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.
Chronic arthritis hasn’t stopped Sharna Rittmaster of Overland Park from baking pies and training for the Jingle Bell Run. She inspired friends, who call her a “tough cookie.” Try her recipe for a light and fluffy Lemon Angel Pie.
The Kucharski brothers of Olathe and male members of their family gather yearly to remember their father, make his secret recipe for kielbasa and eat pierogi. They share the recipe for Polish delicacy pierogi.
Kansas City Symphony associate principal percussionist Joe Petrasek and flutist Jessica Petrasek share their recipe for lamb ragu. The couple find harmony working as a team on the job and in the kitchen.
Marilyn Lindahl of Weston enjoys the simple elegance of Polish pottery and food. She collects and sells Boleslawiec stoneware and shares her recipe for Polish Zurek, a hearty soup with a rye bread base.
Apartment 345 of the new Crossroads Westside complex that is currently under construction features an eye-level view of northbound Interstate 35. It's only about 20 feet from one of the main arteries into downtown Kansas City. The view from the southern windows not only features the freeway, but also a billboard and train tracks.
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