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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…
Baking is more than a hobby for WillB, age 12 (6/9/2021) - He is only 12 years old but has set goals for his future, and is a young entrepreneur. WillB (William) Baldwin is owner of WillB Cakes. Now being home-schooled in…
After a lifetime of travel, ‘Nothing compares’ to those Guinea family dinners (6/2/2021) - Born and raised in the Severn area of Guinea, Luci Haywood Crittenden says she has been “cooking from Guinea to Greenland.” In addition to that span of 3,000 miles, Luci…
A world of kitchen experience: Chef brings his talents to Sanders residents (5/26/2021) - “I feel I have completed the circle,” head chef at Sanders Retirement Village Martin Clebowitz said. “As a high school student in my home town of East Hampton, Connecticut, I…
Family meals are a top priority: And she loves to bake (5/19/2021) - “For me there is nothing more gratifying than preparing a meal for my family, complete with dessert,” explained Nicole Foster, a wife, mother of two sons (John Wilson and Joshua)…
A reason to celebrate May: It’s National Hamburger Month (5/12/2021) - May is National Hamburger Month. Tracing history back thousands of years we learn that even the ancient Egyptians ate ground meat, basis of the meat that now constitutes the 50…
Olive Branch UMW finds sweet success (5/5/2021) - To make up for a lot of activities they were forced to cancel because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the United Methodist Women of Olive Branch United Methodist Church found…
Turkeys are in season Here are recipes for the popular game bird (4/28/2021) - Tidewater Virginia, with a high number of wild turkeys, offers some of state’s the best turkey hunting opportunities, spring and fall. The spring season opened April 10 and turkey hunters…
A blast from the past: Nellie Maxwell’s column provides recipes from 100 years ago (4/21/2021) - Collecting and sharing recipes has been a practice of mankind since cooking began. One longtime method of collecting recipes is through newspapers. Your hometown newspaper, the Gazette-Journal, has offered recipes…
UMW cookbook grew from long friendship with Three Rivers (4/14/2021) - Joining hands, the Central Church United Methodist Women of Mathews and Three Rivers Healthy Families work together “to share our mutual love of children and our respect for families and…
Are you in the mood for seafood? (4/7/2021) - “We have enjoyed cooking together and entertaining family and friends for many years.” Now Amy Blanock and Rob Martin are providing their culinary knowledge for all to enjoy at the…
This month, make friends with garlic (3/31/2021) - Garlic has been revered as an offering fit for the gods and despised as a substance only to be fed to hogs. Believed to be a native of central and…
Mathews native maintains recipes of her childhood (3/24/2021) - Mary Hudgins lived in Richmond for 33 years and has resided in Ashland for the past 15 years, but part of her heart is still in Mathews. “I spent most…
Honoring the work of six female chefs (3/17/2021) - March among other things is Women’s History Month. For decades women have fought for equality in every aspect of their lives, including the professional kitchen. The Culinary Institute of America…
Learning pie-making from her great-grandmother, age 102 (3/10/2021) - Here is a bright spot from the past year of frustration and uncertainty; it should bring a smile to your face and find a warm place in your heart. At…
Sap is rising: It’s maple syrup season in Highland County (3/3/2021) - Maple sugaring may have begun as a happy accident several centuries ago but it is now a thriving industry in which Virginia is a team player. Indigenous people living in…
Vineyard takes root in Gloucester (2/24/2021) - In the Dutton area of Gloucester, beside the county line with Mathews, Zoll Vineyards is in the process of growing grapes for wine. The vineyard was established by owner Frank…
The happy place produces kitchen bounty (2/17/2021) - Butler Bounty Canning was born, according to owner Tiffany Butler, “because being a stay at home mom gave me a lot of time to perfect my craft for my family.…
Celebrate pie culture: Apple pie is Americans’ favorite (2/10/2021) - February brings about many things. It’s probably our coldest month. Then there are Valentine’s Day, Abraham Lincoln’s and George Washington’s birthdays, Ash Wednesday and Presidents Day. And it’s Black History…
Try these All-Star Super Bowl recipes from the past (2/3/2021) - The past year, 2020, brought about a new and unusual lifestyle for all and it appears this will continue for some time yet. So we do what we must, make…
They cook what he catches: Lifelong fisherman casts his retirement line in local waters (1/27/2021) - They traveled the world, Ethiopia, Liberia, Iran, Guam, Mexico, Brazil, Wisconsin, West Virginia, to mention a few places, before resettling. After searching the east coast north to south, Al and…
Her kitchen opens doors to creativity (1/20/2021) - Sometime during her travels from Iowa to North Carolina to Virginia, later settling in Gloucester, Marsha Weatherwax “got the cooking bug.” “Growing up in Manchester, Iowa, I didn’t cook very…
Did you enjoy that sweet potato casserole? (1/13/2021) - This is about a tuber that is especially popular on dining tables during holiday seasons. Have you ever asked yourself how marshmallows arrived atop a sweet potato casserole? It is…
Caterer draws on her family’s lessons, support (1/6/2021) - Antichella Forrest, “a Mathews resident all my life,” has put into action a thought that possibly stayed in the back of her mind for many years, although she didn’t realize…
Lifelong cooking interest brings benefits to Gloucester Jail (12/30/2020) - For the past 20 years, Brenda Jenkins of Gloucester has been associated with the kitchen department of the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office. However, this was not the beginning of her…