• Dog days at Lollygaggers

    It’s time to celebrate National Hot Dog Month, and hot dogs don’t get much better than those at Lollygaggers Sports Pub & Grill in Crystal River, a bar and eatery with emphasis on good food and friendly service.

    Hot dogs can run the gamut from the traditional wieners in a bun to the various types of bratwurst, knockwurst and smoked sausage sandwiches.

  • Summer recipe series continues

    The Amish Cook

    This is part two of our summer recipe series, answering reader requests for different recipes. The column will return in its usual format next week.

    A reader in Huber Heights, Ohio, asked for a chicken loaf recipe:

    Chicken loaf with peas

    1 cup soft bread crumbs

    2 cups milk

    2 eggs, beaten

    1 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon paprika

    3 cups cooked chicken, diced

    1/2 cup cooked peas

  • The pros don’t care, and neither should you

    Red with meat, white with fish: Two of the most tiresome wine adages around — and worst of all, the premise is false.

    Chis Shipley, who ran the wine division at New York’s ultra-plush famous 21 Club, put it like this: “I don’t think about specific flavor matches but about blocks of flavor. If the food is rich, I choose a full-bodied wine. If it’s delicate, I choose a lighter wine.”

  • Continuing traditions

    From the front entrance with comfortable benches, to the back patio covered with trailing vines and extra seating, Yanni’s Greek Restaurant in Homosassa Springs is bustling with summer activity and Mediterannean and American cuisine.

    Jennie and John Kotsifakis served patrons in the Citrus County area for many years, beginning with their first Yanni’s restaurant near Sugarmill Woods and, finally, in Golden Eagle Plaza at the north edge of Homosassa Springs.

  • Here’s to your health with wine

    A magazine story in Men’s Journal regarding the possible health benefits of moderate wine drinking got my attention recently. The headline reads: “Why Drinking Wine is Healthy.” It then goes on to outline several good reasons why this announcement may be true.

  • Enjoy these recipes from summer series

     These are some requested recipes from readers as part of our “summer recipe series.” The Amish Cook will return in its regular format later in the month. Enjoy!

    An Amish Cook reader in Highland, Indiana, requested a recipe for blueberry muffins with a splash of lemon. Try this recipe which comes from an Amish settlement in Maine where blueberries are plentiful during the summer.


    Buttermilk Blueberry Lemon Muffins

    Makes 24 muffins

    3 cups flour

    2 teaspoons baking powder

  • Kick your heels up and sprout

    Fresh greens are a must-have at home. Whether in salads, on sandwiches or blended into a smoothie, they’re essential to a well-stocked kitchen. But greens can be pricey, so it’s sometimes hard to keep them around. There are, however, ways to get some leafy goodness while spending next to nothing.

  • Remember, an army marches on its stomach

    What do our military troops like to do? They like to eat home cooking, for one thing. Here’s hoping folks will find time to ship some of those favorite foods to far-flung places this July 4 holiday while we celebrate the founding of this country.

    Today, with a heartfelt nod to all service branches, I’d like to dedicate this column to the men and women of Fort Hood, Texas, one of the largest military bases in the nation and one that has suffered so much tragedy since Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Zin: Not a wine for the thin-skinned

    At various wine tastings I have hosted, whenever there appears a bottle of zinfandel on the table, a majority of senior attendees take one look at the purply red wine and ask: “How come your wine is so black?” I reply with a smile, “because zinfandel is a deep red grape — it gets the light rosy pink color, which you guys associate with celebrated ‘white zinfandel,’ from a very short exposure to the skins during fermentation.” 

  • Sometimes you have to help the kids misbehave