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.
Weston gallery owner Denise Jarrett shares a childhood cookie recipe that makes 10 dozen to share hot from the oven or keep in the freezer for days in need of a sweet treat. Even better, her oatmeal cookie recipe is flexible: try it with chocolate and nuts or experiment with other add-ins.
Kansas City native Sheila Kemper Dietrich’s awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic lead her to create tableware designs to promote portion control. But Kemper Dietrich also makes room for the occasional treat and shares her recipe for Lavender Lemon Bars.
Eighty-seven-year-old Angeline Poje Yadrich of the Strawberry Hill neighborhood in Kansas City, Kan., values her Slovenian heritage. She shares her rosette recipe in honor of the upcoming Slovenefest at Holy Family Church.
Callie Lawrence of Grandview is a hot pepper aficionado who grows rare and super-hot chili peppers, including her prize Pinguita de Mono. She shares a recipe for chili that allows anyone who does not have a tolerance for heat to add the perfect amount of spice they can tolerate.
After winning the fifth-annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, 12-year-old Joey Heidari of Olathe went to the White House recently to meet first lady Michelle Obama. Joey’s winning recipe was for Lentil Tacos With Cilantro-Avocado Drizzle and Mango-Peach Smoothie.