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Indulge Flavor

Garnishes make dishes appealing to all the senses

By HEATHER ZIEGLER Staff Writer With a house, it’s the front door that can make a welcoming impression. When dressing for a night on the town, it’s the accessories that often make an outfit special. But when it comes to dining, it’s as important to make an appealing presentation ...

Expert: Match wine’s weight to food; pair choices by region

By LINDA COMINS Staff Writer When pairing food and wine, there are many considerations besides the traditional notion of red wine with beef and white wine with fish or chicken. A myriad of possibilities exists, but don’t be intimidated by the plethora of choices awaiting the ...

Home-grown herbs enhance home cooking

By JANELL HUNTER Staff Writer Fresh herbs are a good way to add depth of flavor to home cooking, and growing them at home is a great way to save money and be creative with cooking. Gene Evans, assistant professor of culinary arts at West Virginia Northern Community College, said it ...

A Taste of the Wild

By DYLAN McKENZIE Staff Writer With abundant woodlands on both sides of the Ohio River, the local region has always been an attractive place for hunters. And while some people may just want to nail a trophy buck or land a big catch, there are plenty who hunt not only for enjoyment, but ...

Experiment & have fun in the kitchen

By LENNY WITTENBROOK Staff Writer Of all kitchen staples, few can compete with the wonderfully elegant egg. A necessary ingredient in a lot of baking and saucing preparations where its presence isn’t so obvious but its importance undeniable, the egg has no trouble shining under the ...

‘Superfood’ tastiest closest to home

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer Nutrient-rich “superfoods” have the most “superpowers” and nutritional benefits when they’re not wearing a can for a cape, according to a local chef. Those superpowers also diminish the further the foods travel from the farm or garden, and those ...

Specially prepared foods steeped in tradition

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer Many prospective cooks who want to play the long game in food preparation follow techniques passed down from older cooks, something plainly evident in many establishments in the Ohio Valley. Patrick Fisher, proprietor of Mason Dixon BBQ in Moundsville, had ...

Sweet-savory combo tempts taste buds

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer Bakers, chefs and food companies are always coming up with new fare to tantalize our tastebuds and one dessert trend — combining the sweet with the savory — still is hot. One of the most noticeable parts of this has been the bacon craze. Locally, Mama ...

Good food in a hurry

By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer Whether you are in the mood to cook yourself or would prefer to let a professional do it, a BLT sandwich can hit the spot when one is short on time. In only a few minutes, the salty, crunchy bacon can meet with the sweet tomato and the crisp lettuce. These ...