Jessica Wright

David Foster - retiree

David Hungate

David Foster is not one to sit in a recliner watching TV all day. His retirement days are filled with activities that keep him outdoors, involved in the community or traveling to fun places. more

Aug 26, 2014 11:03 AM Retire-VA 1 Comments

Kathi Pietron is not a risk taker. You won’t see skydiving or ziplining on her retirement bucket list. But that doesn’t mean she’s not satisfied with what is on her list. It’s exactly what she wants to do. more

Aug 26, 2014 11:00 AM Retire-VA

Michael Davis - retiree

David Hungate

Since 18 years of age, Mike Davis knew he wanted to be a writer. But it wasn’t until retirement that he began to fulfill his dream. more

Aug 26, 2014 10:57 AM Retire-VA


David Hungate

From special programs to distinguished awards, the area’s school systems are paving the way for students to be successful both in the classroom and in the real world. more

Jan 14, 2015 4:35 PM Newcomers


William Mahone

As they searched for a new place to call home, Shawn and Kristine Safford discovered Roanoke had practically everything they wanted, right down to a historic house to renovate and make their own. more

Jan 14, 2015 3:08 PM Home & Garden 1 Comments


Liz Long

The Wannabe Chef: Kale Salad

If you're looking for a healthy salad that's full of flavor, try Jessica's kale salad and homemade dressing! more

Jan 7, 2015 9:18 AM Behind The Page

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Jessica Wright

The Wannabe Chef: Banana Pudding

It's hard to go wrong with a classic banana pudding recipe. Get Jessica's here and try it on for a different holiday dessert or maybe just a treat for around the house! more

Nov 25, 2014 9:54 AM Behind The Page

Pumpkin Rolls

Liz Long

This year, Associate Editor Jessica Wright wants to start off her Thanksgiving morning with at least one flavor of the holiday season: pumpkin! more

Nov 24, 2014 10:42 AM Departments


Photos by David Hungate

Our annual holiday party at LeisureMedia360 is full of good food, good laughs and LOTS of good cookies. Here are 3 scrumptious recipes you can try at home! more

Nov 10, 2014 12:26 PM Recipes


Jessica Wright

The Wannabe Chef: Mummy Dogs

Want to stay in the Halloween spirit but without all the sugar? Try a monster-themed dinner instead with Mummy Dogs! more

Oct 21, 2014 3:38 PM , Behind The Page

Bent Mountain Bistro Chef Benjamin Ward shares his recipe for Goat Cheese & Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breast with Pepper Kash more

Oct 17, 2014 4:27 PM Departments

Tuscan Soup

Jessica Wright

The Wannabe Chef: Tuscan Soup

Tuscan Soup is perfect for a rainy weekend. Paired with cheesy breadsticks, this soup makes your rainy day blues disappear. more

Oct 15, 2014 10:49 AM , Behind The Page


Jessica Wright

The Wannabe Chef: Fruity Frozen Yogurt Pops

Want a sweet, healthy treat on a hot summer day that won't take much time to make? Try our fruity yogurt pops! more

Jul 29, 2014 1:45 PM , Behind The Page

Beef Goulash

Jessica Wright

The Wannabe Chef: Skillet Beef Casserole

Salsa and chili powder add a Mexican flair to this beef goulash dish (and you can never go wrong with melted cheese). more

Jul 23, 2014 11:15 AM , Behind The Page


Jessica Wright

Have an abundance of blueberries in your fridge? Try Jessica's homemade healthy muffins made with ricotta instead of butter and sugar! more

Jul 11, 2014 10:07 AM , Behind the Page


Jessica Wright

The Wannabe Chef: Festive Brownie Bites

Armed with boxed brownie mix, a can of cream cheese frosting, red food coloring, and fruit, Jessica made Festive Brownie Bites! more

Jul 3, 2014 10:32 AM , Behind The Page


David Hungate / Dominion Images

Four Special Rooms Ideal To Dwell With Loved Ones. more

Jul 2, 2014 5:16 PM Home & Garden


Jessica Wright

The Wannabe Chef: Greek Turkey Burgers

These yummy Greek turkey burgers. They’re chock full of good-for-you stuff – red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and feta – and topped with a refreshing yogurt sauce. more

Jul 1, 2014 9:57 AM , Behind The Page


Jessica Wright

The Wannabe Chef: BBT Sandwich

Looking for a new twist on the classic BLT? How about a BBT (bacon, basil, tomato) sandwich for those warmer summer days? Bonus if you use tomatoes from your own garden! more

Jun 2, 2014 11:25 AM , Behind The Page


Jessica Wright

The Wannabe Chef: Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes

Jessica got a surprise on Mother's Day when her husband made from-scratch blueberry cheesecake pancakes. Learn to make them for your household every weekend with our recipe! more

May 14, 2014 11:15 AM , Behind The Page

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad with Toasted Almonds and Creamy Avocado Dressing

Liz Long

Recently, my husband and I grew tired of traditional salads. They were a quick fix, but the same old lettuce-and-bottled-dressing became boring. The dilemma, however, caused yet another dilemma: finding different and easy sides to pair with. more

May 8, 2014 11:15 AM Recipes

Roanoke has finally joined more than 20 other Virginia destinations that have the honor of featuring LOVEwork art. Roanoke’s unique design appropriately ties into the city’s rail heritage, whimsically resembling both a train engine and engineer. more

May 8, 2014 11:14 AM Departments

Carlos and Ricardo Amaral

Liz Long

The Amaral brothers keep customers coming back to Carlos Brazilian International Cuisine with authentic Brazilian flavors and a scenic overlook of Roanoke. more

May 7, 2014 2:58 PM Recipes

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