By Leslie Fitzwater
“You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”—
Julia Child (1912-2004)
Holiday meals come in all sizes — from an elaborately prepared feast to a self-serve buffet, to a pot-luck lunch or an intimate dinner for two.
Whether you’re cooking a tried-and-true favorite recipe or serving up something new, West Virginia’s farmers can provide you with home-grown ingredients to make any meal unforgettable. The only special ingredient you need to add is love.
From Their Farm to Your Table
Salads made with colorful, tasty vegetables are a great way to start any meal. Luckily, West Virginians don’t have to grow all their salad fixings in their own gardens; they can get plenty of delicious, fresh produce at a local farmers’ market or a roadside farm stand.
The Center of Attention
As a main course, turkeys have the holidays all wrapped up. According to the National Turkey Federation’s Web site, www.eatturkey.com, 91 percent of American households serve the bird on Thanksgiving.
Finding a wine to pair with your main course is easy, considering the wide variety of vintages offered by West Virginia’s wineries. Whether you choose a traditional red meat/red wine, white meat/white wine or fish/white wine combination or decide on a more adventurous pairing, you’ll find something to fit both your taste and your budget.
Not Your Average Joe
If you’ve ever stopped at a convenience store or stayed at a hotel or motel in West Virginia, you’ve probably tasted Paul McCune’s coffee. “We work the whole state.” From One Stop and Little General convenience stores to Holiday Inns Express to downtown Charleston offices you can find “West Virginia’s Finest Coffee” in regular and decaf.