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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, berry salads or cold soups for lunch, berry sauces for our...

Cooking Class, a Good Investment

By Herb Gardener - Do you yearn to learn yoga or master mahjong? If so, a time-honored method for gaining new skills and knowledge is enrolling in a class. Can you watch a YouTube video for butchering a primal cut of beef – I reckon so. A class, however, promises a convivial gathering of people with similar interests, the opportunity to ask questions and receive personal attention from an adept, and in the case of cooking...

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 relatives. After one too many tortured attempts to get dressed in the morning I decided it was time to diet. The options seemed endless...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: Following The Biscuit Road

By Doc Lawrence - Perhaps the longest soliloquy about biscuits in the history of theater is in the middle of “The Dixie Swim Club,” a delightfully tender comedy somewhere between “Steel Magnolia’s” and “Designing Women.” During their annual retreat on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a showdown prompted by a New York Times account of unhealthy carbs and Southern culinary traditions erupts, triggered by biscuits, a staple here...

Flower Garden Tips

By Marsha Fottler - It’s that time. Clean those garden tools and get ready to purchase, plant, weed, feed, mulch and then sit back and admire your early summer flower garden. As every gardener knows, a successful garden is an ever evolving thing of beauty and personal expression of aesthetic. A plant once installed doesn’t have to stay in that spot forever. Keep you options open. What doesn’t flourish in one spot in the...

New Kitchen Gadgets To Make Summer Foods Glamorous

By Steven V. Philips - Being a talented eater rather than a talented cook, I’m happy with the fruits, salads and sandwiches of summer because those I can assemble into what looks like a meal and tastes pretty good too. Even I can’t do much to ruin a farm-stand cucumber or heirloom tomato still warm from the vine in the garden. But, I can make them look like a three-star Michelin chef got to them first turning mere slices...
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