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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…
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…