The Cool House: If You liked KC You're Gonna Love Kansas

Monday, July 06, 2009

If You liked KC You're Gonna Love Kansas


So by now you have realised that I was in Kansas City for a couple of days. The raison d'etre for the midwest excursion was a little business and a visit to the renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art but I grabbed the chance to take a side trip into Kansas to meet with home builder and food blogger Marilyn of Simmer Till Done in the "coolest college town in the US".
I've been following Marilyn since her house blogger days, admiring her design aesthetic and vicariously enjoying the thrill of the chase as she tracked down plumbing fittings, vintage hardware and decorative items on ebay. What kept me reading was her writing; her turn of phrase and wry humor that permeated every post. Towards the end of construction she began to post the recipes and mouth-watering photographs of food that eventually became Simmer Till Done.
Let me tell you that in real life she doesn't disappoint. Meeting Marilyn was like catching up with an old friend; so many stories to share, experiences to expand upon, blogs we love and bloggers we know. We talked as we toured the town, I learned the history and fun facts (the town grid is made up of numbered streets crossed with states in the order they joined the union); we chatted as I explored her beautiful house and met her lovely family including the famous Cleo and wandered back into town for coffee. Five hours later we were still talking. Here's just a taste:


Perfect bites of happiness: She baked Rugelach and sent me home with a doggy bag full.


She's a bit of an alchemist, turning simple ingredients into homemade Limoncello and other flavored liqueurs - smooth and sweet with an unexpected kick at the finish


She showed me this breadboard in real life


and took me to a bank to eat artisanal antipasti and salad. A side note: Do you know how difficult it is to eat when you just can't stop talking?
Another fun fact to finish? Her town has some 90,000 residents. Marilyn seems to know each and everyone personally - either that or it is also the friendliest town in the midwest!

7 comments:

Jenni said...

Looks like a fun food filled trip.

Marilyn said...

Jane, thanks for going out of your way to visit! We all loved having you. And I'll see about getting you a breadboard. :)

Fifi Flowers said...

Everything looks YUMMY!!!

modernemama said...

Food in Kansas? (And KC) Phenomenal!

Renovation Therapy said...

Yay!! We must find some odd middle locale for everyone to meet up at someday. Who has a compass?

April said...

Such a small world really. And yes, the nicest people in the world live in Kansas, it's true.

muddywaters said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, and I appreciate your enthusiasm for my hometown. It's nice to hear people tell the world that Kansas is much more than flyover country.

thanks,
muddy