- 5:01 am Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Ann Kelly
I’m surprised I don’t see this more to be honest. If you happen to drop in at the restaurant in Virginia you’ll notice something new on the menu – sign language. The owner recognized the need since one of their servers are deaf and it’s pretty helpful and an opportunity to learn something new for customers. Not a bad idea, right?
The first day of Spring is next Tuesday, March 20th and if you happen to find yourself near a Rita’s Italian Ice between noon and 9 pm, how about a free treat? Oh, and Dairy Queen will [More]
- 1:09 pm Sunday, March 11th, 2018 by Ann Kelly
My Sundays are usually spent one of two ways; on an Ann-Venture to get in a good walk and enjoy our cooler weather, or making sure my food prep for the week is ready to go. But since I lost that precious hour of sleep last night and spent most of the day at the Suncoast Animal League’s Mutt Madness I admit I’m exhausted and not in the mood to do much more than watch the Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network. Just love how calm she always is in the kitchen. But since starting that new medication for [More]
- 8:17 am Sunday, March 4th, 2018 by Ann Kelly
I love March! The weather is still cool enough to open the windows and get some fresh air in the house. I want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather before the heat arrives full force. It’s also a wonderful time to reflect on that New Year’s resolution that so many make to embrace a healthier lifestyle. As I write this I’m watching the Skyway 10K and am in awe of the 7,000 runners and walkers who made it across that iconic span and would love to be one of them next year. Now that’s a great goal!
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- 5:28 am Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 by Ann Kelly
From humble beginnings in Largo 40 years ago the Bay Area Renaissance Festival is underway with new food, new features and the same incredible inhabitants of the village off 46th St in Tampa that will take you back in time every weekend through March 25th. It’s a step back to the 16th century complete with the King and Queen once again ruling the weekend. But I did mention food first, of course. Sir Robin Goodfellow and his merry minstrel gave me a taste of what the 28 on-site kitchens produce from Unicorn Cake, those beloved turkey legs and a [More]
- 5:56 pm Sunday, February 11th, 2018 by Ann Kelly
I’m not sure what was deep-fried back in 1904 when T.J. Laud-Brown, the manager of the Tampa Bay Plant Hotel convinced city leaders of the need to bring the South Florida Fair to the grounds of his hotel. But I’m sure it was as delicious then as it is now. Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Florida State Fair, ranked as the #1 State Fair of the Year. Half a million visitors will make the trip to Tampa and enjoy thirteen new attractions that include the Florida State Fair Dance Championships featuring the Dance Moms, Monster trucks and that [More]
- 5:27 am Sunday, February 4th, 2018 by Ann Kelly
Please. Who doesn’t like the crispness, the crunch of something fried? But not so much when it comes to the fat, the calories, sodium…okay, okay, I’ll stop. But since I still love things that may not be good for me I find a way to enjoy them in a healthier way. Enter Kathy Hester and “Vegan Cooking for the Air Fryer.” Take back the crisp and the crunch, take out a lot of the calories with any of the 75 recipes that range from snacks, from breakfast to dinner and even desserts – in an air fryer!
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- 9:51 am Sunday, January 28th, 2018 by Ann Kelly
What’s my first thought when someone asks what I consider “hippie food?” Granola, vegan diets, all the stereotypes, right? Well, what I might have considered a stereotype has an intriguing history that’s really an important part of what I eat today and what many have changed their lifestyles to include. A new book from James Beard Award-winning food writer Jonathan Kauffman takes us through the culture and the history of health food and how we baby boomers kept it alive. “Hippie Food – How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat” reflects the how and why of [More]
- 5:34 pm Saturday, January 13th, 2018 by Ann Kelly
We all mess up on a recipe. It happens. But how annoying is it when you follow the directions to a “T” and it STILL doesn’t work. We have a monthly breakfast and I offered to make my Cinnamon Coffee Cake. Great recipe, and spoiler alert – it starts with a cake mix! But I used a Nordic Ware bunt pan with a darker baking surface. I greased and floured the pan, poured it into the pans and into the over. They looked great when they came out. Cooled them for a while and gently tipped them over onto the [More]
- 9:35 am Saturday, January 6th, 2018 by Ann Kelly
I drink a lot of water, all kinds. But this is one I’ll pass on for two reasons. It doesn’t strike me as safe and wow, the cost. It’s called “raw water” and it’s selling for close to $40 for 2.4 gallons. Seriously. It’s basically water that hasn’t been treated at all. No filters, no sterilization, nothing. As you can imagine, the CDC thinks it’s a very bad idea and potentially life-threatening. There are those that believe the water we drink now is bad for us. And the rest of us are just left wondering. Read the article [More]
- 4:30 am Thursday, January 4th, 2018 by Ann Kelly
Say it isn’t so! Scientists are predicting that chocolate could be a thing of the past. The issue is the threat to the cacao plants from fungal diseases, climate change and more. So how do they save the cacao? By modifying the seeds so they can grow in other regions of the world, and use that same technology for other plants as well. But some other news in the chocolate world is a new type called “ruby chocolate.” Sweet – here’s the full story.
If you love the convenience of frozen biscuits you won’t like this recall. The T Marzetti Co. has [More]