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Let them eat cake

SHEPHERDSTOWN – English plum pudding. Italian panettone. Buche de Noel from France. All kinds of international desserts serve as Christmas traditions, but for many, it’s stollen made in Shepherdstown that takes the cake. Thanks to the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery, it’s easy to get a taste Old Germany right on German Street. Historians say stollen […]

Fresh milk, eggs make an eggnog to remember

For me, eggnog season can’t come soon enough. As soon as Halloween is packed away, I buy a quart of my favorite eggnog at the grocery store. I drink it little by little, spiked and not. I make eggnog cappuccinos in the morning and eggnog milkshakes at night. On the weekends, there is nothing like […]

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Entertaining family and friends often entails sitting down to a good meal. Hosts can have the meal catered, but many prefer to whip up a favorite recipe or try something new. While the entree often gets the bulk of the attention, hosts who want to go the extra mile can spend some extra time supplementing […]

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KEARNEYSVILLE – My granddaughter Kayla Welsh took “Scratching the Surface” as a 4-H project this year, and she’s been busy raising chickens from peeps to adult and eagerly awaiting the laying of eggs. As her adult advisers, both her dad and I have been amazed at the information available in her project book. One thing […]

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PACK  a Perfect Picnic

Food always seems to taste better when enjoyed outdoors. No matter the occasion or location, these packable, snackable recipes are foods fit for a fabulous picnic. Bean Salad Stuffed Shells are a simple, flavorful, portable appetizer. Jumbo shells filled with a can of 3 or 4 bean salad, herbs and cheese make great finger food. […]

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Cobbler’s a great way to enjoy Panhandle peaches

KEARNEYSVILLE – Yes, the apple reflects the diversity and melting-pot culture of early American life, but so does the peach. What’s better than a ripe peach, just picked? To me, the image of biting in and letting the succulent juice run down my chin is the perfect symbol of good ole summer time. I spoke […]

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Snacking often elicits mixed reviews. Some health plans say that it is important to eat several small meals or snacks during the day to keep metabolism rates in check. Other information states that snacks can be a person’s undoing, causing unnecessary weight gain — especially when snacking is frequent. These mixed feelings can be a […]

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Laying down the slaw

CHARLES TOWN -One of the first things I learned at Marshall University still sticks with me vividly more than a quarter-century later: I’d spent my life eating hot dogs all wrong. My “usual” – with mustard, onions and relish – provoked enormous eye-rolls from my newest friends as we lunched in the Holderby Hall cafeteria. […]

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Aunt Irene is back

CHARLES TOWN – More than a year after closing her Aunt Irene’s Sweets-n-Treats storefront in downtown Harpers Ferry, Michelle Foust is again indulging locals with her line of one-of-a-kind desserts. Foust brought her oversized cinnamon rolls, Golden Mile Munch, Poor Man’s Truffles, fudge and other homemade goodies to the Charles Town Farmer’s Market last week […]

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