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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…
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…
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