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Caramel Crunch Bars

Dorie Greenspan knows what she’s doing. Easier than it looks, this is a great holiday treat, for young and older palates alike. http://www.scrumptiousphotography.com/2009/02/caramel-crunch-bars-tuesdays-with-dorie.html  

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Turkey Tidbits

Back by popular demand, a post from last year’s holiday season. Every year a debate rages on as to whether to stuff the Thanksgiving bird or not. There’s really no good reason to do it (except that it looks cool) and many reasons  not to, the most important of which is that it’s not necessarily […]

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Seasons and Square

Andrea Morrow Joseph is a woman on a mission. She is filling her new spice and home goods shop with high quality, unique and and artisanal products, with an enthusiasm and obvious passion that has everyone who enters the store rooting for her success. Not only is she selling many items that aren’t available elsewhere in […]

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Powell Garden Missouri Barn Dinner with Chef Craig Howard

I haven’t had the motivation to write lately; perhaps it’s the laziness that summer induces. But I have to give a shout out to a very unique and creative dinner I attended last week at Powell Gardens. Fittingly, Chef Craig Howard of Howard’s Organic Fare and Vegetable Patch was the guest chef, and he cooked […]

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The Butcher of Panzano

In honor of Dario’s visit to Kansas City this week, I’m reprinting this article. Do yourself a favor and book a dinner with him at Michael Smith while he’s here! If you are in Tuscany, make whatever detour necessary to get to Panzano. A tiny town in the middle of Chianti, it’s home to a […]

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Tasty Tips

Asparagus season is in full swing–don’t miss out on one of spring’s most versatile and tasty offerings. Select freshly picked stalks, without the chalky film at the bottom. Whether steaming, roasting or grilling, simply snap each one near the end; they will break at the proper point, where the woody and tender parts meet. Grilling […]

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Port Fonda/Maza Azul Collaboration Dinner

Patrick Ryan of Port Fonda and Jonathan Zaragoza of Masa Azul in Chicago recently teamed up to prepare a goat and mezcal dinner at Port Fonda. And what a dinner it was. Each course was an adventure in itself, made more so because we got a little education about  mezcal.  Beforehand I didn’t even know the […]

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Best Dishes of 2013

I love pulling together this annual post. It gives me the opportunity to relive special moments from the past year, most of which revolve around food. Not because of the food itself, though my readers may find that hard to believe, but rather because of who I was with and what occasion we may have […]

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Broccoli Rabe with Cavatelli and Harissa

Pasta doesn’t have to be bad for you.  There are plenty of recipes that don’t include cream or meat, and if you buy wheat or rice pasta instead of one made with white flour, you can partake without guilt. A new pasta dish I just discovered is for veggie lovers, and those who enjoy spice. […]

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Pecan, Caramel and Fudge Pie

Are you panicked that you don’t have time to make a Thanksgiving dessert? Help is on the way in the form of one of the easiest pies you will ever make. All you need are some chocolate wafer cookies, pecans, chocolate, and a few other ingredients like whipping cream and corn syrup. You can make […]

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