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Culinary Class

How to Shuck Oysters Like a Pro

In five easy steps you'll learn how to shuck an oyster like a pro and impress the party with your new skill.

Santa and Mrs. Claus over the Austin skyline, part of the Austin Christmas events
In the Field

Austin Christmas Events to Spark Some Holiday Spirit

Local contributor Veronica Meewes shares 17 Austin Christmas events to make your days merry and bright all season long.

Wondering what to do in Charlottesville? Explore the picturesque Downtown Mall

For the Ultimate Winter Escape, Set Your Sights on Charlottesville and Albemarle County

Known for rich history, Charlottesville & Albemarle County offer winter experiences starting this December with plenty for visitors to enjoy.

Shannon Lee | Biscoff
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Biscoff Swirl Cheesecake | Video

Shannon Lee's Biscoff-swired cheesecake reimagines typical New York-style cheesecake into a marbled and fabulously spiced take on the dessert.

Plate of gnoccho frito from Ilda in Sylva, North Carolina
At the Table

An Italian Appalachian Holiday From Ilda

The couple behind Ilda, a small restaurant with deep roots, celebrates the best of their hyperlocal and international origins.

Whole roasted lamb on a board, garnished with thyme and sage

Whole Roasted Lamb

Try not to feel intimidated by cooking with fire. With practice, it will grow on you. Use your senses as guidance for this whole roasted lamb.


Sienna Punch

You will make your own hibiscus tea and turmeric honey for this. Both must be at room temperature before assembling the punch, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Mug of tamarind toddy from Ilda in Sylva, NC

Tamarind Toddy

This tamarind toddy from Antoine Hodges at Ilda in Sylva, North Carolina, serves a crowd. Keep this recipe handy for winter gatherings.

Candy roaster squash cavatelli from Ilda in North Carolina

Candy Roaster Squash Cavatelli

Cook the squash low and slow in the embers and ashes of a fire before shaping it into cavatelli and serving it with tomato confit and pecorino

A plate of charred beets over goat cheese with honey, from Ilda

Charred Beets with Goat Cheese and Honey

The secret to these charred beets is to not peel the torched skin, but rather, let it be the star. Alternatively, you can also oven-roast them