little nutrition. If I'm not paying attention at a party, I can easily inhale a day's worth of calories, just because, well, I'm hungry. And finger food is so, you know, ...

Mini lemon curd cups are an easy way to add dessert elegance

There is a time and place for a pint of ice cream and a spoon. Or for a pile of cookies or box of doughnuts. An Oscars viewing party is neither the time nor the place. This party requires desserts with a bit more panache.Which is why we created these simple lemon curd cups, an elegant dessert ...

Serving up cocktails with a cinematic twist for the Oscars

Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from "Casablanca" and Agent 007's dry martinis.So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of the Oscars this year, now might be a good time to get your cocktail act together. And Tim ...

Watching the Oscars? Give your party mix a classy overhaul

Don't even think about serving that old classic "party mix" at your Oscars party. This isn't an 8-year-old's birthday party. This is red carpet material, even if it's in your living room.So it's time to class up your party mix act. And with this recipe for spiced bacon pecans, you'll have no ...

Lawrence’s new Athletic Strength Institute to host open house

Athletic Strength Institute, a new Lawrence fitness business, is now open and accepting new athletes. It will host an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at 720 E. Ninth St., Unit 3.The open house will give the community an opportunity to tour the facility, visit with trainers and learn more ...

Bite Sighs: A decadent S’more Cheesecake to ruin your New Year’s resolution

Happy New Year! Are you ready to scoff at your resolution to eat only healthy things? Me too! Put down the grilled celery and pick up your fork; it’s time for S’more Cheesecake! S'MORE CHEESECAKEFor the crust:1¾ cups crushed graham crackers3 tablespoons sugar6 tablespoons butter, meltedFor ...

Locally Sourced: Fuel up on foods with bright colors, fresh ingredients

If there is one thing we all need every day, it’s energy. Without it we would accomplish nothing. The mitochondria in our cells work hard each second to incinerate the molecules that maintain our vitality. It’s a biological miracle of pristine efficiency and enviable sustainability.Though ...