Whether they're Galas, Granny Smiths, Yorks, Winesaps, or Ginger Golds, apples are one of Virginia's loveliest and most useful crops and were much enjoyed by the early colonists and pioneers as well as today's families. Crisp, sweet apples-- harvested in the chilly days of October, can be part of your celebrations in November and December.
An October Excursion to a Mountain Orchard
First, a Little History
Originally, strawberries were wild things. Their unique flavor and sweetness led to their cultivation. At Monticello, Thomas Jefferson grew Alpine Strawberries, a European import, among other varieties and shared the seeds with his friends. The plants were hardy and delicious, but the berries were tiny. Jefferson remarked that "100 would fill half a pint." Wild strawberries grew freely in abandoned fields and woods and were gathered by Indians and colonists alike.
This sizzling summer seems a fitting season to recall the almost forgotten story of John Lee Pratt and the Frigidaire, one of the first "mechanical" refrigerators.
In 1919 Mr. Pratt, a King George County boy who would become a multi-millionaire and owner of Chatham Manor, was a General Motors engineer.
That same year GM had produced the Frigidaire, one of the first mechanical refrigerators for home use. They were called "mechanical" because some were powered by electricity, others by gas.
Tea can be the centerpiece of a formal party or simply everyday hospitality among friends. Whether you prefer herbal, green, or black varieties, when you sip a cup of tea, you are joining a rich, historical tradition.
The days are bright, crisp, and brimming with the anticipation of a ripening spring. But as the sun sets, and the shivering night winds hurry families to their homes, a bowl of homemade soup will be a shared pleasure long remembered in years to come.
With the coming of artisan roasters in the last few decades, coffee has become more than just a "cuppa joe." People want to know more about the beverage they savor, flavor, or just plain swill. Read on for a bit of vocab, a touch of history, and a few recipes.
Not everyone can afford a gym membership or personal chef service, but choosing more whole grains along with other nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables, can make your life healthier at little to no extra cost.
There's a reason why bread machines have been such a hot gift item these past few years. Low-carb diets notwithstanding, there is something about the smell of a yeasty loaf baking in the kitchen, ready for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A slice of warm, fresh bread is the perfect accompaniment to a healthy soup and salad.