Some of the greatest flavor finds can be easily discovered when you shop local in Kansas City. The city’s artisans and small batch makers whip up curious combos that undoubtedly turn heads while earning loyal followers with just one bite. The Prettyography team scours the city to not only find some of these offbeat tastes, but also use them as ingredients in explosive recipes that you can easily recreate at home.

Watermelon Habanero Margarita

The star of this cocktail with a bite is Kansas City Canning Co.’s Watermelon Habanero Shrub. Shrubs are sweetened, vinegar-based syrups that we’ve found to be an awesome addition to any home bar. In fact, the simple margarita recipe is even printed on the bottle of this one. Grab the Watermelon Habanero Shrub at great local shops like Brookside’s Season+Square or The Sundry in the Crossroads. Then, add your tequila, lime slice and salt rimmed glass to complete the recipe and you’re all set for a great afternoon on the patio!

watermelon habanero margarita

Row Hard Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders

Some form of BBQ couldn’t possibly be left of this list and the Row Hard Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders will not disappoint. Armed with a slow cooker, pork butt and a few seasonings, you’ve got nearly everything you need for perfect sliders. We added 7-10 hours of marinating and cooking in Root Sellers Row Hard Root Beer to take the whole recipe to the next level, and it absolutely paid off. Impress your Fall cookout friends with the full set-it-and-forget-it recipe.

pulled pork sliders with row hard root beer

Strawberry Creamed Honey Salad

On the lighter side of seasonal flavors, we tossed a beautiful summer salad with one of our favorite farmers’ market finds yet: Strawberry Creamed Honey by Stephen’s Orchard. The result was refreshing and sweet — making the perfect side dish for a get together or offering a simple solution for jazzing up this week’s lunch. Snatch up a jar like we did at the City Market Farmer’s Market on an upcoming Saturday or Sunday, then add in fresh strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, spring greens and more for the perfect salad recipe.

Strawberry Honey Salad

Baked Pork Chops with Peaches

Add that ‘something extra’ to dinner without any extra effort using our simple baked pork chops with peaches recipe. It’s easy to keep it local by snagging top-notch chops from the Broadway Butcher Shop and adding fresh peaches from a local market. Or, aim for true farm-to-table style and head to Gieringer’s Orchard to do your own peach picking!

KC peach porkchop


Photos by Laura Noll, Brooke Ratterree and Allie McDowell.

Laura is obsessed with all things Kansas City. A local photographer, designer and adrenaline junkie — her true love for local shows as she snaps brands, events and more and shares her favorite adventures on Visit KC and Prettyography.

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