Bountiful sweet treats

Laureen Unger holds a plate of her gluten-free granola bars inside Laureen's Bakery and Cafe in Edinburg.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 16th, 2014

EDINBURG — One local treat could change everything you thought you knew about granola bars.

Hoppy holidays

Tim Arndt drinks a barrel-aged kilt  clasher. Courtesy photo

December 16th, 2014

Searching for a beer to match the Christmas cheer?

Holiday cookies: Recipe for gold bars

December 16th, 2014

So how do you eat a Twix bar? Do you use your teeth to scrape all of the chocolate-caramel topping off, then go back and eat the naked crunchy cookie? Do you nibble first some chocolate-caramel, then some cookie, then back to chocolate-caramel, and so on? Or do you wholesale devour it, cookie, caramel and chocolate all at once?

Holiday cookies: Recipe for crackle bark

December 16th, 2014

You may not lay a finger on anyone’s Butterfinger, but you will want to grab a plateful of this Butterfinger-inspired holiday bark. Like the candy bar, this sweet treat is jammed with peanut butter, has a satisfyingly crunchy-flaky bite and — of course — sports plenty of chocolate. But to keep your enamel intact, we made it slightly less sweet and a little more grown up.

Seasonal pastry delights

Rachel Boyer, 30,  pastry chef at Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes, adds red icing to a cookie to make a peppermint design. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 9th, 2014

WOODSTOCK — If you’ve ever eaten any of the delicious desserts at the Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes, chances are they were the handiwork of Rachel Boyer.

Recipe of the Week: Pumpkin Purée Tart

Cody Fitchett

November 25th, 2014

Are you dreading going to Thanksgiving dinner and having to eat the same pumpkin pie that you eat every year? I have a fresh new way to use pumpkin that people will talk about long after Thanksgiving is over.

Junior chef on next episode

Abby Major

November 12th, 2014

In an episode that opened with the three celebrity judges getting drenched in maple syrup, Winchester junior chef Abby Major

Where the foodies hang out

James Beard award-winning chef, Victor Albisu talks during his cooking segment at the Metro DC Cooking Show on Saturday. Courtesy photo by Cody Fitchett

November 11th, 2014

The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show is all about food and the chefs who are cooking it. This year’s ninth

Thanksgiving Day food costs decrease

November 6th, 2014

According to a price survey by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of Thanksgiving dinner will be $3.56 less than last year.

Recipe of the Week: Strawberries & Cream Tart

October 28th, 2014

This recipe is one that I’ll never forget. This was one of the four recipes that have changed my life forever. I made this tart at the Virginia Skills USA state baking competition back in April of this year. I finished first in the baking category and was honored to represent Virginia in the 50th national skills USA competition.