<![CDATA[Cindy Hoedel: Food & Restaurant Blog | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/ en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:43:47 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:43:47 CDT Cindy Hoedel 60 My personal trainer is a push mower and nearly an acre of grass http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article25475431.html#storylink=rss While my town’s free Sunday evening yoga is on hiatus until fall, I’m relying on but my push mower to keep is keeping me in shape. “Lon,” a non-self-propelled Lawn Boy, keeps me toned and eliminates gym and lawn care expenses.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Gators in the Flint Hills: An off-road adventure with unforgettable views http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article24887713.html#storylink=rss A charity fundraiser by a John Deere dealership in Emporia lets two dozen couples drive four-wheel-drive Gators for a four-hour, off-road date night cruise through private ranch land.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 02:00:00 CDT

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My Dirty Kanza diary: 36 hours of mud, grit and glory http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article23158254.html#storylink=rss Though she was not riding the epic 200-mile gravel grinder, The Star's Cindy Hoedel found it no less challenging to report on and sometimes be an aide to the hundreds of riders she saw on the trail last weekend during the Dirty Kanza  bicycle race.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 17:13:00 CDT

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I love Google, but my neighbor Betty’s wisdom is more valuable http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article22552191.html#storylink=rss Having a smartphone feeds my need for instant answers, but living in the country means I also have access to the knowledge my neighbors have gathered through years of experience.

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Sat, 30 May 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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A Dirty Kanza adventure: Storms, mustangs and the right travel buddy http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article21524958.html#storylink=rss While scoping out the route for the May 30 Dirty Kanza bicycle race, columnist Cindy Hoedel and Dave Leiker, a photographer, discovered they have similar tolerances for the unexpected. Which is a good thing.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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A. Bitterman’s proposal to swap Nelson sculpture with a condemned house draws ire of lawyers http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article21030816.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Three severe weather apps you should download now http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article20534934.html#storylink=rss With severe weather on the way, these free and under-$10 apps are a good investment in safety and peace of mind.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 16:04:51 CDT

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Cindy Hoedel: I learned planting tomatoes before Memorial Day isn’t worth it http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article20354841.html#storylink=rss You’ll have a long and more bountiful harvest if you wait until after Memorial Day Weekend to plant heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, melons and squash.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 07:42:00 CDT

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My country auction dollar hauls help my wallet and the Earth http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article19864467.html#storylink=rss Old stuff is better than new stuff, almost always. So when columnist Cindy Hoedel hears “Dollar bill, would ya?” at an auction, she says: Yeah, I would. Over and over.

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Sat, 02 May 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Country living means I’m in touch with the elements http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article19233936.html#storylink=rss Columnist Cindy Hoedel is discovering new ways to interact with and use the four classical elements: earth, air, water and fire. Living in the country, her contact with all four is less mitigated now, more direct.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Watch: Why ranchers still burn Kansas tallgrass prairie http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article19229511.html#storylink=rss Renewing native grasses and wildflowers is only part of the reason. “We try to keep our burning patterns and how we burn close to how nature would have burned,” says rancher Gwen Hoy.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:47:04 CDT

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Ditch the War on Weeds; I love my dandelions http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article18664989.html#storylink=rss Life has enough challenges without us creating battles that don’t really need to be fought. Gain time and money by ignoring your weeds.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Postcard from the Flint Hills: What I’m learning about life at the top of the food chain http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article17980805.html#storylink=rss Living the in country means figuring out how to co-exist with wild animals. Some you welcome, like feral cats; some you need to scare away, like coyotes.

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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A first peek into a long-unopened Kansas stone cellar http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article17205647.html#storylink=rss I felt like Indiana Jones as my friend Scott Dawson and I surveyed the contents of the limestone cellar with a vaulted ceiling. The cellar sits on his property in Chase County, Kan., which belonged to his grandparents. He said they never let him inside.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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The Conversation: Mexico’s relationship with U.S. should be ‘beyond immigration,’ diplomat says http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article17207297.html#storylink=rss Alicia Kerber, the head consul at the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, says she sees a “new” Mexico that can help North America compete with the European Union and the Asia-Pacific bloc.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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It’s March, which means my madness for lettuce can finally move outdoors http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article15271979.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Fresh air, fresh food, fresh perspective — it’s time to trade winter for spring http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article13783949.html#storylink=rss This time of year, I don’t spring clean. I spring clear, shooing away old stuff to create space for something new. Three areas worthy of clearing are: air, food and ideas.

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Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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What Bernita taught me: How to be a strong woman who relishes simple things http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article12603437.html#storylink=rss For the last two years, I have gotten to know 78-year-old Bernita, who now in at-home hospice care in Hesston, Kan., surrounded by family and close friends. She has enriched my life with her work ethic and easy nature.

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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Farewell to the Kansas City Star Magazine http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article10701842.html#storylink=rss After 45 years of gracing the Sunday paper each week, the Kansas City Star Magazine takes a farewell bow today, but the spirit of mag stories — the deep profiles, the quirky stories, the gorgeous photos — is not going away.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:01:00 CST

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Fan sends Cindy Hoedel a perfect surprise gift: an old book with no strings http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/article9215513.html#storylink=rss Everything about this copy of “My Antonia,” by Willa Cather, spoke to me: the scuffed cover with its faded illustration of a pioneer woman in a sea of prairie grass, the bent but intact spine and especially the author and title.

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Fri, 06 Feb 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Not so long ago, ‘free-range’ parenting was the norm http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article7855476.html#storylink=rss The fact that a Maryland couple is being investigated by Child Protective Services for letting their kids walk home by themselves from a park shows our society has taken legitimacy away from responsible parents who try to foster independence.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Cindy Hoedel: What makes ‘Joy of Cooking’ such a joy when cooking http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/article6472320.html#storylink=rss Their grease-splattered pages bubble with history, technical knowledge and warm reassurance. Irma Rombauer and Marion Becker’s “The Joy of Cooking” is the most indispensable.

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Cindy Hoedel: Winter’s beginning means start of my garden dreaming http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article4893918.html#storylink=rss The great thing about winter is that the day it starts, it feels like the end is in sight — literally. Because even though the bitterest cold and most treacherous driving conditions are probably still ahead, the days are getting longer! My favorite post-holiday pastime is ordering seeds. Seed catalogs fill me with the same excitement and hope I used to get devouring the Sears Wish Book as a child in the 1970s.

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Sat, 27 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Cindy Hoedel: My first cookie exchange in the country, guided by Christmas lights on cattle guards http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/article4571203.html#storylink=rss Rural Kansas holiday traditions include home-grown cedar trees, lighted antique tractors and nighttime cookie swaps in remote farmhouses.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Cindy Hoedel: Five things I will miss most about an isolated Cuba http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article4611679.html#storylink=rss Historic changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba are coming. Having traveled legally to the island in 2002, my feelings about the breakthrough are mixed. As I watched President Obama outline his vision of increased travel and commerce between our countries, I couldn’t kick the sensation that — poof! — one of the world’s last truly exotic destinations has vanished.

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:01:16 CST

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Cindy Hoedel: Golden Ox closing lights up Facebook with memories of steaks, dates, scotch http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/chow-town/article4294783.html#storylink=rss I’m going to miss the iconic stockyard steakhouse, even though its culinary glory days have passed, and so will lots of other past and present customers, judging from social media.

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:23:26 CST

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Cindy Hoedel: My favorite literary companions of 2014 http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/article4202865.html#storylink=rss The greatest thing about giving up TV these last three years has been falling back in love with books. Ditching TV was no sacrifice, more like ridding the house of wasps. Still, I’d forgotten the restorative power of luxurious hours of reading. Here are 11 titles that entertained me with lush language and indelible characters.

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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:00:00 CST

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The bitter truth: Cynics have triple the risk of dementia http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article473738/The-bitter-truth-Cynics-have-triple-the-risk-of-dementia.html#storylink=rss As a card-carrying optimist, I have two reactions to the finding: Relief at not being in the high-risk group, and surprise that no one hit on the connection before.

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Sat, 07 Jun 2014 07:00:00 CDT

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Buddhism finds a Kansas City home http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article364043/Buddhism-finds-a-Kansas-City-home.html#storylink=rss Lama Chuck Stanford of Stilwell founded Rime Buddhist Center with his wife, Mary, in 1995. Standford is the organization’s executive director and spiritual director. This conversation took place inside the worship center, which is housed in a historic church in the Crossroads Arts District.

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Sat, 17 May 2014 19:42:55 CDT

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Sowing the seeds of self-reliance http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article358769/Sowing-the-seeds-of-self-reliance.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:56:36 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article358769/Sowing-the-seeds-of-self-reliance.html