Food

Cooking from Scratch: Shortbread cookies for your sweetie
February 11, 2015
These chocolate-dipped orange shortbread cookies when tucked into a book bag or left on the counter for a late-night snack were a sweet way for my husband and I to say, “I’m thinking of you” without spending the rent money.
Delicious/Nutritious: Coconut is nature’s candy
February 11, 2015
Slightly sweet with a definitely distinctive flavor, coconut has one of those “love it or hate” it tastes. If you’re one who loves it, there are many ways for you to enjoy the rich, pleasing taste — coconut milk, water, oil, manna, flour, flakes, shreds, sweetened tendrils and palm sugar.
Lawrence Libations: Bleeding Kansas at Five Bar & Tables
February 5, 2015
With Kansas celebrating its 154th birthday last week, it only seemed appropriate to follow up that momentous occasion with a Kansas-centric martini for this month’s Lawrence Libations.
Lawrence Local Table hopes to make city a dining destination
February 5, 2015
Lawrence Local Table, new collective of local culinary professionals, hopes to strengthen the local food scene one course at a time.
Cooking from Scratch: Pasta e Fagioli
February 4, 2015
One of my favorite uses for from-scratch beans is the traditional Italian Pasta e Fagioli, or “pasta and beans.”
Off the Beaten Plate: Quinoa and sweet corn fritters at La Parrilla
January 29, 2015
Quinoa has a bit of a reputation as a health food, a favorite among hippie types and fitness buffs for its high levels of protein and fiber. It’s gluten-free, and not really associated with heavy fried dishes.
Bite Sighs: Chocolate apricot cheesecake
January 28, 2015
Now that the first month of the new year is about over, lots of us have abandoned those pesky healthy-eating resolutions and returned to our favorite comfort foods.
Off the Beaten Plate: Halum cheese at Aladdin Cafe
January 22, 2015
We’ve never met a cheese we didn’t like, and the Halum appetizer at Aladdin Cafe (our first experience with the variety) was no exception.
Off the Beaten Plate: Mochi ice cream at Encore Cafe
January 15, 2015
This frozen treat is like two desserts in one — soft, gelatinous mochi (a Japanese pounded rice cake, for the uninitiated) on the outside and a scoop of ice cream on the inside.
Delicious/Nutritious: Brussels sprouts flex their muscles
January 14, 2015
They look like baby cabbages, but brussels sprouts aren’t little on flavor. They pair well with both astringent and savory tastes and go nicely with main dishes from fish to beef to tofu.
Cooking From Scratch: Popping up for movie night
January 14, 2015
Stovetop popcorn takes about the same amount of time of microwave popcorn and tastes much better. You don’t need any special equipment to make it either.
Kansas City Connection: Start your drooling for Restaurant Week
January 10, 2015
A bit of advice: Don’t look at the website for Kansas City Restaurant Week on an empty stomach.
Art show to celebrate Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar
January 10, 2015
This week, an art exhibit featuring works from some of the area’s most prominent artists will be held to celebrate Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar.
Borrowed from the kids’ menu: Restaurants offer adult versions of childhood treats
January 8, 2015
You’d be hard pressed to find a kid who doesn’t go crazy for macaroni and cheese or a plate of chicken tenders. But, as those kids grow up, so do their taste buds. But just because we grow up doesn’t mean we have to abandon the culinary treats we enjoyed as kids.
Off the Beaten Plate: Hercules Burger at The Mad Greek
January 8, 2015
If you’ve ever bitten into a hamburger and thought to yourself, “This could really use more meat,” the Mad Greek’s Hercules Burger may be the meal for you.