Meryl Carver-Allmond (Freelancer)

Meryl Carver-Allmond is a freelancer for the Lawrence Journal-World and She writes Family Adventures column.

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Cooking from Scratch: Lemon posset a polite dessert
April 21, 2015
Often made with just three ingredients — heavy cream, sugar and citrus juice — a posset is lighter than pudding or custard but no less delicious.
Cooking from Scratch: Spicy pork pasta a ghost of menus past
April 8, 2015
One fun thing about living in Lawrence? The restaurants are always changing. One not-so-fun thing about living in Lawrence? The restaurants are always changing.
Cooking from Scratch: Artichokes make for a hearty appetizer
March 25, 2015
You have to wonder about the first person who decided to eat an artichoke. I suppose it could have been starvation that led some ancient human to attempt to ingest this Mediterranean thistle, but I rather suspect it was a dare between two men.
Cooking from Scratch: Homemade SpaghettiOs
March 10, 2015
All the same, I couldn’t quite commit to serving up a can of SpaghettiOs for dinner-proper, as my son requested soon after learning the jingle. Instead, I decided to try to make SpaghettiOs from scratch.
Cooking from Scratch: Add some zest to winter with preserved lemons
February 25, 2015
Can I safely assume that everyone is done enjoying winter by now? I’m good with snow and bitter cold until about Valentine’s Day, but after that the cabin fever starts to set in. The view outside my window is gray (again) and everything seems “blah,” even cooking. This can only mean one thing: It’s time to make a big jar of preserved lemons.
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.
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.”
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.
Cooking from Scratch: The simply huge German pancake
December 25, 2014
A German pancake is rich, egg-y breakfast concoction that puffs up impressively in the oven and only requires five ingredients to make.
Crafting gifts: 4 easy present ideas to make yourself
December 17, 2014
The warmth of a handmade gift goes a long way toward cutting through December’s chill. But what if you’re not particularly crafty or can’t spend a fortune on supplies? Can you still give handmade gifts that your family and friends will treasure?

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