• Vittles virtuosos

    A.J. Green and his wife, Linda, may be two of the most prolific restaurateurs in West Central Florida — and a couple of other states, as well.

    With the opening of Jay’s Restaurant on U.S. 19 just north of the Crystal River Mall this month, the Greens chalked up their 28th food service venture starting with the first home-style eatery, The Dixie Grill, in Live Oak about 43 years ago.

  • Amish Cook 8/25/16: A visitor’s view of the Yoders; Amish fiction published

    Editor’s note: Gloria Yoder’s column will return in its regular format next week.

    By Kevin Williams, Amish Cook editor

    Last week, I was able to spend a day with Gloria and Daniel in Flat Rock, Illinois. Summer in southern Illinois can be brutally hot and humid. I cringe at how old I feel when I say stuff like this, but I can’t help but marvel at what a grounded young couple the Yoders are. 

  • Bodacious barbecue

    BubbaQue’s, one of Dunnellon’s newest restaurants, is taking its food, service and nostalgic decor right to the heart of the community.

    The barbecue eatery with an amazing menu geared to old-time tastes kicks off the school season tonight with its first “Dunnellon Spirit Night” outside the front entrance, featuring a tribute to the Dunnellon High School Tigers football team, a bevy of cheerleaders and a marching band.

  • Amish Cook 8/18/16: Yoders on the move to new plot of land

    The air was thick enough to be sliced. In a matter of minutes, we’d find out whether our dream would become a reality. For weeks we had been waiting, praying and discussing the option of buying a 30-acre piece of land. We idealized the location. It was only a mile from where we live now. 

    In Amish communities such as ours, location is a huge issue, since horses and bicycles just don’t go as far or fast as motorized vehicles.

  • Over Easy 8/11/16: Hand-me-down recipes are easy and tasty

    I get quite a lot of feedback from readers about the weekly articles in Flair for Food and the Over Easy column, but a lot of the comments focus on recipes. Folks say they are always searching for good recipes, with traditional ingredients and easy to prepare.

    So that’s what today’s column is all about — recipes, gleaned from friends and family, including one of which I am especially proud, an original entree created by great-granddaughter Anastassia Daigneau Johnson.

  • Family fare: Food, fun and friendship at Mama’s Kuntry Kafe

    Mama’s Kuntry Kafe in Inverness is a down-home diner with lots of regulars filling the dining room on a daily basis.

    This eatery is owned and managed by Lisa White and her husband, Dale, who opened the restaurant nine years ago at the west edge of the city limits, offering not only affordable meals, but also a kaleidoscope of special events.

  • Amish Cook 8/11/16: Yoders welcome new arrival, Gloria serves up apple blossom cake

    Sapphire will have her colt any day, we kept telling our 4-year-old, Julia. “Any day” kept stretching into weeks. Every morning, evening, and in between we kept checking on Sapphire, but there was still no colt. Sapphire is our faithful buggy horse that we’ve had ever since we were married. She has taken us countless miles with our buggy.

  • THE AMISH COOK: Homemade ice cream a savior on a hot day

    Gloria Yoder

    The Amish Cook

    Is there anything better at the close of a hot summer day than a bowl of homemade ice cream?  Mmmm, I can almost taste it as I write!  Regular store-bought ice cream is OK, but I’d choose the homemade any day.

    Homemade ice cream goes hand in hand with these scorching summer days in southern Illinois.  No matter how often you have homemade ice cream, it is always a treat.

  • Cookbooks to benefit cancer patients on sale

    The nonprofit 21st Century C.A.R.E. foundation has cookbooks to benefit cancer patients available for purchase. Proceeds from the cookbook will be used to provide financial assistance to cancer patients in need. 

  • Sicilian tastes savoring in Citrus

    Angelo’s & Pizzeria Restaurante II in Citrus Hill has long been known as a destination for great Italian dishes, and now the business is expanding its catering services.

    Chef John Lazzaro makes it all happen and is enthusiastic about the catering, noting “we’re going strong on that,” as well as a new lunch menu with more affordable prices and also early bird specials that won’t squeeze your wallet.