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Today's Features

  •  For the past several weeks in this column, I’ve been talking about a lesson developed by Alice Henneman from the Extension Service at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Alice works in Lancaster County, Neb. She tested many recipes for all meals of the day, including snacks and desserts. She was going for good for you, as well as good and easy.

  •  Balsamic vinegar has a variety of uses. Have you ever tried drizzling a little on a baked potato instead of using butter or sour cream? How about over steamed vegetables or in place of soy sauce in stir-fried vegetables? Some use it as a substitute for salt with either meat or poultry.

    I think one of the best uses of balsamic vinegar is over fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, with just a little touch of basil. It just seems to bring out the flavor of the basil.

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    My mother died in April 2011, six months shy of her 98th birthday. I received the news while I lay in a hospital bed clinging to life by a thread. Her life and mine had been entwined for nearly 74 years. They were years filled with laughter and tears, sorrows and joys. They are now memories of life attacked with the bravissimo peculiar to Italian heritage.

  • Not only does spring bring flowers, it has also reaped an array of events celebrating the oral and written word. Following is a roundup of what’s on tap in coming days and weeks.

    ‘Frosty the Yellow Frog’

    Sunset Beach author Anne Giordano has just published her third children’s book.

    At 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, she will read a copy of “Frosty the Yellow Frog” to children at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Flower lovers can discover paradise at the Coastal Garden Club’s “Secret Gardens”-themed flower show, set to burst into bloom this Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    The Shallotte-based club is presenting the show as a fun, educational project to spark interest in members’ favorite hobbies of horticulture and floral design.

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    Soups are always a good choice, either as a meal starter or as a complete meal in itself. In most cases, they are good choices nutritionally because of the variety of foods.

    Usually, soups contain lots of vegetables and small amounts of fat. A little meat can go a long way in even the heartiest soup. Adding beans and brown rice provides fiber, as well as flavor.

  •  Once upon a time, in a land quite far from here, there lived a shepherd whose name was Caro. He was a gentle man who lived a simple life on a tiny patch of land he had inherited from his father, and his grandfather before him.

     

    Caro lived in a little hut made from stone that had been gathered from the hillside nearby. It had only one room, and its furniture was sturdy but simple: a table and chair, a straw mat for sleeping, one oil lamp, and a few pots and pans for cooking. A huge fireplace provided heat and light.

  •   By John Nelson

    Petruchio: “Nay, come, Kate, come: you must not look so sour.”

    Katharina: “It is my fashion, when I see a crab.”

    Petruchio: “Why, here’s no crab; and therefore look not sour.”

    The Taming of the Shrew

    (More humor from Shakespeare! This time, you would need to know what Elizabethans would call a sour apple.)

     

  •  Strawberries typically peak during May in our area. Producing good strawberries depends on ideal spring weather conditions. Although our area has been hit hard by cold and rainy weather this spring, berries are ripe for the pickin’ and hopefully the weather will improve enough to extend the season.

     

  • The Waterway Art Association will present its 24th annual art exhibit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 through 9 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Renowned watercolor artist Roger Tatum of Southport will present a three-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 5-7 at the SBIC.

    The artist’s reception and awards presentation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7.