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Food notes: Nov. 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Soup sale SaturdayAn Art and Soup Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Unity of Kanawha Valley, corner of Bridge and Myrtle roads.Homemade soups, breads, drinks and desserts will be sold. There will be several varieties of soups including vegetarian choices. A quart of soup is $7. Cups and bowls of soup will also be available.Beer tasting at The Greenhouse  HURRICANE -- A variety of beer with food that works with each will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at The Greenhouse of Teays ValleyCost is $45 for six rounds of 6-ounce beer options and matching food selections. Call 304-397-6316 for reservations.
An appetizer buffet will be served for the Uncork and Create event at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. A local artist will show how to make a jumbo-sized Christmas door ornament. Cost is $55 and includes all supplies. To make reservations, visit Greenhouse of Teays Valley is located at 3554 Teays Valley Road in Hurricane.Cranberry flavor boostCharleston cook and food writer Judy Grigoraci passed on this tip for boosting the flavor of cranberry.She said the recipes on the bag of fresh cranberries call for water to be the simmering liquid when preparing whole or jellied cranberry sauce. Instead, she said, switch the liquid to cranberry juice in those recipes, and in any others where the simmering liquid isn't drained off, but stays with the cooked berry. "Cranberry juice could be used instead of water when making cranberry gelatin recipes as well," she noted.Wine tasting Sunday The Wine Shop will host its annual Thanksgiving Wines tasting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at its shop in Capitol Market.Guests will taste seven wines to find out which wines to serve at Thanksgiving dinner. Samples of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc. will be served. Cost is $15 per person.
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