St. Patrick’s Day will soon be upon us and I wanted to get a head start in planning my menu for the day. My family has no connection to Ireland, but we’ve celebrated that country’s patron saint for as long as I can remember.

Pretzels are long strips of dough that are twisted into a loop, boiled in soda water and baked. The origin of pretzels is hazy. One legend says pretzels were invented by an Italian monk in 610 A.D. to reward children who learned their prayers. Another account says pretzels were invented in a…

I made a trip to northern West Virginia over the holidays. I had a great time visiting with friends and enjoying holiday events at the Museum of Ceramics and the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame in East Liverpool, Ohio; the Steubenville Nutcracker Village in Steubenville, Ohio; and t…

I have always enjoyed reading books that mention food. One of my first Gazette columns featured the Rex Stout novel “Too Many Cooks,” a Nero Wolfe mystery that takes place at The Kanawha Spa, which is easily recognized as The Greenbrier. Stout, one of America’s great mystery writers, created…

Georgia is known as the pecan state, but pecan trees grow in West Virginia, too. My father-in-law grew pecan trees on his city lot in Weirton. It was always a treat when he shared his bounty with us, especially during this time of year with holidays fast approaching.

The origin of leeks is uncertain. They were grown and used for more than 3,000 years in Asia and Europe. Dried leeks have been found on ancient Egyptian archaeological sites. Wall carvings indicate the leek was an important part of the Egyptian diet.

It is crucial to begin the day with a good breakfast. Each night as you sleep, the body repairs itself. This repair process uses up the body’s store of amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients. We wake up depleted and, unless we replenish lost nutrients, we are not able to ca…

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…