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Delicious/Nutritious: Bringing leeks out of hiding

Published April 16, 2014

Leeks are often the background of French cooking. They're onions, but milder than the yellow or red varieties Americans more often use. They saute beautifully and also add a textural element if you don't puree them into a sauce or soup. Take a look at these delicious and nutritious recipes that incorporate leeks in a different way. By Sarah Henning and Megan Stuke

Easter eggs Benedict: Whip up a brunch classic, then top it with smoked trout

Published April 16, 2014

Our family always have a special Easter brunch. When we’re with extended family we might do something more complicated, but this year — since it’s just going to be our little family of three — I think we’re going to do an easy eggs Benedict. By Meryl Carver-Allmond

11 things you're doing to your skin that you shouldn't be

Published April 15, 2014

The sun, lack of exercise, happy hour: A lot can affect your skin and its health. Check out these 11 things you're doing to your skin that you shouldn't be, according to Lawrence skin-care experts. By Giles Bruce

Town Talk: City receives just one proposal to redevelop dilapidated East Lawrence property; rumblings of Buffalo Wild Wings, barbecue and a downtown diner

Published April 11, 2014

City commissioners recently went through the unusual process of taking the house and real estate at 1106 Rhode Island St. by eminent domain. As part of the eminent domain process, the city paid $114,500 for the dilapidated and vacant house and barn that sit just east of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center in downtown. Last month, commissioners sent out an RFP saying they wanted to receive proposals on how to redevelop the property, with the caveat that the old structures wouldn't be demolished. City staff members now report that the city received just one proposal. By Chad Lawhorn

Spring greens: Six ideas to kick off salad season using fresh ingredients

Published April 10, 2014

It’s time to dust off those salad tongs and stock up on greens because salad season is here again. Sure, thanks to year-round availability, it can be salad season anytime, but over the next few weeks the locally grown greens will be popping up, both at the Lawrence Farmers Market and in early vegetable gardens around town. So if you haven’t been making salads all winter — or have been buying pre-made or restaurant salads — it’s time for a little inspiration. By Sarah Henning

Making Gatsby great: Theatre Lawrence production the perfect challenge for director

Published April 10, 2014

Theatre Lawrence's production of "The Great Gatsby," which kicks off Friday and runs through April 27, tells the story a Jazz Age millionaire and the young man who is drawn to him. By John R. Phythyon Jr.

The presidential history of mac and cheese

Published April 9, 2014

Thomas Jefferson — who would be a youthful 271 years old on April 13 if he were still alive — has plenty of well-known achievements. But my favorite bit of historical trivia about the author of the Declaration of Independence is much more humble: Jefferson was partly responsible for importing the recipe for macaroni and cheese to the United States. By Meryl Carver-Allmond

KU freshman Joel Embiid headed to NBA Draft

Published April 9, 2014

Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid has put himself in position to make a prophet out of KU coach Bill Self by tossing his name into the ring for the 2014 NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

Trail running is poetry in Lawrence

Published April 8, 2014

Trail running has been called three-dimensional running. The forward component is obvious — yet trails can work you through series of ups and downs and laterally, forcing you to use more stabilizing and core muscles due to the variety of terrain. This “wildness” comes out on the trails, and the Lawrence area has plenty to offer. By Dan Kuhlman

Special Report: Powering the Prairie

Published April 8, 2014

Show of hands

Published April 7, 2014

A critically acclaimed craftsman and puppet master who has performed not just across the country but in Europe and Asia as well, Cashore is giving four performances at Lied Center this weekend. But little did we know that before he became a master puppeteer, Cashore could handle a basketball like few others. By Tom Keegan

Mrs. Mass.: At Cindy’s Simple life, expect the unexpected

Published April 3, 2014

I have a distinct appreciation for the shops that offer something a little different and unexpected. Walking into a store full of quirky items I didn’t know I needed always strikes my fancy. Considering this, it’s no wonder I recently found myself enchanted while roaming around Cindy’s Simple Life. By Jessica Pauly

Family Adventures: Gear up for rainy play

Published April 3, 2014

Kansas weather. Do I need to say anymore? I can’t help it, I have to. As soon as the snow stops, tornado season starts — if the tornadoes even decide to be that courteous — and then it’s going to start raining. I know that we’ll get the customary two weeks of glorious-ness in May, but, in the meantime, what’s a mama who’s ready for some fresh air to do? By Meryl Carver-Allmond

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