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Cooking Before, During, and After Hurricane Irma

At the 2016 World Food Championships, I listened while a Canadian team complained about the cooking conditions.  We were outside, with bugs, on straw that had been put down to dry the dirt, and they complained that they could have stayed at home and cooked in better conditions.  I didn’t say anything. Being a WFC …

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Post Hurricane Irma & Lessons Learned

Post Hurricane Irma Lessons Learned and Reflections after surviving a natural disaster.

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Hurricane Prep from a Lifetime of Prepping

In my 44 years, I’ve lived through my fair share of hurricanes and tropical storms, and I’ve learned a thing or two over the years.  We all know the obvious prepping advice. These tips are from my hard fought lessons learned. Food Boxed Food.  Yes, buy canned goods, but don’t forget boxed goods.  Cereal, Pop …

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Uncommon Gifts at Uncommon Goods

Sponsored Post It’s THAT time of year again.  Holiday decorations are already showing up in major retailers.  This past week, I’ve already seen Thanksgiving decorations and pre-orders being taken for Christmas trees.  Seriously?!!?!  I’m lucky to have my tree up by Christmas eve! I usually start my Christmas shopping in August because I love deals …

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Summer Craft Beer Tour: Playalinda Brewing Company

This summer hordes of families will head to Florida for vacation, and a great majority of them will wind up in Orlando visiting the theme parks. As much as I dislike the whole theme park vibe, I understand that for families with children, visiting the mouse is inevitable.  However, for all of those who do …

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Food Wine Conference 2017 vs. All Other Conferences #FWCon

As a full-time teacher, I’ve been to my fair share of meetings and conferences. However, none of those “professional,” career-oriented conferences have ever compared to Food Wine Conference 2017.  No, I have NEVER been to a conference quite like this. Friends At most, if not all, of the conferences I’ve been to, attendees may know …

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Huge Victory for Georgia Craft Brewers and ME!

Shared from Connect Savannah Article “Huge Victory for Craft Beer Brewers and Drinkers” by Raymond Gaddy http://m.connectsavannah.com/savannah/huge-victory-for-craft-beer-brewers-and-drinkers/Content?oid=4407980 This is AMAZING news for Georgia’s Craft brewers and their ever-growing fan base. Ever since the first craft brewery opened in Savannah, we’ve been bummed that we can’t go to he breweries just to have a drink while we’re …

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Best Off-the-Beaten Path Seafood Restaurants in Florida

As a lifelong Floridian, wife, mother of two, and proud theme park hater, I’ve done my fair share of trekking the back roads and off-the-beaten-path destinations in the real Florida, and no matter where our adventures take us, there is one rule that we eat by…NO FAST FOOD and NO CHAIN RESTAURANTS! Simply put, whether …

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Gunter Wilhelm Knives

As a chef, having phenomenal and reliable knives is ultra important. As a competitive chef, I need to be able to cut and chop quickly and effortlessly, so the heavy, yet balanced, feel and the razor sharp blade is undeniably efficient.

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