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  • Remembering that bowl of French fries smothered with gravy

    I can remember the first time I ever tasted French fries smothered in chicken gravy. It was in Topeka, Ka., at a small local steakhouse.

    The waiters never wrote anything down, being able to remember everyone’s order perfectly. Our group all ordered thick T-bone steaks. In a few minutes, the waiter brought over a large serving bowl of homemade fries and a large bowl of chicken gravy. I don’t remember much about the steaks, but the combination of those fries and gravy has stuck with me all these years.

  • Senior site menus

    Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Oct. 4

    Pork cutlet/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Oct. 5

    Barbecue chicken, new potatoes with parsley, spinach, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Oct. 6

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, applesauce, sugar cookies, orange juice, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Oct. 7

  • The secret to good, grilled barbecue chicken: low and slow

    Chicken is probably one of the most popular foods to grill, yet I’ve found out that for most of us, it seems to be the most troublesome to cook.

    The biggest problem is with bone-in chicken and flare-ups caused by the skin melting and then dropping on the flame, which in turn causes the chicken to burn faster on the outside. But because it contains bones, it takes longer to cook than your standard burgers and steaks. And, no one wants to eat chicken that is anything less than well done. Most of us end up with chicken burnt on the outside and raw close to the bone.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Sept. 27

    Turkey Swiss steak/gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, banana pudding, blend juice, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Sept. 28

    Roast beef au jus, brown rice, carrots, fruit cocktail, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Sept. 29

    Beef macaroni casserole, vegetable blend, sugar cookies, blend juice, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Sept. 30

  • Although Maurice’s identity may have faded, his chef salad lives on

    While Maurice’s identity may have faded, his chef salad lives on

    I recently received a correspondence from a reader who asked if I had ever heard of a “Maurice Salad.” He mentioned that his wife had worked at a small restaurant years ago and one day when they had closed up for the evening, the owner invited all the employees to a back room off the kitchen for a salad and some crusty bread. 

  • Watch the heat when grilling vegetables to avoid lumps of carbon

    I’ve collected a number of grilled recipes over the years, dividing them into entrees, side dishes and dessert categories. Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers or hot dogs. Try grilling combinations of different vegetables or even fruits.

    Many vegetables do really well on a grill, but try to avoid those with a high water content, like cucumbers, celery or greens. Some of the best grilling vegetables are asparagus, eggplant, onions, a variety of peppers and even cabbage.

     

  • Senior site menus for Brunswick County

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Sept. 13

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Sept. 14

    Chicken Parmesan/marinara sauce, pasta, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Sept. 15

    Baked beans and franks, coleslaw, fruit cocktail, hot dog bun/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Sept. 16

  • Mixing your own vinaigrette dressing using simple pantry items

    For a healthy, cost-effective alternative to all those store bought dressings and marinades we all have crammed in our fridge (14 and counting), why not start preparing your own dressings at home?

  • Brunswick senior site menus

     Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Sept. 6

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    Tuesday, Sept. 7

    Barbecue chicken, corn casserole, green peas, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Sept. 8

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, applesauce, sugar cookies, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Sept. 9

    Stew beef au jus, brown rice, vegetable blend, Jell-O, blend juice, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

  • To beat the heat, try making a cantaloupe or watermelon smoothie

    With summer almost over but the heat wave continuing in full force, a great way to beat the heat is by serving some thick, cold and creamy smoothies to your guests or for your own summer enjoyment. Making smoothies is a fairly simple process…all you need is a blender.