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Tomatoes still a bright spot in Middle Georgia menus

Enjoy some of the season’s last homegrown tomatoes in Heirloom Tomato Salad. September is a tricky month for seasonal cooking in Georgia. Up north, after Labor Day, we immediately see images of scarves, boots, apple cider and pumpkins. Down this way, we get excited about those things, all the while still needing our sandals, short […]

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Chill out with these ideas for cold soups

Cool off with cold soups, clockwise from top center: Lettuce Soup with Radish Salsa, Almond Gazpacho with Grapes, Ukrainian Sorell Soup, Chilled Watermelon-Basil Gazpacho and Chilled Minted Peach and Prosecco Soup. Dan Cizmas Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Hot soup is the quintessential comfort food, but there’s nothing more welcoming than a bowl of chilled soup during these […]

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God’s Own Platter

The Onasadya or the Onam feast is a celebration of plenty, laying out Kerala’s diversity on a banana leaf. There’s a Malayali proverb that goes, “Kaanam vittum onam unnanam”. A rough translation to English would be, “One must feast during Onam, even if it means selling one’s land”. It shows how important the Onam feast […]

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The Lure of the Fish Cake

There are myriad types of fish cakes, and it’s hard not to love them all. They can be the frugal kind, made from leftovers: yesterday’s fish, flaked and folded into yesterday’s mashed potatoes. They make pretty good eating with a dab of tartar sauce. Or there are fancier uptown versions, made with crab meat or […]

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Should You Go Gluten-Free?

We seem to fear gluten these days like we used to fear fat and carbs. At a recent women’s conference I attended, the buffet line included four large signs declaring the salad, vegetables and chicken were all gluten-free. The people standing in line next to me wondered if that was a good thing? Gluten-free diets […]

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The 1960s: Excellent food for a troubled time

The 1960s were the most turbulent decade in this country since the Civil War. The war in Vietnam roiled the nation. The fight for civil rights caused another, sometimes violent divide, and women disrupted the status quo by asserting their independence. The birth control pill ushered in the sexual revolution. Baby Boomers turned on, tuned […]