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  • Christmas dinner traditions are celebrated throughout the world

    Adults and kids alike look forward to that customary Christmas dinner of roast turkey garnished with chestnuts, vegetables and cranberry sauce. Afterward, we all enjoy those homemade cookies and other delectable sweets.

    Food is an integral part of any celebration and, of course, Christmas is no different. Most every country has its own Christmas dinner traditions but the food served differs from country to country.

    The classic turkey dinner is also a traditional dish in Canada and England.

  • Senior menus

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

    Monday, Dec. 20

    Pot roast au jus, brown rice, okra/tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Dec. 21

    Italian beef/shells, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 22

    Pork chop/gravy, rice pilaf, succotash, fresh fruit-apple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Dec. 23

    Closed for holidays.

    Friday, Dec. 24

  • It’s time to enjoy the holiday tradition of Christmas cookies

    One of the more popular holiday traditions is baking Christmas cookies. But for most of us, time is in short demand during the holiday rush, and this family tradition can sometimes turn into a major chore.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Dec. 13

    Beef tips/gravy/noodles, okra/tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Dec. 14

    Sloppy Joe/bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 15

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, blacked-eyed peas, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Dec. 16

  • Slow-cooked hunter’s stew uses many cuts of meat, vegetables

    When the temperature dips into the 30s and 40s this time of year, it’s time to start thinking about making some good, slow-simmered stew on the stove.

    Using a combination of small cuts of meat (beef, pork, veal or lamb) along with various vegetables of your liking, and then placing them in a large covered pot and simmering them in a seasoned liquid for a long period of time would probably constitute being called a stew.

  • Balsamic vinegar brings out the flavor of fresh tomatoes and basil

    The only true balsamic vinegars in the world are from Modena and Reggio, Italy. The tradition started there and is still “artisan-made” today. These vinegars from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy are truly the finest you can buy. 

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Nov. 29

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

    Tuesday, Nov. 30

    Chicken/dumplings, pickled beets, peaches, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 1

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

    Thursday, Dec. 2

    Chopped steak/gravy, rice, okra/tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

  • Holiday party hors d’oeuvres can be creative, delicious

    Whether you call them appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, canapés or whatever, they are the scrumptious little morsels served before the start of a full-course meal. 

    Appetizers can also function as the main course for a meal. Many times my wife and I have gone out to restaurants and just ordered three or four hors d’oeuvres instead of the usual entrée. This can also work at any of your cocktail or holiday parties.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Nov. 22

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, blacked-eyed peas, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Nov. 23

    Sloppy Joe/bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Wednesday, Nov. 24

    Macaroni and cheese, ham, vegetable blend, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Nov. 25

    Thanksgiving Day.

    Friday, Nov. 26

    Closed.

  • Consider adding a new dish to your Thanksgiving holiday tradition

    Have you ever wondered how our Thanksgiving celebration became a major national holiday?

    Most people credit the pilgrims with the beginning of Thanksgiving, although it’s not really known for sure. Around 1621, they experienced a bountiful harvest following an extremely rough winter a year earlier. They celebrated the occasion with a three-day feast, inviting local natives to share their bounty, as they ate wild game and cooked the many foods they gathered, including pumpkin, corn and berries.