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As wine age, texture improves, but where do sugars go?

I hate to be one of those guys who brags about what he’s drinking. It’s a rotten part of the wine business. We’re excited about wine. We want to share that enthusiasm especially when we taste certain wines that are unusual. So please forgive my animated remarks about a handful of wines I’ve had in the last few days — there’s a larger point to be made.

Last week, I was in Charlotte with some friends — folks from Winestore and one of America’s best wine writers, Josh Raynolds. We tasted through a pretty nice set of wines, but the wine that inspires this post was Fritz Haag’s Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Goldkapsule Auslese 2001.

It was nowhere near as sweet as in years past, a phenomenon I have observed for years but still can’t fathom.

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By DOUG FROST. 2 minutes ago

New book celebrates southern cuisine, including barbeque

We have identity issues in Chow Town.

Our metro area spans two states at odds with each other for at least a century and a half. We fight over principles, politics, money and sports.

Kansas was known as a “Free State” during the Civil War. Missouri was a slave state that didn’t secede from the Union. Kansas had John Brown. Missouri had Jesse James.

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By ARDIE A. DAVIS. 3 hours ago

It’s National Grilled Cheese Month

What is your favorite grilled cheese?

To this day, I still get a hankering for a slice of American “cheese” between two slices of white bread. Sometimes, even though I know it’s not actually cheese but simply made from cheese, I need to have the grilled cheese my Mom made.

April is National Grilled Cheese Month. I’m not sure who decided this but it’s everywhere. Every news outlet, every food blog, I mean it’s everywhere. So I figured I had to do something. And since I am always extolling the virtues of cheese I felt it my obligation to participate.

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Flirting with quick and easy berry desserts

If you’ve been noticing pints of berries flirting with your tastebuds as you stroll the produce aisle, consider throwing together a quick and easy berry dessert for Easter. For today’s Food section, we tested recipes for a trifle, biscuit-style strawberry shortcake and grilled poundcake with a berry sauce. They came together in minutes and tasted awesome. Get the recipes here.

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sweetFrog frozen yogurt franchise opening first area shop in KCK

sweetFrog, a premium frozen yogurt franchise, plans a mid-May opening in the Legends Outlets Kansas City.

Customers will get to make their own soft-serve creation, choosing from 21 different flavors each day — some favorites that will always be on the menu, other rotating out — and more than 60 toppings. It also will offer nonfat, low-fat, sugar free and sorbet options and many gluten-free.

The Daily Meal named sweetFrog “America’s Best Frozen Yogurt” in 2013. Among the 50 flavors are angel food cake, apple pie, coffee house blend, cake batter, eggnog, french toast, gingerbread, maple bacon doughnut, and salted caramel corn. Toppings include cookie dough, cheesecake bites, walnuts and lime sauce.

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By JOYCE SMITH. 23 hours ago

Celebrate Easter with traditonal Polish cookies

Teresa and Fred Kamler of Lenexa met at a polish picnic in Wyandotte County.

“Our love of Polania brought us together, and those traditions we share with family and friends keep us together,” Fred says. “Teresa cooks the food I grew up eating, and I enjoy helping her in the kitchen. When we make the Chrusciki or Angel Wing Cookies together, it’s my job to man the fryer.”

Chrusciki are delicate bits of dough Teresa makes each year for Easter and Polski Day celebrations.

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By MARY G. PEPITONE. 2 days ago

Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria is easy to miss but worth finding

John Milone uses two words when he describes fulfilling his dream of owning an authentic neighborhood “hole-in-the-wall” pizzeria.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s awesome.”

Milone is the owner and chief pizza maker for Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria, located in the West Plaza neighborhood on 47th Street between Holly and Mercer streets.

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2 days ago

Limestone Pizza opens in Lawrence

After a soft opening over the weekend, Limestone Pizza + Kitchen + Bar is now officially open at 814 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence.

The new pizzeria serves Neopolitan-style pizza made with Kansas flour and baked in a wood-fired oven made from 20,000 pounds of limestone and French clay brick. Also on the menu: Chicken wings, pastrami and grilled cheese sandwiches, light salads and bar snacks such as homemade mozzarella and pickles.

The bar stocks about 100 craft beers (eight of them on rotating taps) as well as four wines on tap.

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By Sarah Gish. 3 days ago

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Chow Town is the most authoritative take on Kansas City's food scene. The Star’s food and drink experts and a hungry community of guest culinary voices (chefs, bartenders, cookbook authors, a barbecue expert, a culinary student and a personal chef) will offer up a can't-miss daily diet of meaty and delicious tidbits gleaned from all corners of our ever-expanding food scene.

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