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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Sweet Vidalia – Magic Onion

By Doc Lawrence – VIDALIA, GA—George Washington once declared that “the onion is the most favorite food that grows.”  With that in mind, I traveled to Southeastern Georgia to learn about America’s heralded Vidalia onion, named after a city of the same name. A thriving prosperous community, Vidalia is an intimate place and very livable. …

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It’s All Fenugreek to Me

By Herb Gardner – According to a recent Time magazine issue, 41% of American two-year olds’ daily vegetable calories come from French fries. Clearly, too many families have abandoned the produce aisle for the drive through line. Enter author and mother Pragna Parmita to restore discipline and sanity to meal planning for youngsters. Vegebaby as …

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Use The Herbs You’re Growing

By Chef Judi Gallagher – Herb growing is so popular that I routinely see fresh herbs flourishing at residences in my town in big beautiful containers that display a mix of herbs or I see them in raised beds, in little pots on window sills and in big serious gardens that are carefully segmented for …

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Veggie Nation

By Marsha Fottler – There are about eight million vegetarians in America and all of them are hungry. And that’s not counting flexitarians, who limit their meat intake to only once a or twice week or dieters who avoid meat meals because of high calorie count and seek out tasty vegetarian meals that are less …

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Expanding Your Comfort (Food) Zone

By Herb Gardener – The comfort food groove can soon turn into a rut without an injection of unfamiliar or downright adventurous ingredients. A home cook need not trek far to find new inspirations; let Herb be your Sherpa. Ume vinegar (not a true vinegar, but who’s keeping score) is extracted from Japanese plum-like fruit, …

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Homemade Somethin’ for Your Little Pumpkin

By Herb Gardener – The toughest food critic we will ever face — and the one whose taste goes unquestioned — wears a bib and a diaper. But there is help, friends, for avoiding consignment to the splat mat. Cook it with love and make it yourself. The reasons to eschew store-bought, pre-packaged baby-food products …

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When it’s chilly, cook chili

By Marsha Fottler – One of America’s favorite dishes, chili, has nothing to do with the country of Chile but everything to do with the chili pepper and lots of other hot spices too. This one-pot meal is the go-to dish for home cooks needing to feed a crowd a tasty meal that keeps ingredient …

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Food To Combat Diabetes

By Marsha Fottler About 8% of the American population has diabetes and last year 1.9 million new cases were diagnosed in people aged 20 or older. This life-threatening and lifestyle-altering disease causes untold suffering and costs us all about $174 billion in direct and indirect ways of combating diabetes through research, diagnosis, preventative measures and …

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Windy City Cuisine Blows Hot and Cold

By Herb Gardener – Walking on the sidewalk and feeling hotter than a matchstick, Flora and I went searching for loving spoonful of representative Chicago fare. While Frontera Grill met expectations, we were burned by a legendary local dish. Deep-dish, stuffed, Chicago-style — the pizza goes by many names, but the descriptor that captured the …

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