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Frontier eating from pioneer log cabins to the Blennerhassett Mansion
Photo courtesy the Hartleys
Frontier eating from pioneer log cabins to the Blennerhassett Mansion

Their diets couldn’t have been more different.

The table served while entertaining at the large mansion on Blennerhassett Island in, say, 1801, groaned under the weight of a two-course meal — soups, fish, apple dumplings, boiled...

Frontier eating from pioneer log cabins to the Blennerhassett Mansion
Frontier eating from pioneer log cabins to the Blennerhassett Mansion

Their diets couldn’t have been more different.

The table served while entertaining at the large mansion on Blennerhassett Island in, say, 1801, groaned under the weight of a two-course meal — soups, fish, apple dumplings, boiled...

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...

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

Two o’clock on a Friday afternoon and the lunch rush should be dying down, but at Rollin Smoke BBQ on Route 119 between Mink Shoals and Big Chimney, it barely has.

Joey Beasley can scarcely get his window closed before somebody else shows ...

A taste of Texas comes to Ribfest
A taste of Texas comes to Ribfest

After 16 years, Ribfest founder Bill Picozzi never tires of talking about his annual, four-day food festival, now located at Shawnee Park in Dunbar.

“The food is amazing,” he said.

“We have a carnival and rides and...

W.Va. company tames ‘green fairy’ absinthe
W.Va. company tames ‘green fairy’ absinthe

Among artists, poets and writers, absinthe has always been the stuff of legend.

The wormwood spirit was downed by some of the most celebrated names in the arts during the latter 19th and early 20th centuries.

Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott...

Fairmont festival is all about tasting the tomatoes

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) – The numeral in the name of the West Virginia 63 tomato refers to the year of the Mountain State’s centennial, not to the number of varieties of the red fruit that most use as a vegetable.

Actually, about 7,...

WV Travel Team: B&Bs follow farm-to-table trail
WV Travel Team: B&Bs follow farm-to-table trail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At bed and breakfasts and inns all across West Virginia, it’s all about farm fresh and local — to enhance each guest’s culinary experience, contribute to West Virginia’s culinary landscape,...

Counter Intelligence: Chiles are ready to Hatch
Counter Intelligence: Chiles are ready to Hatch

By April Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “People who like hot peppers are generally more fun to be around.” — chef Robert McGrath

Strolling through the grocery store recently, I overheard the produce stocking team...

Hatch chiles from New Mexico are a new experience for local spicy food fans
Hatch chiles from New Mexico are a new experience for local spicy food fans

For the first time ever, Charleston Chiliheads — people who enjoy eating chili peppers — can try Hatch chilies starting Friday at the Kroger’s South Hills market.

The peppers are abundant in parts of New Mexico and farther...

Is it chile or chili to describe peppers?

It’s a hot debate regarding the spelling and meaning of “chile” or “chili” in reference to peppers.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ stylebook, ‘Chile’ is the country in South America,...

Vines & Vittles: Sipping pinot noir in Oregon
Vines & Vittles: Sipping pinot noir in Oregon

By John Brown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I’m just back from my fourth trip to the Oregon wine country and participation in the International Pinot Noir Celebration.

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting some of the world’s ...

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