As a child I used to think that heaven was a Key Lime Pie.
Well-- not exactly. But by the time that I could completely grasp the concept of heaven, I knew that I had already caught a glimpse of it when I ate one for the first time at a Denny's Restaurant off I-95 during a family roadtrip.
Which means that I should have planned a trip south this Fourth of July, where what just might be the world's largest Key Lime Pie was baked for the Key Lime Festival.
If you've ever found yourself biting into a tangy sapote, or a lush mango, give a small thanks to fruit hunters.
Fruit hunters are an intrepid band of explorers, growers and researchers. For decades, they have introduced most of the fruit that we enjoy in South Florida. The area's climate is conducive to growing most of the tropical fruit from nearly all the world's continents. Fruit hunters will travel the lengths of the earth, as well as mining their own back yards, in search of the newest, rarest and tastiest plants.
You may be making plans to celebrate our day of "National Independence" from the once “Tax Mad” English by having friends and family over for a backyard party. Possibly your menu will feature one of the all-time icons of American gastronomy, "The Great American Hot Dog".
Each day begins the same. It is want mixed with laziness. Which strikes me as why a café con leche is so perfect. The ‘want’ is the café. It is strong, primal, dark and concentrated. The ‘lazy’ is the leche, (the milk)…relaxing, passive, pure-white and life-giving. In the right ratio you can find the way to enter the day and go forth!
06/27/13 - In the second half of the program, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Bruce Kraig author of Man Bites Dog – Hot Dog Culture in America. Hot dogs are as American as apple pie – we talk about how they became icons of American culture and a July 4th tradition. Thursday at 1:30pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7:30pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
With its pleasant climate, Florida has become home to more exotic and invasive species of plants and animals than any other state in the continental U.S. Some invasive species have been brought in deliberately, such as the Burmese python or the Cuban brown snail. But the majority of species are imported inadvertently as cargo.
Amanda Hodges, who heads the biosecurity research lab at the University of Florida, says that until recently, scientists saw about a dozen new bugs arrive in Florida each year.
06/20/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Richard Campbell, Director of the Tropical Fruit Program at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. It's Mango Madness and the Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival. Learn how to grow, pick and use our native crop of ripe juicy mangoes.
06/13/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview PB Steak Chef, Jose Mendin. Sunday is Father’s Day - we have tips for cooking the perfect steak for Dad on his day - what are the best cuts and what to serve with the steak.
06/06/13 - At 1:30, Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jan Norris, publisher Food and Florida Online. Hurricane season is here, Jan gives tips on what to have on hand, how to prepare the fridge and freezer before a storm; how to store foods once power is out and how to tell if foods are OK to
Most everyone knows, but I will say it for the un-baptized…chorizo is a kind of sausage. The first time I remember seeing chorizo was back in my hometown of Diamond Lake, Illinois in 1965 or so. It was around that time that many Mexican families began to immigrate to the area. They worked very hard founding a close knit neighborhood, which eventually became part of the broader patchwork quilt that epitomizes so much of North America now.
05/30/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Victoria Pesce Elliott, Miami Herald restaurant reviewer.