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Pond to Table

By Herb Gardener – Note: Located in Sarasota, Florida, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is an independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.    Originally focused on sharks, Mote’s research has expanded to include studies …

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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, …

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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 …

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Spring and Summer Salads Take the Spotlight

By Chef Judi Gallagher – When I was a growing up, my mom served a salad every night with dinner. Perhaps a wedge of iceberg with homemade Russian dressing or a composed salad with spears of cucumbers and carrots slices. Or my favorite, a chopped salad of green cabbage, diced cucumbers and pickled herring. Salads …

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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 …

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What’s in Your Basket? – Spying at Trader Joe’s

By Kate Bennett – Well, perhaps “spying ” is too strong a word; but, I was curious. After every trip to Trader Joe’s, no matter my intentions, I always come home with the same things. As coveted as my little cache of items might be, one can’t help wondering: What about those hundreds of other …

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10 Foods For Me and Thee in 2014

By Chef Judi Gallagher – There are a few foods that I started eating about a year ago in restaurants or at a friend’s home or sometimes because I brought them home to cook. In my job, I taste and evaluate foods all day long, but there are always some that become personal favorites. Here …

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Mantras For A Better You in 2014

By Marsha Fottler – Mantras are a good thing. Essentially, they are little words or phrases usually associated with meditation. The sound of a mantra repeated many times in the right setting along with rhythmic breathing empties the mind to allow insight, awareness and serenity to take up the cleared space. Mantras can also be …

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Time to Make Chili

By Herb Gardener – Long before iron chefs crossed tongs, Americans competed over chili. In many communities the chili cook-off remains a popular public spectacle and “stir for the cure” fundraiser. Almost everyone has an opinion about what constitutes a good and proper bowl. We can’t even agree if beans should have a path to …

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