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“Julie & Julia”… and Grandma Betty

Several years ago, I went out on a “Girl’s Night” with my 93-year-old grandmother, Betty. It was a simple plan. I’d pick her up, take her out for an early dinner, and then we’d catch the 7 p.m. showing of the movie, “Julie & Julia. 

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is one of the best holidays around. Yes, I said Friendsgiving, not Thanksgiving. A day of indulging in your favorite foods and beverages with some of your favorite people.

Thanksgiving Traditions: Yam Apple Dish

Looking for a new addition to your Thanksgiving table? Try this Yam Apple recipe for a flavorful dish perfect for fall.

Pumpkin Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that takes a little bit of elbow grease but is in fact insanely easy. It’s also a true crowd-pleaser and a guest-impresser!

Thanksgiving Traditions: Turkey Stuffing

While the temperature is getting cold outside this time of year, the kitchen should just be heating up. It’s a busy time with Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas hams and all sorts of desserts in-between.

Home Chef

I think that we can all agree that sometimes life gets crazy and even finding the time to put dinner on the table feels overwhelming. You know the feeling - after a long day at work, hours in traffic and a half-hearted attempt at “sweating it out” at the gym, the last thing you want to worry about is figuring out what to eat.

Za’atar Chicken Dinner

Some nights call for takeout and some nights call for a little something special. With the season change comes the daylight change. Sometimes on a chilly, dark Tuesday night, it’s nice to make something that’s warm and luscious, yet herbaceous and bright all at once. This chicken is spatchcocked, or de-backboned, for a quick cook.

A Pumpkin Soup to Fall For

With no empirical evidence to back up my theory, I’d say that fall is the most beloved of all seasons. It’s magical briskness has a way of charming even the most prudent cold weather hater – it’s certainly the most romantic of the seasons.

An Everyday Leg of Lamb

I think that when a lot of people think of lamb, they think of celebrations, the holidays, etc. It is my opinion that lamb shouldn’t be something reserved for a special occasion. It is a marvelous meat with a grassy flavor.

A Cake for All Occasions of Indulgence

Dessert is an exceptionally important part of life. It gives you a way to indulge once in a while and this cake really does the trick. It’s a mix of two of my favorite desserts, tarte tatin and sour cream cake. Where a more traditional tarte tatin would have you caramelize your fruit and cover it with a layer of puff pastry, I’ve found that covering the fruit in this sour cream cake produces a great lemony tang to balance the ubiquitous sweetness of the fruit.

Figs Two Ways

The last few weeks of summer are so precious; you want to take it all in. Get in that last lake swim, one final camping trip, and probably one more al fresco dinner party - the kind that lasts from late afternoon to well past sunset, consists of multiple bottles of wine and lots of things to nibble on.

Werowocomoco unveils new loyalty program, specials

Just in time for harvest season in Geyserville, we’re excited to announce a variety of new programs and specials at Werowocomoco, the new restaurant located at Virginia Dare Winery. Check out the details below!

Chicken Soup for a Summer Cold

Summer colds are the absolute worst. They come on quick and force you to spend precious summer daylight under the covers, binging on shows you’ve seen one hundred times.

Hand Pies

I’m a big believer that all summer adventures should include dessert. There are certain desserts that just seem to make sense in summer and not at any other time of the year. Desserts that pair well with salty hair and sun-kissed skin.

Mom’s Pesto

Pesto – one of the tastiest, easiest, most versatile ways to spice up just about anything. First of all, it’s bright green. Second of all, it tastes like cheese and basil, which are arguably two of the best things in life.

Patatas and Pulpo

I like to think that through food and wine you can be wherever you want to be whenever you want to be there. As we move through life, lots of things change, responsibilities get greater and you can’t always jet off to your favorite place in the world on a moment’s notice.

Bodellicious Bites: The Art of Pizza Making

Pizza has always held a special place in my heart. I earned my chops in the art of pizza making at a wonderful wood-fired pizza restaurant outside of Philadelphia in my teens. 

A Celebratory Barbecue

July 4th weekend is a great time to gather your friends and family and celebrate our great nation. It’s also a great time to gather your friends and family and have a reason to celebrate life in general. We took the opportunity here to gather and enjoy each other’s company for lunch on a sunny Thursday to give you some fun ideas for a July 4th barbecue.

Lamb Burgers

If there’s one thing that's for  certain – it’s that summer is time for burgers. On the grill or in cast iron. On a picnic table or for a living room picnic. There’s really no wrong way to eat a burger in the summer. And it seems like they are everywhere. So sometimes it’s nice to take a break from beef or turkey or even veggie and try something a little different.

Chowdah & Nostalgia

There’s something about summer that makes me crave Clam Chowder. It feels completely counter-intuitive – a hot, creamy soup on a hot day? But you know what?  It works. It smells like ocean, and tastes like the sea breeze. It allows you to be on a wharf even when you might be stuck inside an office all day or unable to make it to a body of water on a sweltering day. My suggestion? Whip up a batch of this, turn the groovy tunes up and pour yourself some Chardonnay.

In Pursuit of Passion – Sarah Pike of Tops’l Farm

Sarah Pike is the kind of woman who seems like a long-lost friend, even when you’ve never met, even over email. Her can-do attitude, cheerful enthusiasm, and refreshing humility further endear her to friends, family, and new acquaintances alike.

Antipasti for a Crowd

So…all of a sudden your best friend called her boyfriend who called his buddies and now you’ve got about 15 people arriving to your small backyard in just under two hours. There will be plenty of wine, of course, but you want to make sure that your hostess skills are on point. Although tradition might say that it’s not in the best taste to invite friends to a friend’s house without notice, we say the more the merrier. 

Bodellicious Bites: Crab Risotto

As a chef and a fisherman, there are few times of the year that get me as excited as Dungeness crab season. Crab is one of my favorite sea creatures to fish for and to eat. As a fisherman, there is nothing quite like the anticipation of pulling up a crab trap from the ocean bottom, calculating how heavy it feels as you retrieve the line, and swinging the trap over the gunwale of your boat to finally come face to face with your catch.

Welcome to 'a tavola'

Meaning “to the table,” a tavola is a casual dining experience inspired by Francis Coppola’s favorite way of enjoying a meal. Like eating at your family’s home, there are no menus.