<![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 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: 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 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: 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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The Flint Hills of Kansas: where nature and culture collide http://www.kansascity.com/living/summer-guide/article359451/The-Flint-Hills-of-Kansas-where-nature-and-culture-collide.html#storylink=rss The picture postcard landscape is home mostly to cattle ranchers, since the flint that gave the region its name proved unyielding to the plow.

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Fri, 16 May 2014 15:43:39 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 My best Mother’s Day gift? Memories http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article355102/My-best-Mother’s-Day-gift-Memories.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 19:55:17 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article355102/My-best-Mother’s-Day-gift-Memories.html What’s hot in garden statuary: owls and gnomes http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article352363/What’s-hot-in-garden-statuary-owls-and-gnomes.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 13:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article352363/What’s-hot-in-garden-statuary-owls-and-gnomes.html President of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO says labor unions still matter http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article347287/President-of-the-Greater-Kansas-City-AFL-CIO-says-labor-unions-still-matter.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:48:40 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article347287/President-of-the-Greater-Kansas-City-AFL-CIO-says-labor-unions-still-matter.html Prairie’s allure lights my fire http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article344675/Prairie’s-allure-lights-my-fire.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article344675/Prairie’s-allure-lights-my-fire.html Music makes my world go ’round http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article342797/Music-makes-my-world-go-’round.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article342797/Music-makes-my-world-go-’round.html It takes a drive and a hike to keep in touch with my off-the-grid friend http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article342080/It-takes-a-drive-and-a-hike-to-keep-in-touch-with-my-off-the-grid-friend.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article342080/It-takes-a-drive-and-a-hike-to-keep-in-touch-with-my-off-the-grid-friend.html To me, moving to the country is not courageous, just fun http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article339554/To-me-moving-to-the-country-is-not-courageous-just-fun.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:00:00 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article339554/To-me-moving-to-the-country-is-not-courageous-just-fun.html Small-town America is big on perks and trust http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article338829/Small-town-America-is-big-on-perks-and-trust.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:00:00 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article338829/Small-town-America-is-big-on-perks-and-trust.html