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Cooking from Scratch: Risotto not as hard to make as you think
September 24, 2014
Risotto is my therapy, the ultimate antidote to a bad day at the office.
At new Ladybird Diner, nostalgia sells like hotcakes
Handmade pies, soda-fountain drinks and hot sandwiches among restaurant’s specialties
September 24, 2014
It’s mid-afternoon on a Tuesday, and Meg Heriford is dealing with a “pie emergency.” She’s in the center of the prep kitchen at her fledgling restaurant — surrounded by pies in various stages of progress, cocktail apron caked in flour — rolling out discs of dough, hand-crimping crusts and popping one tin after another into the oven. Ladybird Diner nearly sold out of pie over breakfast and lunch, and if she doesn’t come up with more pronto she’s going to have an upset dinner crowd on her hands.
Bite Sighs: Apple walnut tart
September 23, 2014
Whether your day was stellar or in the cellar, there’s nothing like a treat after a hard day at school or work. Now that September is upon us, a lot of those treats might be apple-based. Throw in a little cream cheese and a lot of butter, and your apples will put a whole new spin on “wow.”
Organizers say Lawrence Restaurant Week will return for a second year
September 22, 2014
The first Lawrence Restaurant Week went well enough that organizers say they “definitely” want to repeat it next year. By Sara Shepherd
Off the Beaten Plate: Woo Burger at West Coast Saloon
September 17, 2014
Lawrencians have loved the Woo Burger since West Coast started serving it in the late 1980s.
Healthy snack options on the rise in Lawrence
September 15, 2014
KU Endowment is one of a number of places across Lawrence where the snack offerings go beyond candy bars, chips and soda in an effort to provide employees, and the public, with healthier options. Earlier this year, for instance, Lawrence Parks and Recreation implemented new nutrition standards for its vending and concession offerings, including at the new Sports Pavilion Lawrence, the city’s new recreation center, set to open at Rock Chalk Park next month. At least 50 percent of the drinks and snacks sold at the department’s facilities must be low in fat, sugar and sodium. The city and county recently passed similar standards that will go into effect Jan. 1 at all of their buildings.
Senior nutrition program coming to Lawrence
September 11, 2014
CHAMPSS, the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging’s popular nutrition program, is coming to Lawrence on Oct. 1. Orientations will be held in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, as well as on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13.
Off the Beaten Plate: Mac N’ Cheese Omelet at Ladybird Diner
September 10, 2014
An omelet stuffed with macaroni and cheese — hey, why the heck not?
Cooking From Scratch: Pavlova a sweet but tricky fall treat
September 10, 2014
Pavlova — a marshmallowy cousin to merengue, reportedly named after a Russian ballerina’s tutu — is often thought of as a summer dessert. Instead, I urge you to consider making pavlova in the fall.
Sit down and savor — first Lawrence Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday
September 10, 2014
Does a sit-down dinner complete with aperitif, appetizer, salad and dessert, all in addition to your entree — seem decadent for an average night out? During the first Lawrence Restaurant Week, that kind of dining experience will suddenly become more accessible.
Delicious/Nutritious: The underappreciated zucchini
September 9, 2014
Zucchini: Ubiquitous in the hotter months, this dark-green vegetable is the very definition of summer squash. Its neutral flavor allows it to be either the star or sidekick in almost any meal, and its moisture content can allow it to show up in the most unexpected of places.
The Pouring Twenties: Speakeasy brings classic cocktails, atmosphere to downtown Lawrence
September 3, 2014
It may not advertise its whereabouts with any kind of sign, but the folks at John Brown’s Underground will leave a light on for you. Open the nondescript door and the sound of a cocktail shaker, sophisticated jazz and pleasant conversation greets the guests. It’s now very clear you’ve stepped out of a college town and into a ‘20s speakeasy.
How kids can offer little helping hands in the kitchen
September 3, 2014
It’s more work to cook with your young kids in the kitchen helping. Fortunately, there are ways to make cooking with kids go more smoothly.
Experts debate rise in traffic deaths as pot is legalized
September 2, 2014
As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.
Oklahoma Joe’s changing name to reflect Kansas City locations
August 28, 2014
The nationally recognized Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas, plans to change its name by the end of the year to reflect that it hasn’t had any connection to Oklahoma for 17 years, the co-owner of the business said.