In the Kitchen: How to make a Lebanese Fattoush Salad
Karmen George, owner of Halwa Bakery & Cafe in Blacksburg is back in the kitchen to show us how to make a Lebanese Fattoush salad, which pairs perfectly with barbeque or other grilled meats. George explains Fattoush is a fresh and bright salad made with seasonal vegetables and topped with the iconic fried pita bread instead of croutons.
This chocolate chip cookie recipe with browned butter will change your life
If you’re like me and you cook and bake a lot, sometimes a recipe comes along that is so good you just know you’ll be making it for the rest of your life. This is what happened when I made this chocolate chip cookie recipe for the first time.
Blue Ridge Bites: Spiced Date Cake from Halwa Bakery & Cafe
Just in time for fall, Karmen George, owner of Halwa Bakery & Cafe in Blacksburg is back in the kitchen to show us how to make a spiced date cake. It’s a delicious cake recipe that creates sweetness primarily through the dates, and not added sugar.
Blue Ridge Bites: Focaccia Bread Sandwich Loaf
Looking for a dinner recipe that’s good enough for company but doesn’t break the bank? Mary Rappaport with the Virginia Egg council has the perfect sandwich. Invite a few friends over to watch a movie or the ball game and casually whisk this sandwich up during the commercials.
Blue Ridge Bites: Perfect Summer Sandwiches
August is National Sandwich month! If you are looking for a new way to elevate your sandwich game, the Virginia Egg Council has some great recipes to try!Mary Rapaport, Consumer Affairs Director for the Virginia Egg Council joined WSLS in the outdoor kitchen to share three great sandwich recipes.
Blue Ridge Bites: No-bake Lotus Cheesecake from Halwa Bakery & Cafe
No oven? no problem! Karmen George, owner of Halwa Bakery & Cafe in Blacksburg created a deliciously perfect cheesecake inspired by her Mediterranean heritage that is no-bake, contains no egg, and has a hint of spice thanks to the Lotus Biscoff cookies.
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.
This is how you make the internet-famous whipped coffee
You might have seen people posting about making a whipped coffee at home, otherwise known by its proper name, Dalgona Coffee. Dalgona Coffee is a whipped coffee concoction floating on top of your specific choice of milk with ice. You mix together 2 tablespoons of instant coffee and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons of hot water. Mix the ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer or by hand until the mixture is whipped and fluffy. Pour in hot or cold milk -- whichever you like -- and top it with the whipped coffee mixture.
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
Want to bake bread but you’re nervous? These easy recipes are perfect for beginners
If you’ve ever watched a season of “The Great British Baking Show” and thought I’d be great to make a homemade load of sourdough bread, but the idea of making bread from scratch sounds daunting, then this article is for you.
5 easy, delicious treats you can make for your dog at home
There's no better feeling than when our four-legged friends do something good and we can reward them with a treat for that nice behavior -- but sometimes, those pre-packaged treats can be flavorless, stale, and who knows what's actually inside of them?