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Off the Beaten Plate: Tostada pizza at Minsky's

For this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, we traveled south of the border by way of Italy with Minksy’s tostada pizza.

Off the Beaten Plate - Tostada Pizza at Minsky's

Off the Beaten Plate visits Minsky's for its Tostada Pizza

Off the Beaten Plate: Waffles at The Waffle Iron

The Waffle Iron, 920 Delaware St., offers a rotating selection of waffles, and only waffles. Reporter Joanna Hlavacek and photographer Richard Gwin had a chance to check out this waffle heaven.

Off the Beaten Plate: Waffle Benedict at The Waffle Iron

If, like me, your everyday breakfast consists of two Eggo waffles hastily eaten on the ride to work, a meal at The Waffle Iron is a particularly special occasion.

Off the Beaten Plate: Bún at Little Saigon Cafe

Don't let the name fool you — this dish doesn't involve any bread.

Cooking from Scratch: Shortbread cookies for your sweetie

These chocolate-dipped orange shortbread cookies when tucked into a book bag or left on the counter for a late-night snack were a sweet way for my husband and I to say, “I’m thinking of you” without spending the rent money.

Lawrence Libations: Bleeding Kansas at Five Bar & Tables

With Kansas celebrating its 154th birthday last week, it only seemed appropriate to follow up that momentous occasion with a Kansas-centric martini for this month's Lawrence Libations.

Penne a la Bacon

Cooking weeknight dinners can be tricky when time is an issue. Often, meals get plugged in between sports practices, baths, homework and chores. In order ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Quinoa and sweet corn fritters at La Parrilla

Quinoa has a bit of a reputation as a health food, a favorite among hippie types and fitness buffs for its high levels of protein and fiber. It's gluten-free, and not really associated with heavy fried dishes.

Bite Sighs: Chocolate apricot cheesecake

Now that the first month of the new year is about over, lots of us have abandoned those pesky healthy-eating resolutions and returned to our favorite comfort foods.

Off the Beaten Plate: Halum cheese at Aladdin Cafe

We've never met a cheese we didn't like, and the Halum appetizer at Aladdin Cafe (our first experience with the variety) was no exception.

White chicken enchiladas

Enchiladas can take on any form, and there's rarely one that isn't absolutely delicious. If you're interested in moving away from canned sauces, there are ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Mochi ice cream at Encore Cafe

This frozen treat is like two desserts in one — soft, gelatinous mochi (a Japanese pounded rice cake, for the uninitiated) on the outside and a scoop of ice cream on the inside.

Cooking From Scratch: Popping up for movie night

Stovetop popcorn takes about the same amount of time of microwave popcorn and tastes much better. You don’t need any special equipment to make it either.

Off the Beaten Plate: Hercules Burger at The Mad Greek

If you've ever bitten into a hamburger and thought to yourself, "This could really use more meat," the Mad Greek's Hercules Burger may be the meal for you.

Lawrence Libations: Cap'n Frank's Rum Punch in the Throat at Frank's North Star Tavern

Warmer weather may be months away, but even in these frigid temperatures, bartenders at Frank's North Star Tavern are serving up a little taste of summer.

Cooking from Scratch: The simply huge German pancake

A German pancake is rich, egg-y breakfast concoction that puffs up impressively in the oven and only requires five ingredients to make.

Off the Beaten Plate: Agedashi tofu at Wa Japanese Restaurant

Even the most tofu-phobic might appreciate this traditional Japanese dish from Wa. After all, everything is better fried, as they say.

Bite Sighs: Ginger-Cherry Bites with Meringue

Hey, remember that jar of molasses that you bought on a whim ages ago? Well, break it out, because I’m using the month of December to indulge my love of gingerbread.

Off the Beaten Plate: Grilled Glazer at Harolds Fried Chicken & Donuts

If you catch a glimpse of the Grilled Glazer from far away, it might appear to be a normal chicken sandwich. Upon closer inspection, though, and it's pretty clear that this is no ordinary meal.

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