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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Cooking with Giacomo

Cooking with Giacomo

World-renowned Chef Giacomo offers the finest in cooking class experience at Ricciardi’s Italian Table. Held at Ricciardi’s Italian Table, Chef Giacomo Guagliardo has all the ingredients: demonstrations focused on technique with dashes of personal tips blended with enchanting charisma for a fun, engaging, and informative class. The class is for the avid home cook and food enthusiast from beginner to advanced. Giacomo understands the majority…
James Combs’ HIT LIST, January 2016

James Combs’ HIT LIST, January 2016

1 // A wild monkey was recently spotted atop the roof of The Villages Elementary School of Lady Lake. Noticing that the animal seemed to have an angry demeanor, students appropriately named it “Furious George.” 2 // Lake County’s longstanding penny sales tax passed by receiving 71 percent of the vote during an election in November. It’s about time Lake County voters banded together and…
BOOK CLUB: Man In The Blue Moon

BOOK CLUB: Man In The Blue Moon

World War I is raging in Europe. Ella’s gambling, opium-addicted husband Harlan has disappeared once again from their rural home near Apalachicola. The youngest of her three sons is gravely ill and the mortgage payment is due on her father’s land. Ella is on the verge of emotional and financial collapse. A mysterious stranger arrives under bizarre circumstances claiming to be Harlan’s cousin, Lanier. He…
Sprouting New Ideas For Good Eating

Sprouting New Ideas For Good Eating

Coleslaw, that roast beef sandwich, and your favorite cornbread recipe, none of them are the same without mayonnaise. Cutting this key ingredient in our favorite foods is one New Year’s adjustment a lot of Southerners just aren’t willing to make. However, a company out of San Francisco may have our taste buds duped. Hampton Creek Foods has introduced Just Mayo, a product made entirely from…
FINAL THOUGHT: No-Bake Grandma

FINAL THOUGHT: No-Bake Grandma

Eating out is one of my favorite activities. I always wanted one of those stoves from the old joke. You remember, right? When the wife turns the dial on her stove, instead of the oven coming on, it goes to Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Red Lobster, and so on. That stove would have been my idea of heaven. Don’t get me wrong. I did cook, and my…
Sorry, We’re Closed

Sorry, We’re Closed

Athens NY Restaurant in Spanish Springs Town Square closed last month. The owners said the lease ended and, though they hoped for renewal, it did not happen. They opened Flapjack Johnny’s in Groveland and Apopka. Anyone holding a gift card from the restaurant can contact them by emailing them at athensnyrestaurant@yahoo.com for a refund. This is the second closing in Spanish Springs in the last…

Saving Florida’s Own

WFTV Channel 9 recently honored Clermont resident, Cathy Brown, for her work in protecting the habitat of the scrub-jays, birds found only in Florida. Brown, who is co-owner of B.B. Brown’s Gardens, was recognized as a volunteer who is intent on making the outdoors livable for all species. As a part of a program in cities all over the country, Cox Conserves honors local unsung…
Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

Barnes & Noble recently celebrated Vinyl Day in their stores nationwide, commemorating the rebirth of vinyl records and music. Chuck Gorman, vice president of music and DVDs, pointed out that vinyl never really went away. “What we’re seeing now is customers gravitating back to it because it offers a more authentic and warmer sound, as well as fantastic artwork and a unique collectability factor.” Those…

FUN FACT

Flora Call and Elias Disney, the parents of Walt Disney, were married in Lake County. According to a 2011 Orlando Sentinel article, Lake County had been an official county for only seven months when it issued its first marriage license to Disney and Call. The wedding took place on New Year’s Day 1888 inside a small church in the now ghost town of Kismet, which…
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