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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: What’s so great about Trader Joe’s?

Catching up on food news from the past week and other tasty happenings from around the region. Look for this  every Thursday morning. Submit events and other suggestions toefreehling@freelancestar.com.

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Spotsylvania’s winter farmer’s market takes place this Saturday from 9 to noon at the Gordon Road commuter lot. Get the details here.

In our annual survey of retailers most wanted in this region, Trader Joe’s, Cheesecake Factory, Whole Foods and Harris Teeter once again came out on top. Read about it here.

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Marlin & Ray’s, a short-lived restaurant concept that replaced the Ruby Tuesday’s in Doc Stone Commons in Stafford, has closed. More here.

Gourmet popcorn is the focus of a new retail shop in downtown Fredericksburg. Get all the details here.

The Otter House in downtown Fredericksburg is closing on Sunday. Bummer.

This week’s review: La Petite Auberge in Fredericksburg

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Bacon-wrapped chicken fingers aren’t going to shrink your waistline overnight, but they could help satisfy your craving for comfort food and keep you going for the long-term on a healthy diet. Recipe here.

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Forget dieting. Nutrition columnist Jennifer Motl urges mindful eating as the best long-term strategy to promote a healthy lifestyle. Read her advice here.

 

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