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Spiced Cranberry Curd Tart Recipe

That eye-popping crimson color. That silky sweet-tart cranberry curd with just a hint of classic holiday spices. And last, but certainly not least, that delicate crunch of a blissfully buttery pistachio crust. Wow your family, your guests—or, hey, even just…

Next-Level Holiday Side Dishes

Photos by Jenna McKenney While very much beloved, those old faithful side dishes can often get the short end of the stick in terms of our creativity. As we prepare to gather around the table with friends or family this…

Main Street Morsels in Downtown Suffolk

You stroll past a rustic-chic restaurant whose founder cooked at the legendary James Beard House. Turn the corner, there’s a sushi bar whose chef-owner trained under Iron Chef Morimoto. Take several steps down the street, and chili-spiked watermelon and pineapple…

Requiem for a Foodie Friend: Jane Gardner

I’d love to be meeting Jane Gardner for lunch today. Alas, the extraordinary woman Coastal Virginia knew as an award-winning reporter and trailblazing female anchor (at a time when that gender-descriptor was requisite), died on July 11. That’s how I…

Apple Fritters Recipe for the Fall

Photos by Kathy Keeney | Recipe by Jacqui Renager European and early versions of apple fritters in the U.S. often called for whole apple slices dipped in batter and lightly fried. The all-American staple people have come to know and…

Summer in a Mason Jar Tomato Jam Recipe

Photos by Kathy Keeney | Recipe by Jacqui Renager As backyard gardens begin overflowing with sun-ripened beefsteaks and Coastal Virginia farm stands are boasting a rainbow crop of heirlooms and old favorites, tomatoes rightfully take center stage on summer plates.…

Battle of the Burgers: 19 Burgers Paired with Craft Beers

Melting Hearts: Last year's People's Choice (Southside), Bay Local's Fondue Burger Photo by David Uhrin A burger is more than just a burger. A burger is an idea. And a simple one at that. It’s the execution and the all-important…

10 New Restaurants to Try in Coastal Virginia

Coastal Virginia is a place flourishing with flavor, thanks in part to some exceptional eateries that opened recently. From a raw bar and tiki bar to a gem for gluten-free fare, a waterside watering hole with views aplenty and that…

3 Great Holiday Baking Recipes

While I love spending time in the kitchen crafting creative, garden-to-table meals, I have a special passion for baking. Like most beginners, I started out “by the book.” But over the years, I started tweaking and adjusting my own recipes to bring…

Meal Planning with Food Sensitivities

Photos by Ashlee Glen Sometimes it feels like we live in a time of almost total food-confusion. Science keeps changing its mind about what is healthy—and what was good for you last year might very well kill you now. New…

A Parent’s Guide to Meal-Prepping

Five p.m. found me dashing from my home-office to the car, fumbling with the ignition switch as I told Google to call my 12-year-old son and glanced at the rearview mirror in hopes that, please Lord, I hadn’t (yet again)…

Restaurant Offerings to Taste at CoVa Best Of Party

Most would agree that there are three major elements required to host a fabulous party. A stunning venue? Check. Music made for dancing? Check. Mouthwatering cuisine? Oh, yeah. Plus, you’ll be in good company—the best company, in fact. You’re invited…

Coastal Cattle: Local Beef in Virginia Beach

In 2014, Reagan Vaughan decided to raise a show steer and compete in the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. The wiry 12-year-old had grown up on a working 400-acre farm and was no stranger to animals—she’d frequented the…

The Perfect Plate: Food Presentation Tips

Photography by Ashlee Glen One of the best parts about going out to a nice restaurant—aside from the fact that you just get to sit there and relax while your meal is prepared—is the way the dish looks when it…

Battle of the Burgers: 24 Burgers Paired with Craft Beers

2018 CoVa Battle of the Burgers Champ Repeal Bourbon and Burgers. Photo by David Uhrin When you consider the standard components that make up a burger, individually, they’re not that riveting. A patty. Cheese. Lettuce. Tomato. Condiments. Two buns. But…

S’mores Amore Makes Delicious Desserts at Selden Market

When would a person ever spend $20 on s’mores? When the s’mores are compiled of a buttery graham cracker cookie crust, followed by a homemade brownie or blondie, topped with a made-from-scratch marshmallow and toasted right on the spot—that’s when.…

Amber Ox Takes Top Prize at Williamsburg Chefs Auction

Photos by Ilsy Serrano His idea came to a head with cauliflower. When Chef Troy Buckley was deciding on a dish that would wow the guests at March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, you might expect he would first ponder his…

12 New Restaurants to Try in Coastal Virginia

What an exciting time to dine in Coastal Virginia. Throughout 2018 we’ve witnessed and experienced some truly remarkable restaurants joining the local cuisine scene—from a permanent place to stuff your face with those pillowy soft Belgian waffles to a cozy…

Shake Up Your Recipes by Cooking with Bourbon

According to the Virginia Distillers Association, Virginia became the birthplace of American Spirits when colonist George Thorpe distilled the first batch of whiskey made from corn in 1620. This first batch became the ancestor of all corn-made moonshine and bourbon.…