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We wanted to see the sausage being made. A trip to The Store, a lesson in seasoning, and our critics' recommendations for the best sausage in town. 

Guests:

Eleanor Klibanoff / KCUR

Tucked up on a hill in Kansas City's historic Westside neighborhood, Novel looks more like a house than a restaurant. But, very few of the dishes on the menu will remind you of mama’s home cooking — at least at first glance.

Chef and owner Ryan Brazeal serves a lot of offal, which, despite it's pronunciation, is not a judgment on his cooking.

 

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Some like it hot, and some just can't resist a challenge. We start our exploration of spice in Kansas City by subjecting our intern and food critic to the Thai Hot Challenge at the Thai Place. Then, an Indian cooking instructor shares insights into the techniques, philosophies and health properties of spice.

For adults with special needs, living independently is a challenge. On this edition of Up To Date, Steve Kraske speaks with the director of a local organization dedicated to helping adults with developmental disabilities live on their own. Also joining the conversation is the author of a cookbook specially designed for their needs.

Guests:

Kate Hiscock / Flickr, Creative Commons

With eaters taking an interest in food extending beyond recipes, food writing is gaining a voracious audience. Food can be a character, or a source of potent metaphor. It can also tell us something important about ourselves and our society. Kansas City experts offer insights and recommendations.

Guests and their recommendations:

Cat Neville, founder, Feast Magazine

Sean Powers / Harvest Public Media

With farm to table restaurants springing up left and right, cooks are having to go beyond the grocery store. That’s why about a dozen chefs from Chicago and central Illinois recently gathered for a two-day crash course on where their food comes from – the farm.

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Most of us have a spice rack with lots of different choices in it, but if you’re not a gourmet chef, you might not know which herbs and spices pair the best with different meats and veggies. Then there's the ones with fancy packaging sold fresh at the store-- are they really that much better than your cupboard’s dry goods? 

On Friday's Up to Date, we delve into the pungent world of herbs and spices to see which can survive and thrive in your own Kansas or Missouri backyard and what's worth the splurge on aisle two.

bluestemkc.com

After seven nominations, Bluestem's Chef Colby Garrelts took home the prize this week as Best Chef of the Midwest at the James Beard awards in New York City. 

Want to learn the secrets of a barbecue master or how the “fermentos” do their thing with cheese, beer and pickles? 

joannathan.com/rbarenblat

When you take bread off the table, what goes on yours? Award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan has a few ideas.

'Last Bite' Cookbook Features Kansas City Chefs

Oct 31, 2012
Photography by Roy Inman. Book design by Eric Schotland.

In Kansas City, not only do we love to devour tasty dishes, we pay homage to the culinary folk who prepare them.

A Butcher Shop With A Garden

Aug 2, 2012
Tomeka Weatherspoon / KCUR

On this Thursday's Central Standard, a look at a new kind of butcher shop in the East Bottoms, offering whole-pig butchering classes, homemade chutneys, and locally sourced meats.

Recipes For A Heatwave

Jul 17, 2012
Shanita McAfee

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a heat wave recipe exchange. Perfect ideas for those nights when stove is a four letter word.