By Samantha Taylor
Pure Health Studios
One of the great things about living in this area is a plethora of family-owned restaurants.
I recently popped in at Nancy’s Home Cookin’ in Lutz. It’s a quaint family café at 17420 US 41. As I spoke with Nancy Rehling, she shared how she enjoys making everything from scratch to create home cooked meals for the community.
She and her husband, Bob, have created their own recipes. They never use canned food and pride themselves in making each meal fresh. They purchase most of their fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and take great care to serve the best of the crop.
One special offer that keeps patrons coming back is they serve only homemade soups. By popular demand, they sell each by the quart, enough for the family to also enjoy at home.
To expand the health benefits to the entire community, they usually have both meat-based and vegetarian soups. One of the favorites is Bob’s famous homemade chili.
I arrived at lunchtime, so I decided to get the turkey club on rye. It was delicious. It is served as a huge portion, so you can easily eat half and take the rest home. Many people just split it. I had the rye toasted, which added a nice, comfy feel to the meal. They do add two slices of cheese, so I would suggest having them leave it off or only get a slice.
Most of you know that I am a real proponent of eating breakfast. Nancy explained to me, smiling, “We like to cook the old farm way and keep it homemade. When it comes to eggs, we really know the difference between over easy and medium, which is a skill some find hard to master.”
Most are especially picky about the condition of their eggs when they arrive at the table. You may be one who has been frustrated not being able to find anyone who can cook eggs exactly the way you like them. Well, Bob does and will be happy to get it right for you.
Speaking of getting it right, and contrary to popular belief, eating egg yolks does not raise your cholesterol and the whole egg is the most complete protein around. The yolk is packed with nutrients, so take Nancy’s advice and start eating the old farm way again.