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Ah, The Apple Month

By Chef Judi Gallagher – If you alphabetize your favorite recipes and keep them in a file on your computer or in a time-worn box on the pantry shelf, this is the month you stop at the letter A. It’s apple month, time to celebrate the fruit that has been America’s favorite since Colonial times when apples were pressed into hard cider and transformed into economic prosperity. Apples in the old days weren’t usually for...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: Smoky Mountain Brigadoon

By Doc Lawrence – For lowlanders the steep winding road up to Cataloochee Ranch is daunting, While the highway to heaven isn’t easy, bountiful rewards await those who reach the pinnacle: welcoming smiles and open arms, clean air and pure water, blue skies and lush landscapes. There’s the bonus of laughing children, sighting a red tail hawk and the aromas from bacon frying in the kitchen. It’s like a fairyland where all...

Best Lighting for Your Kitchen – LED

By Steven V. Philips – Old school Jim from Richmond carrier-pidgeoned a message asking if I had any idea as to whether LED lighting technology was better than the early “slow-to-glow” CFLs (fluorescents). Actually his snarky phrase was “any improvement over the last fad?” He’d early-adopted the CFL bulbs when they’d come on the scene in the later 1990s, hated them and had regressed to regular (incandescent)...

Cupping, a Trend for Coffee Connoisseurs

By Marsha Fottler – Next month, I’m going to participate in a coffee cupping event organized by one of the local publications in my town. Cupping, however, isn’t a local phenomenon, it’s a national trend that has to do with tasting several blends of coffees and evaluating each for acidity, body, sweetness and finish. You don’t need any special skills other than drinking and enjoying coffee daily. All coffee in a...

When Food is Your Weight-Loss Friend

By Marsha Fottler – Mary Riche and her husband had given up on diets although over the years, this middle-aged-plus couple had tried jointly and separately to lose weight many times. They have a small library of diet books, but none of them helped in the long-term. Then last year, Mary gave up dieting forever. Instead, she told her husband that she was going to reform their kitchen and start to cook differently. “If we...

Octoberfest at Your House

By Herb Gardener – Though the first Oktoberfest celebrated a 19th century princely betrothal, the Autumn festival in today’s popular imagination represents beer, sausages, pretzels and merriment consumed in abundance at home or at a local restaurant or ale house. As world beer authority Michael Jackson wrote of reveling in Munich, “Afterward, the head can be cleared on a side-trip to an Alpine village, where beer might...
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