I work in the grocery side of the food business these days.
I used to work in food service and for wine, beer and spirits wholesalers.
We have organic gardens, She tends to the free range chickens (for eggs) and breeds rabbits (for food, not pets).

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  • Location: Orlando
  • Favorite foods: All of them.
  • Last bite on earth: A few dozen raw oysters, Peking duck with rice and stir fried Swiss chard, Steamed artichoke with lemon butter for dipping, and a salad made from my own home grown tomatoes and greens.

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Drinking the Bottom Shelf: André Blush California Pink Champagne

Most of the sweet cheap stuff from Gallo is sweet and cheap because its made from pears, or a blend of "perry wine" and other fruits.
Sometimes even including grapes!
I am not able to look in on the evil scientists behind this sweet, fruity, bubbly concoction, but remember that it comes from the same factory as Night Train, Boones, and other famous vintages.

A Beginner's Guide to Mead

Royal Manor in Florida makes a very popular mead, with locally produced honey, some with blueberries grown on the property.
This is a small family operated winery, so some varieties sell out from time to time. They DO ship!

12 Must-Eat Breakfast Sandwiches Across America

If you ever wake up in Jacksonville FL, you need to do two things:
Fill the car with gas and get moving, and be sure to stop at any of the numerous Syrian/Lebanese sandwich joints for some sort of egg/bacon/whatever breakfast in a pita. Locally called a rider, the bread is baked fresh by people who know how to pita, and it's easy to eat while you're driving back to civilization. Or away from it, depending on your perspective.

A Foreigner's Survival Guide to Ordering and Eating Peking Duck in Beijing

$32.00 for one of the most delicious foods on the planet and a show to boot seems like an insane bargain to me.
Yes, please.

The Bloody Mary: The History and Science of an Oddball Classic

I like to use 1/2 tomato juice and 1/2 Clamato juice as a base.
Maybe a throwback to the original oyster coctail?
I add celery salt and lemon juice, plus all the usual suspects.
The Motts company who make Clamato used to market a tomato/ beef juice product called Bullshot, I believe. It was fairly popular a couple of decades ago.

The Food Lab: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs

OK, cold eggs, boiling water. Chill before peeling.
Got it.
Should the water have salt or vinegar added?

Lamb-Stuffed Collards From 'The New Southern Table'

Its a shame that finding lamb here in Central Florida is very difficult. Supermarkets here only have it around Christmas time.
I guess I could make this with pork or turkey, though....

Staff Picks: What's Your Go-To Dinner Party Dessert?

Usually a Key lime or lemon or pecan pie, depending on whats available at the time.
But I LIKE the suggestion of port and cheese, I had forgotten about that delicious and easy classic.

Culinary land mines

There aren't too many things I don't like. Beef liver, tripe, beets come to mind.
What I REALLY don't like is people who are served food by a generous host and then say something like: EWWWWWI don't like [whatever it is on the plate].
If someone invites me into their home and cooks food for me. I'm going to eat it.
If there is something on the plate that I don't love, I'll eat a little of it and find something there that I DO like and compliment the cook.
Babies need to grow up.

The Food Lab: Maximize Flavor by Ultra-Smashing Your Burger

Steak N Shake has been cooking almost the same thing since 1934.
I hope your friends do as well with their new venture!'n_Shake

Taste Test: Dennis Eats All of Cricket's Cat Food

Good information for people who are preparing to retire in Florida.
Can you believe that people actually DO that?
(I mean retire in Florida.}

Taste Test: Dennis Eats All of Cricket's Cat Food

Good information for people who are preparing to retire in Florida.
Can you believe that people actually DO that?
(I mean retire in Florida.}


Tupper Fare.
See what I did there?
It's a play on Tupperware.

Serious Entertaining: Ramps Ramps Ramps Ramps Ramps

I just passed my NEHA Certified Food Safety Manager test (every five years.
There was only one question on the test about ramps;
"your produce supplier offers you fresh ramps. Accept the foul weeds, or shoot him with a gun"
I'm gonna miss that guy.

Behind the Scenes In Kenji's Home Kitchen (A.K.A. Home of The Food Lab)

We've been looking at new homes. Whenever we mention 'gas stove' the salesperson acts as if we'd said "sex with kittens, where's the dungeon?"

What's For Dinner?

We had smoked rabbit with Korean BBQ sauce, rice (duh)pilaf, and salad with arugula, avocado, iceberg and tomato.

Wake and Bake: Irish Cheddar and Vegetable Bread Pudding

That looks delicious.
And I'm usually a "meat at the center of the plate" guy.
I'm going to have to try this one...

The Great Manhattan Tater Tot Crawl

I. for one, will be glad when the tater tot fad dies out.
Yes, it's a short lived fad.
What is so wrong with real potatoes that makes people want fried processed mashed potato nuggets instead of the real thing?

Beyond the Bagel: All About Smoked Fish

In Florida (We're surrounded by the ocean) you'll find smoked amberjack, mackeral, and a time honored favorite, smoked mullet, if you look hard enough.
The old timers who caught and smoked mullet are getting too old to carry on the tradition anymore.
I know how to do it, but its time consuming, and I'm lazy....

Dinner Tonight: Chicken Adobo

This dish is so tasty and easy, its become a part of my rotation.
Thanks for posting.

Cast Iron question.

I have read comments dvising scouring with salt, but after seeing rusted out cars from the north where they use salt to melt snow on the roads, I don't recommend cleaning iron with salt.
I bought a seriously rusty iron skillet at the flea market ($3) and used a wire brush chucked into an electric drill to remove the rust, then seasoned it with vegetable oil as if it were new. It cooks like a dream.
Your Lodge skillet probably came 'pre seasoned'. Meh.

You can probably make your Lodge skillet like new again by following the advice already posted.
You should heat up your oven with the skillet in it, CAREFULLY wipe it inside out with paper towels and vegetable oil, then plop a seasoned whole chicken into it, and enjoy your dinner and your newly re seasoned iron skillet.
I'm using a heirloom 1930's Griswold, and wouldn't part with it for love or money.

Carrot Raisin Salad From 'Down South'

I thought everybody grew up with this. Church potlucks, fried chicken joints, aunt Julias Sunday ham dinner.....

The Food Lab: Black Bean Soup With Chorizo and Braised Chicken

That version of black bean soup looks so good I'll have to try it this weekend!
As a Florida native, I've never seen anything quite like it.