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Food guy: City’s ultra-cool Celsius the new hot spot in town
Food guy: City’s ultra-cool Celsius the new hot spot in town

Some new restaurants open with great fanfare, yet it’s immediately clear they don’t have what it takes to survive. Whether poor service, off-putting ambiance or subpar food is the culprit, no amount of opening buzz can overcome...

Food guy: City’s ultra-cool Celsius the new hot spot in town
Food guy: City’s ultra-cool Celsius the new hot spot in town

Some new restaurants open with great fanfare, yet it’s immediately clear they don’t have what it takes to survive. Whether poor service, off-putting ambiance or subpar food is the culprit, no amount of opening buzz can overcome it....

Food Guy: Local salt is getting national love
Food Guy: Local salt is getting national love

By STEVEN KEITH

Local business J. Q. Dickinson Salt-Works receives a little love in the April issue of Esquire magazine, which features an article on how it’s OK to add a little more salt to your diet — as long as it’s the...

Fancy ramps? Gourmet farm feast one of many on the way
Fancy ramps? Gourmet farm feast one of many on the way

Ramp season is upon us, bringing a mess of down-home “ramp feeds” with it.

And while (smell aside) there’s nothing wrong with downing a plate a traditional fried potatoes and ramps at your local VFW, you do have a chance to...

Food Guy: Maybe you can’t beet pickled eggs after all
Food Guy: Maybe you can’t beet pickled eggs after all

By STEVEN KEITH

Daily Mail Food Guy

I’ve never really understood the appeal of pickled eggs.

Why would anyone voluntarily eat something that’s been sitting in a big jar out on a counter, unrefrigerated, for...

Food Guy: It’s time to try out a new noodle
Food Guy: It’s time to try out a new noodle

Proving there’s a month, week or day dedicated to just about anything, I recently heard March is National Noodle Month — leaving only days to mark the occasion.

Digging into a simple plate of spaghetti certainly qualifies, or you...

Food Guy: A healthy serving of receptions and cook-offs await
Food Guy: A healthy serving of receptions and cook-offs await

Although I’m a regular fixture on the reception and cook-off circuit, more on that below, I do actually eat at home most of the time.

Whereas many consider cooking a chore, I find it one of life’s greatest pleasures. It energizes...

Food Guy: Irish food much more than dud spuds
Food Guy: Irish food much more than dud spuds

Next week’s St. Patrick’s Day holiday got me thinking about a trip to Ireland I took with friends years ago. In the weeks leading up to the experience, I kept getting more and more excited — even with folks telling me over and...

Trip to winter market leads to a loaf of grandma’s bread
Trip to winter market leads to a loaf of grandma’s bread

Sadly, tragically, I wasn’t able to make it down to the Winter Blues Market at the Charleston Civic Center as part of last week’s West Virginia Small Farms Conference. But the friends, family and readers who did walked away with glowing...

Food Guy: Must-have pantry staples to help you weather the storm(s)
Food Guy: Must-have pantry staples to help you weather the storm(s)

Just when I think we’re about to escape the worst of Ol’ Man Winter this year — BAM! — we’re pounded by back-to-back snow dumps causing treacherous roads, power outages, school closings and apocalyptic chaos at local ...

Food Guy: Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cook-off returning; Muriale’s event a hit
Food Guy: Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cook-off returning; Muriale’s event a hit

If you missed last year’s inaugural Charleston Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cook-off, you’ll get another chance to sample creative interpretations of the ultimate comfort food when the second-annual event returns to Capitol Market 11 a.m....

Food Guy: West Virginia recipes featured in new cookbook
Food Guy: West Virginia recipes featured in new cookbook

So I’m a real published culinary author.

Not of my own cookbook, but of a few of my own recipes included in one — and alongside some pretty prestigious contributors, to boot.

Here’s the scoop ...

Back in 2012 I ...

Food Guy: Huntington gem Savannah’s well worth the drive
Food Guy: Huntington gem Savannah’s well worth the drive

If you’re looking for a great place to dine out but can’t get into some of your Restaurant Week favorites in Charleston this week — hey, it happened to me — then you should definitely consider a drive to Huntington for one...

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