Get Your Greens On

If you’re craving fresh, local produce at this time of year, then greens are the way to go. Kale, collards, and cabbage are available almost all through the cold season in Hampton Roads, but often people are wary of cooking these massive, leafy plants. Anything that you buy by the…
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Soup's On

The holidays are over, and that long, gray stretch of winter lies before us: two months of rain, cold, and the occasional threat of snow. While this time of the year can be a little depressing for many of us, there is a cure: soup.  If winter has an upside,…
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Squash for All Seasons

This time of the year you’re probably seeing huge bins of unrecognizable “gourds” at the grocery store or farmers market, begging you to take them home, fret over them, arrange and re-arrange them, or maybe they’re piled up at a roadside stand, looking pretty and decorative, but not necessarily tasty.…
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Harvest-Inspired Bounty

Fall is as busy a time for local farmers and markets as mid-summer. In southeastern Virginia fresh produce remains abundant in October, although the offerings have changed a bit. You may not be finding sweet peaches, ripe tomatoes, and cool cucumbers, but you will find tart, juicy muscadine grapes; hearty,…
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An Apple a Day

There’s a reason that the traditional, age-old, back-to-school gift for teachers is apples. As summer turns to fall and the days get shorter and cooler, apples come in to season. But don’t bother buying apples from the West Coast when they’re available right here in Hampton Roads. Several orchards in…
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Summer Spirits

Let me just admit right up front that I am a red wine drinker. My husband and I spent our five-year anniversary tasting our way through Napa. We’ve spent time in the Columbia River Valley, Washington, wine region and have been to over a dozen Virginia wineries. I’m not ashamed…
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Grass-Fed on the Grill

There is no shortage of seasonal produce available in July in Hampton Roads, but this summer I want to help you expand your backyard barbeque to not only include some fresh, local side dishes, but to showcase some amazing local meats. If you’re like my family, you don’t need Independence…
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