“Food is meant to nurture us — both body and soul — and a sense of joy should extend not only to those with whom we share a meal, but even to the washing of dirty dishes,” says Buddhist temple director Janet Nima Taylor.
Donald Booz of Overland Park enjoys cooking cuisines from around the world, but his favorite is French. Booz relishes making meals to be shared with his family and looks forward to making new foodie friends.
Lee’s Summit real-estate agent Chris Hall takes a creative but healthy approach to making nightly meals that are not labor-intensive. She says a few fresh ingredients, creatively paired, can taste better and be healthier than complicated recipes.
Sam Bazdarich of Overland Park cooks with the passion of his Italian heritage, including this recipe for Nana’s Fried Cauliflower, a dish his mother made. And his son Justin reinterprets the Italian food of his youth at his restaurant Speedy Romeo in Brooklyn, N.Y.
After Janie Wang was diagnosed with cancer, her friend Linda Annecchini helped create good food and good will during her rocky road to remission. Now the women still enjoy getting together to make meals for their families.
A well-orchestrated meal is music to Michael Stern’s ears and inner epicurean. As music director and lead conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Stern has a palate that is as varied as the music he enjoys from around the world. Indian cuisine is favorite, and his Tandoori Chicken works equally well on a gas or charcoal grill.
Now that he’s not working, Conrad Smith of Overland Park has dedicated himself to some serious cooking, from putting his own spin on complex recipes to making his own granola and sausage. He shares his recipe for Molten Chocolate Cakes With Raspberry Sauce.
For the last 70 years, Mary Ann Stewart has shared sustenance and a sisterhood with two women in the Kansas City area. Stewart, Carolyn Rasmussen of Belton and Kay Sitzmann of Lenexa all grew up together in Sioux City, Iowa, and remain close. Stewart shares a recipe for the loose-meat sandwiches that she and her friends enjoyed in Sioux City.