Roughly a year ago, I penned my first food piece for The Roanoke Times. Looking back, there was so much I didn’t know about the city’s food scene.
Good things come to those who wait ... in line for lunch at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
It might be the smell that gets me. Doughy and sugary. Warm and thick.
Michelle Bennett moved to Roanoke in the late ’80s, when about the only place to get a decent scoop of pimiento cheese was Tinnell’s Finer Foods in South Roanoke.
I don’t know about you but this snow thing sorta snuck up on me. Up until Sunday evening I didn’t know any white stuff at all was supposed to fall. But now that it’s here, all 9 to 12 inches of it, there are certain foods that must be made. Namely, snow cream and hot chocolate.
When I lived in Durham, N.C., a co-worker and neighbor of mine hailed from New Orleans and, man, did he know how to throw a party.
Often when I write a story, I hear from readers all kinds of tips and resources, personal stories and recipes. But when I wrote about learning to bake with sourdough starter two weeks ago, the response was like a fast-rising dough spilling over the edges of its bowl. Dozens of you emailed and messaged.
Want to cook like a champ?
There’s so much great food going on these days. You've got Valentine’s Day and Mardis Gras. Later in the month, the Big Lick Cocktail Classic brings the talent and know-how of 10 local bartenders to Roanoke’s City Market. Plus cooking classes galore. Read on for details. And let me know if you know of a February food event that I missed.
What does a locavore eat in Southwest Virginia in February?
Gayla D’Gaia stands at a makeshift counter in her tiny, tidy kitchen.
The search for a good sandwich in Christiansburg got a little easier when Al’s Metro Deli opened. Located in a strip mall on Roanoke Street, the deli is a well-lit, clean, open space with not quite enough tables to fill the large dining area.
It’s on the menu at CUPS Coffee & Tea but also The River and Rail. At the newly opened Henry’s Public House and at the downtown stalwart, Billy’s. Grandin Road’s M & K Food Shop makes their’s in-house and so does Tinnell’s Finer Foods. It’s everywhere, for lunch and dinner, fine dining and take-out. You may even have a tub in your fridge right now. I'm talking pimento cheese.
When it’s time to make bread at my house these days, the first thing I do is open the fridge, reach way to the back, and grab my wide-mouth glass bowl and the gluey mess that it holds.
It’s bleak out. Cold and bare, with virtually nothing growing in garden, orchard or trellis.
I feel like I’ve sampled a lot of new food items lately.
The buzz is starting to build.
The Black Hen, tucked away in an intimate space on Jackson Street, brings fine dining to Blacksburg via chefs — and spouses — Linda and Cunninghame West. The Wests have redone the interior of their new space in a black-and-white modern rustic motif, featuring black hen tapestries on the walls. White curtains and tablecloths add to the sense of openness despite the small dimensions.
The season of indulgence is over. Now, we’re all about getting healthy, dropping pounds and eating right.
Nancy Maurelli knows her tofu.
People with their fingers much more on the pulse of the food/restaurant industry than I have complied pages upon pages of predictions for what we'll be eating this year.
Wow, this was tough. So many of you responded, some even making impassioned pleas for why you should win Sean Brock's new cookbook. And yet the outcome was entirely up to chance.
Whew! Twelve new recipes in 12 days was intense. Even on winter break. Even during a holiday known for cooking and entertaining.
Today's randomly chosen cookbook winner is ... M & K Food Shop co-owner and Fridge Magnet reader Karen Ayyildiz. Congrats! Karen, if you'll email me your street address, I'll put the cookbook in the mail. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With another holiday season behind us, we think back wistfully on the roast turkeys and casseroles, the eggnog and Christmas cookies, and, of course, the pies. Piety bakeshop, located next to The Fresh Market at Towers Shopping Center in Roanoke, can help with that last longing.
Today's randomly chosen cookbook winner is ... Justin Miller! Congrats! Justin, if you'll email me your street address, I'll put the cookbook in the mail. My email: email@example.com.
Today's randomly chosen cookbook winner is ... Linda Maxey! Congrats! Linda, if you'll email me your street address, I'll put the cookbook in the mail. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And the winner is ... Kelly McDaniel Whitney! Kelly, if you'll email me your street address, I'll put the cookbook in the mail. My email: email@example.com
I've heard from so many of you that moving to a gluten-free diet has been helpful, but hard. Today, guest blogger Laura Latham tells her story of learning to live without gluten.
By now, you’ve lived through Kroger’s 12 Days of Deals, Ellen Degeneres’ 12 Days of Giveaways and the Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.
Today, I’m once again turning the Fridge Magnet over to a great foodie in our midst. Meet Rachel Chitwood, who, with her sister, Maddy Chitwood, lives in Blacksburg and blogs about craft beer at Barley Babes.
With friends like these, who needs cook books?
Some of my most enduring holiday memories are not of unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning or attending church on Christmas Eve, but of standing in front of the kitchen stove stirring a golden, bubbling brew of melted marshmallows and sugar.
Wednesday’s column will be an ode to the Christmas cookie. I’ll share my fond memories of making them and the cookie stories and recipes that you sent my way.
I read an article a few years ago proclaiming that Mexican restaurants were replacing the classic American diner, meaning tacos and fajitas are easier to find in some small towns than tuna melts and milkshakes. If downtown Roanoke is any indication, I’d say that trend is here to stay. The downtown scene now boasts four Mexican-inspired establishments: Alejandros, Go Taco, Queso Southwestern Grill and the newest addition, Rancho Viejo. So what, if anything, sets this new spot apart? I stopped in recently to find out.
“Buy Local” is big this year. Eating local has been hip for a while. Why not combine the two by shopping for local food gifts during this season of giving?
It was in December, probably six years ago or so. I remember being surprised by a knock on the door.
What's your biggest kitchen misadventure and how did you turn it around? Today, guest blogger Jeff Fitzgerald writes about one crazy Christmas dinner. Share your cooking tales with us as a comment or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We don’t shy away from the opportunity to drive Virginia 8 to Floyd, so the trek to the Fat Spoon Cafe was not a chore. We found the cafe tucked into the Carter Complex about a half-mile south of the lone stoplight in Floyd.
Just beyond the concrete horseshoe that is Little Green Hive Coffee and Smoothie Bar, owner Amy Tuggle sets her sweetgrass basket on the table and begins to explain.
I went over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house this weekend. So guest blogger Amy McGinnis will be sharing her thoughts and tips on how to make a homemade dinner happen -- even on a manic Monday.
In all likelihood you’ve eaten your roast turkey. And a few turkey sandwiches. And there’s still a good bit of bird left in the fridge.
This event has sold out as of 11/25/14.
Featuring bright umbrellas and a porch with curb appeal, the outside of Social House, located on South Main in downtown Blacksburg, does a good job of enticing passersby to come inside. The interior showcases hand-painted murals, restored floors and other architectural elements indicative of a loving renovation. Social House’s menu is a sampling of unique, multicultural items along with some standard American fare.
Roughly seven months ago I stepped up to the Fridge Magnet plate and began researching, writing, testing and tasting all things food in the Roanoke Valley.
It's not a pie, technically. The crust is a bit sweeter, the filling a bit less so. But if you've got some time and focus this Pear Almond Tart could be the stand-out of your holiday meal.
Lisa Lusk wasn’t thinking of Thanksgiving when she opened her newest sweets shop in August, but maybe she should have been.
What do you do when it turns from summerlike to winterlike in a brisk 48 hours?
Haywood Lewis Crouch, 74, of Huddleston, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Mentow Baptist Church. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston.
Ronnie Joseph Sawyers, 64, of Galax, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Fries Baptist Church. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home, Galax.
Cecil Parker Waid, 83, of Salem, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015. Celebration of Life will be Noon Monday, March 2, 2015, at Simpson Funeral Home, 540-366-0707.
Gale Evens Hunter, 61, of Christiansburg, loving wife, mother and "granny", went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 27, 2015. She was an employee of Medeco Security locks for over 25 years. She attended Radford Congregational Holiness church where she was secretary.