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Food Notes: April 25, 2012

Diner returns to South Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Betty Lou's Diner recently moved back to its original South Charleston location after an  earlier move to Greenbrier Street. Owner Kevin Yeager concentrated business on hot dogs at the previous Marathon Plaza location, but will offer his original diner menu of hamburgers, sandwiches and specials.

Betty Lou's Diner, 415 Central Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. Call 304-746-5468.

Taste of Summersville

The Taste of Summersville will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. May 3 on the campus of the New Life Christian Academy, 899 Broad St., in Summersville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children aged 3 to 11. Call 304-872-1148 or visit

Healthy school lunch push

The Plateau Medical Center will sponsor a showing of "Two Angry Moms," a movie about a grass-roots movement by two women who pushed for healthy initiatives for their children, at 6 p.m. May 11 at Tamarack. Dr. Scott Killmer will speak.

Local parents Amanda Ashley and Peilee Ren are encouraging school officials in Fayette and Raleigh counties to examine the school lunch program and to offer more healthy foods.

The event is free. Visit, or call 304-731-8346.

A quicker thaw

To speed up the thaw time of frozen meat or fish, invert a cast iron skillet and cover the bottom with plastic wrap. Place the meat or fish on the plastic coated bottom. The coldness in the meat transfers to the cast iron. As the skillet gets colder, the meat thaws. This method halves the usual thawing time.

Reach Julie Robinson at or 304-348-1230 with information to be included in Food Notes.



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