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In a single year, Americans will consume more than 9 billion hot dogs, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Yet many of us will do so without ever giving much thought to the dog itself, focusing more on the toppings: Slaw, chili, onions, mustard, sauerkraut ...

God gave us memories so we could have summer tomatoes in December ... a retooled quote from author J.M. Barrie, but oh so true.

When Harriette Seagle was young, she spent a lot of time at her great-grandparents' farm in Middle Tennessee, picking blueberries for her grandmother's prized pies.

In recognition of July's designation as National Ice Cream Month and Sunday as National Ice Cream Day, I did some rather informal polling via Facebook, asking people to name their favorite flavor.

Have you planned your July Fourth menu? If so, it most likely includes potato salad. And if you're like me, you're always looking for something a little different.

There's something about the smell of fresh basil that screams "summer." The scent as basil is plucked from its stems is so enticing, I want to run inside and put it to work in my kitchen.

It’s interesting how, as we grow older, our tastes change and we find ourselves enjoying foods we never liked before.

I had one food and one quest in mind on a recent trip to Mississippi: Find the trailhead of the Tamale Trail and chow down on a plate of tamales. And, as it so happened, the beginning of this famous trail was at my final destination: Tunica, which most people know as the state's mecca for casino action.

A recent email from Roy Carter, asking about where he could find decent croutons, got me thinking. He says every box of croutons he's ever bought tastes like cardboard. And while I've never munched on a cardboard box, I could totally empathize. I've never found store-bought croutons that were any good.

I have a friend who swore off store-bought mayonnaise years ago. If there's such a thing as a club for mayo purists, she could be president and chairman of the board.

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