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A few years ago I attended a food show with my friend and co-worker Jennifer Porter. The food shows we attended were huge, but there was always one ‘hot’ product—the ...
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Are You Ready for Some Football? How to Watch Playoff Games in Style

Set to tabletop height, the walnut butcher-block island offers a handsome perch for a tailgate buffet or a comfortable spot for casual dining alongside the fully stocked bar and wine ...
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Setting the Bar: Don’t be so Predictable

It’s 6:00 PM, circa 1960. You can set your watch to the sounds of ice dropping into crystal highball glasses and the fizz of seltzer water. Nobody has to be ...
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Table Setting 101

In medieval times, meals were served out of a communal pot placed on a table to which diners brought their own knife, spoon and a wooden board called a trencher ...
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Around Town

Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour is a fundraising event held on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke, Virginia. During its ...
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Comfort Food Goes Luxe

As the weather turns cooler, our minds turn to comfort foods: hot, cheesy, feel-good foods. When we think of comfort foods, it usually includes a smell, doesn’t it? Meat roasting, ...
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Getting Up and Down: Roanoke Valley’s Newest Private Golf Community is Out of the Rough

In 2008, with its grand opening still a year away, Ballyhack was set to become one of the East Coast’s premier private destination golf communities. Speculation ranged from how good ...
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If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!: Refreshing 'No-Cook' Summer Meals

During the hottest summer days, even toasting a slice of bread seems to make the kitchen hotter. During the dog days of summer, I do everything I can to avoid ...
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