Eleven-year-old Jasmine Dulan of Leawood created three healthy recipes that won her a trip to the White House, where she was honored as the Kansas winner of first lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. At a Kids’ “State Dinner” featuring her recipes, she met the President and Mrs. Obama.
Registered dietitian Leigh Wagner of Kansas City shares her healthy eating tips through classes at the University of Kansas Integrative Medicine’s Clinical Research Center. Here, she shares her recipe for Almond-Crusted Chicken Veggie Pizza.
James Worley has great affection for the “love apple,” as he grows tomatoes and coordinates an annual tasting in the fruit’s honor in Kansas City’s East Bottoms. He shares a recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup.
Jan Jensen’s Midwestern food roots run deep near Ord, Neb., where she grew up with her grandparents. Today, Jensen, a professional choral accompanist and Cabi fashion consultant, proudly passes down old traditions to a new generation.
Madison Carlson, 23, a freelance writer from Kansas City, Kan., became a vegetarian seven years ago and is conscious that what she eats connects her to the Earth. She shares her recipe for Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta.
Deanne Bacco of Shawnee became a master gardener with Johnson County Extension after she retired so she could stay active and do what she loves. She has a keen interest in gardening and food, and her recipe for Green Lasagna combines those two loves.
Rich Graham of Overland Park, the sales director for a paper and packaging company, credits his dad for his fearless attitude in the kitchen and at the grill or smoker. He shares a recipe for a tasty Asian Pork Satay just in time for Father’s Day.
Deb Wiebrecht, the executive director of Variety KC, a charity dedicated to improving the lives and mobility of physically and mentally challenged children, knows that get-togethers with family and friends become an opportunity to gather around the notion that it’s better to give than to receive. She shares her recipe for Schaum Tortes.
Cooking is one of Crissy Dastrup’s creative outlets as she healthfully expresses herself through her hands-on cooking style. Dastrup, a co-owner of the Dastrup Creative Group, shares her recipe for Cod Kimchi Sandwiches.
Corinne Kritikos of Kansas City, a social worker and Kansas City Care Clinic manager of HIV case management, says she likes making pies "because there are so many different possibilities and flavor combinations that can be contained within two crusts. It’s edible creativity for me. There’s also a sense of accomplishment that happens when you bake pie."
For Melbourne native Matthew Naylor, the president and CEO of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Memorial Day is a time of remembrance, and that includes his take on a rack of lamb, an homage to his Australian heritage.
There’s no gastronomic gap when three generations mix up this moist cake in Donna Ganion’s Prairie Village kitchen. Daughter Susan Whitney of Mission Hills says preparing family recipes with family members is not only fun, it’s also a way to teach an essential skill set while creating memories.
Leslie Schmidt of Gardner has a passion for feeding the poor of Kansas City. Thanks to a nutrition grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, she teaches cooking classes at a Catholic Charities food bank in Olathe. She shares her recipe for Quinoa, Zucchini and Toasted Walnut Pilaf.
Come Easter, Emily Wilcox of Lee’s Summit is inspired to make this Easter Berry Pavlova, which she says "is light and fresh, just like a taste of spring. The thing I love about this dessert is after you make the shell and whipped cream, you can top it with any fruit you prefer."
At sundown next Friday, April 3, Dan Adler will celebrate the beginning of Passover with family and friends, having prepared his mother’s Passover apple cake recipe with his granddaughter, 9-year-old Marissa McLain.