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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…
Family gatherings are a valued heritage: She was brought up knowing how to prepare a feast (12/22/2020) - Mathews County for many, many years has been well known for its hospitality and its abundant share of excellent cooks. These are the cooks who remember how grandma or mama…
Fields of lavender are growing in Harcum (12/16/2020) - Lavender is a small aromatic evergreen shrub of the mint family with narrow leaves and bluish-purple flowers. Its history goes back some 2,500 years and it is used in perfumery,…
Mushrooms have come to town (12/9/2020) - Gourmet growers bring fungi to your table If you are interested in cooking with gourmet mushrooms, Ware Neck Produce on Main Street Gloucester is one place you might find them.…
A ministry with an overflowing kitchen: Pastor Wendy dedicates her work to Helping the Homeless (12/2/2020) - If you happen to be walking down the street or riding by in your car and see a green bus or dark blue van with “Helping the Homeless” written on…
A good cook’s heritage: Thanksgiving memories, made and celebrated (11/24/2020) - Thanksgiving’s traditional celebrations for 2020 will surely be modified in most homes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep in mind how it was in the past and how you…
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…