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Anne Braly

Stories by Anne

As Cinco de Mayo approaches, I think back to a time when Mexican food was a rarity in Chattanooga.

By Friday afternoon, the ovens will be in place, the skillets will be ready, and finalists will have perfected their recipes.

Dips are one of those dishes that are good for any type of gathering any time of year.

What is it about pieces of cod and pollock that have been reeled into fast-food restaurants lately?

In your opinion, what restaurant makes the best cornbread in town?

Several restaurants in town will be exploding with Easter flavors on Sunday. So, if you're planning on eating out, call now to make reservations.

Today marks the first day of spring ... the vernal equinox in scientific terms. That means the days will start getting longer and, for some reason, our palates change course, wanting foods of a less-filling nature than during the cold, short days of winter when we hibernate and eat heavier fare. It's time to spring into action and lighten up.

With its new venue at Stratton Hall and almost 20 restaurants serving tastes of their most popular menu items, a crowd of more than 400 strong turned out to experience one of the most appetizing nights of the year — Taste.

When I moved to Soddy-Daisy in 2004, the international dining choices were limited to one Chinese restaurant.

How about some saucy talk ... Sauces are a specialty of the house in many restaurants. In fact, some chefs spend hours in classes devoted solely to the preparation of sauces.

David Hunter is a whiz at computers. At age 28, he owns his own web-design business. But when it came to taking a pat of butter, mixing it with some flour and milk to make a roux, he was clueless.

An explosion of flavors will fill Stratton Hall as Taste 2013 razzles and dazzles the palates of those in attendance.

It's always great to get successful news following fundraisers, so here's the latest and greatest, thanks to all of you pancake lovers.

Looking for a great gift for the one you love this Valentine's Day? Of course, there's always a box of chocolates. But why not turn a corner this year and celebrate your love with a healthful twist?

What is it about soup that satisfies the soul, warms the toes and takes the chill off of a cold winter evening? All it takes is a few choice ingredients, some heat from the stove and you have it made.

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — Smoke creeps out of the tiniest crevices as Allan Benton approaches the doors of the smokehouse, located in the rear of an unassuming building along Highway 411.

Batter up, breakfast lovers, and eat free pancakes. While doing so, you'll be supporting T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital at Erlanger.

How many times have you thought about being a vegetarian?

Sixty-four years after bakers competed in the first Pillsbury Bake-Off, it's getting another facelift, and everyone in America is invited to take part in determining who will be chosen as the finalists to vie for more than $1 million in cash, trips and prizes in Las Vegas in November.

Restaurateur Seth Champion is quite familiar with food allergies.

Prognosticators of culinary trends do not look into a crystal ball, flip tarot cards or even have help from Nostradamus when predicting what's hot and what's not in the coming year.

Years ago, my husband and I had a memorable New Year's Eve gathering. This was back when staying up past midnight was a matter of course.

While most restaurants will be closed on Christmas Day, there are a handful open with Santa's elves busy preparing meals for anyone wanting to venture out and let others do the cooking.

It's always exciting to hear about new restaurants in Chattanooga. Today, TerraMae Appalachian Bistro opens at StoneFort Inn.

In just three short weeks, your family will be ripping through presents, and you'll be hoping that they'll like at least one of the things that you've picked out for them.

It's been several years since rumors began to circulate about the opening of a Ruth's Chris Steak House in Chattanooga. If your mouth has been watering for one of their juicy steaks, the wait soon will be over.

The day after Thanksgiving, when stomachs are stuffed and you're just beginning to relax from the biggest feast day of the year, comes one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday.

We have much to be thankful for, especially those restaurants that will be open and serving delicious buffets on Thanksgiving Day.

One of Chattanooga's most-anticipated culinary events happens Thursday: the annual Greek Bake Sale. As you plan your day, be sure to set aside some time to visit the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 722 Glenwood Ave., across from Memorial Hospital.

Living on the campus at McCallie School during my youth had its advantages. One of my favorites was being able to trick-or-treat at the home of headmaster Spencer McCallie Jr. and his wife, Beckie.

Delia’s opened in a small trailer along Dayton Pike in Soddy-Daisy last year. There was no indoor seating, but colorful picnic tables were installed around the parking lot. On pleasant days, you could drive by and see folks with containers piled high with Mexican fare.

Apple season is in full swing at Apple Valley Orchards in Cleveland, Tenn., owner Chuck McSpadden reports. "The early spring gave us some frost damage to some varieties," but most suffered little or no damage, he said.

Daniel Lindley, a three-time nominee for Best Chef Southeast by the James Beard Foundation, will be among 24 chefs gathering in Atlanta on Oct. 28 for an event to raise funds for the foundation's scholarship program.

The memories of my youngest daughter racing from the car across Baylor's campus dressed in her red plaid skirt with book bag in tow are crystal clear. But fast-forward eight years ...

You can't put on a good festival without good food, and three spanning the next two weekends should give you reasons to eat while you're out.

Chattanooga Market’s annual chili cook-off will happen at First Tennessee Pavilion on Sunday. This year, it will be a sanctioned event for the first time, under the auspices of the Chili Appreciation Society International.

First we heard coffee is bad for us. Now we hear it may reduce our risk for skin cancer. How many times has that happened -- a food considered unhealthy that eventually is praised for its benefits?

This year's RiverRocks festival, celebrating the great outdoors, is officially scheduled to start on Oct. 5, but Chattanooga's cycling enthusiasts will give it a jump-start with the Bike2Farm Ride on Sept. 29.

An advertising campaign in the 1970s used to tell us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I didn't need to hear it on TV, though. I heard it from my mother anytime I tried to skip breakfast so I could sleep as long as possible before going to school.

I recently tried out a recipe I've been holding onto for several months, waiting until I had house guests so that I wouldn't have lots of leftovers.

National Waffle Day is Friday, commemorating the day in 1869 when the first American-made waffle iron, created by Cornelius Swartwout of Troy, N.Y., received its patent, according to online sources.

The Chattanooga Fire Department holds its annual food drive to benefit the Chattanooga Area Food Bank next week.

A while back in this space, I lamented that food website The Daily Meal's latest list of best restaurants in the nation contained none from Chattanooga. I asked readers to tell me which you would nominate.

One of Chattanooga's newest restaurants is an answer to the childhood fantasy of asking Mom, "What's for dinner?", and getting the answer "pie." At Fork & Pie Bar, which recently opened on Market Street, you get several choices of savory and sweet pies.

I always get a giggle out of watching people try to pick a perfect watermelon. I'll bet you've seen them too -- surreptitiously thumping melons there in the produce section. What are they supposed to be listening for?

All eyes will turn to London as the Summer Olympics begin Friday. Tourists will fill England, hoping for the best seats to watch all the sports as well as looking for good seats in the restaurants.

What is it about bacon that's so incredibly good? It's like potato chips -- you can't eat just one.

While waiting for your next homegrown tomatoes to ripen, you might be tempted to pick a few green ones. Lately, I've had a craving for fried green tomatoes.

Like any summer gathering, the Fourth of July revolves around food. You've probably planned your menu, but it's not too late to add some quick and easy last-minute dishes. Here are ideas from several area chefs to try today or later this summer.

There seems to be a national association for everything food-related -- the National Chicken Council, the National Restaurant Association, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

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