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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…
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,…