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Adapting family favorites to new circumstances (11/23/2021) - Susan Hilliard with her “official tasters”: her granddaughter Kori Hilliard, left, and cousin Audrey Anne Jacobs, right. “My love of cooking has taken a different turn these days due to…
It was called ‘Black Gold’: Black pepper joins salt at the dinner table (11/17/2021) - Black pepper is today an indispensable spice in every kitchen. It’s the most commonly used spice in the world (salt, being a mineral, is not a spice). Black pepper originated…
Savor the possibilities of salt (11/9/2021) - Most people probably think of salt as some simple white granule in a saltshaker found on virtually every dining table. Countless civilizations have been interwoven with salt as far back…
Don’t let recipe sampling lead to illness (11/9/2021) - (Metro) The holidays simply wouldn’t be complete without homemade dishes and desserts. Treats also are commonly offered as tokens of appreciation when popping in on friends and relatives. Good chefs…
From a great line of cooks: Rose Marie Smith, talented in the kitchen and elsewhere (11/3/2021) - Whether she is at her organ serving Navy and Coast Guard Chapel families or in her own kitchen creating one of her family’s delicious dishes, Rose Marie Smith’s results will…
Family ties are knit together in genealogist-lawyer’s cookbooks (10/27/2021) - Bessida Cauthorne White, a native and resident of Middlesex, has co-edited three cookbooks, and her second book has a second edition. She is a retired attorney who is credited as…
It’s pumpkin month: And here’s why we love them (10/20/2021) - There is no denying that once autumn rolls in, the pumpkin reigns supreme either as food or a decoration. October is National Pumpkin Month. Archaeologists discovered the oldest domesticated pumpkin…
Enjoy new cooking videos: Made on-site at Gloucester Library (10/13/2021) - “I like to see people enjoy what they are eating. I have a passion for cooking,” confides Chris Thomas, the chef you have seen on YouTube and Facebook when watching…
Crab’s always worth the wait! Crisfield’s cook-off means great recipes (10/6/2021) - Asian Crab Balls The Chesapeake Bay blue crab was star of the show recently at the annual Crab Derby in Crisfield, Maryland. There was a contest for the fastest crab-picking…
Soup’s on! Get ready for the cooler days ahead (9/29/2021) - Although her mother was “insecure in her cooking; there were five in the family,” Christine Johnson, along with her husband Robert, has enthusiastically developed and explored various new cooking skills…
Wait until next year! Guinea cake auction put on hold, but recipes are here (9/22/2021) - The youngest cooks, who now have to wait until 2022, are Andi Ashe, 6, left, and Addison Ashe, 9. Well, it’s happened again. For the second year in a row,…
Food from the Heart: Annual demonstrations raise $3,000 each for local food pantries (9/15/2021) - The “party barn” doors at White Hall Plantation in Zanoni, home of Charles and Mari Ann Banks, opened once again in August to host Food From the Heart after a…
Baking at Muddy Acres Farm She learned from family’s tradition (9/8/2021) - “Nothing gives me more pleasure than when I see the smile on a person’s face when I hand them a cake I have baked,” says Kim Cortes. “I love to…
Putting their best foot forward: Bayside Youth Ballet’s cookbook (9/1/2021) - The Bayside Youth Ballet, a resident nonprofit company of the Diggs School of Dance, has put its best foot forward in the kitchen with a 125-page cookbook, “Be Our Guest.”…
Preserving the goodness of the garden (8/25/2021) - “My grandmother taught me how to can. With all the fresh vegetables the farm produces, one day she just pulled me aside and said I was going to learn how…
Proud and generous in her kitchen: Helen Jenkins cooks her favorites (8/18/2021) - “Been here all my life. That’s 74 years, and 53 of them I have been in this house in what was known as Maryus but is now Achilles.” Helen Jenkins…
Peaches, Peaches: Summer goodness is here (8/11/2021) - August is National Peach Month in the United States. Fresh domestically-grown peaches are available from late May until early October. July and August are the months in Virginia to buy…
Family favorites come first in Mathews home (8/4/2021) - It was like moving back home for Jo Schramm in 2016 when she and her husband returned to the Bohannon area of Mathews. Their home overlooking Godsey Creek is just…
Mother and daughter work on mealtime together (7/28/2021) - A mother/daughter team prepares the daily meals at the Sibley home in the Cash area of Gloucester. Bridget Sibley is teaching her 10-year-old daughter, Raegan, to cook. Now, after several…
Time for a picnic… It’s summer, after all (7/21/2021) - July is National Picnic Month. We can thank the French for such a pleasant gastronomical event. Picnic was originally a 17th century French word, picquer-nique (picquer, to peck or to…
Pound cake rises to the top in museum contest (7/14/2021) - The occasion was the Mathews Historical Museum’s first Old Fashioned Father’s Day Cake Contest, open to all types of cakes, held in the organization’s site on June 19 on Main…
Sous vide cooking demonstrated in Mathews (7/7/2021) - Sous Vide (pronounced “soo-veed”) is a fairly new concept in the culinary world. Food is placed in an airtight plastic bag, then cooked in temperature-controlled water. The method made its…
Picnicking on the Fourth of July?: Have a wing-dinging party (6/30/2021) - Deep-fried chicken wings have long been a favorite of Southern cooking, but the idea of cooking chicken wings in peppery hot sauce was born in the North. What food can…
Grandmother’s cookbook guides talented baker (6/23/2021) - With both love and talent for cooking, Mathews County resident Linda Braxton spends a couple days each week baking. From her baking, rolls, Bundt and pound cakes are ready for…
Carrying on after a lifetime of cooking (6/15/2021) - Living in Long Beach, California, Nancy Reno was looking through a magazine and spotted a farmhouse with land for sale in Mathews County, and thought she and her husband Dan…
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