Let’s Talk Food: Tabasco is still hot ingredient for many recipes
Published 04/23/2013 at 10 p.m.
Although numerous pepper sauces are on the market, none has achieved the success of Tabasco.
Let's Talk Food: Christians mark Easter with holiday feasts
Published 03/27/2013 at 8 a.m.
Throughout the Christian world, Easter is considered the most solemn holiday of the year. On Sunday, Christians will mark the day with prayer and reverence and family gatherings.
Let's Talk Food: Legendary cherries enhance many cherished dishes
Published 02/20/2013 at 10:18 a.m.
Monday was Presidents Day, when we paid homage to two of our greatest presidents: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. While there were celebrations throughout the land honoring these distinguished gentlemen, there was nary a mention of Washington’s contribution to the ...
Let's Talk Food: Legendary cherries enhance many cherished dishes
Published 02/20/2013 at 10:03 a.m.
Monday was Presidents Day, when we paid homage to two of our greatest presidents: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
Let's Talk Food: Enjoy a slice it's National Pie Day
Published 01/23/2013 at 4 a.m.
I feel it is my civic duty to inform you of a very important culinary event that is taking place today. It's not too late to get out your pie tins, butter or shortening and flour and take a family ...
Let's Talk Food: Toast beer bread for Oktoberfest
Published 10/17/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Germanfest is ending but not without delightful memories of its rich beers. You can add that savory taste to beer bread.
Let's Talk Food: Celebrating 60 years in Naples, the nation's final frontier
Published 10/03/2012 at 6 a.m.
Monday was the 60th anniversary of my arrival in Naples. I arrived in Naples on Oct. 1, 1952, and began my life in what was considered America's last frontier.
Let's Talk Food: Florida fish among most delicious, healthful, popular worldwide
Published 09/26/2012 at 6 a.m.
Many of our residents in Naples come from the North where the fish offered were totally different from our subtropical varieties. Many people were convinced that cold water fish were more nutritious and better tasting than those offered in local ...
Let’s Talk Food: Shrimp is favorite seafood worldwide
Published 09/19/2012 at 5 a.m.
Confucius once said: “Eat more shrimp. It will make you healthy, wise and well nourished.” Centuries later, shrimp is still regarded as a universally favorite seafood and a delicacy for which we can thank our Chinese cousins.
Let's Talk Food: Perfectly roasted chicken is sign of a good cook
Published 09/05/2012 at 4 a.m.
Chicken is a populist dish, but you can dress it elegantly as well as barbecuing it for the backyard crowd.
Let's Talk Food: Mango ripe? Go by scent and feel rather than look
Published 07/18/2012 at 6 a.m.
Here at the height of summer, Floridians are made aware of the mysticism and beauty of the mango. Little wonder since the mango is so delicious and satisfying.
Let's Talk Food: Pepper pot soup - hot stuff not just a lot of tripe
Published 05/30/2012 at 7 a.m.
What do Ben Bova and George Washington have in common? `They both loved pepper pot soup.
Let's Talk Food: Make guilt-free key lime pie with low-fat yogurt
Published 05/16/2012 at 5:25 a.m.
Although yogurt is considered a low-fat food, one must be aware that there are three types of yogurt, with varying amounts of milk fat.
Let's Talk Food: The onion contributes so much to so many recipes
Published 05/09/2012 at 7 a.m.
While the chestnut trees are blossoming in Paris and the swallows are winging their way to Capistrano, the sweet onions are being harvested in Vidalia, Ga.
Let's Talk Food: No dish more American than macaroni and cheese
Published 04/25/2012 at 7:10 a.m.
Every state has an official dish or dessert but, alas, there is no national dish that represents typical American cuisine. However, there is no dish more American than macaroni and cheese.
Let's Talk Food: Biscuits are a Southern culinary gift for common folk
Published 04/18/2012 at 6:10 a.m.
I have come to the conclusion that biscuits are the food of the common folk; a culinary gift available to those dedicated to simple, but delicious, vittles.
Let's Talk Food: Favorite crab recipe evokes memories of Low Country
Published 04/11/2012 at 9:05 a.m.
I’m sharing my favorite crab recipes with the hope that several ambitious cooks will prepare a splendid feast.
Let's Talk Food: Truffles taste much better than they look
Published 03/28/2012 at 6:26 a.m.
Truffles may win accolades in the taste category but only the most scrupulous gourmand is willing to overlook its ugly appearance.
Let's Talk Food: Oysters get no respect, but deserve accolades
Published 03/21/2012 at 6:24 a.m.
Mother Nature must have had tongue in cheek when she created the oyster. Jonathan Swift, although an admirer of the oyster, wrote: “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”
Let's Talk Food: Corned beef, cabbage and the Irish
Published 03/14/2012 at 6:30 a.m.
Here is my favorite way to prepare corned beef and cabbage.
Let's Talk Food: Tasting the pleasures of the Big Apple's 'Real Little Italy'
Published 02/29/2012 at 5:25 a.m.
Although curious daytrippers from surrounding cities have been attracted to New York City's Arthur Avenue, the merchants and restaurateurs remain dedicated to their regular customers. Here, those dedicated to genuine Italian products find every food product necessary to create one ...
Let's Talk Food: Recipes for kumquats, calamondins from Naples fruit trees
Published 02/22/2012 at 4:15 a.m.
It’s the top of the season and residents and visitors alike are under the spell of perfect weather and a time filled with the good things to savor and relish. What a joy to see oranges, grapefruit, coconuts, carambola, calamondins ...
Let’s Talk Food: Champagne, chocolate and candlelight spark passion
Published 02/08/2012 at 5 a.m.
Doris Reynolds shares a recipe for Chocolate Valentine Cake, a surefire way to inspire marriage, engagement or any other romantic scheme you can conjure up.
Let’s Talk Food: Soul food celebrates South and Black History Month
Published 02/01/2012 at 3:54 a.m.
This month is Black History Month and an ideal time to recognize the significant contributions early African-Americans made to our nation's gastronomy.
Let’s Talk Food: Street markets offer look at other cultures, people
Published 01/25/2012 at 4:20 a.m.
It’s not surprising that the open-air food markets in France compete with tourist attractions.
Let’s Talk Food: In search of the best beef stroganoff in Russia
Published 01/18/2012 at 4:26 a.m.
I have been on a mission to Russia. My assignment: Find the best beef stroganoff.
Let's Talk Food: Russia offers one of world’s most complex cuisines
Published 01/11/2012 at 6:15 a.m.
Russia is the largest country in the world with a diverse population that has resulted in many regional dishes.
Let’s Talk Food: January is, gulp, diet month
Published 01/04/2012 at 3:46 a.m.
The market shelves are filled with vittles and nostrums that will melt away all those layers of fat that have accumulated during the holiday orgies.
Let’s Talk Food: Black-eyed peas, pork, lasagna, grapes ensure good luck for new year
Published 12/28/2011 at 3:48 a.m.
Even if you weren’t born beyond the Mason-Dixie Line, assure yourself and friends and family of good luck in the new year by fixing a pot of Hoppin’ John or conjure up a mess of Mississippi Caviar.
Let's Talk Food: Champagne makes for extravagant treat
Published 12/21/2011 at 7:16 a.m.
What better time than the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to indulge in one of the loveliest experiences ever devised.
Let’s Talk Food: Fruitcake can be a healthful treat
Published 12/14/2011 at 10:38 a.m.
Here are some recipes for fruitcake, which can be a healthful and satisfying holiday treat.
Let’s Talk Food: One cannot age the Christmas pudding too long
Published 12/07/2011 at 5:50 a.m.
I’m here to remind you that, if you’re planning an opulent and tasty Christmas pudding, time is running out. The best of the puddings must age and ripen to full flavor before being served at the holiday feast. Our cousins ...
Let's Talk Food: Food items make great holiday gifts for family, friends
Published 11/30/2011 at 8:56 a.m.
The Christmas holiday season conjures up memories of many experiences, relationships and nostalgia for events long gone. Among my fondest memories are those of preparing special gifts for special friends.
Let's Talk Food: Holiday season is time for a romantic favorite: pie
Published 11/23/2011 at 3:55 a.m.
National Pie Day is celebrated on Jan. 23, but there is no better time to create this all-American favorite.
Let’s Talk Food: Sweet potatoes are more than just a holiday treat
Published 11/16/2011 at 3:55 a.m.
If you are planning an all-American feast, it is imperative that you have included sweet potatoes on the menu.
Let’s Talk Food: Cranberries add zing and zest to even ordinary meals
Published 11/09/2011 at 9:06 p.m.
Cranberries were supposed to have been served at the first Thanksgiving feast and have remained a culinary tradition for 380 years.
Let's Talk Food: Take a little dip, have fun with do-it-yourself fondue party
Published 11/02/2011 at 9 a.m.
Although the Swiss are credited with originating fondue, there are other food mavens throughout the world challenging them.
Let's Talk Food: Pumpkin pie is perfect treat for all senses
Published 10/26/2011 at 12:50 p.m.
Long before Viagra was introduced to the willing but unable, there was pumpkin. Now there is proven evidence that there is a more delectable and delicious way to insure lust. One can now depend on pumpkin pie to replace the ...
Lets Talk Food: Pepper adds soul, depth
Published 09/27/2011 at 6:40 p.m.
They were made for each other. For centuries, they have brought flavor and zest to the most rudimentary foods. Wars have been fought for them; explorers have traveled to the lengths of the Earth in search of them. And yet ...
Let’s Talk Food: Viva vinegar’s variety, versatility
Published 09/20/2011 at 5:31 p.m.
It is difficult to imagine a well-stocked pantry without vinegar. This tangy, useful and flavorful product is one of our commonest ingredients, and one we are seldom without. In recent years, this common, ordinary substance has been elevated from its ...
Fig season is at its bountiful height in September
Published 09/06/2011 at 7:41 p.m.
September is not my favorite month of the year, except for a bountiful fig season. Much to my delight, fig season is at its height here in the good old U.S. of A. California figs are available at most supermarkets ...
Let’s Talk Food: Top ice cream with mango, hot fudge, more great sauces
Published 08/30/2011 at 7 p.m.
Labor Day is an all-American holiday, and what better way to celebrate the long weekend than with ice cream.
Let’s Talk Food: Fried ice cream? Fried macaroni and cheese? Try these recipes
Published 08/23/2011 at 7 p.m.
Throughout the country, amateur and professional cooks are constantly seeking new and more outrageous foods to fry.
Let's Talk Food: Bread truly is universal staff of life
Published 08/16/2011 at 7:15 p.m.
Little wonder that bread is known as the staff of life. The history of bread is a fascinating continuing story, which follows the development of civilization. When archaeologists unearthed a village in Iraq in 1948 they found artifacts that dated ...
Let’s Talk Food: Buttermilk — old favorite takes a churn for the best
Published 08/09/2011 at 6 p.m.
As an admitted buttermilk addict, I must confess that the genuine article is unforgettably delicious, but unless you live in a rural community, one cannot find real buttermilk.
Let’s Talk Food: Hot times call for cold soups
Published 08/02/2011 at 8:28 p.m.
Even the most ardent and dedicated cooks get steamed these hot summer days. Those are the times when it’s time to get thee to the kitchen and conjure up delicious and refreshing cold soups.
Let’s Talk Food: Getting to the heart of the artichoke
Published 07/27/2011 at 5:34 a.m.
Indeed, the artichoke is one of the most intriguing and beautiful vegetables to ever come out of Mother Nature's bountiful garden.
Let’s Talk Food: The secret to Coney dogs is in the sauce
Published 07/19/2011 at 5:55 p.m.
No sooner had the Daily News been delivered last Wednesday that I got an email from John Wilhelm, who hails from southern Indiana. Sheila Mesulum’s entertaining and informative article about hot dogs inspired him to complain about the lack of ...
Let’s Talk Food: Rooting for the hot and lively horseradish
Published 07/13/2011 at 11:20 a.m.
Horseradish is the first cousin to mustard and has a colorful history.
Let’s Talk Food: Lettuce varieties rekindle youthful vigor of salad days
Published 07/06/2011 at 6:25 a.m.
During these warm summer days in South Florida one needs all the help we can get to be vigorous, youthful and daring ... and hopefully consuming refreshing, invigorating and nourishing salads will do just that.