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Q I have been slow to believe that COVID is any worse than a bad flu. You probably have written about what dietary supplements and foods to eat, but could you repeat, please? I wasn’t paying attention. GK, Greenville

It may sound counterintuitive, but when the weather is hot, the spices should be hotter. Think about it: Many cultures that infuse their cuisine with chiles and spice are warm-weather countries. Sure, many of these five-alarm ingredients are native to their environment, but the simple fact i…

COVID-19 tip: With changes in food availability in some communities, you may be consuming more canned or packaged food. FDA has lots of good tips at www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/tips-good-nutrition-and-using-updated-nutrition-facts-label-during-coronavirus-pandemic. Wash your hands…

DEAR HARRIETTE: Every summer, I invite my niece and nephew from Italy to come stay with me and my family. Travel hasn't really opened up yet, so this summer hasn't been an issue, but I anticipate that travel will be relaxed soon enough. I am afraid to have them come. Italy was hit hard by CO…

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To be perfectly clear: Having too many strawberries to eat is hardly a problem. But during this season of berry abundance, inventive ways to incorporate the sweet, sun-kissed strawberry into our meals is always welcome.

With summer solstice just past, the beloved season is officially here. The sun is ablaze, kids are out of school, and our favorite seasonal produce is abundant.

All the kids were wearing what has become the traditional “bank robber” apparel: face masks and bandanas for the quarantine that make you look like you’re going to a bank heist. But today it was about the food bank.

Many community events are canceled or rescheduled due to the ongoing coronavirus response. Please email cancellations to community@reflector.com along with any outreach related to the response and continuing community activities that are not affected.

I love falafel, but they can be messy and oily to deep-fry. The solution? Pan-frying. Not only does pan-frying require much less oil, but the flattened patties have more surface area to brown. The edges become crumbly and crisp, and the little bits that break off are good enough to eat on th…