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  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Aug. 9

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

    Tuesday, Aug. 10

    Chicken dumplings, lima beans, peaches, sugar cookies, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 11

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

    Thursday, Aug. 12

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

  • On these hot summer days, have some light, classic chilled soups

     Chilled soups are a great idea for these hot summer days when you just want something light. 

    We had some chili a couple days ago, even though I prefer to have it during the cold winter days, which we don’t seem to have very often around here. So I started thinking about making some chilled soups and came up with a few that are relatively easy to make with ingredients most of us have in the pantry or fridge.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Aug. 2

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

    Tuesday, Aug. 3

    Barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, green peas, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 4

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

    Thursday, Aug. 5

  • Steak Diane served tableside is a classic show-stopping dish

     The first time I had Steak Diane was years ago at a fancy restaurant. Popular back in the ’50s and ’60s, when and where it actually came about is unknown.

    New York City is probably the best candidate for the source of Steak Diane, but which restaurant was the birthplace would be difficult to identify. 

    The top culinary trend of that time was dishes that could be flamboyantly prepared tableside. I remember being really impressed with the theatrical antics arising from the flambéing of the cognac that was used to make the sauce.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, July 26

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

    Tuesday, July 27

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

    Wednesday, July 28

    Beef stew/vegetables, brown rice, blend juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, July 29

  • Sugar-free desserts can be as satisfying as the ‘real’ thing

     More and more people have been coming up to me and asking, “Can you give us some recipes for desserts using much less sugar and ones with fresh whole fruits instead?” 

    I must admit sugarless or at least less-sugar desserts would be a lot healthier for us, but would they taste just as rich and satisfying as the “real” thing?

    Sugar-free desserts, as the name would imply, are meant for people with diabetes (high blood sugar) or for those looking to lose weight, since an excess amount of sugar is believed to enhance weight. 

  • Veal Marsala and veal piccata are quick, easy meals to prepare

    Veal has a unique delicate flavor that can easily be incorporated into pasta dishes, stir-fries or even casseroles that use ground meats.
    Some of my favorite dishes are made with veal, like veal Marsala and veal piccata. The higher cost of veal versus beef or pork usually determines when I make these dishes.

  • When preparing to cook sausage on the grill, boil them first

    Whether your taste runs to Italian sausages or bratwurst or even fresh Polish sausage, you can use the same method in successfully preparing all these types of sausage on the grill.

    How do you cook fresh Polish sausage? Should you boil it first before putting it on the grill? Wouldn’t the boiling take a lot of the flavor out? A friend of mine said he always burns the sausages on his barbecue, so he wondered if maybe he should wrap them in foil and then grill them.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, July 5
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    Tuesday, July 6
    Macaroni and cheese/ham, vegetable blend, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Wednesday, July 7
    Stew beef au jus, mashed potatoes, green peas, blend juice, Jell-O, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.
    Thursday, July 8
    Chicken enchilada casserole, rice/beans, stewed tomatoes, fruit, blend juice, beverage.
    Friday, July 9

  • It’s time to think about salad recipes for these hot summer days

    The hot, lazy days of summer arrived in our area a few weeks ahead of schedule this year, so it’s time to find some quick and easy cool foods to prepare.
    In our area, Indigo Farms Produce, Holden Bros. Farm Market and, of course, our Farmers Market in Shallotte have an abundance of lettuces, squash, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, peas, fruits, melons and tomatoes.
    Take home everything that looks good. Don’t worry about how you’re going to use it all—you only need a salad bowl and an appetite.