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First Farmers Market at Highland Square

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 31, 2012

Strawberries, earlier than I have ever seen them, were plentiful at today's opening day of the Countryside Conservancy's Farmers Market in Akron's Highland Square.

There was so much to eat, to buy and to look at -- all fresh, local and green (and red and purple).

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Who doesn't love Betty White?

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 17, 2012
CAKE BOSS Betty White cake

If Betty White is sweet, then the buttercream version of her must be even sweeter.

For White's recent roast by the Friar's Club, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro created a life-size Betty White. The 5-foot-2-inch vanilla cake was covered with buttercream frosting and modeling chocolate, and depicts White accompanied by an edible silver fox, in tribute to her love of animals.

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See me in Columbus on Saturday

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 11, 2012

Anyone in Columbus on Saturday?

If so, stop by the 2012 Ohioana Book Festival at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Road, Columbus.

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Kudos for Wooster burger

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 10, 2012

The mushroom and Swiss burger at City Square Steakhouse in Wooster is getting a little love from Midwest Living Magazine.

The magazine included the burger on its list of 25 best burgers in the Midwest.

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Sprouts are being recalled

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 8, 2012

The USDA announced this recall today of alfalfa sprouts from Cleveland:

"Cleveland Beansprouts Co. of Cleveland, OH is recalling all alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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Food show is coming to the Civic

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 8, 2012

Hey all -- make sure you mark your calendars for 7 p.m. Oct. 4, when the Akron Beacon Journal brings the Relish Magazine Cooking Show to town.

Tickets are on sale now. You can get them at the Civic Theatre box office in downtown Akron or through

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Mike Vrobel, blogger, dad, griller-extraordinaire, cooks up new digital book

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 3, 2012

Mike Vrobel, the Copley Township dad, who writes, one of the most popular local food blogs, has a new digital cookbook out.

Rotisserie Grilling is available on for just $4.99 for a digital download. The book is Kindle only for now.

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Margaritas or juleps?

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 2, 2012

If you haven't been paying attention, there's plenty of reason to celebrate on Saturday.

Not only is it Cinco de Mayo, it's also Kentucky Derby day.

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Help to get you grilling

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 2, 2012

Plenty of us have been using the grill all winter long, particularly this recent mild winter.

But for those who still have to dust it off and get into the spirit of the season, Kirbie's Family Meats & Catering is hosting its annual Pre-Summer Celebration.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday in May, Kirbie's throws a party. Events change each week and include summer beer and wine tastings, cooking and grilling ideas, hints and recipes, and giveaways. Kirbie's is at 4062 Fishcreek Road in Stow. Call 330-688-4333.

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Pot lucks always produce a good recipe or two

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 1, 2012

Last night was the final meeting and annual pot luck dinner for my church book club, Women Walking in Faith. Because its initials WWF, happen to be the same as the World Wrestling Federation, my husband has dubbed the meetings "Women's Wrestling."

Since October, we've been wrestling our way through the Book of Job and last night was truly a reward for all of the boils, plagues, death and destruction that had befallen poor Job.

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