Brunch options at Ameristar, 75th Street Brewery are plentiful

Just like Happy Hours, brunch is making a big comeback across the country, surging in popularity and serving up diners a myriad of choices. It's happening nationally, and it's certainly playing out here in Kanasas City. I have no numbers to back this up, but to my culinary eye, the brunch choices here have never been more varied or prevalent.

Brunch options at Ameristar, 75th Street Brewery are plentiful

Just like Happy Hours, brunch is making a big comeback across the country, surging in popularity and serving up diners a myriad of choices. It's happening nationally, and it's certainly playing out here in Kanasas City. I have no numbers to back this up, but to my culinary eye, the brunch choices here have never been more varied or prevalent.

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No need to shed a tear with these Guilt-Free Onion Rings

There’s no need to cry just at the thought of indulging in a batch of The Star’s Guilt-Free Onion Rings. The trick to this recipe: We swap the egg yolk and a seasoned flour mixture for a lighter breading of egg whites and crushed cornflakes. Then the onion rings are baked instead of deep-fat fried.

Vegetarian chili satisfies craving for comfort food

This hearty chili, by Jennifer D’Amico, 28, a first-year culinary apprentice and recent graduate of the Johnson County Community College food and beverage management program, can be changed to use any vegetables in season and is also good served cold as a dip.

Smallcakes expanding with sister shop selling ice cream & candy

Smallcakes Creamery & Novelties had a soft opening in the Deer Creek Marketplace at 6936 W. 135th St. on Aug. 13. Now it plans a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday with free cotton candy, ice cream tastings and door prizes. The shop sells ice cream based on the Smallcakes cupcake flavors - from Red Velvet to Orange Creamsicle - as well as novelty candy.

No need to shed a tear with these Guilt-Free Onion Rings

There’s no need to cry just at the thought of indulging in a batch of The Star’s Guilt-Free Onion Rings. The trick to this recipe: We swap the egg yolk and a seasoned flour mixture for a lighter breading of egg whites and crushed cornflakes. Then the onion rings are baked instead of deep-fat fried.

Vegetarian chili satisfies craving for comfort food

This hearty chili, by Jennifer D’Amico, 28, a first-year culinary apprentice and recent graduate of the Johnson County Community College food and beverage management program, can be changed to use any vegetables in season and is also good served cold as a dip.

Smallcakes expanding with sister shop selling ice cream & candy

Smallcakes Creamery & Novelties had a soft opening in the Deer Creek Marketplace at 6936 W. 135th St. on Aug. 13. Now it plans a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday with free cotton candy, ice cream tastings and door prizes. The shop sells ice cream based on the Smallcakes cupcake flavors - from Red Velvet to Orange Creamsicle - as well as novelty candy.

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Red Zone

Pig out on this grilled, stuffed pork dish

We’re not sure what it is about Denver that makes us want to grill something substantial, slather it in sauce and devour it like pigs capable of walking upright on their hind legs, but there it is: our primal urge for meat.

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American youths consume way too much salt, says CDC

More than 90 percent of U.S. schoolchildren eat more salt than they should, taking in an average of nearly 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day, according to a government report. Most of the sodium in kids’ diets come from foods prepared outside the home. In fact, 43 percent of sodium consumed by U.S. children ages 6-18 comes from 10 restaurant, cafeteria and processed food favorites that are staples of their diet.