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Several months ago, I overheard a conversation between friends and my ears perked up. Sandy Zitkus was talking about tomato gravy. I'd heard of it before but, even as a born-and-raised Southerner, I'd never had it.

This is the time of year when tailgates come down and cheers rise throughout stadiums across the country.

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to attend a Pick Tennessee Products trade show in Nashville where dozens of booths were filled with food products made in Tennessee, from popcorn to granola, chocolates, jams, jellies, sauces and more.

Bourbon is so steeped in Kentucky history, distilleries dot highways across the state.

If you've heard it once, you've heard it half a million times ... before you buy a new food product, look at the label and read the ingredients. Unless you're a food scientist, though, it's hard to know what's what. Do you have any idea what butylated hydroxytolune is? And what about Blue Dye 1? It's not for Easter eggs, that's for sure.

This is always a hectic time of year for busy families trying to get back into the swing of things.

For years we've been hearing the benefits that yogurt has on the digestive system. But health experts have found that the probiotics found in yogurt have other healthy benefits, too.

Early Thursday morning, children in Hamilton County will embark on their first day of school with backpacks slung over shoulders and lunchboxes in hand.

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.

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