Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

I’ve often wondered whether it’s a myth that local honey can reduce allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, according to University of Connecticut Health Center researchers, it is a myth. However, I’ve learned from my friend Jimmy Chalmers, a honey beevangelist, that there are many other advantages to buying local honey. It may not cure your allergies but you’re …

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I can’t stop buying strawberries! They’re difficult to resist, especially when North Carolina strawberries are in the market. Plus, May is Strawberry Month in North Carolina so I must celebrate and support my local industry. My skin should be turning pink. I add strawberries to breakfast cereal, toast with ricotta cheese and frozen banana smoothies. …

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I hope you don’t mind my penchant for Japan stories. I’m sure you understand. A sake brewery representative went on YouTube this week to ask the Japanese people to support tsunami-affected breweries like his by buying their sake for the annual cherry blossom celebrations. Otherwise “secondary economic damage” could result if people heed the Tokyo …

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