March 19, 2017

Fresh lemon — including the juice and the peel — is one of my all-time favorite ingredients, in part because it's just so versatile. It can be the star of the show (as in this recipe) or a brilliant supporting actor (as in so many of my everyday dishes). It's indispensable in fish…

Food KitchenWise Pound Cake Muffins

March 19, 2017

I came to mushroom later in life. I don’t know why … maybe the name … fungus.

I, vividly, remember the day I tried them for the first time. My parents were out of the country and I was staying with family friends. I was in 7th grade in junior high school. Can you remember when…


March 05, 2017

Restaurants and the soups they plan to serve at the Empty Bowls luncheon on Wednesday, March 15, at Arts of the Albemarle, include:

March 05, 2017

Here’s the recipe for Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese and Beer Soup that will be served by Montero’s Restaurant at the Empty Bowls luncheon on Wednesday, March 15, at Arts of the Albemarle.



March 05, 2017

The Arts of the Albemarle will host The Food Bank of the Albemarle 4th Annual Empty Bowls benefit Wednesday, March 15 with a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Each ticketholder will also have the opportunity to select a handcrafted bowl made by local artists.…

February 19, 2017

Balancing healthy eating with a crazy weeknight schedule is tricky for everyone. We all have competing priorities that chip away at our days: kids, careers, school, home, family obligations all take time and energy. And next thing we know, it's 6 p.m. and we haven't given any thought to dinner.…

Food Healthy Poached Cod

February 19, 2017

Starchy sides are a mainstay of the classic American dinner. It's easy to get complacent and rely on a trusty, if unimaginative, rotation of mealtime regulars: rice, potatoes, noodles.

The problem with serving essentially the same (white) thing over and over is that we are missing an opportunity to…

Food Healthy Sweet Potato and Carrot

February 19, 2017


A kind of carbo-licious porridge made from dried and coarsely ground corn, grits are to Southern cuisine what potatoes are to Northern cuisine — a deeply satisfying staple. Like squash, tomatoes and deep-pit barbecuing, grits came to define Southern cooking via the cuisines of such…

KitchenWise Cheesy Baked Grits

February 05, 2017


News flash: Kale is still in. It's still one of the nutritional highlights in my crisper drawer, and winter is its peak season, which means it's most abundant, healthy and cheap right now.

Kale, part of the same family as broccoli, is loaded with vitamins (particularly A, C and K) as well as…

Food Healthy Kale With Olives And Beans

February 05, 2017

This time of year is great for the slow cooker or Crock Pot. You can put on your meal in the morning and when you get home it’s ready. It’s great for soups, beans, roast, and any type of meat that might otherwise be tough.

For busy lives, this kitchen tool can make your life so much…

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