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There’s nothing quite like visiting your home town after being away for awhile. In my case I hadn’t been back to Tampa in 12 years. Its always amazing how many things have changed yet how so many others remain the same. We visited the old neighborhood and knocked on the door of an old friend I hadn’t seen in 30 years. Another really great day.
One thing we haven’t really talked about is how much we Floridians love to eat. The sheer number of locally owned ‘one …

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The Best Day Ever!
Well at least one of them. This morning we got up and drove the 150 miles or so from Old Town to Kissimmee, FL which is just south of Orlando and no this isn’t going to be about a day at Disney. As far as that goes I spent most of my life in the Tampa/Orlando area and we locals know to stay as far away from that madness as possible. Instead we came to Kissimmee to spend a day with my aunt, uncle and cousins …

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Today we wanted to take advantage of our location and head over to Cedar Key, FL for lunch. Located on the West coast Cedar Key is a small island town of about 800 residents. Due to its geography (no interstates or big cities for miles and miles) it remains largely untouched by corporate commercialism. No fast food and no restaurant chains, in fact rarely do you see a recognizable business name at all. But still Cedar Key is a tourist town, just not for those looking for the glitz …

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U.S food producers currently dedicate about 4 million acres of land to organic production, which is only 4% of al U.S. farmland.
I know this is true because it was on TV 🙂 I paused the Tivo and wrote it down word for word but then forgot to note the name of the program. D’oh!

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At least 27 different SUPERMARKET BRANDS made by Sara Lee could be effected and have been recalled.
From the ‘Why We Like To Make Our Own Food” Dept: According to Reuters and other news sources a Sara Lee factory in Meridian, Mississippi has been spewing out loaves of bread potentially laced with chunks of metal. The company recalled the bread after they realized a flour sifter was damaged and possibly some metal had made its way into the bread. I take that to mean there were chunks of metal missing …

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Ever since Iron Chef of Japan became a cult classic U.S. television has been experimenting with cooking contests (including Food Network’s excellent American version of Iron Chef itself). From cakes to risotto we all want to know whose ‘cuisine reigns supreme’.
Allez Cuisine!
Two of the most popular are ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ which has even made it into the primetime lineup on a decent network Fox and The Next Food Network Star which is Food Networks effort to get into the American Idol business of validating your talent’s popularity before engineering their …

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Just to follow up and give OXO their props I just got a brand new replacement for the broken garlic press. To be fair to OXO it arrived in our area a few days ago but because we’re on a private road in rural Can-Tuc-Kee any time we don’t get our regular UPS/FedEx/DHL driver the completely confused replacement person circles the hill once, maybe twice and then either leaves the package at a random house just to get it off the truck or at the home of the areas …

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For years whenever I needed minced garlic I’d do one of two things. If it was a small amount I’d mince by hand and if were a large bit I’d toss the cloves into the food processor.
About year or so ago I picked up a cheap garlic press and it just wasn’t sturdy enough to mince the fresh firm garlic we grow here at Kitchen Warfare and I gave up on it. Then a few weeks later I saw a garlic press made by OXO that looked like you …

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When I first saw Tom Dickson turn a rake handle into sawdust with a blender I thought he might be a candidate for our dubious prestigious Honorary Kitchen Warrior award. But as it turns out he’s just a guy trying to sell blenders.
But what the heck, overall commercials are a lot more fun to watch nowadays than they used to be. And the ‘Will It Blend?’ series is no exception, its so much fun watching Tom blend everything from marbles to cell phones that its easy to ignore that someone’s …

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There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of room for breakfast any more. I don’t mean your daily high fiber whole wheat muffin and slice of mango. I mean a good down home traditional American breakfast. The breakfast meals of our my youth were high calorie high fat affairs that would drown a kitchen in oil, grease and batter before the sun was even up. Eventually however my mother joined the workforce and by the time I was in high school like everyone else I was …