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Archive for 2006

10/16/2006

Stove? What Stove?

Slacker week in Judi’s kitchen.   Do you ever have a week where you just cannot get inspired in the kitchen? Yup, even chefs do, and this must have been my week.   Monday night, both my husband, Paul,and I were pooped, so off we went for comfort food at Cosimo’s Brick Oven (www.cosimosbrickoven.com).There might […]

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10/9/2006

Start Your Appetites!

By Judi Gallagher   Dining our way through the weekend.  It certainly has been a great week for dining in and around Sarasota. First we ventured over to Main Street, Lakewood Ranch to peek at the new Morton’s Market (www.epicureanlife.com). Cheese lovers, beware: The selection is extremely tempting with large displays of imported and domestic […]

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10/3/2006

All For a Good Cause

Rising to the Chef’s Challenge with double dinners out.   By Judi Gallagher   Last week my husband and I decided to try two of the restaurants participating in the Chef’s Challenge benefiting Historic Spanish Point (www.historicspanishpoint.org). The idea, formulated by Cliff Whatmore of Southgate Gourmet (www.southgategourmet.com) is brilliant. Four participating restaurants present two entrées, […]

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09/25/2006

Dog Days Are Here

                                   White-hot pork dogs, Northern apples and other signs of the season.   By Judi Gallagher   I always find it amusing when people are concerned about inviting me to a dinner party. I can see them wondering: “Are you sure you want to have a professional chef in your home?” or “You can’t serve […]

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09/19/2006

Home on the Range

My new favorite appliance, the bagged spinach scare, and more.   by Judi Gallagher   Recently we purchased a new range. (More on that later in an upcoming issue of SARASOTA Magazine.) My favorite feature is the bridge burner, a cooktop element that evenly heats a large, oblong griddle. I bought a $99 Circulon griddle […]

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09/11/2006

Chicken Soup and Other Sarasota Restaurant Cure-Alls

By Judi Gallagher   Friday afternoon I felt the warning signs of an impending cold, or even worse, a bit of the flu. Maybe I was just overtired, I thought, since I’d been out to client dinners (I work as a consultant to several restaurants, and part of the job involves helping to host food […]

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09/6/2006

Shortcut scones, fudgy cake and steak success from Sam’s.

I find it ironic that I owned a successful dessert company in Boston for five years, because I loathe baking. I’m the kind of chef who does not like to measure or knead or roll out. I like a bit of managed chaos—throw in some seasoning, add a little more port than last time, omit […]

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08/31/2006

Ribs to Rave Over–and More

Get cookin’ over Labor Day weekend.   By Judi Gallagher   It might be football season to some, but for me, it’s just another great excuse to polish up on my grilling skills. Bring on those racks of ribs and jicama slaw, not to mention red-pepper corn bread and warm peach cobbler! Last year I […]

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