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‘Cookie Lobbyist’ tries sweet-tooth approach to sway W.Va. legislators
MARTA TANKERSLEY HAYS | Gazette photos
‘Cookie Lobbyist’ tries sweet-tooth approach to sway W.Va. legislators

Lori Jo Magana is a citizen lobbyist with a sweet touch.

A literally sweet touch.

For more than a year, the Charleston woman has been lobbying West Virginia state legislators with blue-frosted cookies in the shape of water droplets,...

‘Cookie Lobbyist’ tries sweet-tooth approach to sway W.Va. legislators
‘Cookie Lobbyist’ tries sweet-tooth approach to sway W.Va. legislators

Lori Jo Magana is a citizen lobbyist with a sweet touch.

A literally sweet touch.

For more than a year, the Charleston woman has been lobbying West Virginia state legislators with blue-frosted cookies in the shape of water droplets,...

Adding a little lime to your life: Couple serves up authentic Thai
Adding a little lime to your life: Couple serves up authentic Thai

For those familiar with The Empty Glass, a dimly lit, neighborhood bar on Charleston’s East End, international cuisine is probably the last thing you’d imagine being served.

Starting March 3, frequenters will be able to enjoy pan ...

Cultivating a culture of cooking
Cultivating a culture of cooking

“You guys ready to start chopping?”

Raj Pongsugree asks her cooking class. The eager eyes of Jamie Coleman, Zahra Khan and Julia Carriger look back at their instructor as plates of ingredients color a large white counter top in...

The List: Five fish places to try in Charleston

Through Lent, both Catholics and non-Catholics take the opportunity to feast on fish on Fridays during the weeks leading up to Easter.

Charleston has plenty of chain restaurants with flavorful seafood options for just about every...

Counter Intelligence:
Counter Intelligence:

“Are you home? Anna and I have something for you.”

I received this text message from my neighbor, Gail Carter, and I wasn’t home, but I was intrigued. What could it be?

We were navigating the snowy roads home from...

Winter Blues Farmers Market comes to Charleston
Winter Blues Farmers Market comes to Charleston

Rachel Taylor hopes her love for maple catches on in the Mountain State.

Taylor’s Frostmore Farm was one of about 40 vendors that participated Thursday evening in the Winter Blues Farmers Market at the Charleston Civic Center....

Town pulls together to open grocery store
Town pulls together to open grocery store

ALDERSON — When Alderson’s only grocery store closed three months ago, the small town’s residents could have shrugged their shoulders, thrown up their hands and resigned themselves to the fact...

From the Kitchen: Fresh from the Big Easy

I’m just a few days late with giving any meal ideas for Mardi Gras. Let’s blame it on the snow.

Speaking of the snow and the cold temps, how does a sandwich and another soup sound to you about now for a Friday-friendly lunch or...

Dip dinner helps feed after-school programs
Dip dinner helps feed after-school programs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The East End Family Resource Center, at 502 Ruffner Ave., is a community hub on Charleston’s East End that provides a wide host of services to young and old.

Those services — from after-school programs...

Vines & Vittles: Wine vs. Beer – Throwdown Number 3

By John Brown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s always gratifying to observe the positive effect our contributions make to the community in which we live.

On Saturday, you will have, shall we say, a tasteful opportunity to do just...

Counter Intelligence: Pineapple snow days
Counter Intelligence: Pineapple snow days

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the snow started to fall — gently at first, then in a never-ending mist of sparkle — I took inventory of my kitchen. I was hopeful that I had plenty of supplies on hand to keep me busy and distract me from...

Judy Grigoraci — From the kitchen: A season’s worth of meatless menus

Did you have a grand party Gras for Mardi Gras yesterday? Hope so. Today, Ash Wednesday, signals the beginning of Lent, a special time of year for the faithful.

It also heralds the observance of meatless Fridays for particular groups of cooks...

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