Flour Power

In a world where reality television shows portray 20-somethings with as much depth as a flip-flop and compassion that rarely goes beyond a mirror someone like Steve Kelly is a refreshing beam of hope.

The 24-year-old’s potpie business turned cookie business turned non-profit baking classroom is something worthy of envy, replication and support nationwide.

Fresh out of college along with two others, Kelly founded The Educated Baker, a company with a social mission to help teach at-risk youth about business through baking. Originally the company intended to sell cookies and scones through retail and grocer outlets such as Hy-Vee, then use that money to support the mentoring program. But...

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Fall Food Fundraisers

Last week I was storming around the house looking for something, but could not quite remember where to look.  I opened this door and that door, gazing between here and there, but no luck.  I then asked my wife and of course, she knew.  “It’s upstairs, in the board game closet,” she said with confidence. The search for my jacket was an abrupt reminder that summer is officially ending.

The weather is changing, the temperature in the metro is falling, but there are some indoor fundraisers, centered on my favorite friend, food.

Comfort Food Classic
The fifth annual Comfort Food Classic, a chef competition to benefit Ted E. Bear Hollow, will pit eight chefs against each other to make...

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Fast Fall Flavors

My garden met an untimely demise this year. The squash beetles killed my zucchini, and well, all my squash. The early rain and overly hot summer nearly destroyed my tomatoes. I have five beautiful plants loaded with green tomatoes and nary a red one in sight. The movie may have made green tomatoes famous, but my desire to be relatively healthy prohibits me from frying so many of the odd-shaped orbs. I, along with many seasonal eaters and gardeners this year, have found myself in a bit of a fall-flavor pickle. However, necessity being the mother of invention, a seasonal eater can turn a troubled year for produce into a delicious fall and winter.

Ripening Green Tomatoes
Years ago I had...

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Omaha Restaurant Week

On a national food stage, Omaha gets little credit for our vast culinary scene and impact on the food world. However, times they are a changing and this summer has been an amazing journey for the Omaha food community. It seems like a natural progression to have our own restaurant week and luckily for us, it starts September 16.

Although restaurant corporations have used the Omaha area for decades as a test market, little is mentioned in the media nationally.  This year the food gods answered my prayers and unloaded a wave of attention on the Omaha food and beverage industry. It started with Chef Ludo Lefebvre, a classically trained, five-star French chef finding his way to Omaha on a...

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Know Your Farmer

Terra Sorenson drove up in a golf cart wearing pigtails and a dirty off-white newsboy cap. Today is CSA harvest day. It’s 8:30 in the morning and she along with her business partners Matthew Hall and Max Brummond already have a thick coat of soil caked to their arms and legs.

“Hi,” she said popping out of the cart to shake my hand before unloading armfuls of dark, red Chioggia and Detroit Dark beets onto a makeshift farm stand table. “It’s nice to meet you.”

In a few short hours Rhizosphere Farm CSA members will arrive to pick up stacks of Montovano fennel, bunches of beets, tri-colored Dragon carrots, Tendercrisp celery, Crimson Forest onions and Bintje potatoes. The food is as...

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Eating Seasonally: Savoring and Saving Summer

The next few months mark the beginning of food hedonism. Once the gloomy rain of spring subsides and the billowing heat of summer drips sweat at our temples, we know a fruit and vegetable bounty is near. There is something wholeheartedly satisfying about gorging ourselves on berries and melon so sweet it’s almost shameful to eat them, countertops of tomatoes, and more zucchini than doorsteps on which to abandon them. The devil on our shoulder says to eat and indulge with recklessness, but the angel is there to remind us that winter is never far away. While summer is the time to savor, it’s also time to save.

The seasonal eater will grow and purchase food over the next few months. The...

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