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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 8, 2015
Do you purge your pantry regularly?
January 1, 2015
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays have been festive so far.
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.
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.
December 11, 2014
Is everyone gearing up for the next round of feasting? It won't be long now.
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.
November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.