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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…
Vegan lifestyle: Makes practitioner ‘more aware about what I put in my body’ (8/5/2020) - More than four years ago Dee Dee Wike and her daughter Joy Wike made a big change in their culinary style of eating and cooking, stating, “We adopted a vegan…
Well grounded in tradition: Family recipes show up in Ginger Rowe’s favorites (7/29/2020) - She didn’t learn how to use a kitchen to maximum benefit until after she and E.J. Rowe were married in 1965. Before long, Ginger Rowe mastered the art of good…
Making the most of a garden oasis (7/22/2020) - In the Roanes area of Gloucester, backed up to Wilson Creek, there is a unique and beautiful garden winding itself around the property. It’s where vegetable, fruit, flower and herb…
Popcorn: everyone’s favorite, At once-upon-a-time drive-ins or at home (7/15/2020) - What better time than now to say to your family or just to yourself, “let’s go to the movies!” Well, we know that most public movie outlets are not in…
Mad Batter took the long road to her baking business (7/8/2020) - Although she has already earned a degree in library and information services from the University of Maine, Angela Wojtaszczyk (“It is Polish, pronounced Voy-Taws-Chick”) now holds a special degree in…
Fresh Virginia foods for your July 4 table (7/1/2020) - People who watch the Virginia Farm Bureau’s “Heart of the Home” show on YouTube will find that Chef Tammy Brawley of Richmond is a familiar face. Owner of The Green…
Grandmother’s cooking fondly remembered (6/24/2020) - Minnie Grinnell Hutson lives on through her grandchildren. “Miss Minnie,” as she was called by neighbors and friends, lived her life in the New Point area of Mathews County. She…
Snowden remembers his favorite foods in verse (6/17/2020) - “Often these days I remember my childhood. Sometimes it is just the aroma of some of food cooking that triggers it off. For some reason I was thinking about New…
Family meals are a priority for food blogger (6/10/2020) - Regan Hudgins, a native of Mathews County now living in St. Louis, Missouri, has always shared her knowledge of and love for cooking as she and her family have crossed…
At home in the butcher shop: Bill Walker follows long-ago footsteps (6/3/2020) - Could Bill Walker’s present career as a butcher have emerged from a hidden gene when he joined the staff at Best Value Supermarket in 1995? After he left college—he calls…
Country store serves the community in every way, including great cakes (5/27/2020) - Dutton’s Grocery at Woods Cross Roads in Gloucester has been in operation since 1946 in almost the same spot. Some years ago, due to the widening of Route 17, the…
Omelets are eggs served at their greatest (5/20/2020) - May is the month that honors “the incredible edible egg.” It’s National Egg Month. While there is evidence of native fowl in the Americas prior to Columbus’s arrival, it’s believed…
Shared knowledge: Readers tell us what they are trying in the kitchen (5/13/2020) - Share, sharing, shared: a noun, verb and adjective. Let’s focus on sharing as a verb. One dictionary defined sharing as “using or enjoying something jointly with others.” And it is…
Chef, Host and Waiter: Starting young, Ray Hudgins practices all aspects of restaurant work (5/6/2020) - FAMILY PHOTOSRay Hudgins, host and waiter at La Castle. At 12 years of age with more time at home as school is closed, Ray Hudgins is doing much more cooking…
Pantry surprise! Recipes with ingredients commonly found on the shelf and in the freezer (4/29/2020) - The five senses traditionally ascribed to humans are sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. This terrible enemy, coronavirus, has just about killed the use of one sense—touch. We still touch…
Making a meal of pine: If pollen is your enemy, skip this article (4/22/2020) - Beverly Holmberg finds pine pollen to be a perfect food. Perhaps many of us in our lifetime learned about or even known personally someone who has been stranded or lost…
Tea time reenacted in Gloucester and Mathews (4/15/2020) - The Central Village Homemakers’ tea held in March began when chairman Nancy Reno poured the first cup of tea. Being served from left are Gaylia Hudgins, Mildred Hudgins, Eileen Ripley,…
Yummy (4/15/2020) - To make Easter breakfast a little more exciting for her two daughters, Emma Saunders and Hannah McBurney, Ashley McBurney of Mathews made special pancakes, one for each. “They were as…
Oldies and oddities of the kitchen in days gone by (4/8/2020) - With modern cooking appliances such as air fryers, one-pot-does-it-all, coffee pots that not only make the coffee but also grind the coffee beans, and blenders and processors that shred, mulch,…
She bakes to relax (4/1/2020) - It’s cookies and cakes The children are in bed for the night and Farley Rowe is in her kitchen. “That’s when I get to do my baking. It’s my way…