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    Grainy goodness

    Oatmeal has evolved. Oats aren’t just for horses. Oats are served everywhere today. History is repeating itself in a good way. Oats are a food whose time has come again. Oatmeal is what’s for breakfast.

    A dinner from Deutschland

    October gave a party,

    Pudding from the paddy

    Comfort food is a “love pat for your tummy.” It’s like a delightful, gastronomical hug. Your comfort food may invoke pleasant memories, favorite tastes, or just make you feel happy. Each person’s comfort food is unique to him (or her) self. However, some studies propose that positive emotions cause comfort food eating in men, while negative emotions cause it in women. Caution, ladies: Eat a little comfort food, and walk a little more.

    Murder mystery is Oct. 19

    The interactive murder mystery Law and Murder will take place on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Corp. John Loudenslager American Legion Post No. 366, at 7976-78 Oxford Ave. in Fox Chase.

    Fall is in the air at Hop Angel

    The Hop Angel Brauhaus in Fox Chase launched a fall full of public festivals last weekend with its inaugural Pumpkinfest on Saturday and Sunday. The German-style public house offered a variety of pumpkin beers and pumpkin dish specials, while engaging visitors in a variety of seasonal activities, including pumpkin decorating.

    Keeping it Kosher

    It’s officially autumn. Yesterday was the first full day of the season, and that means local apples are ripe for the picking and ready for eating. Without a doubt, there is a huge difference in taste between a locally picked apple and one that has been in cold storage. The flavor is not apples to apples. Local apples taste like the “homemade” version of what an apple should be. They are the epitome of flavor. Apples are one of the top fruit choices for Americans, and for many other people throughout the world, too. If you can purchase local apples during the next month or so, you are truly in for a treat. How do you like those apples?

    Baking with the bees

    It was sweet, good and fun for everyone. The Philadelphia Honey Festival, held last weekend, proved to bee the queen bee of festivals — one sweet treat. If you missed this year’s festival, mark your calendar for next September, and bee ready to buzz over there. Besides honey tastings from local beekeepers with jars of honey and honeycomb for sale, there were hive demonstrations, honey extractions, plant sales and children’s activities, along with music and a cooking contest. Additionally, two authors were on hand and discussed their new books – one a bee thriller about colony collapse disorder, sprinkled with suspense and romance, and the other about urban beekeeping. Libations made with honey for sampling included mead and Colonial porter — both “unbee-lievaby” tasty.

    Crab Cakes with Lyme

    Whenever I eat a hardshell crab, I think of Jimmy’s. Jimmy’s Apartments were, for many years, my family’s gathering spot and summer home-away-from-home at the Jersey shore.

    A celebration of suds

    A Bavarian and Local Beer Tasting will be held this Saturday at the Danube Swabian Association.

    There is this persistent rumor that’s been going around for years that people like to drink beer. Those intrigued by this notion might like to make it over to the Danube Swabian Association, 1277 Southampton Road, on Saturday, Sept. 13, to sample some imported and local suds.

    Hog Island Hoagies

    The question on the game show Jeopardy is “Heavy on the oil, no mayo, peppers on the side.” The immediate Philadelphia response: “What is a hoagie?”

    Back to school recipes

    Across the city, the hum of air conditioners has ceased, as has the sound of splashing water in the pools. Neighborhoods have grown quiet. On the horizon, you can see it coming ever so cautiously down the street. The mere sight of it strikes terror in young hearts while at the same instant it induces total and unequivocal tranquility in the hearts of their mothers. It’s big. It’s yellow. Here comes the school bus!

    Get extra calcium from yogurt

    At any time, hundreds of species of bacteria — both potentially harmful and potentially helpful — inhabit the human digestive tract.

    Cocktail hour clams

    “He that sups with the devil needs a long spoon.”— English Proverb

    Best of Basil

    My basil was out of control.   

    Dig into some French Onion Soup

    “Let’s go to Pittsburgh,” I said, when the possibility of a long weekend trip came up a few weeks ago. Why not? Having traveled some miles over the years, Pittsburgh was one relatively close destination we’d talked about but never visited.

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