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Road Trippin’…Hitting the Road in an RV

RV travel is having a moment. As summer approaches and “safer at home” restrictions are relaxing, many people are looking for creative ways to vacation yet maintain social distancing. Recently, my oldest son and I needed to travel from Florida to Massachusetts to retrieve his belongings from his college dorm. His university, like so many …

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For Warmer Weather, Let’s Refresh Our Sipper Standbys with Livelier Libations

As we continue to grapple with these unpredictable times, it’s normal to seek comfort in activities and routines that are familiar as they ground us and give us a frame of reference.  The same philosophy applies to our beverages—we’ve been relying on flavors and brands that we know bring us joy.  But why not use …

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The Gourmet Highway – Henry Flagler’s Southbound Train

Although we never met, I owe much to Henry Flagler, the oil and railroad magnate who literally opened up Florida’s east coast. My earliest memories are enriched by the sights, sounds and flavors of Palm Beach, the magnificent product of Flagler’s luxury Island legacy. Before I was old enough to legally buy a cocktail, I …

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Homegrown with Heart Column – Cheers to Summer with Herbs!

We have been enjoying or enduring, whatever the case may be, being able to spend much more time at home relaxing, cooking, creating, and gardening over the past few months. Why don’t we gather all those things together and delight in a summer filled with festive fun, even if it is treating only our family …

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with Les Fa’Bulleuses de Champagne

By Lucia Albino Gilbert, PhD – Our new book, Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys, reveals the passion, courage and talent of women who are successfully making their way in the male-dominated world of wineries. As professors and lovers of wine, our goal was to make women winemakers and their contributions more visible. We interviewed dozens of trailblazing …

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Recipes from the Heart: Brisket With Real Grits

Liz Lapidus, Atlanta’s public relations legend, provided this recipe. A Florida native, the Lapidus name is synonymous with the architectural wonders of Miami Beach. Her grandfather, Morris Lapidus, was the driving force of Miami Beach’s touted architecture, particularly The Fountainbleu Hotel. “Brisket is my signature dish,” she said. “It’s taken me years to master and …

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Recipes from the Heart: Georgia Brunswick Stew- A Deep South Original

There is a mystique about Brunswick Stew: Did it originate in Georgia or Virginia? Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in her classic book, Cross Creek Cookery concluded that it’s German in origin. We’ll settle everything by proclaiming it to be very American with a Southern accent. The most authentic recipe I have came from Atlanta’s Jim Sanders, …

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