Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Enjoy holiday food

Enjoy holiday food

July 2, 2015

Happy Independence Day and safe travels to our super shopping sleuths who are hitting the road this weekend to celebrate with family and friends.

  • Sweet potato patties missing

    June 25, 2015

    How do you clean wood cutting boards?

  • Dressing, beans found online

    June 18, 2015

    How long does bread last before it gets moldy? The answer varies based on the type of bread, how it is stored and whether it is processed with preservatives.

  • Steak sauce is on our MIA list

    June 10, 2015

    I thought I'd kick off summer vacation with a few favorite haunts of our super sleuths:

  • On the lookout for herring

    June 4, 2015

    It's officially hurricane season. If you haven't already done it, be sure to stock your pantry supplies and nonperishables. Here's to a mild season.

  • Pasta and dressing found

    May 28, 2015

    We have quite a few items this week, so we'll get right to it!

  • Hoping to find Wishbone

    May 21, 2015

    When eating out I don't like to gorge myself at those "all-you-can-eat" restaurants. I prefer eateries that offer tapas or small plate options, allowing me to try different foods in small quantities. Sometimes a bit of everything is just what you want.

  • Pass the German potato salad

    May 14, 2015

    Do you like food gadgetry? I do. Some of my favorite items include gadgets designed for corn on the cob. From the Cobber for removing kernels, to the assorted picks that help hold the cob steady while you eat, to the innovative buttering devices — you hardly have to actually touch a cob of corn to eat or flavor it.

  • Looking for Thai dressing

    May 7, 2015

    Marinades, brines and rubs: what do they mean and how are they used?

  • Spanish onions found

    April 30, 2015

    My family has a Mother's Day tradition. Every year my sister hosts a huge pot luck cookout. This is not your every day event. The day is not complete without a familynwiffle ball game, preceded with the playing of our national anthem. There is always plenty of food for everyone and no one goes home hungry.

  • Yellow mustard found

    April 29, 2015

    Cooking has a language of its own. Sometimes reading a recipe can be confusing if you're not familiar with the terminology. Brush up on the basics with these cooking terms:

  • Tea found at holiday shop

    April 16, 2015

    Take a deep breath. Now that "Tax Day" is behind you treat yourself to dinner tonight.

  • Clam chowder found

    April 9, 2015

    Have you seen the barcode brigade in grocery stores?

  • Liver sausage needed

    April 2, 2015

    When my sisters and I were young, my grandmother took us to a local you-pick blueberry farm. If you're not familiar with how this works, usually you bring your own container which is weighed before and after you pick fruit. During our afternoon of picking, my youngest sister sat on the ground near a blueberry bush and ate everything she had picked for the day, leaving her container empty when it was time to leave. Perhaps they should have weighed my sister when she got there.

  • Discover gluten-free options

    March 26, 2015

    Gluten is a general name for proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and other grains. It binds them together like glue and gives dough elasticity which affects the chewiness of certain products. Some people have intolerance for these proteins and their bodies cannot break them down. Avoiding products with gluten can be challenging, as some products may contain cross-contamination with foods that are not gluten-free.

  • Lefse flatbread found

    March 19, 2015

    Keeping up with food recalls is an important part of the shopping process.

  • Sweet! Salad peppers found

    March 12, 2015

    If you ever find the need to serve square-shaped hard boiled eggs, you can buy an egg cuber and other strange kitchen gadgets at weirdkitchengadgets.com. After all, there's probably a square inch or two for you to cram one more kitchen tool into that drawer of other useless thingamabobs.

  • Looking for sheep's milk

    March 5, 2015

    My husband bought two small quenepa trees. Since they are very climate sensitive, we have them planted in pots so we can bring them indoors for the winter. Although our Florida winters are not usually too cold, sudden cold snaps can really do a number on any tropical fruit trees.

  • Bike Week is coming

    February 26, 2015

    Bike Week rolls into Central Florida March 6-15. Bring your appetite. There are so many good foodie hangouts to check out along your ride. I like the Swamphouse Grill in DeBary, The Black Hammock in Oviedo and Nemo's at the Sanford Marina.

  • We're wild about game

    February 19, 2015

    A slow cooker or a Dutch oven are both great for one-pot meals — and there are advantages to both. I call the slow cooker my "set-it-and-forget-it" method of cooking. But I do like the consistency of stews and broths from the Dutch oven, as liquid reduction is better. Cook time is usually longer in the slow cooker on the low setting, but you don't need to hover and stir as often.

  • Spanish onions found

    February 12, 2015

    Major League Baseball fans know that it's spring training time again. Ballpark concession food has become more than just peanuts, popcorn, cracker jacks, hamburgers and hot dogs. Check out Graham Knight's ranking of ballpark foods at springtrainingconnection.com/food.

  • Coffee syrup has been found

    February 5, 2015

    A toast to Weight Watchers for braving the junk food holiday we call the Super Bowl with their first ever Super Bowl Sunday advertisement. Does anyone else see the irony here? But I think that's their point.

  • Scrapple has many sources

    January 29, 2015

    Recent recalls on pet food have driven some pet owners to cook for their pets. But is this really what's best? Experts say that while some believe homemade fare would be safer for their furry friends, the food you make could actually be more harmful. Pets have specific nutritional needs and dietary restrictions. There are also foods known to be toxic to pets. Seasoning food doesn't sit well with some pets either and could cause digestive problems. Check with your vet before you take pet food off your grocery list.

  • Jerk seasoning is found

    January 15, 2015

    If you food shop regularly you may have to dig a little deeper in your wallet this year. According to the USDA, beef, poultry, pork, dairy, including eggs, and fresh produce prices are on the rise in most areas. Check your list to see where you can trim some fat to stay on budget.

  • We are fishing for pompano

    January 8, 2015

    Do you purge your pantry regularly?

  • In a pickle for jumbo slices

    January 1, 2015

    Happy New Year! I hope your holidays have been festive so far.

  • 10 resources for specialty food

    December 30, 2014

    We're giving our shoppers the holiday off, but offering you a gift: A sampling of our go-to specialty food sources that often stock your lost items. Merry Christmas to our loyal supermarket sleuths.

  • Frozen lemon juice is back

    December 18, 2014

    With Christmas just a week away, many of us are scrambling to get the holiday dinner details finalized. Whether you serve a traditional meal at home, eat out or just wing it (ooh wings!) on Christmas Day, now is the time to wrap up those details.

  • Chicken sliders have slipped away

    December 11, 2014

    Is everyone gearing up for the next round of feasting? It won't be long now.

  • Pork pies, a holiday favorite

    December 4, 2014

    Are you still shuffling around leftovers from last week's feast? It's time to move them out to make room for the next round of holiday foods.

  • Cross spinach pasta off list

    November 27, 2014

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  • We're hunting down pudding

    November 20, 2014

    I'm making my list and checking it twice. It's not my Christmas list. It's my Thanksgiving shopping list. Fried turkey is on our menu. And as always my husband is the expert fryer chef. Whatever your meal tradition is for the holidays, start checking your pantry and getting your refrigerator ready for your upcoming feast.

  • Pre-order your fresh bird

    November 13, 2014

    Just a reminder that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. If you're a fan of serving up fresh turkey for your holiday feast, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to pre-order your bird as not all sources keep fresh fowl in stock.

  • We've struck oil big time

    November 6, 2014

    To be more "green" I've decided to make an effort to serve more vegetables. With a veggie dish served at each meal as a side or main dish, I am supporting local farms, the economy, environment and – best of all – making sure my family eats healthfully. Now let's see what our shoppers have been up to:

  • The hunt is on for hot sauce

    October 30, 2014

    I have a few rules about protocol when I am invited to someone's house for any reason. First, I never go empty handed, even if they don't ask me to bring something. Simple host gifts such homemade cookies or jam, or a bottle of wine are easy, affordable and always welcome. Second, I always leave at or near the time stated on the invitation. It's never a good idea to overstay your welcome. And, third, when it is time to go, don't simply disappear. Always thank your host before you leave.

  • Missing ice cream found

    October 23, 2014

    Have you ever gone into your pantry and found potatoes with so many sprouts that they look like something from the Syfy channel?

  • Olives found, Nice!

    October 16, 2014

    I always appreciate your feedback. And it's nice when I get notes telling me that something I wrote reminds them of fond memories from their lives too.

  • Apple cinnamon bread found

    October 9, 2014

    A diligent reader contacted the Minute Maid about the missing frozen lemon juice. Vicky was told that they are working to correct this and get it back on shelves by mid fall. They sincerely regret any inconvenience this has caused their customers, the spokesperson for Minute Maid said.



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