Food

Unseasonal cold highlights area farmers’ determination

White slush clung to the roofs of trucks. Sellers - some adding hot chocolate to their list of goods - stood stiffly in the cool air, bundled in hats, mittens and scarves.It may be April, but it seemed more like February for Saturday's season kickoff of the Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market at ...

Grill drill

Recent warm weather had people across Lawrence breaking out their grills for the season.And while it's been colder since then, there's no doubt temperatures will rise soon - and the grills will be fired up again.That means it's time for an annual checkup of your patio cooking device.That ...

Use marinades to boost flavor of lean meats

For health-conscious cooks who refuse to sacrifice flavor, mastering how to make and use marinades is essential.It's an excellent way to infuse vibrant flavors into lean meat, poultry and fish without adding excessive fat or salt.Most marinades follow a basic equation that calls for a bit of ...

Celebrate spring with side of elegant asparagus

Q: Is asparagus healthy?A: Asparagus is one of spring's greatest offerings. It is delicious, low-calorie and healthful, especially in vitamins A, B and C. First enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, asparagus continues to be among the most popular green vegetables around. Beautiful and easy to ...

‘Today Show’ correspondent pays visit to ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week for "Cooking with 'Today Show' Feature Correspondent Mike Leonard."Host Jayni Carey and Leonard will prepare the following recipes: Mike's Ham & Cheese Wraps, Warm Spinach Salad with Parsley Dressing and Grilled Steaks with Blue Cheese Crust. A recipe ...

County may start restaurant inspections

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is considering a plan that would allow it to begin inspecting area restaurants for cleanliness and health-related issues.Dan Partridge, health department director, told Douglas County commissioners this morning that he is considering an idea of ...

After hunt, hard-cooked eggs can fill another need

Easter Monday, the lunch-box books run a million to one in favor of egg salad on white.We don't suggest messing with fate and packing something else after Easter Sunday's festivities. We do, however, suggest an egg-salad upgrade. The modern egg-salad sandwich is championed by champion chef ...

Here’s how to Play it safe with easter eggs

Hard-cooked eggs in the shell once were considered so safe and bacteria-free that kids stored them in their Easter baskets and moms displayed them in a nest of plastic grass on the dining room buffet.No more. We now know hard-cooked eggs should be handled as carefully as raw poultry. They ...

Two appetites, one meal

You hate meat. He won't touch a vegetable. How will you ever share the same meal?There are some things you can change about your spouse - like when he wears those horrible pleated pants - but eating habits are tougher to tackle. You didn't get married to always eat apart (or cook two meals), ...

Keep safety in mind during Easter egg fun

Q: How do you blow an egg so we can decorate it?A: Years ago, families would literally blow eggs out like we would blow up a balloon by poking holes in both ends of the raw egg, pricking the yolk with a sharp instrument and "blowing" until the egg came out the other end.Because of the many food ...

Try an on-the-fly pasta stir-fry

Think how much faster pasta would be to prepare if you didn't have to boil it.If it's fresh pasta, you don't.With a bit of creative stir-frying, this pasta and a hearty ragu-like sauce can be prepared at the same time and in the same pan.Here's how it works. The dish begins with a bit of hot ...

Mouth-watering meat meals served up on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week for "Beef Sirloin: Manly Meals Any Woman Can Love."Host Jayni Carey and her guest will prepare the following recipes: Roasted Sirloin Cap with Cumin-Pepper Rub, Creamy Shredded Potatoes, Roasted Tomatoes on the Vine, and Sirloin Steak with Fettuccine and ...

Guidelines address how to choose must-have pots and pans

Like so many brides-to-be, Sarah Lamb has faced some tough decisions. Style of invitation. Reception menu. Seating arrangements. And of course, which brand of pricey cookware belongs on her gift registry.And brand is just the start. Which style of which brand? Which pans in that style? Is a ...

Conference to discuss business of food

For grocery shoppers, the days of having two main choices of apples - the green Granny Smith or the Red Delicious - are a thing of the past."People are becoming very interested in variety and in having different sources of foods," said Shane Hamilton, a University of Georgia historian who is ...

Squeezing the most out of garlic

The staff at Cook's Illustrated magazine tested five varieties of hardneck garlic and concluded that rocambole and porcelain were the tastiest. But they also determined that preparation played a big role in making the most of garlic flavor, said Jack Bishop, editorial director. His advice:¢ ...

Beer Madness vote taken online

If your bracket's pretty much a loss as college men's basketball moves into Final Four games, then there's always Beer Madness. Thirty-two brews are competing for the top spot in a Washington Post online poll.In the Beer Madness quarterfinals, Pete's Wicked Ale fell to Ellie's Brown Ale of ...

Unusual oils vary in nutritional quality

Q: Can you tell me about brazil nut oil? Is it a healthy oil to choose?A: Brazil nut oil is a yellow-colored oil with a pleasant, sweet smell and taste. Brazil nut oil is extracted from low-grade and broken nuts. Only surplus or damaged nuts are used for processing Brazil nut oil.In addition to ...

Show marks sixth anniversary of ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week for "Six Years of Jayni's Kitchen: A Look Back."On the menu is Slow Cooker Beef Country-Style Ribs with Zinfandel, Chocolate and Rosemary.A new show airs at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. The show also is broadcast at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday; ...

Get beyond gluten with quinoa

Jacqueline Mallorca turned what could have been a devastating diagnosis into a new career.More than a decade ago, the food writer and former editorial assistant to culinary legend James Beard discovered she was gluten intolerant. Suddenly, so many of the foods she loved and worked with were ...

Eating: It’s just too much fun to let old habits die

Long before potato chips were uniformly molded and stacked in tubular canisters, and decades before candy bars were reduced to small, round pellets sold by the bag, we had plenty of treats in my childhood home. We didn't need novelties and gimmicky packaging to fill our bellies with junk ...