Winter entertaining ideas

Winter entertaining need not end once Christmas and New Year’s Day have come and gone. Getting together with friends and family is still possible even if the weather outside is frightful. When Mother Nature takes a chilly turn, those who don’t want the party can consider the following entertaining ideas. • Indulge in sweet treats. … Read more

How to uncork bubbly safely

Special occasions like birthdays, holidays, and of course, New Year’s Eve, are often enhanced by the inclusion of sparkling beverages. Sipping a chilled glass of bubbly can make everything feel more festive and indulgent. However, those bottles of champagne, cava or prosecco can pack quite a punch — and not just because of their alcohol … Read more

Slow cooking comfort in the kitchen

Craving comforting, convenient meals for those still-cold early spring nights? When your schedule is particularly perplexing, and your days tedious and tiring, using a slow cooker is a marvelous method of preparing warm, welcoming meals. “Setting and forgetting,” the hallmark of slow cooker capability, slowly melds ingredients into delectable dishes that will be ready to … Read more

Soup’s on!

Nothing says comfort food like a bowl of steaming soup on a blustery fall day. Think beyond the canned variety to discover tasty and nutritious alternatives. Although soup is still a lunchtime American standard, it can also make for a delicious dinner when paired with a salad and thick slices of artisan bread.     If … Read more

A kombucha comeback: An age old beverage is on trend

Kombucha is a new buzzword in the tea scene, but many wonder what it is and what makes it so popular. According to the American Nutrition Association, kombucha tea “is a sweet-sour, fermented, acidic, slightly carbonated beverage.” “If you have never tried kombucha before, I would describe it as effervescent, tart and slightly sweet,” explains … Read more

Let’s do the twist! Delicious new takes on some old holiday favorites

The holidays are a time for festive gatherings and culinary traditions. While folks may love old seasonal favorites, some may be looking to add a new twist to this year’s menu. For helpful tips on how to kick up this year’s holiday classics, Ann Cheney, store manager for Walter Stewart’s Market and John Robinson, manager … Read more

Specialty markets help complete your holiday shopping list

Over the last couple of decades, our palates have broadened to incorporate a variety of cuisines. Home cooks are experimenting with more unusual spices, trying new ethnic recipes, and becoming more creative in the kitchen. This holiday season, if you want to try something a little out of your comfort zone, whether it’s an international … Read more