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Catching up on food news from the past week of The Free Lance-Star and food happenings around the region, with a sprinkling of other interesting tidbits from around the Web. Look for this every Thursday. Submit events to

It’s true that a little bit of planning is the key to not ending up with Cap’n Crunch for dinner, but that’s often easier said than done. If you need some inspiration to keep your menu-planning going, don’t miss Jen Motl’s column from this week’s Healthy Living section.

The Highland Maple Festival in Monterey is this weekend and next. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

If you’re all out of menu ideas and you just need some pancakes (and don’t mind a drive), don’t forget that this weekend and next weekend you can catch the Highland Maple Festival in Highland County, whose Chamber of Commerce has coined the name, “Virginia’s Switzerland.” Columnist Rob Hedelt shared some insight into the process of Virginia maple syrup production earlier this week. More information here.

Virginia is for … cider? While we’re talking about trips to the mountains, here is a quick interview with Virginia cidermaker Diane Flynt on the Serious Eats website. She talks about how cider-making is growing in the state and reflects on all the obscure, cider-worthy apple varieties she grows in her orchard. A good read for a virtual Thursday road trip.

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