• Gourmet game

    Hunting and fishing are lifelong activities that shaped the lives of Toby Benoit and Trisha Mickler, pursuits that led to co-authoring “Carnivore Country; The Meat Eater’s Family Cookbook.”

  • Stone crab claws a dining delight

     Seafood lovers rejoice! Stone crab season opened yesterday and will continue through mid-March. Stone crab is surely a Florida treasure, the Sunshine State’s answer to Maine lobster — even better, some say.

  • Enjoy this quick history of potent potables in the U.S.

     In a humorous and beautifully illustrated little book, titled “Esquire Drinks,” the author David Wondrich takes an irreverent look at drinking in America. As he puts it: “This isn’t about drinking. It’s about drinking liquor.”

  • In appreciation of mother’s love, hard work

    Gloria Yoder

    The Amish Cook 

    This week, I would like to introduce you to someone who means a lot to me, someone who has played one of the most important roles in my life (that is, besides my husband!). I have many friends who are very near and dear to me, but this particular person has probably done more for me than anyone else ever has.

  • The Sweet Life

    Jennifer Schreifels is convinced, she says, “that once people taste my baked goods they will be back for more.”

    Comments from customers in the store recently would indicate she is right on the mark, judging by their rave reviews for her custard-filled éclairs and carrot cakes.

    The entrepreneur and mother of two children opened her Sweet Life Bakery on County Road 581 in Inverness, on May 1 of this year, a venture she describes as a labor of love.

  • Celebrate subs on special day

     So, how do you like your sandwich? The choices are endless, but today, Oct. 9, is National Submarine Day, so you might want to think about that question and act on it.

    Goodness knows there are a plethera of sub shops in Citrus County if you don’t want to create your amazing sandwich. Hot or cold, a good sub sandwich is a sight and taste to behold.

  • Remember simple rules to order best wine for your meal

    A frequently asked request is: Help me with a stress-free approach when ordering from a restaurant wine list.

    This needs more than just a one-sentence reply. We are not discussing the little table cards citing a half dozen selections, nor the inventory restaurants may feature on the inside of set menus, typically easy to follow. Rather, let’s focus on the hefty choices offered by big cruise ships, as well as major urban top-shelf restaurants with wine lists resembling a telephone book.

  • Gloria sings summer away with Julia; homemade cheese on the menu



    Gloria Yoder

    The Amish Cook

  • Same Sticks, new tricks

    Farm-to-table is the new look and taste at Cinnamon Sticks in Inverness, where the regular menu is being updated with signature sides and the return of old favorites.

    The restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch, is owned and operated by Ron and Jennifer Dillon, who segued to their present eatery on U.S. 41 South a few years ago from the original Cinnamon Sticks on State Road 44.

  • Fruitless fruit trees and Hungarian chicken

    Help! Several years ago, my bountiful orange tree was ravaged by a severe cold snap and went to fruit heaven. Ever optimistic, a replacement was planted and is now about 6 feet tall and hardy — but no sign of an orange or orange blossom.

    It’s been properly fed, and goodness knows there is plenty of rain this year to nourish it, but in spite of all the care, no fruit.