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Zucchini Festival at Your House

By Marsha Fottler – Zucchini is so easy to grow that most home gardeners end up with way too much for their own kitchen use this time of year. Consequently, there are all kinds of zucchini jokes about homeowners making stealth visits to neighbors’ homes and leaving baskets of zucchini on the porch in the middle of the night. Don’t you be one of them. Celebrate your garden zucchini and get creative with recipes. It’s...

Summer Ceviche

By Anna Dantoni – Ceviche creations using the fruits and vegetables of summer are exactly what you want on your menus this month. Ceviche is ideal for al fresco dining because a classic ceviche does not involve cooking and ceviche is beautiful – full of color and appetizing textures. And ceviche tastes light and refreshing. Your could do three different courses of ceviche or do a large ceviche as an entree with a side...

Merry Berry Season

By Marsha Fottler – This is the season that berry lovers wait for. Heritage recipes come out of shoe boxes (unless they have finally been digitally saved) and both home cooks and restaurant chefs alike scour magazines and new cookbooks for enticing recipes featuring blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. Berry muffins or pancakes for breakfast, berry salads or cold soups for lunch, berry sauces for...

Cooking Class, a Good Investment

By Herb Gardener – Do you yearn to learn yoga or master mahjong? If so, a time-honored method for gaining new skills and knowledge is enrolling in a class. Can you watch a YouTube video for butchering a primal cut of beef – I reckon so. A class, however, promises a convivial gathering of people with similar interests, the opportunity to ask questions and receive personal attention from an adept, and in the case of...

Diet Dread Meets Middle-Age Spread

By Herb Gardener – The decisive moment arrived during what should have been a simple act — putting on my socks. As a young man my abdomen was limber and taut as a cheetah’s. By age 50, however, that fit fulcrum had become a bloated, rusty hinge that left my hands and feet, literally, distant relatives. After one too many tortured attempts to get dressed in the morning I decided it was time to diet. The options seemed...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: Following The Biscuit Road

By Doc Lawrence – Perhaps the longest soliloquy about biscuits in the history of theater is in the middle of “The Dixie Swim Club,” a delightfully tender comedy somewhere between “Steel Magnolia’s” and “Designing Women.” During their annual retreat on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a showdown prompted by a New York Times account of unhealthy carbs and Southern culinary traditions erupts, triggered by biscuits, a staple...
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