Lynchburg chef needs your vote to advance in national competition
LYNCHBURG, Va. – One chef from our area is in urgent need of your help. In her Lynchburg kitchen, chef Michelle Ayers is whipping up a recipe for success by participating in a national contest. “This competition has given us something fun to look forward to. She entered Favorite Chef 2021, an online competition with nearly 30,000 cooking professionals from across the county. AdWith more than two decades of experience, she opened Purple Door Gourmet Kitchen and Catering in Lynchburg in 2019.
Pandemic cooking trend sparks holiday gift ideas
Gourmet Pantry in Blacksburg sells a variety of kitchenware and food, some of which are locally made. Gharavi recommended using gadgets, other kitchenware, or even simple ingredients as your main gift or even stocking stuffers for the home-cook at any level. Gourmet Pantry also creates themed gift baskets. For example, a tea basket includes local honey, a teapot, gourmet tea and cookies. Winter farro salad and dressing recipe by Gourmet Pantry.
Central Virginia Community College gives Thanksgiving cooking crash course
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Without the big family gatherings this Thanksgiving, many people are cooking a holiday meal for the first time. Central Virginia Community College Culinary Arts’ program director, Chef Philomena Hughes, wants to help ease your first-time cook jitters with a few simple recipes. Add salt and pepper and toss to coat then roast in the oven at 350F for 8 minutes. Juice of fresh orangeIn a medium saucepan, add cranberries, water, sugar, spices and juice of an orange. Whisk the eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, melted butter, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl until combined.
These kitchen items from Amazon I actually use in my own kitchen
You can get them all on Amazon, and since it’s Prime Day, why not treat yourself to something special for your kitchen? Instant Pots are insanely popular, so if you already have one, you know just how versatile this kitchen appliance can be. It’s really great for steaming veggies, too. Really nice Dutch ovens can get really expensive, but this one on Amazon is a reasonable price, and it’s a great quality. Having both of these items in your kitchen will be great additions.
12 comfort foods you should totally make this month
This is the ultimate comfort food, right? Comfort foods are all about the casseroles (if you haven’t noticed, this is the third casserole on this list), and there is nothing better than this classic tuna noodle casserole. Subs are unequivocally considered comfort food, and the granddaddy of them all has to be a meatball sub. We haven’t had any breakfast foods featured yet, but there is no denying that breakfast is comfort food. Will you be making any of these comfort foods while enjoying the rest of 2020?
Pixar’s YouTube channel shares cooking tutorials inspired by its movies
“Cooking With Pixar” is a new series featured on the Pixar YouTube channel. Each video shows a step-by-step process for making easy recipes that kids of all ages can help out with. Cook alongside Forkey from “Toy Story 4” as you create a Pizza Planet pepperoni pizza with bell pepper rings. It’s important to note that Pixar’s cooking videos don’t include ingredient portions or measurements. So, if you aren’t comfortable cooking that way, it might be a good idea to keep a similar recipe handy to compare.
5 banana bread recipes we’re drooling over
No, it’s just not you -- it seems that everyone is making banana bread during quarantine, and if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. Banana bread is really more of a cake than a bread, but regardless, it’s the perfect thing to make if you’re wanting to dip your toes into the wonderful world of baking bread. Most bread recipes are generally the same, but we searched the internet high and low to find the easiest-looking banana bread recipes, so you can impress your friends and family with your new-found baking skills. This is another easy banana bread recipe. It combines two of the greatest breads that have ever existed: cinnamon swirl bread, and obviously, banana bread.
These pantry staples are cheap and will last you a long time
But there are some other grocery store items that you should take note of -- items that will help get you through this time of social distancing, lockdowns and self-quarantine. Make sure you have the following:PastaWe all know that a box of pasta (it doesn’t matter if it’s spaghetti or penne) is always pretty cheap at the grocery store, and its shelf life is pretty long, too. These are inexpensive, quite filling and have a pretty long shelf life. In addition to the nostalgia, jars of peanut butter are pretty cheap at the grocery store, it has a decent shelf life and it’s a fantastic source of protein. Three recipes you should make:Mushroom zucchini frittata from Taste of HomeCountry-style scrambled eggs from Taste of HomeAvocado toast with a sunny-side egg from Skinny Taste