From the category archives:


The Heritage Harvest Festival

August 23, 2013

September 7, 2013 9:00Am to 6:30PM Monticello’s West Lawn Charlottesville, VA This is the 7th annual Heritage Harvest Festival with workshops and lectures, chef demonstrations, a tasting tent, seed swaps and more! Pre-view festivities start September 6, 2013. For tickets and schedule of events please visit The Heritage Harvest Festival website.

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Cooking with Fresh Herbs

August 22, 2013

Charlottesville Cooking School August 29, 2013 at 10:00AM Learn how to store and preserve fresh herbs and incorporate them into all your cooking! For more information and more classes visit the Charlottesville Cooking School website.

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Sadza Cakes at Shebeen

August 10, 2013

If I had known how to adequately describe one of my favorite Charlottesville restaurant dishes, I’d have written about this sooner.  But the meal is so deliciously complex and unique that I was at a loss for words.   But lucky me.  Preston Long from Charlottesville’s Cville Magazine, a local paper, has captured exactly what I […]

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Pumpkin Pie For Tomorrow

November 21, 2012

For my own tastes, pumpkin pie needs to be baked the day before serving, to allow the flavors to blend.  It also tastes better to me when it’s chilled, although there is dispute about that in our family. In any event, I’ve considered myself a bit of a purist over the years, as I’ve grown […]

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Gouda and Thunder Thighs

July 8, 2012

Someone once warned me that if a woman eats a lot of cheese, it makes her thighs fat.  Really?  (seems that if anybody eats a lot of anything… it makes something fat?)  Well I dismissed the person who warned me, even faster than I dismissed that advice.  Why does anyone else care about the condition of […]

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Charlottesville Special Cookies

June 20, 2012

In an age where so many of us… especially kids… seem to have a lot of allergies, two Charlottesville women have used this opportunity to begin a new business making allergen-free baked goods.   The women call themselves the “Nut-Free Ladies” and they bake cookies, cupcakes, and cakes in many non-allergen varieties. Necessity is the mother of […]

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Chestnut Season

December 7, 2011

Thanks to our holiday song heritage, most of us have some kind of subliminal knowledge that a chestnut can be prepared by roasting it on an open fire.   And for most of us, that’s about where our knowledge of chestnuts ends. Did you know that chestnuts are about 50% water and that you want to […]

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Put Those Pumpkins To Work in a Cheesecake

October 27, 2011

Okay, I admit it.  Cheesecake is my indulgence.  I know it can go straight into an artery-clogging ending, but sometimes…. it seems worth it.  I have lots of cheesecake recipes that I’d be glad to share with you (just ask) but ’tis the season around Charlottesville to make use of the mountains of pumpkins available […]

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Time to Eat Asparagus

June 26, 2011

Here’s A LINK to an article we just completed…. about how to raise asparagus in Charlottesville and central VA,  as well as links and recipes for preparing asparagus.

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In Central VA, The Newest Wine is 3

March 10, 2011

                              Love the name.    It’s…  “3″ . That’s the name of the newest varietal wine in central Virginia, brought to us by 3 very experienced local vineyards, Pollak Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, and Veritas Winery.  It’s new, available online as of this week.  Here’s a link to one of the vineyards (King Family) where you can order […]

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