Final Kansas Sampler Festival ever starts May 6 at Winfield’s Island Park

WINFIELD — The 28th — and final — Kansas Sampler Festival will be Saturday and Sunday in Winfield’s Island Park. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children aged 7 to 12. The largest […]

Depression-era macaroni and cheese recipe packs oozy punch

My great-grandmother raised three children during the Depression, so certain items either weren’t available or weren’t purchased. Macaroni and cheese was not then the staple it seems to have become today, thanks in part to Kraft. But uncooked pasta always has been a staple item in kitchens in my family. […]

Dunkin’ Donuts truck coming to old KFC location in Arkansas City

Dunkin’ Donuts will appear April 20 in Arkansas City, via truck. This won’t be Dunkin’ Donuts’ first trip to Cowley County, as the truck recently was at a GE Aviation event. “People asked if we would come back and so we thought this would be a good time to try […]

“Chef Ward” debuts foodie column with homegrown steak extravaganza

Apparently, word has gotten out that in addition to being a police chief, I am something of a foodie. I am not sure if it is my ever-increasing waistline and cholesterol levels that have led to this thinking, or the fact that the city manager often drops the “i” in […]

Cowley’s Outdoor Market celebrates one year April 22 at Wilson Park

Cowley’s Outdoor Market is coming back to Wilson Park on April 22 and it will be double the size it was at this time last year. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 60 vendors will set up at the park to sell their wares. Admission is free to […]

Renetta’s iced carrot cookies mix ingredients that normally don’t combine

When my brother was little, he absolutely refused to eat carrots of any kind — except when it came to my grandmother’s carrot cookies. For some reason, he loved those little cookies and — while I never had a taste for them — he could eat an entire batch in just one […]

Three-bean salad a scrumptious springtime snack, also cans and keeps well

Spring is officially here, which means fresh vegetables, fruits and legumes will be available before we know it. When my great-grandmother harvested her garden or was able to buy these ingredients from the store, this is a salad that she made in bulk. If made from fresh ingredients, this three-bean […]

Homemade glazed doughnut recipe best used as part of family activity

My grandmother taught all of her grandchildren how to bake. I can recall, from a young age, standing on a kitchen chair so I could reach the counter to help her. One of the recipes she shared with us was her doughnut recipe. I am not entirely sure where this […]

Dining with Diabetes classes to be offered by K-State Extension, SCKMC

K-State Research and Extension Cowley County, with the help of South Central Kansas Medical Center, will offer a series of classes called “Dining with Diabetes.” The classes begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday/March 29. The next three classes are scheduled for the same time on April 5, 12 and 19. SCKMC […]

Make slow-cooker corned beef and cabbage a St. Patrick’s Day staple

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, corned beef and cabbage are a must-have for Friday’s dinner. However, weeknights often are busy, and coming home to cook a complex meal at the end of a marathon week is not something most people relish. This is where my good friend, […]