Organic All American Apple Pie

Place flour in a food processor with cutting metal blade, add butter and shortening, slowly pulse your processor to cut up butter and shortening. Add two tablespoon of water at a time and pulse a few more times. After four tablespoons of water, check to see if the flour holds together. The dough should look crumbly if it does not…

Color Your Style

The meaning behind different colors and how they affect mood and behavior is an often debated topic, particularly when it comes to decorating a home. Baylor Anne Bone and Gail C. Hancock, the award-winning design duo behind Baylor Bone Interiors, believe color choice should be based on your personality and lifestyle, not the psychology behind a particular palette.

Holiday Wine Pairings

“Rich, full-bodied whites like Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Rhône White Blends pair delightfully with many of the dishes found on the Thanksgiving table. For example, pumpkin soup or butternut squash with brown butter and sage is a delicious match for a richly textured Chardonnay. The warmer spices of autumn, like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, are complementary to this style of…

Shining A Light On Roanoke’s Restaurant Scene

The Star City of the South shines like a beacon in the culinary world, beckoning you to head out for another dining experience—some unique, some not so much—but each with its own attraction. What makes the list of Roanoke natives' favorite restaurants so interesting is that it’s a veritable cornucopia of restaurants, featuring fare from simple to gourmet, the mundane…

What’s Brewing?

Discovering the art of tea

In Their Shoes

Sometime in 1607, Christopher Jones and several business partners purchased the ship Mayflower. It was purchased to make several voyages to France, Spain and Germany to pick up cargo: fish, lumber, tar, wine from France and more. The Mayflower could freight up to 180 tons of cargo. Many voyages to other countries, in turn, proved the ship’s stability; by May…

Farm-To-Table Delivery

There are very few trucks that can claim that title of "beast" but this is definitely one of them. The 2017 Ford Raptor now offers a 3.5L twin turbo V-6 motor, putting out 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 time is estimated at the low 5 second range. For a truck weighing close to 6,000 pounds, that…

The Virginia Room

Are you looking for information about your family’s genealogy? An old building in Roanoke? The Civil War? Victory Stadium? Or even famed horse Secretariat? The Virginia Room at the Roanoke’s Main Library has your answers. Located on the second floor, the Virginia Room is Roanoke Public Library’s research and archives library. It is home to drawers of maps, more than…

Ale-8-One

Made in Winchester, Kentucky, Ale-8-One recently made its debut in Roanoke—and other Virginia cities—at various Kroger stores. Developed during Prohibition, the popular 91-year-old Southern craft soda is often considered bourbon’s original mixer. Its real ginger and smooth citrus flavor profile makes it an ideal mixer for a variety of spirits—perfect for entertaining! The company still uses a handwritten secret formula,…

Oregon’s Sea Sentinels

The simple joy of taking a morning walk on a sandy beach is reason enough for me to hop in the car and head to the Oregon Coast. For those who require a more structured reason to visit Oregon’s bountiful coastline, consider taking a trip to see Oregon’s original lighthouses. These coastal workhorses—still providing light and safety to sea travelers…