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Today's Features

  •  Dorothy Brennan of Shallotte and Anthony Mascolo of Oxford, N.Y., were married Sept. 19 in a private ceremony at the Wedding Chapel in the Glades in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The Rev. Bill Anderson officiated at the wedding.

    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy Hoffmann and the late Albert A. Hoffmann of Ocean Isle Beach. The groom is the son of Emma Mascolo of Norwich, N.Y., and the late Amando Mascolo.

  •  Air Force Airman Alexandria L. Hewett, daughter of Christine L. Hewett of Shallotte and Gary F. Hewett of Supply, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Hewett completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, basic warfare principles and skills.

  •  Can you name a dish that is also the name of the container in which it is cooked? Casserole! When you combine a variety of foods, whether they are all vegetables or in combination with meats, and heat them in a broth or stock, you have actually created a casserole.

    Casseroles vary from the typical cream sauce-based creations to quiches, to savory pies, to Shepherd’s pie and even breakfast and dessert casseroles.

  •  Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

     

  •  By John Nelson

    These are quiet, majestic giants in the swamp, sharing their space with towering cypress and the mournful hoot owls. Their trunks are flared out at the base (much like cypress), and of course you’ve probably seen their peculiar, crooked roots arising from the wet ground, together with knobby, upright knees of the cypress.

  • I always enjoy looking at the headlines on those popular magazines at the grocery store checkout. It seems that people are always looking for that one food or food group that is the “magic bullet” that will solve all their nutrition and health problems. I think most folks know there isn’t really such a food, but there are some foods that can help eliminate or postpone an illness and you really don’t have to look further than most refrigerators or pantries.

  •  For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing information about heart healthy eating and cooking. This week, I’ll continue, since I’m teaching a series of classes on that topic in October and I’ve done a lot of reading on the topic. One area that is a concern to many people, whether you have heart disease or just trying to eat a healthy diet, is cholesterol. This will be the focus in week No. 2 in our class series.

  •  I remember reading somewhere about men being from Mars and women from Venus. If we are talking about the eating department, that could be true. When it comes to comfort foods, most men prefer hearty meals, while women look for snacks that require little or no preparation.

    Most of us men find comfort in foods associated with meals prepared by our mothers, such as mashed potatoes, pasta, meat and soup, rather than snacks and sweets … except for ice cream! But what is comfort for men is just work for women.

  •  Jennifer Blackman and Zach Batson, both from Shallotte, will be married in October 2014.

  •  By John Nelson

    When I was a kid during the time when the car had roll-down window handles, they would take me and my sister out driving around in the South Carolina Lowcountry every now and then. That’s when I started appreciating just how nice the “low country” of the Palmetto State is. I remember family outings late in the summer to visit some friends at their country home in Hampton County, not too far from the Savannah River, having lunch in the kitchen with what seemed to be miles of old screened windows letting in a fragrant breeze.