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From the Kitchen: Preparing for the last great picnic of the year

It’s time to think of the last major cookout/picnic holiday of the year — Labor Day.

Therefore, you see recipes for tasty burgers and ditto for the salad. Both burgers and potato or macaroni salads contribute substantially to...

From the Kitchen: Preparing for the last great picnic of the year

It’s time to think of the last major cookout/picnic holiday of the year — Labor Day.

Therefore, you see recipes for tasty burgers and ditto for the salad. Both burgers and potato or macaroni salads contribute substantially to...

The Food Guy: Catch this, Charleston – Seafood Week is coming
The Food Guy: Catch this, Charleston – Seafood Week is coming

First, there was Charleston Restaurant Week, the wildly popular celebration of local dining where participating restaurants citywide offer special, three-course menus at a fraction of the cost you’d usually pay.

Then came last...

Fallout from Ashley Madison hack leaves West Virginia ‘Montani Semper Fidelis’

Finally, West Virginia has been ranked last in the nation in a category that makes the state look relatively good.

A survey of individuals and addresses made public last week after the recent hacking of the infidelity-themed Ashley Madison...

Innerviews: South Africa native gets her kicks coaching soccer
Innerviews: South Africa native gets her kicks coaching soccer

Imagine, at age 13, you find yourself seated beside a world-famous figure at a luncheon. Say that famous person is Nelson Mandela. Tongue-tied? Not Nicolette “Nicky” Bell. The formidable lunch companion charmed her instantly. That...

Counter Intelligence: A pepperoni roll primer
Counter Intelligence: A pepperoni roll primer

Following the recent kerfuffle centered around our unofficial state food, I had a craving that I just couldn’t shake.

Considering that I’m not a native to...

Cindy Says: Take a hike

Just as September starts to bless us with foggy mornings and crisp afternoons, I imagine myself in a dewy forest surrounded by cool rocks, shaded greenery and paths laden with a cushion of summer foliage.

It’s what we come to count on...

Smell the Coffee: Nibbled to death by ducks

About 20 feet from where I sat down on my deck to write, a pair of ducks was chowing down on bird seed scattered on the ground. Watching them eat, I thought about that mallard-related description, “being nibbled to death by ducks,” and...

The Silver Linings Raybook: Starting a book club
The Silver Linings Raybook: Starting a book club

I’ve been writing this column for eight months now, and I’ve long since surpassed my goal of reading 60 books — by 38 books, but you have yet to crack one.

I get it. I totally do. When you read all day at work, the last...

Live Life Fully: Do You Take Too Long to Make Important Decisions?

“It’s your decision.” Few words can bring about such power and such fear.

For a big part of my life, I weighed every decision very carefully. Then I learned it’s often better to get into action than to ponder things...

The Food Guy: Duck, duck, gone? Best brunch dish in town disappears
The Food Guy: Duck, duck, gone? Best brunch dish in town disappears

Yo, Black Sheep! Bring back the smoked duck!

After naming my favorite local restaurants and dishes earlier this month, several readers called in to let me know they’ve been using my top 10 list as their own culinary bucket list,...

Vines & Vittles: Red wine, red meat balance each other out
Vines & Vittles: Red wine, red meat balance each other out

Vegans and vegetarians take note and be forewarned: I am an unabashed carnivore!

Please understand that while I love veggies, fruit, grains and just about everything edible, produced or grown on terra firma, I have a special fondness for seared,...

Garden Guru: A trip to the state fair
Garden Guru: A trip to the state fair

One of my favorite things to do is to visit the state fair. One of the great things about my job is that I get to do it for work. This past week I had the privilege of once again heading to Lewisburg for the State Fair of West Virginia.

My...

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