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Archive for 2008

12/30/2008

Faves I Crave

The year’s taste picks.   By Judi Gallagher   A tasteful year it has been. While not every morsel has been top notch, some food finds have been overwhelmingly scrumptious from first bite. I will not list my favorites in any special order, because I loved them all equally. It’s like when someone asks me […]

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12/21/2008

Holiday Interludes

Jolly delivers wonderful pastries and great moments with friends.   By Judi Gallagher A jolly good time with Heather Dunhill, Marjorie North and friends. Why is it that we all too often forget to make time for a soothing cappuccino and a pastry or three with friends? When I am in Italy, it seems that […]

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12/9/2008

Holiday Treats

Creative presents for the holidays.     By Judi Gallagher   Hold the fruit cakes—please!! With the holidays fast approaching and the economy pinching our pockets, being creative is actually much more fun than battling a parking space at a shopping mall or worrying if the gift card you bought your nephews will be invalid […]

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11/30/2008

Anything But Turkey

Stone crab success and other reasons to give thanks.   By Judi Gallagher     Forgive me for not going into details about turkey, stuffing and the various versions of sweet potatoes. I have what you might call turkey fatigue. In fact, since our younger son cooks for a living, we still have one more […]

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11/19/2008

Let’s Talk Turkey!

 Some tips for making Thanksgiving tasty–and easy.  By Judi Gallagher Ophelia’s on the Bay will not only pack your Thanksgiving Dinner to go—they’ll deliver it to your home if you don’t feel like getting all gussied up to dine on Siesta Key. Mattison’s Forty-One is open on Turkey Day, and if you’re looking for a full […]

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11/10/2008

Big Winners

A new president, my newTV show and a new gourmet market. By Judi Gallagher   In what proved to be a historic week of monumental proportions, so proved the same impact in my kitchen. While preparing at home for my new daily cooking segments on ABC 7 (Chef Judi’s Dish at 12:40 p.m.) I found […]

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10/27/2008

Nibbles & Notes

    A great steak sandwich, fresh produce and other tasty tidbits.   By Judi Gallagher   I found THE best steak sandwich the other night, made even better by starting with a classic wedge salad with blue cheese and paired with a glass of B.R. Cohen cabernet. I am talking a “serious” steak sandwich […]

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10/20/2008

Aloha!

I travel from Sarasota to Hawaii to hang out with chef Roy of Hawaiian fusion fame.   By Judi Gallagher Sitting on the beach, eating pineapple, thinking of Don Ho.  A lifelong dream, since I had a crush on Don Ho back in the ‘60s, just came true. I am just back from an exquisite […]

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10/6/2008

How Sweet It Is

Sarasota’s Big Sugar restaurant delivers unique flavors.   By Judi Gallagher  I must admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Big Sugar when they first opened. I just assumed it was a rum bar. Now that I’ve been there, I can tell you Big Sugar is so much more, and it’s arrived […]

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09/21/2008

Welcome, J-Pan

Sarasota gets a great new sushi restaurant.   By Judi Gallagher   If memory serves me (and I would not hold my breath on that), the location on the backside of Publix at Paradise Plaza has been everything from Mexican and organic to most recently Cuban. Finally, a new Japanese gem looks like it will […]

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