Daylight saving time begins Sunday. Let's make sure the clocks and start times on those automatic coffee makers are adjusted or weekend brunch could suffer from a false start. In the meantime, let's dish:
Another spotlight on Central Florida. "Kimberly's Simply Southern," a cooking show starring singer Kimberly Schlapman of country band Little Big Town, opens its second season this week with a stop in Clermont.
The opening segment, titled "Sunshine Citrus," features Schlapman's tour-bus stop at Showcase of Citrus. The grove on U.S. Highway 27 is home to more than 15 heirloom varieties of citrus, the largest selection available to the public in the world.
To finish the show Schlapman heads back to her kitchen in Nashville, Tenn., to make Chicken Cutlets With Lemon Herb Butter, Citrus Salad With Poppyseed-Lemon Vinaigrette and Citrus Cake With Key-Lime Glaze. Country singer Craig Morgan helps out.
New episodes begin airing Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Great American Country network. The shows repeat on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.
Today at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish I'll share recipes from "Kimberly's Simply Southern."
Go nuts. March is National Peanut Month. I usually don't dwell too much on the food-product-of-the-month angle, but this one has a nifty Florida twist: We live in one of the Top 5 peanut producing states.
Georgia, Texas and Alabama rank higher, but Florida and North Carolina round out the list. About 68 percent of all peanuts grown in the United States come from the Southeast.
Here are three fun facts from the National Peanut Board:
•Peanuts originated in South America, probably in Brazil and Peru. They were grown as far north as Mexico by the time the Spanish began their exploration of the New World. When the explorers returned to Spain, they brought peanuts with them. Traders later took peanuts to Africa and Asia.
•Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion dollars to the U.S. economy each year.
•Americans eat more than 600 million pounds of peanuts and about 700 million pounds of peanut butter each year.
Look for recipes for Beef Kebabs With Peanut Sauce, Cranberry Peanut Rice, Classic Peanut Brittle and Peanut Butter Fudge at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish.
What's in season. At the produce stand look for bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carambola, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, grapefruit, guava, lettuce, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, peanuts, potatoes, radishes, snap beans, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, tangerines and tomatoes.
At the seafood counter, look for alligator, clams, oysters, pompano, snapper, Spanish mackerel, stone crab, tilapia and tilefish.
Heather McPherson can be reached at 407-420-5498, Twitter@OS_thedish and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow daily food news at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish.
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