Chef Zeng Qun Liu prepares fried striped bass with tomato sauce at Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine in Aurora. The restaurant is featured in Visit Aurora's inaugural Aurora Eats & Drinks poll. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Aurora is once again home to one of the metro area’s only Afghani restaurants, Ariana Kabob Cafe at 2767 S. Parker Road. I can’t wait to sample the halal restaurant’s Afghan bread, mantoo (dumplings) and kabobs with green chutney and tea.

AURORA – A head of cauliflower I bought a week ago was glowering at me from the vegetable bin. It looked like a brain inside a shower cap. I knew it needed to be cooked so it wouldn’t get forgotten and wasted, but I still grumbled at my self-imposed obligation. I typically steam cauliflower — […]

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JAN. 5-6 - FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) calls an audible against the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Denver. Over the past two decades, Manning has redefined the concept of how much a quarterback should study and how. It's the key explanation for how, at 36 and playing with a surgically repaired neck, he still looks very much the way he did in his prime. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

AURORA – I own hundreds of cool old cookbooks that tell me what people cooked. My favorite volumes – the ones that tell me how people lived – are the spiral-bound recipe collections that raised money for congregations, women’s organizations and schools. Within these unpretentious community cookbooks I hear the voices of individual cooks. My […]


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