Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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September 19, 2017

In The Kitchen

Her passion blooms

Her passion blooms

A stay-at-home mom finds success as an organic gardener and writer of entertaining children’s books about garden adventures.  Dianne Venetta relishes serene early mornings in the 1,000-square-foot garden behind her Leesburg home where she grows Hungarian wax peppers, sweet onions, tomatoes, potatoes, okra, corn, carrots, cabbage, and many other vegetables for her family of four to enjoy. “The sweet onions are delicious, and the potatoes…
High Tech Kitchen

High Tech Kitchen

Culinary students are trained on state-of-the-art equipment at Lake Tech, an American Culinary Federation-accredited school in the heart of Eustis.  Chef Kenneth Koenig, department chair of culinary arts/commercial foods at Lake Technical College, and his staff teach students how to create gourmet masterpieces and make fancy ice carvings with the latest appliances and gadgets. “When we get new tools, we are like kids in a…
Delighting in scallops!

Delighting in scallops!

Delectable treats harvested in Florida to make great dishes for any occasion.   It definitely is summertime in this hot, glorious state we call home. I mean, let’s be honest, it felt like summertime in January this year, but there is something special about the summer. For a lot of Floridians, the water calls to us. Be it by boat, by beach, or by river.…
Cakes Y’all!

Cakes Y’all!

Among the charming appeals of Miz Kathi’s Cotillion Southern Café and Sweetery are beautifully decorated cakes lined across an antique buffet and the words “Cakes Y’all!” on a blackboard that lists cakes of the day. Photos: Fred Lopez Southern cuisine reigns at the 101 N. Main St., Wildwood eatery, for lunch or dinner at Miz Kathi’s wouldn’t be complete without a slice of one of…
We’re Still In the Kitchen with Miz Kathi

We’re Still In the Kitchen with Miz Kathi

We couldn’t fit all the wonderful recipes in our article in May issue of Lake & Sumter Style, so we decided to add these two on the website. Enjoy! Miz Kathi’s Homemade Vanilla Extract 1.75-liter vodka 12 Madagascar vanilla beans Pour some of the vodka out of the bottle so there is room for the vanilla beans. You can just put the beans in the…
Easter Brunch with Chef Jessica

Easter Brunch with Chef Jessica

Easter celebrates a new season and a time to enjoy great food with family and friends. Enjoy the day more by preparing this simple brunch. Easter is such a beautiful time of the year. For those who observe, it’s a beautiful symbol of hope and all things new. I love the flowers, the adorable dresses, and let’s be honest, the food! I think back to…
Cooking With Amy: ‘It’s All Good!’

Cooking With Amy: ‘It’s All Good!’

Story: Theresa Campbell Gustare la cucina—the Italian phrase for “enjoy cooking” heartily describes Amelia “Amy” Landi Lednak, a Villages grandmother who dreams about cooking and loves being in the kitchen. “Cooking is definitely my passion,” says Amy, 81. “It’s what I do. I cook from morning to night every day. I love making different things. Sometimes I don’t sleep thinking about it. I’m so excited…
Cooking for Mardi Gras

Cooking for Mardi Gras

“When the taste changes with every bite and the last bite is as good as the first, that’s Cajun.” —Paul Prudhomme Story: Chef Jessica Flinn If you asked me for my favorite regional cuisine here in the U.S., it would be difficult to place anything above my love of Cajun and Creole cuisine. The flavors are deep, unique, bold, and flat-out delicious. In fact, I’ll…
what’s cooking? the instant pot

what’s cooking? the instant pot

Story: Jessica Flinn Maybe it’s just me, but does time fly by faster now than ever before? I can’t believe it’s January! Maybe it’s because we are so busy being busy that time just disappears. When thinking about the New Year and new gadgets in the kitchen, I asked myself: What am I looking for in a new kitchen toy? The answer was simple. It…

A World of Christmas Cookies

Story: Theresa Campbell Photos: Fred Lopez A resident of Legacy of Leesburg for more than six years, Pat Medrick loves baking a variety of Christmas cookies for the holidays, including international favorites. “Sometimes I do 20 different kinds of cookies,” she says. “I make little packages and give them to my neighbors.” As a little girl growing up in New Jersey, she remembers spending hours…
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