The Flying Fork

Sweeten your ice cream with fresh sweet corn

Every time I tell someone I'm making sweet corn ice cream, I'm met with suspicious stares or, on occasion, downright anger. "Why," they cry, "would you ruin perfectly good homemade ice cream by putting a *vegetable* in it?" My 6-year-old son nearly cried when I first asked him to try ...

Summer’s pie: Strawberries and cream

Summer, for me, is pools, hot dogs, garden salsa and strawberry pie. Not necessarily in that order. I am not much of a dessert eater, but I have never in my life turned down a piece of strawberry pie, no matter what version was put in front of me. It is one of the few sweet treats that I ...

Chicken Divan: a dinner blast from the past

Your mother probably made this in the '70s, and it might have been a dish she considered upscale enough to don her hostess dress and make for company. Chicken divan is a casserole that over the years has taken on many forms (most of which are unacceptable bastardizations that include cans of ...

Roasted vegetable pizza a quick dinner solution

Pizza is a fallback dinner at our house. When the cupboard is bare, I can still almost always pull together some sort of pizza-like concoction that pleases everyone and also uses up the random leftovers languishing in my refrigerator. Pizza, in my mind, doesn't always have to have red sauce ...

Hasselback potatoes not much hassle at all

Steak night at our house is a big affair and we don't like to mess around. We want all the sides and fixin's, and we like to be a little inventive about it so we don't get bored. Everyone loves a good baked potato, but I'm always looking for ways to make it better, more exciting, and ...

Roasted corn and jalapeno salsa for a taste of summer

Summer is almost here, and I'm starting to seek out the tastes and colors of warm weather. Winter food tends to be full of browns and oranges, and while those things represent deliciousness like roast beef and pumpkin pie, as summer approaches I start seeking colorful and vibrant food — ...

Breakfast bagel sandwiches for boys and girls

The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence hosts a breakfast at their Teen Center every Wednesday morning. Did you know that? It's free. FREE BREAKFAST. Different supporters of the club come in and cook special things, and the community is invited to come hang out, visit, network and learn about ...

Ballard Banana Pops a good sweet treat

Feeding kids is a huge challenge. They are picky, messy and prone to preferring preservatives and artificial color over fiber and vitamins. At the Ballard Center, where I work, this is a daily task. We try to feed the children healthy things, but we also don't want hungry kids running around ...

Albondigas for Monday Tapas

Meatball Monday is a "thing" at our house. I don't do it every Monday, but I do it regularly enough that I like to try to change things up so as to avoid a meatball slump. In an effort to be mindful of our health, I try to use leaner meats for meatballs and stay away from beef, delicious as ...

Rustic beet panzanella

If you have never had Limestone Pizza's Warm Beet and White Bean Salad, you should rectify that immediately. It is a beautiful winter salad that I would happily eat any time of year. It's vibrant in taste and color, and it's filling, so the name "salad" hardly does it justice. It's more of a ...

Mustard, mashed potatoes and March Madness

March is a very special month in Lawrence, and I'm not just talking about basketball. The venerable Free State Brewing Co. also hosts its annual March Mustard Madness event wherein hundreds of different kinds of mustard are trucked in and trotted out to your table to sample in myriad ways. It ...

Sesame steak rice bowls a quick, nutritious lunch or dinner

I make rice bowls regularly because they come together quickly and can really utilize whatever ingredients are waiting in your refrigerator or pantry. Chicken, steak, shrimp, pork — all work in a rice bowl. Or you can forgo the meat altogether and make a really tasty vegetarian dish with ...

Girl Scout Cookie Pie

We all love Girl Scout cookies, right? So this is a wonderful time of year when sweet shining faces appear at our doors with boxes of goodness wrapped in community love. I have some friends who work for the Girl Scouts, and they had the great idea to use some cookies in a recipe, rather than ...

Curried roasted chicken salad

A roasted chicken is a thing of beauty. It is so simple to prepare and can provide several meals for a small family with minimal fuss. Also, there is the added bonus of a carcass for later stock-making. I roast a chicken several times a month and usually serve it as-is the first night, and ...

Penne a la Bacon

Cooking weeknight dinners can be tricky when time is an issue. Often, meals get plugged in between sports practices, baths, homework and chores. In order to handle the "no time for dinner prep" evenings, it's good to have a few stand-by ingredients on hand. In my house, bacon and shrimp are ...

Pulled pork arepas

Recently, a friend suggested I write about arepas, and I realized I'd completely forgotten about the easiest way to pull together a complete meal in minutes. I hadn't made arepas since college, when they were a standard way to quickly and inexpensively serve dinner to a guest or four. Arepas ...

White chicken enchiladas

Enchiladas can take on any form, and there's rarely one that isn't absolutely delicious. If you're interested in moving away from canned sauces, there are many simple ways to create a restaurant-quality enchilada that comes from basic ingredients and some rudimentary know-how. White ...

Italian roast beef hoagies

Surprisingly, cooking a roast can be very intimidating. One would think that as the standard Sunday dinner fare, it would be a simple "anyone can do it" sort of thing, but cooking a roast requires some basic information and a little bit of know-how. They're rather easy to ruin. There are ...

Community pot paella

Paella is a Spanish dish that traditionally consists of rice, rabbit, chicken and vegetables. In recent, years, though, a more "Americanized" version has emerged, and paella has become a sort of "catch-all" dish for proteins and vegetables of many sorts. Traditional paella is cooked over an ...

‘Marry Me’ Thai chicken soup

My friends and I all agree that it's important to have a "Marry Me" meal in our cooking repertoires. For Kiley, it's a chicken-fried steak/mashed potato/Brookville corn situation. For me, at least as far as I know, it was manicotti that brought my husband to the alter all those years ago. For ...