Food

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 ...

Make choices toward a healthful 2016 with dietitians’ tips

The new year is a traditional time to take stock and make resolutions. If changing your nutrition habits is on your list, these Lawrence dietitians have some suggestions. Patty Metzler, registered dietitian and nutritionist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, wants people to focus on the positive. ...

Cooking From Scratch: Warm Brussels sprout salad helps lighten up the holidays

I love Christmas. I’m just going to get that out there to start. I love twinkle lights and carols and roast beef and peppermint bark. Oh good golly, do I love peppermint bark. (Google Molly Wizenberg’s recipe. And make a double batch. You’ll thank me.)After spending much of December ...

Bite Sighs: Cranberry spice loaf a not-too-sweet treat

December is typically one big sugarfest, with cakes and cookies and candy of all descriptions.If you have a friend or family member who was born with an undersized sweet tooth, this is the recipe for them. Not quite a cake, but more than a bread, this little round loaf is just enough to satisfy ...

Cooking From Scratch: Spice up winter hot chocolate

Cozy new Christmas jammies, a stack of stories like “Rudolph” and “The Night Before Christmas,” and steamy mugs of hot chocolate with magical melting islands of whipped cream — that’s the vision, right? That’s what gives you the holiday warm-fuzzies.Let me tell you how that vision ...

Locally Sourced: How to keep leftovers from going to waste

Occasionally I get caught up in the food TV shows available on the Internet. Recently while doing some research for this column, I came across a luring episode of “Chopped.” The mystery theme of this edition challenged the contestants to make a three-course meal with leftovers. Growing up ...

10 healthy holiday nutrition tips to tame temptation

Holidays are usually enjoyable. However, unhealthy habits can be attached to the parties and gatherings. Here are 10 tips from Allie Wergin, registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic Health System, to help you have a healthier holiday: Don't skip meals. Skipping a meal with the goal of ...

Cooking From Scratch: Salted chocolate sacristans save the day

There wasn't even a good excuse. We'd been hiking? I was hot and hungry? But really, I just didn't even realize I was doing it, until I looked down and saw that I had eaten an entire bag of cookies. An entire bag of my mother-in-law's cookies, in fact. You know, the fancy Pepperidge Farm Milano ...

Locally Sourced: Valuable lessons

Over the years I’ve observed that fewer and fewer people know what it means to cook from scratch. TV, books and now movies have done a good job showing the glamour, debauchery and appeal of professional cooking, but rarely do they convey the tie-in with why we cook with passion at home.It’s ...

Cooking From Scratch: It doesn’t take magic to make these pork buns

One time in college, I sat through a lunch hour panel on how to balance your life as a working woman/mom. It ended up being an hour of tips about structuring childcare and meal planning, which — to my pre-kids, pre-career self — seemed like a waste of time. I wanted to know the key. I ...

Cooking From Scratch: Fall spiced doughnuts with whiskey drizzle sauce

Here’s the thing: Homemade doughnuts are basically love transubstantiated into pastry. They can be as basic as a bit of leftover pizza dough that’s been fried and rolled in sugar, but there’s not much that’s more cozy than settling in for a long, chilly Sunday morning with a hot cup of ...