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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 6:00 am
Buchanan Library to host 'Understanding Gluten' program on April 10

On April 10 at 11 a.m., the Buchanan Library will be hosting the program "Understand Gluten! Unraveling the Mystery." There will be discussions about what gluten is, what is does, and wha...

Thursday 03/19/2015
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Good food and philosophy at Bent Mountain Bistro

After a scenic climb up Bent Mountain and past a few farm stands, you’ll find the Bent Mountain Bistro, which promises farm-to-table food and a wood-fired bakery.

Wednesday 03/18/2015
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 9:00 pm
Abingdon set to flaunt its food March 24

Tastes of the Town Tours is back from the winter and set to host a monthly food tour in Abingdon, with a special focus on celebrating the food of spring, on Tuesday, March 24. Participants will vis...

Posted: March 18, 2015 - 1:00 am
Out of the ice comes Burger of the Sea

Folks in my home state of South Dakota like to joke that at certain times of the year, you can walk on water.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 11:00 am
Tizzone's wood-fired pizza and dishes offers step up on Italian scene

Tizzone was under construction for almost a year at Daleville Town Center. On March 4, the new restaurant featuring wood-fired cooking and a wine bar opened for business.

Monday 03/16/2015
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Lynchburg cooking show to feature award-winning chef Brian Morris

A chef who has offered culinary advice to the likes of Derek Jeter, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is heading to Lynchburg.

Sunday 03/15/2015
Posted: March 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
Shrub cocktails help bartender build a niche

Roanoke bartender Danielle Gonzalez had been at her craft for a decade, but still felt a little lost.

Saturday 03/14/2015
Posted: March 14, 2015 - 11:00 am
Happy Pi Day

How about a throwback to the 1970s? Here's a pie you mix in the blender. No rolling out a crust. It's easy as - well - you know, pie.

Friday 03/13/2015
Posted: March 13, 2015 - 12:00 pm
Rocky Mount's Bootleggers reaches the next round in culinary challenge

Bootleggers Cafe is the only restaurant in the Roanoke Valley region to reach Enticing Eight status in the 2015 Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Challenge.

Thursday 03/12/2015
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 2:40 pm
Veteran restaurateurs Jeff, Teal Batson to open 'The Green Goat' in Wasena Park building

A new restaurant operated by veteran Roanoke restaurateurs will be joining an outdoors outfitter as tenants in a long vacant museum building in Wasena Park.

Posted: March 12, 2015 - 5:15 am
Brew and Stew

I've been online buddies with Jeff Fitzgerald for many years, having "met" him when he was a reader of my food column and blog at The Roanoke Times. I have always appreciated both his foo...

Tuesday 03/10/2015
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 11:30 am
Sips’n Sweets tasting event to benefit Virginia Museum of Transportation

iHeartRadio Roanoke-Lynchburg announces a break from cabin fever with the Salem VA Credit Union Sips’n Sweets event at the Virginia Museum of Transportation on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. A...

Friday 03/06/2015
Posted: March 06, 2015 - 5:00 am
Virginia Tech chefs offer summer culinary camps for youth, registration deadline is April 15

Virginia Tech is offering three five-day culinary camps for youth this summer. The Basic Culinary Camp, from June 1 to June 5, is offered for students who are 10 to 14 years old. Virginia Tech chef...

Thursday 03/05/2015
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 12:00 am
Review: Stefano's on the Market

To my knowledge, there is no Italian blood in my veins, but there really should be. I love the landscapes, the people and, of course, the food. After visiting Italy twice in the past few years, I w...

Wednesday 03/04/2015
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 5:00 am
Voting now open in Virginia is for Lovers culinary challenge

A number of restaurants in our region - including The Palisades in Eggleston, Roanoke's Lucky, The Red Hen in Lexington and Rocky Mount's Bootleggers - are competing for votes in the Virginia is fo...

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 3:28 pm
Exciting changes ahead for Roanoke Times food coverage

Hello, cherished readers.

Friday 02/27/2015
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 5:30 am
Fridge Magnet writer waves goodbye

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.

Thursday 02/26/2015
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 12:01 pm
Restaurant Review: Blacksburg Bagels is worth the search

One of the perks of living in the New River Valley is the amount of support for home grown agriculture and cuisine. February not being part of the growing season around here, you might be avoiding ...

Posted: February 26, 2015 - 8:00 am
Botetourt mom wins place on Cheddar's menu (with recipe)

Good things come to those who wait ... in line for lunch at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 12:00 am
Fridge Magnet: Delighting in doughnuts

It might be the smell that gets me. Doughy and sugary. Warm and thick.

Wednesday 02/18/2015
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 12:00 am
Fridge Magnet: Not cheesy to love pimiento cheese

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.

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Snow cream and hot chocolate

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,...

Monday 02/16/2015
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 10:15 pm
King cake for Mardi Gras

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.

Friday 02/13/2015
Posted: February 13, 2015 - 5:30 am
Sourdough bread, take 2 (with recipes)

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 resp...

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Virginia Tech chef wins culinary prize (with recipe)

Want to cook like a champ?

Friday 02/06/2015
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 6:15 am
A February filled with food

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 t...

Thursday 02/05/2015
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 5:30 am
A taste for turnips

What does a locavore eat in Southwest Virginia in February?

Wednesday 02/04/2015
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 12:00 am
Fridge Magnet: Healthy chocolates? Do sell!

Gayla D’Gaia stands at a makeshift counter in her tiny, tidy kitchen.

Friday 01/30/2015
Posted: January 30, 2015 - 2:45 pm
Restaurant review: Al’s Metro Deli elevates Christiansburg's sandwich options

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...

Thursday 01/29/2015
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 5:30 am
Pass the pimento cheese

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 mak...

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
Fridge Magnet: Sourdough starter

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.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
Fridge magnet: Indian food spices up cooking routine

It’s bleak out. Cold and bare, with virtually nothing growing in garden, orchard or trellis.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 5:30 am
Five favorite and least favorite grocery store finds

I feel like I’ve sampled a lot of new food items lately.

Friday 01/16/2015
Posted: January 16, 2015 - 8:15 am
It's Restaurant Week in Roanoke

The buzz is starting to build.

Posted: January 16, 2015 - 12:00 am
Restaurant review: The Black Hen

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...

Wednesday 01/14/2015
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
Don't be afraid of tofu

The season of indulgence is over. Now, we’re all about getting healthy, dropping pounds and eating right.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Posted: January 13, 2015 - 5:30 am
Tofu tutorial

Nancy Maurelli knows her tofu.

Monday 01/12/2015
Posted: January 12, 2015 - 5:30 am
Five food trends of 2015

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.

Friday 01/09/2015
Posted: January 09, 2015 - 5:30 am
Cookbook giveaway, Day 5: Our final winner!

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.

Posted: January 09, 2015 - 5:30 am
How'd it go? My 12 days of GREAT eating.

Whew! Twelve new recipes in 12 days was intense. Even on winter break. Even during a holiday known for cooking and entertaining.

Thursday 01/08/2015
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 5:30 am
Cookbook giveaway, Day 4: Another winner!

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 cookbo...

Posted: January 08, 2015 - 12:00 am
Restaurant review: Piety devoted to love of pastry

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 F...

Wednesday 01/07/2015
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 5:30 am
Cookbook giveaway, Day 3: Today's winner!

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:

Tuesday 01/06/2015
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 5:30 am
Cookbook givewaway, Day 2: Today's winner is ...

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:

Monday 01/05/2015
Posted: January 05, 2015 - 9:30 am
Cookbook giveaway, Day 1: We've got a winner!

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:

Posted: January 05, 2015 - 5:30 am
How to be gluten-free

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.

Wednesday 12/24/2014
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 12:00 am
Fridge Magnet: 12 days of good eating

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.

Monday 12/22/2014
Posted: December 22, 2014 - 9:30 am
A recipe for reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.

Friday 12/19/2014
Posted: December 19, 2014 - 5:30 am
An entertaining appetizer

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 Ba...

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 9:30 am
Cookie recipes? I got 'em!

With friends like these, who needs cook books?

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