Eat & Drink

National Cheesecake Day: Celebrate with tips and recipes to make your own

It’s National Cheesecake Day, so we asked local experts to share their tips on how to bake the dessert known for its smooth or fluffy filling. Making a cheesecake at home can seem a labor-intensive the first time around. Even our local experts admit they have tried and sometimes tweaked a recipe multiple times before they were satisfied with the results.

Travel

Paris, the city of food, still delights

During a recent vacation in Paris, The Star’s Steve Paul sought out a handful of relatively new restaurants, each of which delivered its own highly original brand of cooking in unstuffy and inventive ways.

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In a jam? Think outside the Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich

Preserves provide tons of flavor in meat dishes, sandwich spreads and dips. The jam and jelly market has exploded with unusual flavors and combinations in recent years. Some of them — such as Bathtub Gin’s cocktail-inspired creations — are particularly suited for spooning into sauces for savory meats or over cheeses.

Pie Five Pizza Co. to open five more area restaurants by mid-2015

Pie Five Pizza Co. is in expansion mode with five more area restaurants planned to open by next summer — in Leawood, Mission, Overland Park, Westport and Topeka. The first Pie Five opened in Fort Worth in 2011, combining handmade pizzas with fresh ingredients and the latest high-speed baking techniques. Customers can select from a variety of choices in crust, sauce, cheese, greens, meats and vegetables. The Pie Five name comes from the five minutes it takes to make the custom or specialty pizzas.

Pie Five Pizza Co. to open five more area restaurants by mid-2015

Pie Five Pizza Co. is in expansion mode with five more area restaurants planned to open by next summer — in Leawood, Mission, Overland Park, Westport and Topeka. The first Pie Five opened in Fort Worth in 2011, combining handmade pizzas with fresh ingredients and the latest high-speed baking techniques. Customers can select from a variety of choices in crust, sauce, cheese, greens, meats and vegetables. The Pie Five name comes from the five minutes it takes to make the custom or specialty pizzas.

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Juicing lets you drink the rainbow of fruits and vegetables

A few years back, juicing was associated with people on strict raw food diets. But it has spilled into the mainstream, thanks in part to documentaries such as “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” kale-sipping celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek, and new books filled with recipes you can make at home.