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Savor bourbon’s sweet side that gives holiday desserts a kick

Bourbon isn’t just for cocktails — the barrel-aged spirit lends smoky complexity to apple tarts, chocolate cake and pecan pie. Morgan Murphy’s book “Southern Living Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South’s Favorite Food Groups” (Oxmoor House 2014) contains a dozen recipes for decadent, bourbon-infused desserts that are perfect for the holidays.

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For three generations of cooks, Hanukkah celebration begins in the kitchen

Barb Kovacs’ culinary traditions run deep. Perhaps one of the most treasured is cooking with her mother, Joan Mindlin, and 22-year-old daughter, Emily Kovacs of Overland Park, for holidays such as Hanukkah, the annual eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, which this year begins at sundown Dec. 16. Foods that stir up Kovacs’ memories of generations of cooks long departed aren’t fussy.

Cindy Hoedel: The six most charming Kansas City area bars

I love the new hyper-inventive craft cocktails as much as anyone, but mixology is only one component of bar excellence. At least 60 percent of it, in my book, is what I called the Woody factor — a quirky, otherworldly charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped inside a movie. Here are some other area bars that have it in spades.

Cindy Hoedel: The six most charming Kansas City area bars

I love the new hyper-inventive craft cocktails as much as anyone, but mixology is only one component of bar excellence. At least 60 percent of it, in my book, is what I called the Woody factor — a quirky, otherworldly charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped inside a movie. Here are some other area bars that have it in spades.

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Deconstructed sweet potato dish keeps the flavor, avoids the excess

The Star’s Sweet Potato Napoleons deconstructs the classic ’30s-era dish, returning the casserole ingredients to savory stardom without the drippy excess. Slices of sweet potato are caramelized in the oven, then the rounds are stacked with gooey mini-marshmallows within and heated again.

Maple Bread With Cranberry Compote a festive merger of fall flavors

Maple bread with melted Camembert and warm cranberry compote is a festive dish that is perfect for holiday entertaining. Johnson County Community College student chef Kristie Kutei spent several months creating the recipe before presenting it to the chefs she works with. Their reaction? They wanted to put it on the menu as a dessert.

Golden Ox joins the list of iconic Kansas City restaurants that are gone

When the Golden Ox Restaurant & Lounge in the West Bottoms closed Saturday night, it went the way of other iconic Kansas City restaurants like Italian Gardens and Stephenson’s Old Apple Farm Restaurant. But some longtime operations are showing no signs of slowing down. They are drawing their fourth generation of customers and expanding throughout the metro.

Deconstructed sweet potato dish keeps the flavor, avoids the excess

The Star’s Sweet Potato Napoleons deconstructs the classic ’30s-era dish, returning the casserole ingredients to savory stardom without the drippy excess. Slices of sweet potato are caramelized in the oven, then the rounds are stacked with gooey mini-marshmallows within and heated again.

Maple Bread With Cranberry Compote a festive merger of fall flavors

Maple bread with melted Camembert and warm cranberry compote is a festive dish that is perfect for holiday entertaining. Johnson County Community College student chef Kristie Kutei spent several months creating the recipe before presenting it to the chefs she works with. Their reaction? They wanted to put it on the menu as a dessert.

Golden Ox joins the list of iconic Kansas City restaurants that are gone

When the Golden Ox Restaurant & Lounge in the West Bottoms closed Saturday night, it went the way of other iconic Kansas City restaurants like Italian Gardens and Stephenson’s Old Apple Farm Restaurant. But some longtime operations are showing no signs of slowing down. They are drawing their fourth generation of customers and expanding throughout the metro.