• Eats+Sips

    A Fitting Snack for Holiday Festivities

    Accommodating all Your Guests Tastes The to-do list for holiday hosts seems to be a never-ending one, starting with planning, guest lists and preparation then ending with goodbyes and cleanup. The hours of work that go into a festive get-together are almost always worth it in the end, and family members surely appreciate the hospitality—especially when it comes to food.  When hosting for the holidays, it can be a challenge to accommodate all of your guests’ favorite tastes while factoring in dietary preferences and restrictions. Building out a balanced menu, like other parts of hosting, starts with devising a thought-out plan.  To help accomplish this task without cooking up personal…

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    5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting

    Simplify your holiday entertaining.  It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail.  This year, rely on some time-saving hacks so you’re not just throwing the holiday party, but enjoying some seasonal fun of your own.  Repurpose with purpose. There’s no need to make time for a trip to the store or to spend a bundle on party supplies. A pretty, oversized flowerpot or planter that has been cast aside for…

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    Bella Eats – Fermentation Revolution

    Transform the Ordinary into the Extraordinary Fermentation is one of the hottest kitchen trends of the past several years, and for good reason —it allows us to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary (delicious pickles, olives, ginger beer). But, more than that, fer-mented foods enhance nutritional value, aid in digestion and help regulate our immune systems. Contrary to what you may think, fermenting doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult or over-whelming. You don’t have to disinfect your entire kitchen or worry about weird things growing in your pantry. Home fermentation is an inexpensive way to prolong the life of your food, multiply its nutritional properties tenfold, awaken your taste buds…

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    Bella Eats

    Southern from Scratch Introducing a new book featuring Southern essentials & downhome recipes. A holistic nutritionist and homesteader, Ashley English was raised in the hills of Southern Appalachia with a strong legacy of female cooks crafting memorable meals. Southern from Scratch combines the foods she grew up eating and the information she learned while pursuing her nutrition degree. The 150 recipes inside all honor the classics of the southern kitchen, but with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce and slow scratch cooking. Ashley shows you how to build your own Southern pantry with 50 key essentials from pickles and relishes to jams and spreads, sauces and vinegars, and more. From…

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    Back to School: Feeding the Family

    Feeding the Family Healthy, easy options for chaotic back-to-school evenings! Written by Hayleigh Worgan  Getting everyone around the table for a dinner together is hard enough—and weekends are often packed full once school starts. That’s why we love meal delivery subscriptions! They make feeding the family, or a few friends, a much easier experience. Check out our favorites below, and let us know yours on our Facebook page.  First up is Purple Carrot! We love that this delivery service is plant-based. Their website suggests they are perfect for the “Balanceatarian.” Don’t worry, we know that’s not in the dictionary. According to Purple Carrot, it means “a person who adopts a…

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    Shop & Save

    BJ’s Wholesale is coming to Roanoke! Being the bargain shoppers we are, finding out BJ’s Wholesale is coming to the Roanoke Valley made us jump for joy! BJ’s is a leading membership warehouse club in the Eastern United States. The Roanoke club will be located along Hershberger Road, N.W. in the Crossroads Shopping Center.  “We’re thrilled to bring BJ’s Wholesale Club to the community and to let families save up to 25% on their groceries,” said Chris Baldwin, president and CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “BJ’s is the perfect one-stop shopping destination, offering unbeatable value and quality on a wide selection of items from fresh produce, deli and bakery to the latest…

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    Flavors of Summer

    Our new favorite local, handcrafted hot sauce! Written by Hayleigh Worgan Ryan and Chrissi Scherer, the husband and wife team behind Zen Pepper Company, are making waves in the local agricultural community. Born in Texas, Ryan has always loved hot foods. He began growing and experimenting with different hot peppers in his early 20s. Through this experimentation, he was able to discern how their flavors came to life once blended with other ingredients. In 2010, he began small-scale farming Virginia Tech’s sustainability center in Catawba, researching forms of organic crop management and environmentally-friendly irrigation methods.  “Virginia Tech owns the Catawba Sustainability Center,” Chrissi explains. “They have great land that they…

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    Bella Finds: Supernatural Kitchen!

    Spring and Easter are right around the corner, and bring cupcakes and goodies along with them! Supernatural Kitchen offers plant-based food coloring with no artificial colors. Just mix the vegan and gluten free powder in some water, and you’re good to go! Color icing, cookie mix, and cake batter to make your deserts fun and festive. And to top off those goodies add some of their soy-free, plant-based sprinkles. Choose ‘white sequins’ for a simple toping, or ‘rainbow starfetti’ for a fun and colorful addition. You can order from their website, www.supernaturalkitchen.com, where they also offer recipes for Ombre pancakes, Sunny Day cake, and even a tip on how to…