Ryan Murray of Lee’s Summit will be grilling for his first Father’s Day with his 3-month-old son, Finn. Murray won a Traeger Grills recipe contest earlier this year, and his prize was a grill. Try Murray’s winning recipe for Flank Steak Philly Sandwich.
Rachael Rutter of Olathe views cooking and sharing food as a form of self-care. A therapist and counselor, she says there is no replacing our human need for physical and emotional nourishment. Her recipe for Energy Balls can be adapted to suit individual tastes and makes plenty to share.
Norine Accurso, 89, of Leawood shares her recipes with Come into My Kitchen readers a second time around. The 89-year-old says the secret to a happy life is taking time to share meals together a family, including with husband and band leader Don Accurso. She may not be Italian by birth, but you’ll still want to try her recipe for Accurso’s Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Kansas City Symphony violinist Sunho Kim shares her recipe for Korean beef ribs. Kim and her husband, percussionist Christopher McLaurin, enjoy outdoor entertaining. They will perform in the Bank of America Celebration, a free concert at Union Station featuring patriotic music for Memorial Day.
Substitute teacher Patsy Mitchell of Kansas City adds Middle Eastern spices to her cookie recipe. Mitchell makes these oatmeal cookies with her grandchildren to share her Lebanese-Irish heritage. She frequently freezes the dough for these oatmeal cookies to be ready for guests.
Marina Garcia of Prairie Village celebrates Mother’s Day with a chocolate-cake/flan creation. The cake starts out on top but the flan sinks to the bottom during baking. Garcia was owner of the Garcia’s Mexican Restaurants, an early Mexican eatery in KC.
Volunteer and master gardener Gisela Pursel shares her produce with the hungry in Kansas City and she encourages other local gardeners to plant an extra row and share with those in need. Try her recipe for Spinach and Feta Squares made with frozen phyllo pastry.
Susie Klinock of Overland Park celebrates Passover with a recipe handed down through the generations. Klinock supports community bonds by volunteering for a wide variety of social service organizations. Try her recipe for Passover Sherbet With Chocolate Sauce.
Lawyer Laurie Vaskov Snell relaxes while working in a vegetable garden she plants near her urban Kansas City home. Red potatoes, Dijon mustard and leeks are the stars of a dish Laurie Vaskov Snell serves on her deck for her family.
Nutritional consultant Leah Solomon of Kansas City advocates a dinner plate half-filled with fruits and vegetables. One of her children’s favorite vegetable dishes is Brussels Sprouts With Feta and Cranberries. She encourages “intentional” eating, or being mindful of everything you put in your mouth.
Retired drama teacher Norma Elgan finds a correlation between stage and kitchen productions. She is a member of the Kansas City Women’s Chorus. Her favorite cinnamon roll recipe includes Yukon gold potato and Saigon cinnamon.
Julie O’Neill is married to Pat O’Neill, who will be the grand marshal of this year’s Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Coming from big families means she knows how to cook for large crowds; this recipe is one of her favorites.
Jeni Podrebarac of Fairway is proud to be raising a family of foodies. Her two sons and husband enjoy cooking healthy food together, including a recipe she shares for Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Born in Cuba, Esther Heng, her parents, and brother Julio fled the country in 1962 after the Cuban revolution. “Esther learned to cook all the Cuban dishes from my mother and has a true understanding of the culture and hospitality,” her sister Elizabeth Heng Chamberlain says. “Even though our mom died in 2014, Esther carries on her spirit by putting a lot of love into her cooking and making the food for family gatherings in our (Overland Park) home.”
Trish McGregor of Liberty shares a recipe for braised duck ragu that can be made ahead, so a cook can relax and enjoy guests. A former interior designer, McGregor looks for color and texture on every plate she serves.