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Today's Features

  •  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

     

  • 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.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club Reverse Raffle

    When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27

    Where: SBI Shrine Club, 4911 Old Shallotte Road

    How much: Tickets $100 each; includes steak dinner for two and a chance to win $5,000

    Call: Club president Bob Gunter, 754-7388

    Step right up and take a chance on winning $5,000 this coming Saturday, Sept. 27, at the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club’s annual Reverse Raffle.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: An Evening of Chocolate Decadence

    When: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27

    Where: St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211)

    How much: $65 per person; buy tickets online at www.Waves4kids.org or email Kay Wolf, Tkwolfe@ec.rr.com; Jacquie McNutt, Jacquelyn.mcnutt@gmail.com or Bobby Mitchell, Bobbymitchell@oswsales.com

  •  Every once in a while, Hubby Dear and I opt to attend a church service for the Latino community. Neither of us speak nor read Spanish, so it is both an adventure and a challenge to be participants, not just visitors. It is also a tremendous learning experience.

    We listen for words similar to our own native language or ones that are ring more familiarly with other languages we know or have studied. We follow along with prayers in the rite, whispering them as an English accompaniment to the variety of Spanish accents ringing around us.

  •  There will be a Carlisle-Carlyle reunion at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Sandy Plain Baptist Church in Tabor City. Bring a covered dish/dessert to share. There will be door prizes, so be sure to sign in at the door. For more information, contact Britty Carlisle Butler at 474-1417.