Nurturers by nature — Judith Galas is an educator, and Cindy West is a nurse-turned-Realtor — the couple are vested in serving food to those in need within their community through the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen or LINK.
Sheryl Kaplan of Overland Park enjoys gathering family around for the Passover Seder. No flour is consumed at Passover, so Kaplan serves her Chocolate Toffee Matzo. To keep the sweet a treat, she serves it but once a year.
Technology professional Cathy Briles shares her recipes with family and friends on her cooking blog. She takes pride in her low-carb lifestyle, which spurs tinkering and adapting recipes she finds at home and on her travels. Her hobby of photography fits nicely with her interest in sharing her food creations.
Advertising executive and activist Judy Sherry shares her recipe for Brunch Puffs that have a cream cheese filling and cinnamon coating. Sherry founded Grandparents Against Gun Violence in 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Clarissa Randolph of Mission learned how to bake while growing up in Green Bay, Wis. In addition to her favorite family recipe for Blackberry Sour Cream Pie, she enjoys making hearty Midwestern fare and Indian food.
Terry and Lori Kueker of Overland Park host an annual Mardi Gras party for friends. The party features appetizers — like their Fleur-De-Lis-ious — which features Andouille, vegetables and Creole seasoning in a puff pastry cups.
Michael and Barbara King of Overland Park collect ideas as they travel the world for business, then hash them out in the kitchen by cooking together. They share a recipe for a dense, creamy cheesecake.
Artist Claudia True holds painting classes in her Overland Park home studio and creates a yearly Cooking With Friends calendar that pairs her artwork with recipes. Like her colorful artwork, her Pork Green Chili recipe includes bold spice.
Caroline Boyd of Prairie Village was reducing her meat consumption when she met her vegetarian partner. She enjoys looking for recipes online and experimenting with exotic spice combinations. Try her recipe for Vegetarian Chili.
Cristi Smith of Gardner knows what it is like to live on the financial edge, and she’s passionate about feeding the hungry and helping those on a limited budget learn to cook wholesome, thrifty meals. She shares a recipe for Loaded Bean Dip that will feed a crowd.
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook grew up in Mexico city but the Leawood resident incorporates the language of food into her tamales. She shares a recipe for vegetarian nopale-filled bundles for family and friends to unwrap and eat.