Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    “Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting. Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear. Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right.” George Harrison (The Beatles), 1969.


  •  By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

    Though spring has seemingly been right around the corner since December, there are still some cold days ahead that will be perfect for growing fresh lettuce and other greens for the garden. Because of their relatively short germination period and excellent performance in cooler weather, leafy greens are not only a delicious, but also nutritious and space-saving addition to any garden. Even if you live in an apartment or have limited space in which you can grow, fresh greens are perfect for those small areas.

  •  Have you ever just started out to make a simple dish for dinner and all of a sudden it turns into a fantastic entrée?

    I’m sure this happens all the time to most of us, right? Seriously though, I did start out to create a simple veal stew and somewhere along the way ended up with a modified version of veal stroganoff. Most veal stew consists of braised veal combined with potatoes, carrots, onions, etc., stewed in a large pot with some stock over low heat for a couple of hours.

  • Attention to health and wellness is what it’s all about at The Brunswick Beacon’s 10th Health Expo scheduled this Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shallotte Middle School.

    Highlights at Health Expo 2016 include a number of new things this year, says Beacon advertising rep and event organizer Christy Williamson.

    This year’s event consists of a sold-out list of 61 vendors, ranging from health care and hospitals to vision and wellness.

  • By Michelle Tinger

    Special to the Beacon

    Have lap, will cuddle: That is the motto for these featured “lap” cats available for adoption at Cat Tails.

    Aster is a 3-year-old spayed female orange tabby who is smart and loves attention. She may be a little shy at first, so she'll need a little time and patience to get use to her new home. But the effort will be well worth it, as you will be delighted to see how happy and appreciative she is to have her chin scratched while sitting in your lap.

  •  How often have we looked at recipes for a baked pasta dish that instructed us to boil the noodles until cooked halfway before baking them? This technique allows the pasta to finish cooking in the oven as it bathes in the sauce.

  •  By Brunswick County Master Gardeners


    In our Zone 8, Valentine’s Day signals the time to prune roses. The Brunswick County Master Gardeners are proud to present their first in a series of informational articles for our neighbors on plant care in the southeastern N.C. coastal region.

  •  When it comes to food safety, I try very hard to follow the two-hour rule. If you don’t know what that is, “perishable food should never be left in the Danger Zone (41 to 135 degrees) for more than two hours.” This includes both hot food and cold food. If it’s been more than two hours, the food should be pitched.

    Why? At the two-hour mark, there has been enough time for any bacteria in or on the food to have multiplied to a level that could make someone sick.

  •  I am incredibly grateful to be a veterinarian. Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I’ve known I was meant to help and heal God’s creatures. My job is even better because I’ve been blessed to work with some of the most caring, hardworking and selfless superhumans on the planet.