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Fall makes persimmons delectable (11/18/2020) - The persimmon is native to China where it has been cultivated for centuries; more than 2,000 cultivars exist today. The plant was not introduced to California until the mid-1800s. Today…
Avoid Brown Friday: How to properly dispose of greasy kitchen scraps (11/18/2020) - We don’t want to spoil your holiday dinner, but do you know what happens when you put leftover cooking oil and greasy food scraps down the kitchen drain or disposal?…
Fond memories of home cooking—in Brazil (11/11/2020) - Having lived in this country since she was age 28, Raquel Ott says although she “did not cook when I lived in Brazil,” she has learned since being here. “I…
Good old recipes from a Gwynn’s Island home (11/4/2020) - She grew up on Gwynn’s Island and 41 years ago was married on Gwynn’s Island. Today, Tenna Safrit and her husband Steve (a North Carolina native) have made their home…
Mathews-based BBQ sauce finds success (10/28/2020) - According to the culinary world, there are five main bases of barbecue sauce by region: Kansas—tomato or ketchup; South Carolina and Georgia—mustard; Texas—tomato sauce; Eastern Carolina—vinegar; Memphis—dry rub. Mathews, Virginia,…
Florida lemons are growing in Gloucester Point (10/21/2020) - How many times has this happened to you: thinking about making a lemon chess pie or maybe a refreshing drink or even an entrée calling for lemon as a citrus…
Enjoy a slice (10/14/2020) - It’s National Pizza Month October is National Pizza Month. The history of this popular food began thousands of years ago when various cultures produced basic flatbreads with several toppings. The…
Grandmother is artist in the kitchen (10/7/2020) - Besides being an artist, creating paintings, window scenes, as active member in the Boston Terrier Club of Virginia, and sewing, Cindy Plessinger is also a very special artist in her…
Meals for all Providence Church: outreach serves thousands in the community (9/30/2020) - Since the eruption of the novel coronavirus in February 2020, organizations, businesses and private lives have had to change what was considered a normal style of living and adjust to…
Crisfield Crab Derby Time: A basket full of delicious new crab recipes (9/23/2020) - Just as the whole world has had to adjust due to the novel coronavirus, so did the 57th annual crab cooking contest, a vital part of Crisfield’s Hard Crab Derby.…
Guinea cake ladies not idle in a year with no Jubilee (9/16/2020) - Many special events, occasions and gatherings had to be canceled in this very unusual year of 2020. The list is long, but when one of them affects our “sweet tooth,”…
Childhood’s favorite recipes: She preserved them in her aunt’s cookbook (9/9/2020) - She grew up in South Carolina, but Libby Boyer of North recalls with cherished memories her summers in Sand Mountain, Alabama. Located in the northeastern section of the state, Sand…
All in the Farm-ily: Ware Neck operation involves three generations (9/2/2020) - Wilson Farms is a family operated business which has added two new dimensions to its services: the Wilson’s Farmer Market and home delivery service. Thomas and Doris Wilson opened their…
He makes pasta at home: Mom’s recipe makes it perfect (8/26/2020) - Pasta, no matter what shape or form, is one of the world’s most accessible foods and the most popular on this planet. In this country pasta is prepared and served…
Pears are here: What to do with all that bounty? (8/19/2020) - Just down the road from Walter Reed’s birthplace in the Belroi area of Gloucester, a pear tree proudly stands tall and erect. It’s producing more pears than one family could…
Daughter learns that moms really are the best cooks (8/12/2020) - “My love for cooking started late in life,” said Nichole Wenner, who has lived in Mathews all her life. “I started baking, honestly, as young as I can remember. Baking…
Vegan lifestyle: Makes practitioner ‘more aware about what I put in my body’ (8/5/2020) - More than four years ago Dee Dee Wike and her daughter Joy Wike made a big change in their culinary style of eating and cooking, stating, “We adopted a vegan…
Well grounded in tradition: Family recipes show up in Ginger Rowe’s favorites (7/29/2020) - She didn’t learn how to use a kitchen to maximum benefit until after she and E.J. Rowe were married in 1965. Before long, Ginger Rowe mastered the art of good…
Making the most of a garden oasis (7/22/2020) - In the Roanes area of Gloucester, backed up to Wilson Creek, there is a unique and beautiful garden winding itself around the property. It’s where vegetable, fruit, flower and herb…
Popcorn: everyone’s favorite, At once-upon-a-time drive-ins or at home (7/15/2020) - What better time than now to say to your family or just to yourself, “let’s go to the movies!” Well, we know that most public movie outlets are not in…
Mad Batter took the long road to her baking business (7/8/2020) - Although she has already earned a degree in library and information services from the University of Maine, Angela Wojtaszczyk (“It is Polish, pronounced Voy-Taws-Chick”) now holds a special degree in…
Fresh Virginia foods for your July 4 table (7/1/2020) - People who watch the Virginia Farm Bureau’s “Heart of the Home” show on YouTube will find that Chef Tammy Brawley of Richmond is a familiar face. Owner of The Green…
Grandmother’s cooking fondly remembered (6/24/2020) - Minnie Grinnell Hutson lives on through her grandchildren. “Miss Minnie,” as she was called by neighbors and friends, lived her life in the New Point area of Mathews County. She…
Snowden remembers his favorite foods in verse (6/17/2020) - “Often these days I remember my childhood. Sometimes it is just the aroma of some of food cooking that triggers it off. For some reason I was thinking about New…
Family meals are a priority for food blogger (6/10/2020) - Regan Hudgins, a native of Mathews County now living in St. Louis, Missouri, has always shared her knowledge of and love for cooking as she and her family have crossed…