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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

    “I'm as corny as Kansas in August ...”

                                    Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, lyrics by O. Hammerstein

     

    Well, it’s not August yet, and this plant is not exactly corn. But it’s close.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Scary equals aliveness.”

    I saw this quote on a poster awhile back — with a picture of a skydiver. Although I didn’t feel the need to go out and try skydiving, I’ll admit the quote had an effect on me.

  • Perhaps my favorite pet health trend is the push toward clean pet foods. For decades, it’s been challenging for both veterinarians and pet parents to decipher pet food labels and determine what is (or isn’t) in the bag or can. I’m excited to see pet food companies address these concerns by pledging to support “clean labels” and providing increased transparency on ingredients. This subtle shift matters because clean pet food and easy-to-read labels are important for your dog’s health and energy, and your peace of mind.     

  • The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, based in Clarkton, is dedicated to live performance of beach music along with blues and funk.

    Band members’ diverse backgrounds guarantee patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

    They’ll be gracing Brunswick County summer concert stages at four more venues this summer, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry Street in Shallotte and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • The town of Shallotte presents its second annual Mater Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

    The festival celebrates Brunswick County for being one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina.

    So Shallotte has partnered with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension to offer the community event.

    “It’s all about getting the community together,” said Melinda Johnson of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

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  • Once again, it’s time for a refresher course for cooking one of my favorite cuts of meat. It has been by far the most requested recipe from readers of this column, but many are still unsure of the cooking temperature and time.

    An eye of round roast is roasted at 475 degrees and takes a very tough piece of meat and makes it really tender and delicious. A recipe with few ingredients, it’s probably the easiest roast you'll ever cook.

  • I had read William Paul Young’s book, “The Shack,” when it was first published, finding it an easy read. In honesty, I was not terrifically impressed with its theological underpinnings and found the story line rather fantastical. However, loads of people were touting its praise. Weeks on the New York Times best seller list and more than 20 million sales would add doubt to the validity of my first impression. Then came the movie, which I have yet to view, bearing additional erosion of my original conviction.

  • For the past couple of weeks in this column I’ve been talking about freezing foods and how to keep it from developing freezer burn and off-flavors. But one food I haven’t specifically talked about is bread. I bet everyone has at one time or another thrown a loaf of bread directly into the freezer in the store wrapper and then wondered what happened when you took it out a few weeks or months later. It was crumbly, dry, tasted a lot like the “freezer” and was basically inedible.

  • Glen Frey of Eagles fame had a song on the original “Beverly Hills Cop” movie soundtrack called “The Heat Is On.” More than 30 years have passed since its 1984 release and we just recently lost Mr. Frey. Who would have known that Axel Foley, Eddie Murphy’s beat-up Chevy Nova-driving Detroit cop character, would become so iconic? And, a few thought Mr. Murphy had already reached the pinnacle of his movie career so early.

    What does any of that have to do with gardening? Absolutely nothing. But, the heat surely has been on lately.