Barrel 31 in Kansas City, Missouri


A slight chill has blown into Kansas City these past few days. After our five year endless summer, this hint of fall has Jess and I really thrilled. While it might be a bit premature to break out those sweaters, it is never too early to scout out a few choice taverns that we can…

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Caprese White Bean Salad

Caprese White Bean Salad via @inquiringchef

What’s your restaurant menu kryptonite?  If an Italian restaurant has gnocchi, I won’t even consider anything else.  Frank and I can’t go out for tapas without ordering patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce).  And then there’s a good Caprese salad with great tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.  This time of year, when tomatoes are sweet, I…

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Parmesan Kale Hash Brown Waffles

Waffle-Iron Hash Browns with Parmesan and Kale

This morning I took Clara and Molly to the grocery store and no less than five people told me that I “sure had my hands full”.  Perhaps the extra attention had something to do with the fact they were covered in the herb mix from the pita crisp samples, pulled down one cardboard display for bologna,…

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Slow Roasted Halibut with Burst Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Halibut with Burst Tomatoes and Gremolata

Oh sweet, sweet summer.  It feels like it just began, but kids around here are all back to school this week.  The aisles of Target are full of shiny notebooks and I swear the other morning there was a hint of a chill in the air.  I’ve got 30-minute dinners on the brain, so I’m adding this…

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30 Minute Dinners

10 Quick and Easy 30-Minute Dinners

I love cooking, but dinner still creeps up on me most weeknights.  There are days when 5pm rolls around, and making dinner feels like an impossible task. 30-minute dinners like these are what save me from ordering more take-out than I’d like to admit.  And they’re so much better than greasy Chinese (though there’s certainly a time and place for…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles

Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffle Sundaes with Bourbon Chocolate Sauce

We joined a gym.  The gym has childcare.  This is great for the obvious reason that us parents get an hour of uninterrupted time to listen to podcasts (and lift a weight or two).  But also great for Molly and Clara who now have a whole world all their own and look like Charlie in Willy Wonka’s Factory when they…

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