Tag: cooking

grilling

Cook meat to proper temperatures to prevent foodborne illness

Whenever you’re grilling—outdoors or inside—it’s critical to cook meat to the proper temperature.


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Leanne Ely: I’m a spice girl

Cooking with herbs and spices make all the difference in the world to the end product, your meal.


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Dinner Diva: How not to overcook meat

Cooking meat can be tricky. You want to cook it long enough so that it’s safe to consume, but not so long that it becomes tough and unappetizing.


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Winter months are leading home fire months

Cooking, heating, holiday decorations and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months.


Dinner Diva: Seven reasons you should be using coconut oil

I’m never without a great big jar of coconut oil. I use this magical, versatile, and healthful substance in everything from baked goods and stir fries to smoothies and coffee.


UVA overcomes exam break rust in win over tough Cleveland State squad

Sixth-ranked UVA missed 11 of its first 17 shots from the field and had just 16 points up on the scoreboard 14 minutes in. The defense apparently didn’t take an exam break.


Press Conference: UVA basketball coach Tony Bennett

UVA basketball coach Tony Bennett talks with reporters after the fifth-ranked ‘Hoos (10-0) defeated Cleveland State, 70-54, on Thursday.


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Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving in the Kitchen

Jessica and I have compiled a list of tips for a happier day in the kitchen. This list comes from owr own Thanksgiving day cooking experiences as well as some friends, moms and grandmas.


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New cooking classes at the Staunton YMCA

Starting November 4th, Chef Camille’s Cooking Academy will offer classes every Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Staunton YMCA.


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Waynesboro teen completes The Original NOLS Course

Daniel Brooks, 17, of Waynesboro, Va., recently completed a wilderness expedition traveling in the Rocky Mountains with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).


Halloween

October is Virginia Pumpkin Month

Everywhere you turn, pumpkin is on the menu—pumpkin coffees, pumpkin ales, pumpkin breads and more. Last year, Americans spent more than $300 million on pumpkin-flavored products, according to market research from Nielsen.


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Douthat State Park Apple Day and Arts and Crafts Fair set for Oct. 11

Fall has arrived so why not come out to Douthat State Park to kick-off the season at Apple Day: A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beach complex.


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September is Food Safety Month

September is Food Safety Month and a great time to remind consumers that most foodborne illnesses are caused by foods prepared in the home.


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Ways to celebrate Virginia Honey Month

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services asks, “What better time to celebrate one of nature’s simplest pleasures – honey – than during September, Virginia Honey Month?”


Pack back to school lunches with food safety in mind

Summer’s coming to an end and Virginia students are getting ready to go back to school. Most parents think about packing a delicious and nutritious lunch for their child, but are they also thinking about its safety?


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Another charge in Waynesboro drug ring case

The ongoing drug investigation into an illicit manufacturing operation in Waynesboro has netted another charge for one of the participants.


Dinner Diva: Grow your own stir fry from kitchen scraps

The next time you toss your kitchen scraps, you might want to ask yourself if you can regrow them first!


Downtown Staunton churches collaborate for Helping Hands Day Camp

From August 11-15, 2014, four Downtown Staunton churches are collaborating on the second annual Helping Hands Day Camp for 60 children from Staunton, Waynesboro, Richmond, and Augusta, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties.


Dinner Diva: Get back to your roots … A Root Vegetable Primer

Root vegetables are easy to grow and offer so much nutritionally (and deliciously, too!) I thought I’d put together a little primer for you to get all you can from root vegetables including how easy they are to grow and how to prepare them!


Staunton Senior Center Open House Fun Time

There were over a dozen new faces at Staunton Senior Center for its open house.


Earth Talk: Top U.S. eco-travel destinations

Where are some good eco-travel destinations right here in the continental U.S. that I can consider for a family vacation?


Skyland Resort, Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park offer summer activities

Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park are ready to welcome families this summer with an activity rich experience.


Dinner Diva: 7 Time-Saving Dinner Shortcuts

Regardless of how you feel about cooking dinner, nobody wants to be a slave to the kitchen. We are all so busy these days that we need as many shortcuts as we can possibly find for getting a good home-cooked meal on the table with the minimum amount of stress!


Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Spicy Fruit Salsa (and a side of nostalgia)

After a long week on an island, in the Florida sun I was in the mood for something from the grill and that tastes beachy. I am not quite ready to be done with my vacation. So I adapted a balsamic chicken recipe I’ve been making for a while, adding a little heat and some Georgia peaches as well.


Tips for staying safe this Fourth of July weekend

We have a special weekend coming up in the USA. The Fourth of July is a great reason to get out the grill and invite family, friends and neighbors for a picnic. Just be careful you don’t invite an unwanted guest: foodborne illness.


Dinner Diva: Can vegetarians and Paleoistas co-exist in one cave?

When you make the decision to go Paleo, it could get complicated, especially if you have a vegetarian in your cave to feed.


Skyland Resort, Big Meadows Lodge offer mid-week military discount

Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park are proud to welcome military personnel and their families during the summer season with a special 20% mid-week lodging discount as a thank you for their outstanding courage and dedication to our country.


Dinner Diva: Cheap, tasty & fast! (my favorite protein+easy recipes!)

Chicken breasts are a great starting point for a delicious and healthy meal. They’re a very lean source of protein and an excellent item to serve to your family on a regular basis.


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Obamacare: Getting the job done for millions of Americans

The positive impact of Obamacare cannot be disputed. Millions of Americans are now eligible to enroll in health plans and receive health benefits. The impact is immeasurable.


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When grilling or dining al fresco, remember basic food safety

While you’re grilling a Virginia beef burger or picnicking with farm-fresh produce, be sure to celebrate Memorial Day and other summer events safely.


Wanted man arrested in Waynesboro after foot chase

The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a Ruckersville man on multiple charges after a brief foot chase Thursday evening that ended near the Salvation Army.


Getting fresh produce at farmers’ markets is a SNAP

There are more than 240 farmers’ markets in Virginia, and now more consumers than ever can shop at them as the U.S. Department of Agriculture expands the mobility of its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


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Emeritus at Staunton continues its fight against poor nutrition for seniors

For the second year in row, Emeritus at Staunton is seeking to help combat senior malnutrition by joining in Emeritus’ nationwide effort to deliver more than 10,000 meals to seniors across America in the next 60 days in honor of National Food Month.


Dinner Diva: Time to get rid of the winter grime!

Winter is over, and the days are getting longer, y’all! And you know what that means? It’s just about time to get those gardens in, the patio furniture out, and to tackle that spring cleaning.


Dinner Diva: Budget-friendly crock pot meals

It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock pot is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons.


Gluten free cooking with Nickie Aldridge of Tree Streets Inn

On Feb. 25th, Nickie Aldridge, Innkeeper at Tree Streets Inn in Waynesboro, Va received honorable mention for her Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes at the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia’s Annual Conference Cooking Contest.


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Project GROWS announces 2014 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program

Project GROWS, a non-profit farm located in Augusta County, recently announced that it is offering the community another season of fresh, local produce through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program in 2014.


Alisher Dadabayev joins Augusta Health Pain Management

Alisher Dadabayev, MD, a pain management specialist, has joined the Augusta Health Pain Management Clinic in Fishersville. The practice is located in the Medical Office Building on the Augusta Health campus.


Dinner Diva: How to get the kids involved in freezer meal prep

My children were up at the counter helping me with age-appropriate tasks right from the time they were in diapers. I never had to worry that they wouldn’t know how to put a meal on the table when they were out on their own!


Dinner Diva: Get food on the table quick with a pressure cooker

Ever come across a recipe that you have all of the ingredients for, but you’re lacking in the hours of cooking time it requires? (This always happens in that precious hour you have before supper is due to be ready, doesn’t it?) Enter the pressure cooker.