Food

Crave: Radishes take center stage in these dishes

Radishes are at their peak in the spring. Here are two great ways to highlight their flavor and texture. Chicken Thighs With Sautéed Radishes This dish works as a lunch salad or as a light and healthy dinner entrée. Yields 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 1⁄4 pounds boneless, skinless ...

Crave: 3 dishes to make as the weather warms up

With the weather getting warmer, it’s the perfect time to enjoy seasonal produce, like asparagus, and other classic springtime fare, like lamb. Here’s a meal that makes the most of the season’s bounty. Asparagus With Honey Garlic Sauce Yields 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 pound fresh ...

Crave: Low heat, smoke and time can transform your food

What’s the difference between grilling and smoking? Both are common outdoor cooking methods, but they work in different ways. Grilling involves cooking over high heat (350 degrees or more) for a short period of time. But smoking involves low temperatures (200 degrees or lower) over a long ...

Crave: 2 hearty salads for spring

Hearty salads with vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage and mizuna are the perfect way to transition from cold days to milder spring weather. These recipes are a good mix of sweet, spiced and crisp, and they don’t take too much work to prepare, either. Five-Spice Red Cabbage Salad The ...

Crave: Make your own yogurt at home

Making yogurt at home is simpler than it sounds — it only takes two ingredients, a yogurt incubator and some patience. You will need an incubator to keep the yogurt at a consistent temperature while it sets up. Purchasing a home incubator can save you money in the long run if you go through ...

Crave: Pull out the sheet pan for a homemade twist on pizza night

If you’ve gotten used to cooking at home more this year, then consider switching things up on pizza night and making it yourself on a sheet pan. Not only will the pizza taste good, but it’s a fun activity with kids. First, the crust, which is vital as a canvas for your favorite ...

Spirits: Mint juleps steeped in American social, political history

I’m sure most of us have heard of the mint julep, a bourbon-based cocktail associated with the American South and the Kentucky Derby. During the Civil War and up until 1920s, the mint julep was the drink of choice and Tom Bullock made one of the best around. Born in 1872, Bullock was the son ...

Crave: Chicken shines with dumplings and noodles

Chicken and Dumplings This old-fashioned rendition of chicken and dumplings is probably the way your grandma used to make it. Nothing extra has been added—no vegetables, no noodles—this really is just chicken and dumplings. A free-range organic bird is all you need to celebrate the true ...

Crave: Easy breads to warm up the kitchen

Bake bread from scratch with these can-do recipes. --- Wheat Bread Yields 1 loaf. Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups bread flour, packed and leveled 3⁄4 cup whole-wheat flour, packed and leveled 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 1⁄2 teaspoon active dry yeast 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups cool water Wheat bran and ...

Crave: With fry bread, flour tortillas, the possibilities are endless

If you’ve never had Indian fry bread or homemade tortillas, you don’t know what you’re missing. Homemade tortillas are made with five simple ingredients and are a versatile base for any meal. Use them for wraps, burritos, soft tacos, or tostadas. The options are endless. Indian fry bread ...

Crave: The art of biscuit making

Whether you’re dreaming of a delicious breakfast, lunch, or supper—or even an afternoon snack—we have just the thing. Easy to prepare, and oh-so-good fresh from the oven, biscuits go great with butter and jelly, honey, or topped with country gravy. When your stomach starts rumbling ...

Crave: With these simple breads, there’s no need for much effort

I used to be intimidated by bread baking. I thought of it as a monumental task that only homemakers invested in … mixing, kneading, and waiting for multiple rises, expensive stand mixers with dough hooks, etc. I hate to admit it, but I marched down to the grocery store and bought the $4 mini ...

Crave: 5 things experts want you to know about new dietary guides

New federal dietary guidelines encourage Americans to focus more on eating healthy throughout life, to be flexible in their eating patterns and to cut down on empty calories. The recommendations, released every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and ...

Crave: PepsiCo, Beyond Meat in new deal to develop plant-based products

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat are creating a joint venture to develop snacks and drinks made from plant-based proteins. The companies didn’t reveal what kinds of products they will make Tuesday, saying they’re still in development. But the collaboration sent Beyond Meat’s shares to their ...

Crave: Sweet, easy slow cooker desserts

While a lot of people would never dream of making dessert in the slow cooker, others can’t imagine doing it any other way. Try out these three slow cooker desserts and see which camp you fall into. --- Crock Pot Apple Pie Yields 8 servings. Ingredients: 8 tart apples, peeled and ...

Spirits: Cream liqueur gets popular as winter weather sets in

I would have to guess that more coffee is consumed during the winter months than any other time of the year. Since the invention of coffee, we have been adding things in it to soften the bitterness. Irish creams continue to be one of our hottest categories during the winter months, year after ...

Crave: Want something hearty? Try these protein-packed classics

The slow cooker is perfect for preparing less expensive, tougher cuts of meat, because the moisture produced during the long cooking period breaks down the meat’s connective tissue, causing it to become more tender. Beef Pot Roast Yields 8 servings. Ingredients: 1 envelope (.7 ounce) ...

Crave: While you wait for summer, make the most of root vegetable season

If you’ve been to a farmers’ market lately, then the reality of seasonal cooking in the middle of winter has plainly revealed itself to you. Tis the season for root vegetables, and not a whole lot else. But there is beauty to cooking with the season, not just because it feels in sync with ...

Crave special section: What’s on the menu in Lawrence?

It has been a terribly tough year for the restaurant and hospitality industries, so we are glad to do our part to help promote Lawrence Restaurant Week, which is running from Jan. 13 to Jan. 27. Check out details on participating restaurants and special menus at lawrencerestaurantweek.com. ...