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From the kitchen: Uncork and Create Kitchen teaches secret to authentic chorizo

So far, this summer is turning out to be blissful for those interested in new recipes, exciting tastes, and learning inventive ways with ingredients.

Cooking classes are happening over Charleston with talented local guest chefs as instructors.

From the kitchen: Uncork and Create Kitchen teaches secret to authentic chorizo

So far, this summer is turning out to be blissful for those interested in new recipes, exciting tastes, and learning inventive ways with ingredients.

Cooking classes are happening over Charleston with talented local guest chefs as instructors....

Innerviews: Frustrated songwriter finally living his dream    
Innerviews: Frustrated songwriter finally living his dream    

A Louisiana native, 66-year-old Roger Rabalais, made his living in radio as a sales and production executive. Through it all, through every new position and relocation, he nursed a (mostly) suppressed desire to write songs, play...

Smell the coffee: Senior year

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I’m not sure which was harder for me: her first day of kindergarten or the first day of her senior year.

All I really know is I wasn’t ready for either of them.

With that other ...

Sherry Hill: Bridge collapse made lasting impression

By Sherry Hill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The year was 1904 and the winter had been harsh with bitter cold.

It was a freezing December morning in Charleston that would forever change many lives, but that fact had not yet surfaced.

A...

Vines & Vittles: Fried peppers revives memories
Vines & Vittles: Fried peppers revives memories

By John Brown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We are very fortunate in our little part of the world to have some of the most accomplished creators/purveyors of essential consumable products that allow us, along with our friends and family, to...

Counter Intelligence: Peachy keen!
Counter Intelligence: Peachy keen!

By April Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Chocolate’s OK, but I prefer a really intense fruit taste. You know when a peach is absolutely perfect … it’s sublime.” — Kathy Mattea

School is back...

Mind Your Manners: Protocol prevents intercultural chaos
Mind Your Manners: Protocol prevents intercultural chaos

By Pam Harvit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Did you know if you embed your chopsticks upright or vertically in your rice bowl while dining in Asia, you may be insulting those at your table?

Do you know to avoid showing the soles of your shoes ...

Live Life Fully: Do you mask emotional pain?

By Linda Arnold

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Imagination oozed from every pore.”

“He just couldn’t see beyond his own brain how much he was loved.”

These are but two observations on the life of...

Garden Guru: Plant health requires keeping things in balance

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Those who have taken my classes or who read this column often will know that I can get pretty insistent and preachy on performing regular soil testing for your lawn and garden.

The reason that I...

From the Kitchen: Food as art

Something new, fun and educational is happening at Uncork & Create in Charleston. It’s a delicious addition to the popular visual arts mainstay of be-your-own-artist painting sessions that are regularly held at the studio, located at 1031...

Innerviews: Spiritual saga traces break from fundamentalist church
Innerviews: Spiritual saga traces break from fundamentalist church

This isn't the usual Innerviews life story. It's a spiritual odyssey about escape from oppressive, fearful fundamentalism to free-thinking religion based on a loving, forgiving God.

Joel Watts, 36, grew ...

Smell the Coffee: Uninvited souvenirs hitch a ride

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I will try to explain my absence last week in the most delicate terms possible.

Basically, I brought home an unanticipated souvenir from my vacation. Actually, that should probably be plural...

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