• Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    There is a taste of Mexico in Dunnellon and at several other south-of-the-border restaurants in the Citrus County area that will once again celebrate Cinco de Mayo the first week of May.

    It’s a special day that means festival time in Mexico, and also throughout the United States, as those who appreciate Hispanic fare gather for heaping plates of enchiladas, chile rellenos, tamals, nachos, sides of guacamole, refried pinto beans and salsa — all washed down with margaritas, mojitos, Dos Equis beer and much more.

  • OVER EASY: Serve up some south-of-the-border savories

    nyone who knows me knows that Mexican and Tex-Mex foods rate a No. 11 on my list of 10 favorite foods. So, yes, I will celebrate Cinco de Mayo next week with some of the dishes I crave now and then (not that I need an excuse to make delicious south-of-the-border treats.

    The chile relleno (literally meaning stuffed pepper in Spanish) is a dish of Mexican cuisine that originated in the city of Puebla. It consists of a stuffed, roasted, whole fresh poblano pepper (a mild chili pepper named after its city of origin).

  • WINES ‘N’ SUCH: Lesser-known grape varieties make fine wines

    How do you find a really good bottle of wine for $10 or less; a wine so interesting and full of flavors you are likely to bring it home time and time again? I am not talking about one of those ubiquitous 1.5-liter or 3-liter jugs you see displayed on the lower shelves of supermarkets or on the eye level of wine stores.

  • Gloria Yoder THE AMISH COOK: Everything tastes better with bacon!

    Cheery spring greetings from our house to yours.  We thoroughly enjoy spring days in the quiet countryside outside Flat Rock, Illinois.  Julia and Austin both relish the opportunity of going outside quite frequently on these sunny days. Soaking up the spring sunshine as I work in the garden or flower bed feels like the best tonic on Earth after the winter months of being indoors most of the time.

  • Mouthwatering bounty

    “We are truly blessed,” Ricky Gladu said recently, describing his successful Angelotti’s Pizza restaurant in Inverness, that not only offers awesome pies, but also many more traditional Italian dishes and some surprises.

  • Wine makers believe in location, location, location

    There is an age-old debate among wine pundits regarding the French word “terroir” pronounced “tehr-wahr.” The word itself literally translates to “soil” but the wine world, and especially French vintners, insist the reference is ever so much more complex than soil or plain garden dirt.

    French wine makers, habitually in the regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, are ardent advocates and adherents of terroir as the quintessential foundation of ne plus ultra wine quality.

  • Pinto beans for dessert? Gloria serves up guilt-free goodie

    Pinto beans, Lima beans, green beans, kidney beans, navy beans, great northern beans, how many of you have heard groans or complaints anytime beans of any kind are served?

  • Order up!

    There are five full-time cooks whipping up home-style victuals seven days a week at Sara’s Diner in Crystal River, past home of one of the oldest food service landmarks in the area.

    At the helm now of the iconic diner are Penny Maas, from Joliet, Illinois, and a county resident for more than 30 years, and her husband, Steve, a native Floridian from Hollywood.

  • The good — and the could-be-better — on the restaurant scene

    Although I love dining out in area restaurants, there are a few things restaurants do that make me crazy. Of course, that doesn’t make me stay home, but ....

  • A toast to good mental well-being

    There has been a lot of talk about the links between wine and physical health. Scientific studies appear to show that moderate consumption can lead to a longer life span by lowering the risk of crippling heart disease and stroke, of diabetes, of bowel polyps — a precursor to colon cancer, of stomach ailments, rheumatoid arthritis, and even reduce the incidence of a common cold. 

    But is there a connection between wine consumption and mental well-being?