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Toast the New Year with Simple Party Bites

Christmas is nearly over, but the New Years parties aren’t far away

Toast the New Year with Simple Party Bites

Christmas 2014 will be but a fond memory some 48 hours from now, but don’t pack away your party shoes just yet. New Year’s Eve is just one week from today, bringing with it another round of cocktail parties.

And if you’re...

Food Guy: Can different music ‘change’ the taste of wine?

Did you catch the “news” (imagine me air-quoting this) last week where researchers in Australia discovered that the color coffee cup you use may affect the perceived taste of the java inside it?

According to the study, tasters...

Food Guy: Popcorn popping up in unlikely places
Food Guy: Popcorn popping up in unlikely places

So it appears that popcorn may be having “a moment.”

First, I started seeing it pop up at some pretty nice restaurants across the country, both as a savory appetizer (maybe with fresh rosemary and garlic) to start the meal or as a...

Food Guy: Best Dressed Dish at the Table

Just as I believe those who sip a glass of Champagne only one night a year (to ring in the new year) are really missing out, folks who practice the same restraint for dressing or stuffing are doing their taste buds a disservice.

That savory mix...

Food Guy: 10 turkey day tips
Food Guy: 10 turkey day tips

There’s been a lot of chatter the past few weeks from folks worrying about what traditional or new-and-unusual dishes they plan to prepare for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day feast.

By now your menu should be set, making the real...

Food Guy: Shake up your Thanksgiving sides, but don’t touch that turkey

A new survey by the McCormick spice company confirms what I’ve been hearing for years. When it comes to Thanksgiving, many people like to occasionally shake up their side dishes and desserts.

But don’t you dare touch that turkey....

Food Guy: No need to stew over colder weather

As we walked to the bus stop on a super-chilly morning last week, I started complaining about how cold it was already getting even though winter was still more than a month away.

But my 9-year-old would hear nothing of it. He nipped that...

Little Cocina’s ‘Tapas & Tequila’ night hints at things to come

I had the delicious pleasure of attending a special “Tapas & Tequila” night at Little Mi Cocina on the East End this past weekend that not only offered some fantastic new Mexican dishes, but also a preview of more to come.

You may...

FOOD GUY: Apple orchard visit thrilled us to the core

A few weeks ago we spent a gorgeous fall weekend at a cozy farmhouse in Greenbrier County, hiking along the creek, playing out in the fields, snuggling around the fireplace at night, enjoying a hearty farm-cooked breakfast in the morning.

But as ...

FOOD GUY: Tailgaters hope for the best, prepare for the wurst
FOOD GUY: Tailgaters hope for the best, prepare for the wurst

German goodies, Bloody Mary bar great

for game-day parties

Food Guy: Gourmet dinner raising funds for state artisans
Food Guy: Gourmet dinner raising funds for state artisans

For a good time — not to mention great food and a worthy cause — make plans to attend an upcoming gourmet fundraising dinner hosted by the Tamarack Artisans Foundation.

As part of the group’s “Crafted: A West Virginia ...

FOOD GUY: New ‘smart pan’ connects cookware with your smartphone
FOOD GUY: New ‘smart pan’ connects cookware with your smartphone

I receive so many bizarre PR pitches for the latest and greatest food product or cooking gadget that most are tossed in the ol’ recycle bin after little more than a quick glance.

But once in a while, there’s one that really does...

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