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The whole hog: Butcher serves up all-natural sausages at Leeway Franks

Lee Meisel first fell in love with sausages as a teenager growing up in rural North Dakota. It was in the midst of deer season one year that Meisel scored a job making sausages at a small butcher shop in his hometown of Mandan. There, he learned many of the techniques that he would later use as 715’s resident butcher.

Off the Beaten Plate: Tempeh Parmesan at Yello Sub

For a sandwich modeled after chicken Parmesan that doesn't actually contain any animal protein, Yello Sub's Tempeh Parmesan offers a surprisingly meaty taste and texture.

Roasted squash and salmon: summer simplicity

I wrote last week about liking to cook simple things in the summer that aren't fussy, with ingredients that are easily accessible from the kitchen ...

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with some fancy franks

Today is National Hot Dog Day, and lovers of encased meats are rejoicing across the country. Here are four places in Lawrence with special kinds ...

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Off the Beaten Plate: Inari at Dondon

These sweet little pouches take their name from the Shinto god Inari, who is believed to have a fondness for fried tofu — the more you know, as they say.

Off the Beaten Plate: The Waldorf at Glory Days Pizza

Looking through the hallowed archives of Off the Beaten Plate, it's pretty clear that my colleagues and I have a thing for innovative pizza creations.

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Demand for natural, organic products evident in evolving Lawrence grocery market

Seven-year-old Maddon Brittingham has rarely met a fruit he didn’t like. He’s been fostering an “addiction” to watermelon for quite a while now (according to his mother, Kellie) but decided to branch out last Tuesday on a shopping trip to the recently opened Sprouts Farmers Market at 4740 Bauer Farm Drive.

Lawrence Libations: Tigerlilly at Zen Zero

If you're a fan of bubble tea and its gelatinous globes of tapioca, you'll probably enjoy the Tigerlilly at Zen Zero. Basil seeds (not basil leaves) float around the bottom of this Asian-inspired cocktail, which made its debut a few weeks back at the downtown restaurant.

Off the Beaten Plate: Salted caramel bacon pops at Ted's Taphouse

They might look like a couple small pieces of chocolate cake from far away (remember Hostess Zingers? I do, because my mom never let me near them as a kid) but the salted caramel bacon pops at Ted’s Taphouse are a mostly savory affair.

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Hank Charcuterie's secret to making perfect pork chops

Pork chops are a favorite of Hank Charcuterie owner/chef Vaughn Good’s all year round, but he says those cooking the sweet meat at home this summer might need to pay special attention to their pork chops when using a grill.

Off the Beaten Plate: Red bean pancake at Panda and Plum Garden

Off the Beaten Plate visits Panda & Plum Garden to try the red bean pancake.

Off the Beaten Plate: Red bean pancake at Panda and Plum Garden

Trying out a dessert that's like China’s version of a crepe.

Setting the tables: Restaurant turns wine cellar into fine dining experience

If it grows together, it goes together. That’s the idea behind the new fine-dining pop-up restaurant that’s located, funnily enough, below ground.

Off the Beaten Plate: Spaghetti Pie at Tad's Pizzeria

Off the Beaten Plate visits Tad's Pizzeria to try a pizza topped with spaghetti and meatballs.

Off the Beaten Plate: Spaghetti Pie at Tad's Pizzeria

I was a little suspicious upon catching my first glimpse of the spaghetti pie at Tad's Pizzeria, which despite the menu's description — a pizza topped with spaghetti, meatballs and Parmesan cheese — didn't exactly look like how I'd pictured it.

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2015 Free State Festival events run gamut of art and ideas

A performance by comedian Tig Notaro kicks off a week chock full of arts and culture events in downtown Lawrence.

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New restaurant Prime Blu alight with sushi

With laser lights darting across the ceiling, a huge doughnut-shaped bar lit from underneath by LED lights, and massive floor-to-ceiling columns that change colors powered by more lasers, Prime Blu isn’t your average sushi spot.

Off the Beaten Plage: Southwestern chicken egg rolls at La Familia

Off the Beaten Plate visits La Familia for a taste of their southwestern chicken egg rolls.

Off the Beaten Plate: Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls at La Familia Cafe & Cantina

You wouldn’t expect to see egg rolls at a traditional Mexican joint, but that’s what we found during a recent lunchtime trip to La Familia Cafe & Cantina.

Lawrence Libations: Clockwork Orange at 715

Summer isn’t here officially — that won’t happen for another three weeks or so — but since school is out and temperatures have begun to creep up, we thought we’d take this month’s Lawrence Libations in search of a refreshing, hot-weather drink.