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Glorious Gazpacho

By Herb Gardener – Botanically a fruit, but treated as a vegetable, born in the Americas but educated in Europe, the fresh tomato’s story is seldom told in the cold. As the days warm and lengthen, however, its true virtues are revealed in a soup that is the essence of seasonal enjoyment. Gazpacho is a frequent visitor to my spring and summer supper table or picnic spread. Easy to prepare, refreshing to eat, it is both...

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...

Doughnuts are a Food-of-the-Year for 2014

By Chef Judi Gallagher – Last year I predicated the demise of the cupcake trend and the fizzle of the whoppie pie. Their moment in the culinary spotlight has come and gone. At the time I spoke about the renaissance of doughnuts. Not just any doughnuts — these were going to be both sweet and, yes, savory. In fact I even predicted the Food Network Show, Cupcake Wars would be switching over to doughnut wars and indeed,...

The Time Has Come – For Rum!

By Marsha Fottler – In the spirits world, infused vodka has been the big trend for the past few years. Recently, gin has made something of a comeback, but the big news right now is rum. Rum for drinking, sipping, evaluating and cooking is the trend of the moment. This trend is being linked to culinary travel with rum festivals and rum-theme cruises. And there are resorts in Jamaica, Martinique and Barbados that offer a...

Kitchen Plumbing, Part II

By Steven V. Philips – Last month I revealed how well our daughter had married. Remember in the old days, when your child married a lawyer, mom and dad thought ”L-o-t-t-e-r-y”?  Even better, our child’s father-in-law is Ron, a plumber. Talk about hitting the jackpot. In February I listed my daughter’s many plumb-lucky plumbing gifts over just the past two years in their new/old house. And I even missed giving Ron...

March Food Holidays Yield Ingredients to Inspire

By Marsha Fottler – Members of various trade associations within the vast the food industry from the American Peanut Shellers Association to American Spice Trade Association take their turn being recognized with a month, week or big day all through the year. Most of these so-called food holidays are just marketing opportunities for these groups but their holidays are seasonally timed so that home cooks and restaurants...
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