Okra falls in the category of “most hated vegetables.” Okra pods are mucilaginous and produce a slimy mucilage, just like you find in aloe vera plants. Those with an aversion to okra may like to learn there are techniques for reducing sliminess. Some varieties of okra, like Asian Jing Orange…

“I’m going to try something that I’ve never made before,” were the words from Paul Smith, corporate chef for Buzz Food Service and culinary instructor at Capitol Market’s “Let’s Get Cooking” classes.

Remember a little ways back when Brussels sprouts were the subject of my column? I have always loved them, but at that time I thought I was alone in my fondness. Boy, was I wrong.

FAYETTEVILLE — Before artist Jamie Lester, along with friends Jeff and Sarah Edwards, first opened the doors to the building that would become The Freefolk Brewery in Fayetteville, they knew it needed some work.

If you grew up in Appalachia or almost anywhere in the South, you know there are plenty of people who can’t wait for the bean crop to start coming in. Here at The Purple Onion, we start getting calls in mid-May from customers who are checking to see if we’ve got their favorite half-runners. …

Several months ago, I reconnected by phone with a high school friend I haven’t seen in 50 years. As we were catching up on our lives through the past decades, he was surprised to learn that I wrote cooking columns for the Sunday Gazette-Mail and weekly Metro editions. He was also surprised t…

Funerals for Thursday, September 19, 2019

Amos, Carolyn - 3 p.m., Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen.

Crane, Margie - Noon, Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Davis, June - 3 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. 

Dempsey, Freda - 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Given, Wanda - 1 p.m., Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Riegler Sr., Russell - 2 p.m., WV Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Turner, Shelbie - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Williams, Ira - 1 p.m., Donel C. Kinnard State Veterans Cemetery, Institute.