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Today's Features

  • When asked to bring something to share at a dinner party I usually take some sort of fresh fruit. Fruit is the kind of food that can be served as an appetizer, salad or dessert. Taking a fruit dish is always a good idea, because it assures me there will be some food at the meal I know is healthful.

    I was surprised to hear one of the other guests comment he avoids fruit because of what it does to his blood sugar. Since then, I found an article in a Food and Health Communications newsletter on this very topic written by Hollis Bass.

  • Ripe produce is overflowing from our gardens. When fruits and vegetables are at the peak of their season, there’s no need to do anything fancy with them.

  • Marsha Morgan started her career in the entertainment business 25 years ago performing in a variety of venues.

    But first came gospel. The Asheville native started singing in church when she was 4.
    Years later, she was invited to sing in Asheville’s world-famous Grove Park Inn, and that, as they say, was that.

  •  Finicky felines. Picky pussycats. Critical kitties. If you share your home with a cat, chances are you’ve been victimized by an angry swipe, upturned nose or cold stare after offering a new food. For years we’ve chalked this up to cats being cats and simply expanded our buffet selections. New science published in BMC Neuroscience proves our feline’s taste buds are more different from our own than previously believed. Now if I can only get my cat to stop staring at me.

  •  By John Nelson

    We are confronted this week with a beautiful native species, one that really is a bit mysterious. It is a perennial herb commonly seen in gardens, maybe even yours. It is known historically, and in natural environments, only from the southeastern USA, from South Carolina west to Louisiana. This species is unmistakable. It is an obvious member of the sunflower family and is blooming now.

  •  Preserving food really isn’t a practice that is going out of style. With the growing focus on local and homegrown food, many people want to preserve the fruits and vegetables of summer for later use.

    If you’re an old hand at preserving or are thinking of giving it a try for the first time this year, here’s a quiz to see if you’re on the right track. Answers if you think these statements about food preservation are true or false.

    1) All vegetables and meats must be pressure canned.

  •  Denominations, which use the Revised Common Lectionary, have reached the end of a long, post-Easter cycle of readings from the Johannine community. Among the many questions posed by John’s followers is one that echoes through the ages: “Do you love me?” is the divine, age-old, everlasting, soulful question presented to Simon Peter by Jesus.

     

  • When you think of Southern food, you think about home cooking and comfort food –– Creole, Cajun, Carolina Lowcountry, soul food and even Tex-Mex. These foods include an abundance of fresh vegetables, rice and/or corn, inexpensive cuts of meat (usually pork or chicken) and, of course, fresh seafood.

  •  Long time public servant Foster Norman received staff, colleagues, family and special guests during a retirement reception June 25 at CoastalCare in Wilmington, where he was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, among other recognitions. 

  •  Hank and Marilyn Mattutat celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary July 8. Residents of Carolina Shores for 27 years, they previously resided in The Bronx and Long Island, N.Y. They have four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.