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Madrid and Barcelona Inspire Paella at Home

By Chef Judi Gallagher - A recent mini-vacation in Barcelona and Madrid (I met my husband in Spain for a week at the end of one of his European academic conferences) made me think that I could be happy living full time in beautiful, historic, vibrant, food-loving Barcelona. For museums and a different kind of city vibe there would be frequent trips to Madrid. Of course, I’d have to learn another language and I wouldn’t want...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: “Life In The Carolinas” Salutes S...

By Doc Lawrence - Many places are called heartland, but few deserve the title more than Shelby, the lovely North Carolina town that gave America some of her greatest music and also helped secure independence from England. Both Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Gibson and Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs were born here and the decisive victory over the British during the Revolutionary War was at nearby King’s Mountain. Not...

GOURMET HIGHWAY : Food, Wine and More with the Boy...

By Doc Lawrence - LAKELAND, Florida. Time hasn’t changed baseball all that much. In this beautifully preserved city that looks like photos of Florida during FDR’s first term, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s brass section led by Maestro Leonard Slatkin, performed the National Anthem just before the pre-season game between the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. With the orchestra’s eight-day barnstorming tour of Florida,...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: A Cookbook with Homage to Jeffers...

By Doc Lawrence - Food, wine, farming, music and scholarship all combined into  joie de vivre for Thomas Jefferson. The “author of America,” as Christopher Hitchens called our third president, was an accomplished gardener and wine importer who loved to entertain guests with his legendary dinners. Meals at Monticello featured local grown food from Jefferson’s revolutionary gardens served with wines from his cellar. Seasoned...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: Bardstown, Bourbon Capital of the...

By Doc Lawrence - BARDSTOWN, Kentucky- Not long after leaving this beautiful city, I heard the news that Phil Everly died. As half of the Everly Brothers who inspired the Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Simon and Garfunkel and many others who recorded their songs and emulated their vocal alchemy, their roots and accents were vintage Kentucky and their songs about the Bluegrass State gently resonate. Kentucky, home to Bourbon, Bill...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: Christmas in Original Florida

By Doc Lawrence - In 1928 Pulitzer Prize winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings left New York for the wilds of Florida, lamenting that her “first Christmas at Cross Creek would break my heart,” but she stayed on to become one of America’s most acclaimed writers. With full knowledge she would miss the traditional celebrations up North, she settled into the small Cracker community of Cross Creek 15 miles south of Gainesville. “It was...
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