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FLS reporter Katie Thisdell serves up news on local food finds, tales from home cooks and inspiration to help you have fun in your own kitchen.

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Food News: New restaurants, sweet recipes

Catching up on food news from the past week and food happenings around the region, with a sprinkling of other interesting tidbits from around the Web. Look for this every Thursday. Submit events to efreehling@freelancestar.com.

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The Fredericksburg Farmers Market will hold a meeting for interested vendors on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 2 of the Dorothy Hart Community Center. Find more information and application materials here.

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Downtown Fredericksburg has a new breakfast spot, and will soon have a new place to go for a fancy dinner out. Read on here.

The former home of County Fare restaurant, which closed last year after being featured on Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible,” has a new eatery in it that opened this week. County Cafe, at 11 Hope Road in Stafford, will serve buffet style Southern fare.

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A Spotsylvania resident’s apple dumplings have landed her in the finals of a national contest. Get the recipe and learn how to support her in the contest here.

Valentine’s Day may have passed for this year, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a “little black dress” dessert recipe to hold onto for those nights when you want to add a little something special to the table. Try this recipe for flourless chocolate cake the next time you have a special occasion (or major chocolate craving).

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The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is preparing a seven-month program of events on local food, sustainable agriculture and related topics called “Cultivating Community.” The program will kick off at the end of March and will include a community book discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” a panel discussion with area farmers, gardening workshops and much more. Look for more information on this blog as the event nears.

Seen the buzz about the so-called “Paleo” diet? Nutrition columnist Jennifer Motl offers a critical look, finding some things to be wary of and a few things to like. Read it here.

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