• A world of flavors

    Worldwide Fusion will debut this week with an eclectic menu including Japanese, Persian, North African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialties to complement its existing “Sushi-O” fare in the Timberline Shopping Plaza.

    The restaurant, located just off County Road 486 just east of the intersection of County Roads 486 and 491, opened as Sushi-O about two years ago and has collected a following of sushi and sashimi aficionados.

  • Amish Cook 1/19/17: Comforting comforters to brighten winter

    It’s cold these days. It’s windy and down-right cold.

    I don’t do as well with cold weather as my husband, Daniel, does. His pullover sweatshirt is sufficient for him in all kinds of weather. I like my jackets, sweaters and blankets.

    What’s better than snuggling up with a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and reading or watching the birds?

  • Over Easy 1/19/17: Colonial dining tips for Inauguration Day

    Even the political class has to eat and the traditional congressional luncheon will provide that opportunity Friday, Jan. 20, shortly after Donald J. Trump is officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

    Donald Trump’s first meal as president was chosen many months before he was even elected, according to news interviews with Bill Homan, whose company Design Cuisine won the bid to host the lunch.

  • Riverside repast

    Surrounded by live oaks dripping Spanish moss, the Riverside Inn at Izaak Walton Lodge is a welcoming destination for diners craving a touch more than a good meal.

    They will find ambiance and a pleasing menu at the lodge overlooking the scenic Withlacoochee River in Yankeetown near the Gulf of Mexico and less than 4 miles from U.S. 19 in Inglis. 

  • Amish Cook 1/5/17: ‘Secret sister’ keeps things exciting

    Chilly winter weather has finally arrived! My daughter, Julia, has been excitedly waiting and waiting for the first snow. Finally, a week ago, we got our first flurries here in southern Illinois but, unfortunately, they did not stick around. Sled rides with Daddy and making snowmen rank on the top of Julia’s list of wintertime favorites. This winter I’ve been kept indoors more, organizing items from our recent move, but it’s been a perfect way to spend more time with the children.

  • Restaurant prides itself on personal, 'family touch

    Ralph Estrada credits his mother for the success of  Carmela’s restaurant in Dunnellon, as well as previous eateries in New York and a kaleidoscopic menu of savory Italian dishes.

    Carmela’s, named for Estrada’s mother, quickly became a dining fixture in the city after Estrada and his wife, April, opened for business in 2000. It boasts a constant flow of regular patrons.

  • Amish Cook 12/29/16: Amish Cook’s mother shares some recipes

    Editor’s note: Gloria spent the Christmas holiday visiting her husband’s family in Ohio. Meanwhile her mother, Dorcas Raber, was tending to up to 300 pounds of venison that she’s freezing and processing for the year ahead. 

    The venison will be used in stews and recipes like the barbecued venison meatballs included in this week’s column. 

  • Start fresh on the morning after

    By Julianne Munn, Chronicle food writer

    Brunch! It’s the perfect meal for the morning after a celebratory New Year’s Eve.

    A super combo of breakfast and lunch is a fine way to start 2017 and put those morning-after headaches to rest as well if your midnight countdown to the new year involved more than a few glasses of bubbly.

  • Amish Cook 12/22/16: Gloria eats a straw hat

    I know everyone is scurrying around in last-minute preparations for Christmas, so I thought I would keep the column short and sweet this week, but a kind of sweet that you can indulge in a bit. Hope Christmas is a blessing to everyone — it is a season I cherish because of the love God bestowed upon us by sending His only son to draw us into his own heart of love.

  • Heartfelt help

    Holiday lights, busy stores and parties all signify Christmas is just around the corner, and the sound of ringing bells over red kettles, angel trees and a canteen ministry will ensure a brighter holiday for the less fortunate in Citrus County and around the nation.

    Deep in preparation for the annual fundraising and donations of toys and foods are Salvation Army Capt. Lynn Irish and her husband, Capt. Phillip Irish, along with volunteers Lois and Jim Sumlin.