Happy 50th Birthday Jonathan Justus

Happy 50th Birthday Jonathan Justus

Jonathan Justus of Justus Drugstore celebrated his 50th birthday last week in Smithville with his wife Camille Ecklof, family and friends. I was lucky enough to be one of many people that attended a blow-out night that included bountiful cocktails, beer, a roasted pig...
Simple Spring Salad and Mint Pea Soup

Simple Spring Salad and Mint Pea Soup

Several years ago, Chef Terry Mille of Cowtown Cheesecake and I prepared a spring menu as part of KC Home & Gardens’ Cooking School. Classic spring weather this year made me think of the salad and mint pea soup I prepared for the event. We prepared a light,...
Buying Local Eggs in the Age of Bird Flu

Buying Local Eggs in the Age of Bird Flu

  Buying eggs from local farms might cost slightly more, but the household decision is something to consider as the domestic egg-production industry faces a growing challenge from avian influenza. Reuters reports that an outbreak of H5N2 avian influenza was...
Judging Latte Art at The Roasterie

Judging Latte Art at The Roasterie

Do you have what it takes to be a judge of latte art? It takes more than a love of coffee and an eye for whimsical design. Last Friday, Kate Gilmore of About the Coffee, Kate Blackman of Parisi Artisan Coffee and I judged a Latte Art competition at The Roasterie...
Caffeine Crawl 2015

Caffeine Crawl 2015

I left the Spring 2015 Caffeine Crawl this weekend stimulated with ideas and, yes, caffeine. Sadie Colwell (above) of The Lab led a small group on the tour as we visited six coffeehouses or roasters in the West Bottoms, Midtown and south Kansas City. The tours are...
Tacos at Bichelmeyer Meats

Tacos at Bichelmeyer Meats

I couldn’t resist the offer when my friends Craig and Gay Jones sent a text message and invited me to meet them at Bichelmeyer Meats for tacos. Bichelmeyer is a must-visit food destinations in Kansas City for the following two reasons:  1) It’s a fifth...
NY Times Creates Field Guide to American Sandwich

NY Times Creates Field Guide to American Sandwich

NY Times writer Sam Sifton develops a Field Guide to the American Sandwich. Do you agree with his premise? For the purposes of this field guide, we have laid down parameters. A hamburger is a marvelous sandwich, but it is one deserving of its own guide. The same holds...
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