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Cooking

  • What cut of beef do I buy for London broil?

     First of all, London broil is a cooking method, not a cut of beef, but many grocery store meat departments and butcher shops sell a cut of beef labeled “London broil.” What cut of beef is it? It is usually either top round roast or top round steak

    No one knows where the “London” comes from in the name, since this is a decidedly American dish, but it has become such a popular cooking method that many butchers simply use the term “London broil” since the method has become nearly synonymous with that cut of meat.

     

  • Local farmers markets have an abundance of fruits and veggies

     Fruits and vegetables are now at the peak of their season, so all you have to do is just clean them, peel or cut them and just toss them into a salad bowl and enjoy their raw, fresh taste.

    Local farmers markets like Indigo Farms Produce and Holden Bros. Farm Market have an abundance of lettuces, squash, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, peas, fruits, melons, and, of course, tomatoes. Take home everything that looks good, but don’t worry about how you’re going to use it all; you only need a salad bowl and an appetite.

     

  • The drought is over…‘Cleveland rocks! Cleveland rocks!’

     As a long-time Cleveland sports fan and native Clevelander, Drew Cary used to belt out “Cleveland rocks! Cleveland rocks!” during the many commercials for sports events featuring the Cavs, Indians and Browns.

    With the Cavs recent NBA championship run, the 52-year drought of no championships has finally ended. Maybe the Indians will follow up this season. The Browns?

  • Baseball, apple pie and barbecue!

     What could be more American on the Fourth of July? This year, millions of households will be firing up the grill or smoker to celebrate the birth of the United States of America. It’s time for the Great American Cookout!

  • Use spinach for salads, soups, pasta sauces and dips

     When I was kid growing up, I remember the commercials for spinach featuring “Popeye the Sailor Man” with his pronounced muscles attributed to his eating of spinach. Spinach may have provided Popeye with superhuman strength, but its real life potential is far less lofty. In fact, its nutritional reputation is somewhat inflated.

  • N.C. Blueberry Festival this weekend in historic Burgaw

     Pender County is hosting its 13th annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival this weekend Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, in historic downtown Burgaw.

    Attracting more than 30,000 people annually on the third Saturday in June, the festival provides an opportunity for people to enjoy a full day of family entertainment, while experiencing the southern hospitality of a small town. More than 20 events ranging from entertainment to a car show, a street fair, recipe contest, barbecue cook-off, a 5K run and special exhibits are staged by more than 100 volunteers.

  • Daikon radishes will win you over once you’ve tried them

     My wife and I enjoy making our weekly jaunt to the local farmers market for lettuce, tomatoes or whatever. Each time we go, I notice these really large, overgrown white radishes, called Daikon radishes. They are one of the largest radishes, ranging from six to 15 inches in length, and two to three inches in diameter. A bunch of three are less than $1.50, so it seems like a great deal. But now what would I do with them?

     

  • The flavor and aroma of freshly cut herbs enhance any cooked meal

     Ever wonder who first thought of eating a tomato with fresh basil, or combining sage with onion in a stuffing, or lamb with rosemary and garlic? I know … who cares? But most of the flavor-enhancing herbs we enjoy today were prized by the earliest cultures to improve the flavor of often dull and limited meals.

  • It’s Memorial Day weekend and time for some fishin’ and grillin’

     The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the beginning of the grilling season for many in this area. On the South Brunswick Islands, it signals the beginning of a new season of fishing, golfing and cookouts or just relaxing at home, soaking up the sun and taking it easy.

  • Basil pairs naturally with tomatoes — a marriage made in heaven

     A member of the mint family, basil is a delicate herb and deteriorates rapidly after harvesting. Try to use as it as fresh as possible. Just store it like other herbs, either wrapped in damp paper towels inside a plastic bag or inserted in a container of water like flowers in a vase.