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Cooking

  • Is extra-virgin olive oil always the best oil to use when cooking?

     Olive oil has long been one of the most popular and healthy cooking oils in the world. This Mediterranean wonder has long been a top selling oil in America and throughout the rest of the world.

    Whether it’s used in cooking with sauces or used in dressings or just drizzled over fresh vegetables or pasta, extra-virgin olive oil, the highest quality of oil, has an acidity of less than one percent, according to the International Olive Oil Council.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, June 21
    Chicken/dumplings, pickled beets, peaches, biscuit/margarine, beverage.
    Tuesday, June 22
    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, pineapple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Wednesday, June 23
    Sloppy Joe on bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, hamburger bun, beverage.
    Thursday, June 24
    Macaroni/cheese with ham, vegetable blend, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Friday, June 25

  • Do you use a ‘secret ingredient’ for your summer potato salad?

     Summer barbecues mean ribs, steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs and plenty of baked beans and a variety of salads.

    My favorite summer salad is potato salad and everyone has their own special way of making it. Some like using white potatoes, while others like using red or Yukon Gold or even sweet potatoes. Whatever kind of potatoes you use, most contain a combination of onions, celery, peppers and hard-boiled eggs. Where the biggest difference comes in, though, is the seasoning.

     

    The secret ingredient

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, June 7

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

    Tuesday, June 8

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

    Wednesday, June 9

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

    Thursday, June 10

  • A toast to summer: Make it fruity and bold with a splash of fun

    High-sugar, low-carb, alcohol or no, there’s a cool beverage for every inclination. The sunny season and chance to raise a cool one with friends on the patio or by the pool can’t arrive soon enough. So as summer descends upon us, let’s just relax in the comfort of our home and enjoy this time while it lasts.

    The fruity drink you choose may be a berry-flavored vodka creation, a blender drink using fresh fruits or a twist on lemonade. Seeking something more adventurous? How about a trying a gelatin shot, which is not just for the college set anymore?

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 31
    Closed.
    Tuesday, June 1
    Beef stew with vegetable, brown rice, blend juice, vanilla pudding, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Wednesday, June 2
    Pork cutlet/gravy, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.
    Thursday, June 3
    Turkey tettrazini, field peas, peaches, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Friday, June 4

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries

    This June will be the 10th annual observance of National Safety Month, originated by the National Safety Council in an effort to promote public awareness and ultimately decrease the number of injuries and deaths.
    Kitchen fires kill hundreds of people and injure thousands every year in this country. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in this country. Whether you are cooking outside on the grill or inside in your kitchen, it is important to pay close attention to what you are doing.

  • Toppings on your hot dog can create endless possibilities

    A few days ago, we decided to have some hot dogs on the grill for dinner, along with some baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw.
    Being from northeast Ohio, my favorite topping is Stadium Mustard, which had its origin at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Senior site menus for May 17-21

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 17
    Beef ‘n’ macaroni casserole, mixed vegetables, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.
    Tuesday, May 18
    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, blacked-eyed peas, pineapple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Wednesday, May 19
    Beef stew with vegetable, brown rice, blend juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.
    Thursday, May 20

  • Cinco de Mayo is celebrated worldwide in many different ways

    Cinco de Mayo is probably one of the most-recognized celebrations in the United States. It’s comparable to the Chinese celebration of Chinese New Year and St. Patrick’s Day for us Irish folks.