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  • Impressive cakes, treats take top honors at 2013 fair Winners

    For those who bake, there is nothing more interesting than seeing what other bakers create. Last year, I had the opportunity to report on the cake decorating open class competition at the Riley County Fair. I was so impressed with .

  • All-American apple pie is star of fair contest

    There is no such thing as a bad apple pie. Those were the sentiments expressed Sunday by the three judges for the apple pie contest at the Riley County Fair. This was the first year for the pie contest. Riley .

  • Traditional burgers, fries get a makeover for holiday Fourthfood2.phatch

    The Fourth of July was always filled with fireworks and food in my home. It just wasn’t Independence Day without the standard burgers, hot dogs and my cousin throwing fireworks at me. It was not the most sophisticated event. .

  • Kebab special inspired by Asian street vendors 1.phatch

    The sound of sizzling coupled with the alluring smell of cooking meats can be heard outside of Manhattan staple Coco Bolo’s, 1227 Bluemont Ave., on Tuesday evenings with their street-side kebabs. The restaurant is serving Asian-style skewers from its patio .

  • If you have a sweet tooth, Hazel Hill has you covered Hazel.hill.phatch

    There’s a new place to get your chocolate fix in Manhattan. Hazel Hill Chocolate, whose original branch is in Topeka, opened a new location at 106 S. Fourth St., the cozy space that was previously a Radina’s, and before .

  • Fruity cakes make for light summer dessert

    When it comes to summer, heavy cakes aren’t exactly the go-to dessert. But with fruit such as strawberries and lemons in season, a lighter, fruity cake can be a delicious dessert stand-by. I recently had two occasions to test .

  • Retire that bottled sauce and get creative with side salads Food 1.phatch

    Memorial Day is just around the corner and with the extended winter foiling a few spring plans, families are more than ready to spark up the grill and start cooking. That being said, I think we become really content when .

  • Pizza place prides itself on standing out from the crowd

    Around nine years ago, Ryan Murphy had the radical idea to turn a Kansas farming staple —- wheat —- into a pizza crust. “There were few pizza places that had done that,” Murphy said. “There was a niche in the .

  • Skip the wait and plan a thoughful spring menu for Mom

    Moms are pretty important pieces of the culinary landscape. Many of them inspired both famous chefs and home cooks, including me. This Sunday celebrates mothers, both culinary and not, with Mother’s Day. As anyone who has ever attempted to .

  • Making classic cocktail starts with fresh ingredients Drink.phatch

    Is there anything better than a well made margarita alongside a spicy Mexican meal? I don’t happen to think so. Let’s be honest, most of us have had a really badly made margarita before and, unfortunately, many of .

  • Balsamic vinegar: Finger-licking good

    I’m new to the game when it comes to using balsamic vinegar in dishes. I always liked balsamic vinaigrettes, so I figured that at some point I would end up trying it at home. The only problem was remembering .

  • Happy birthday, Mom; thanks for the recipes

    While watching an episode of “Giada at Home” this weekend, Giada DeLaurentiis made a comment that her memories lie in food.  I must say that I agree. My life has been filled with plenty of culinary memories. Some of .





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