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Kansas

Life with more than a dab of barbecue sauce

Musician Ry Cooder can take some credit for Ardie Davis’ position as barbecue sauce royalty. Davis was sitting in his Kansas City, Kan., home on a hot August day in 1984 reading about 80 barbecue joints across the country that he figured he’d never get to visit. Cooder’s “Paradise and Lunch” album was playing, and during the …

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Kansas Tallgrass IPA and Cox Bros. BBQ worth a detour

Oh, Kansas, home to Dorothy of Oz, axe-wielding alcohol opponent Carry Nation and the late evangelical fanatic Fred Phelps. Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” was famously set in the Sunflower State, as was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie.” The controversial Beat writer William S. Burroughs spent his final opiate-tinged years in the …

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Small-town Kansas food comes with a helping of hospitality

You won’t find braised pork belly or quail terrine on the restaurant menus in this street of a town — although such proteins are often hunted in the nearby prairies. Small-town Kansas food is not haute cuisine. The half dozen restaurants in Sedan (population 1,200), nestled amid the cattle-spotted flint hills of southeast Kansas, serve …

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