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Counter Intelligence: Mac ‘n’ cheese is the best thank-you note
Photo courtesy of April Hamilton
Counter Intelligence: Mac ‘n’ cheese is the best thank-you note

When my neighbor called to say he had picked and pitted tons of cherries from his family’s orchard and wanted to share them with me, my eyes twinkled.

Did he know that my own cherry tree had been completely picked clean by a flock of...

Counter Intelligence: Mac ‘n’ cheese is the best thank-you note
Counter Intelligence: Mac ‘n’ cheese is the best thank-you note

When my neighbor called to say he had picked and pitted tons of cherries from his family’s orchard and wanted to share them with me, my eyes twinkled.

Did he know that my own cherry tree had been completely picked clean by a flock of...

South Hills Market and Cafe will host benefit for James Beard Foundation
South Hills Market and Cafe will host benefit for James Beard Foundation

Chef Richard Arbaugh and his wife, Anne, will open the doors of their South Hills Market and Cafe on Sunday, for a “Sunday Best” benefit to help an aspiring young chef follow in their footsteps.

“We are having the fundraiser ...

Cooking at the Capital
Cooking at the Capital

Just trying to describe celebrity chef Jeff Henderson is a mouthful: he’s the star of the new television series “Flip My Food With Chef Jeff,” a Food Network host, and the author of the best-selling book “Cooked: My Journey ...

Fairmont-area winery offers unique experience
Fairmont-area winery offers unique experience

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Visiting Heston Farm Winery and Pinchgut Hollow Distillery is a multilayered experience — beautiful scenery, tasty wine and bourbon samples, delicious food and children’s play...

Counter Intelligence: Summer corn, in time for fall
Counter Intelligence: Summer corn, in time for fall

By April Hamilton

“Fall is here, hear the yell. Back to school, ring the bell.” — Jack White from “We’re Going to be Friends”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I adore fall, with its crisp air and...

Vines & Vittles: Sensory perceptions in words

By John Brown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Describing the sensory characteristics of wine is an inexact science. Rooted as it is in subjectivity, accurate descriptions detailing the taste and aroma components of a wine are dependent on the reader...

International film festival returns, expands focus
International film festival returns, expands focus

The West Virginia International Film Festival returns this year with a new location, a new addition to its name and a brand new approach.

The festival, now the West Virginia International Food and Film Festival, will kick off Friday at the...

Counter Intelligence: Blackened halibut for fish lovers
Counter Intelligence: Blackened halibut for fish lovers

By April Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Growing up in Florida with the warm Atlantic Ocean in my backyard was the best possible environment for a kid — except when it came to dinner. I flat refused to savor its bounty when it was...

W.Va. wineries looking for ways to grow
W.Va. wineries looking for ways to grow

This is the first in a four-part series about West Virginia wineries

By Judy E. Hamilton

Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Grape harvest in West Virginia begins this week. It’s also the perfect time — with autumn...

Backward-named Vu ja de winery looks forward
Backward-named Vu ja de winery looks forward

SPENCER, W.Va. — When Bryan George decided to escape the fast pace of the California winemaking business and move to West Virginia in 2007, he was expecting to find peace and quiet. He...

Five alternatives to average school lunches
Five alternatives to average school lunches

Now that school has started, we can all go back to enjoying our favorite things about school, such as seeing our friends every day or going to sporting events. But there is one thing that almost every student hates: school lunch. Though sometimes just ...

Counter Intelligence: Basic frittata quick, customizable
Counter Intelligence: Basic frittata quick, customizable

By April Hamilton

“Cooking is for me a leisurely pursuit, an opportunity to give my busy mind a rest and engage in the physicality of ingredients.” — Yotam Ottolenghi

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There are days...

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