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Sturgeon Aquaculture Yields Dinner Table Black Pea...

By Herb Gardener – Last month was Part I of this story. So now, let’s return to Healthy Earth Saraosta’s (HES) sturgeon aquaculture program and the luxe black pearls that are the pining of every blini. As I approached the tank housing fish mature enough for reproduction several sturgeon flashed tarnished olive-toned flanks, then vanished into the murk. Molasses, added to promote biological filtration, had stained the...

A Southern Dessert That Heralds Springtime

By Marsha Fottler – Making a Hummingbird cake from scratch is a good idea anytime of the year, but I especially like to preheat the oven and assemble the ingredients on a spring morning. This legendary three-layer cake with cream cheese frosting is full of fruit and pecans and it gets its name from sweetness. If you eat a piece on the porch or at a picnic table in the back yard, you might just attract a hummingbird...

Cakes for Spring, Scratch Made

By Chef Judi Gallagher – Growing up in Connecticut, cakes were a big thing in my home. The bundt pan seemed to get more use than any other pans. I remember cakes being homemade in the early years of my childhood. My job was to turn the sifter and if I was really lucky I got to lick the hand beaters. Then suddenly there were cake mixes that supposedly made life easier for the busy mom. (This was a time when most men...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: Florida’s Grapefruit League – An ...

By Doc Lawrence – Bart Giamatti, a popular commissioner of major league baseball famously observed that life for kids of all ages begins again each spring with the first crack of a bat meeting a baseball. You get a head start on the annual rebirth in Florida where a select number of baseball teams come to the Sunshine State for what is historically called the Grapefruit League. The games don’t count in standings, but...

Is Open Shelving for Your Kitchen?

By Steven V. Philips – Open kitchen shelving keeps nagging at me from the glossy pages of design publications. What is this no-doors nonsense? No doors? Really? Just your things out there, bare-naked? This design approach used to get me talking to myself. “Do you really want to show off your chipped, mismatched collection of random dinnerware?” OK, I may be a bit anal. But has anybody got such gorgeous dishes,...

Brunch is Back

By Marsha Fottler – When I ask chefs what is their favorite meal to prepare for themselves and family, they most often answer breakfast. Simple fresh ingredients, uncomplicated recipes, great color and it’s all comfort food. And who doesn’t appreciate a big leisurely breakfast with both sweet and savory selections. When I ask chefs about their least favorite culinary project, they invariably say brunch. A lot of...
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