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Cooking with something new: Nutella (and pretzels)

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2012/oct/12/242647/ I’ve undoubtedly eaten more than my fair share of Nutella on its own — on ice cream, toast, crepes, fruit, by the spoonful and (I confess!) straight off a knife — but never baked with it. On the one hand, I’ve always thought, it’s kind of expensive and so ...

National spotlight shines on library's banned books trading cards, now available for purchase online

Sara Shepherd

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2012/09/27/banned_book_3_Tuesday.jpg The Lawrence Public Library’s banned book trading cards are blowing up — even with no bubble gum in the pack. With requests to get them coming in from across the country, the library ordered a second printing and started selling packs online last night. Emails from teachers, book lovers ...

McDonald's calorie counts: No more avoiding the obvious

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2012/sep/21/241544/ One 10-piece, 1,090-calorie Chicken McNuggets meal, please. For the first time today, I learned how many calories are in my favorite meal at McDonald's. I’m still trying to decide whether I’m worried about it. As promised, the fast food giant this week [added calorie counts to its menus][1] — ...

Cooking with something new: Sumac

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2012/aug/19/241144/ Until a few weeks ago, I knew sumac as a vigorous weed that grows in the ditches alongside Kansas highways and turns bright red in the fall. It turns out, Middle Eastern people have known for hundreds, if not thousands, of years that dried and ground berries of the ...

Monks create sand mandala in minutes (time-lapse style)

Sara Shepherd

**UPDATE:** The full video is complete. And it's really beautiful. I like how they show time-lapse of the mandala under construction, still-shots of the monks, and even shots of members of the public watching them work. (Also, I kind of like how they added a little Jayhawk in the corner.) ...

If Bowie knives could talk: 'Speed' takes on Lawrence in new Hulu travel show

Sara Shepherd

Lawrence is hitting Hulu today, as the main focus of the third episode in a new travel series called “Up To Speed.” With cities like San Francisco and New York also covered in the Hulu original show, why would kooky tour guide/historian/philosopher Timothy “Speed” Levitch stop here? Well, producers say, ...

Shooting 'Sophie' — time-lapse video shows construction of 7-foot sculpture

Sara Shepherd

Making official photos of art objects takes more TLC than you may realize — especially a 7-foot-tall art object sporting a massive tulle dress. Kansas University's Spencer Museum of Art shared this time-lapse video of staffers setting up and shooting Sophie-Ntombikayise, a larger-than-life sculpture by 29-year-old Johannesburg, South Africa, artist ...

Spencer Museum of Art debuts ornate sculpture 'Sophie'

Sara Shepherd

Now that the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University has finally reopened after its water-main induced closure, visitors will be greeted by someone new. She goes by “Sophie.” http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2012/aug/22/239915/ Sophie-Ntombikayise is a larger-than-life sculpture by 29-year-old Johannesburg, South Africa, artist Mary Sibande. Sophie was scheduled to go on display ...

Pho, fried chicken and lobster tail — Oh Boy!

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2012/aug/03/238764/ If you follow my colleague Chad Lawhorn's [Town Talk blog][1], you know something has been going on with the restaurants at the southeast corner of 10th and Mass. After a month of being closed for remodeling, The Orient, Oh Boy! Chicken and (sort of) Angler's Seafood House reopened last ...

Monster veggies? They'd have to be freakishly big to break these records

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2012/jul/30/238471/ I’ll be heading over to the fairgrounds tomorrow in search of the biggest vegetable in Douglas County. Those hulking, twisted monster pumpkins we’ve seen pictures of filling up entire pickup beds come to mind. More realistically, extension agent Jennifer Smith tells me, the Douglas County fair will have a ...

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