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  • Thursday February 09th, 2017
    This crepe-style manicotti dish features tender thin pancakes rolled around a rich and creamy veal ragù, layered with tomato sauce, and baked until bubbling and browned. Why It Works: Béchamel makes a creamier, richer, and silkier sauce than the ricotta cheese called for by a lot of other recipes. Also crepes made with milk instead of water have a better, more well rounded flavor. And ...
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  • Wednesday February 01st, 2017
    Chicken scarpariello, the Italian-American dish of chicken braised with sausage and peppers in a sweet-and-sour sauce, is one of those perfect Tuesday-night meals. It’s punchy, it’s not for the timid, but it’s ultimately very easy to make, requiring just a single sauté pan or Dutch oven, about 25 minutes on the stovetop, and a half hour in the oven. Intensely browning chicken thighs produces flavor for ...
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  • Wednesday February 01st, 2017
    Stratford Hall lies at the heart of eastern Virginia’s prime overwintering habitat for Tundra Swans, Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads, and other waterfowl visitors. Some fly thousands of miles each fall from the shores of the Arctic Ocean, while others make their way from North America’s Prairie Pothole region to the Northern Neck’s sheltering rivers, creeks, and ponds. This illustrated presentation will provide identification tips and natural ...
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  • Wednesday February 01st, 2017
    Love is always in the air in Virginia! With more than 250 wineries, historic inns, award-winning cuisine and a famous tourism slogan built around love, it’s hard not to be seduced. Virginia’s romance travel packages are perfect getaways for people looking to woo their sweetie, reconnect with their soul mate or even tie the knot. https://www.virginia.org/romancepackages
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  • Wednesday February 01st, 2017
    I have a lot of guilty pleasures, but one I’ve been indulging often recently has been Irish coffee. It doesn’t have the perfect balance of a Daiquiri, or the complexity and depth of an Old Fashioned, but it has three things I love—coffee, booze, and whipped cream—and the combination works well enough to be deeply enjoyable on a cold night after a big meal. A ...
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  • Wednesday January 25th, 2017
    Are you looking for a wonderful outdoor activity with your children and grandchildren during the cold winter days? On Saturday, January 28, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at Belle Isle State Park led by Jeff Wright and Frank Schaff. There will be several loaner binoculars available. Meet at the horse parking lot at 9:00am. Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster ...
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  • Wednesday January 25th, 2017
    I’m not sure whether it’s the beginning of tax season or the gray days we’ve been having lately, but many people I know have been a bit down. In line at the grocery store, I hear families dreaming up sunny vacations and faraway weekend plans. But for the rest of the week, for the slog that February can feel like, I have a small solution: ...
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