In addition to cooking, I like to write about cooks, cooking and food in general . . .

BLOG writing -- a series of three Duncan Hines inspired articles:

“Independent Eating (and drinking) Establishments in South Texas— Our Adventures in Good Eating, part 1

Eating German Crepes Made by a Canadian in South Texas ... and more! “A Few Culinary Surprises in South Texas," part 2

  • Peppernuts (featuring Kansas commercial bakers, home bakers & community bakes), KANSAS! Magazine, winter 2017, vol 73, issue 4, pp. 26-29. (no online link)
  • The Coachlight Restaurant (Longford, KS) -- restaurant review in article "Twenty Yummy Places," KANSAS! Magazine, winter 2017, vol 73, issue 4, p. 43. (no online link)
  • Artisan Breads (featuring Kansas artisan bakeries) KANSAS! Magazine, fall, 2016, vol 72, issue 3, pp. 30-33. (no online link)
  • Nancy's Back! (Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker), Topeka Magazine, spring, 2016 (includes steak salad recipe)
  • Grilled Gumbo Goodness (Steve Wedel), Sunflower Living Magazine, spring, 2015, pp. 14-17)
  • The Best Bakings Come in Threes (Dorothy, John & Sarah Veach), Sunflower Living Magazine, winter, 2015, pp. 17-21)
  • Explosive Home Cooking (Linda Payne), Sunflower Living Magazine, fall 2014, pp. 24-27.
  • From Wild Boar To Squirrel Stew, A Guide To Cooking The Day's Catch (Brendan French) KANSAS! Magazine, fall 2014, pp. 61-63.
  • The Taste of Wood-Fired (Duane Schrag & Robin Black), Sunflower Living Magazine, summer 2014, pp. 16-17.
  • Dr. Brisket (Bill Alsop), Sunflower Living Magazine, summer 2014, pp. 26-30
  • Dish Harmony (Vangie & Steve Henry), Sunflower Living Magazine, spring 2014, pp. 22-27.
  • A Taste Odyssey (Karen Keehner), Sunflower Living Magazine, winter 2014, pp. 16-21.
  • The Well-Traveled Palate (Margaret Vinson), Sunflower Living Magazine, fall 2013, pp. 20-25. 
  • Farm Fresh Redux (Connie Cooper offers up a modified version of her grandmother's enchilada recipe) Sunflower Living Magazine, summer 2013, pp. 22-27 
  • Dandu Style (Kamila Dandu) Sunflower Living Magazine, spring 2013, pp. 22-27
  • The Coach's Standard (Alan Shuler) Sunflower Living Magazine, winter 2013, pp. 24-29.
  • Cooking Up The Versatile Frittata (Amanda Lindahl), Sunflower Living Magazine,  fall 2012, pp. 28-33.
  • Sunflower Living -  Resume (Amanda Collins), summer 2012 edition of Sunflower Living magazine, p. 8.
  • "The battelefield kitchen —Fort Riley reigns supreme at culinary competitions," July-August 2011 edition of Manhattan Living Magazine, pp. 34 -39 of the digital copy (article is also mentioned at beginning of magazine under "Editor's Note")
  • "Battling It Out," (article about Fort Riley) July-August 2011 edition of Independent Restaurateur magazine, pp. 8-9 of the digital copy This article is no longer available online.)
  • Article about the Kirby House Restaurant in Abilene appeared in a national food service publication -- Step Back In Time With An Eye To The Future,” March/April 2009 edition of My Foodservice News (now Independent Restaurateur magazine), p. 25 (Note: This article is no longer available online.)
SOCIAL MEDIA -- Abilene APP (a free phone app) & MyAbileneKansas Webpage
  • Garfield Wellness Day -- Kids cooking healthy snacks. ( 5/11/15)
  • Abilene High School Students Cook Up Talent -- AHS culinary arts students prepare for competition. (3/1/15)
  • Elinor Haas is Having a Birthday! Local teacher turns 80. (1/5/15)
  • Little Spirit Recipe for the Holidays -- raise your glass with a delicious recipe for Spiced Cranberry Sparkling Cocktail! (12/30/14) 
  • A Marshmallow Treat for Christmas -- marshmallows & hot cocoa are a perfect combination . . . unless someone forget to add the sugar! (12/6/14)
  • Huntington Chicken Memories -- check out the menu that brings retired teachers back to AHS during American Education Week. (Nov. 22, 2014)
  • A Campaign for Cranberries -- an explanation why cranberries should be considered the All-American fruit + 3 family recipes. (Nov. 20, 2014)
  • Manners Matter in Abilene -- a look at what's happening in the 4th & 5th grade Social Lab. (Nov. 15, 2014)
  • Home-Cooking—Dickinson County Style cookbooks are a series of cookbooks sold at the Dickinson County Historical Center. See :LOCAL COOKS COLUMN below for more details. The 13th and last edition of  Home-Cooking—Dickinson County Style went on sale Dec. 7, 2014. 
  • The Kirby House Cookbook, first published in 2001, has sold over 7000 copies. Read reviews of the cookbook at these online sites (click on the name to access site).
LOCAL COOKS COLUMN IN Abilene Reflector-Chronicle
For 13 years, I featured a local cook each month in “Home-Cooking—Dickinson County Style,” my food column appeared in the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle.
My first column  ran in November of 2001. The monthly articles were formatted into yearly cookbooks by Abilene High School students and printed for sale at the Dickinson County Heritage Center. All13  editions of the cookbook call be purchased  for $4.95 + tax at the Historical Society; mail-order deliveries sell for $8.50. Contact Dickinson County Historical Society, 412 S. Campbell Abilene, Ks. Phone: 785-263-2681;

Meta's photo as it appeared in her last monthly cooking column for the Abilene  Reflector-Chronicle on 9/20/14 (Photo by Tiffany Roney)
Current links . . .
Past articles . . .
  • Food Preparation is a Family Affair (Jim Lillich) -- the original article that appeared in the Abilene RC was reprinted in part, in KSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine “Lifestyles” newsletter.