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Today's Features

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    If your cupboards are looking bare but you have a bag of potatoes in the house, here are some delicious options that can make filling dishes and add flair to your meals. While plain cooked potatoes may seem bland, try adding your favorite condiments, toppings and flavorings to get the taste your want.

    Baked potato skins (see recipe below) with chives, bacon and sour cream offer a great introduction to any meal. The addition of cheese, salsa or mushrooms will provide even more flavors to enhance this popular hors d’oeuvre.

  • OK, admit it. You watch cooking shows and say to yourself “I could do that.” You can!

    Or perhaps you really like to cook and would like to share those skills with others. You can!

     

    If you like cooking, eating, local food work or just simply food, volunteering for the Extension may be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for. I’m talking about the Extension Master Food Volunteer (EMFV) program. Applications are due now, but training won’t start until after the new year.

  • Ginny is the latest canine addition to the Ward family. As soon as she joined our pack, she became very attracted to the whole foods dished in her bowl. She’d been raised exclusively on kibble, and these fresh textures, tastes and smells were enticing. Carrots, apple slices and cooked beans quickly became some of her favorites.

  • Donate a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots through Dec. 15 and receive one free round-trip Dial-a-Ride from Brunswick Transit System.

    Round-trip ride must be scheduled within Brunswick County and scheduled 48 hours in advance. Free Dial-A-Ride has no cash value.

    Toys can be dropped off at the Brunswick Transit System office or given to one of its drivers.

  • Thanksgiving has come and gone, so it’s time to start baking. And remember, Christmas cookies don’t have any calories, so you can bake up as many batches as you want!

    The Christmas holiday season means cookies… lots of cookies! It’s time to start thinking about what cookies to bake for your family, for gifts and for just munching while wrapping all those holiday presents.

  •  By John Nelson

    “… the tree may be known by the fruit, as the fruit by the tree …”

                King Henry IV, part 1; Act 4, Scene 2.

     

     Shakespeare would have made a fine plant taxonomist, as he understood the importance of fruits in identifying plants.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    How much time do you spend turning things over in your mind — again and again? It’s hard to make a move because you keep second-guessing yourself.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had personal fact checkers, like the political ones, to filter out those obsessive thoughts in our heads? You know … the ones that can often run rampant and build on top of each other. 

  • I remember the day and time when I first heard someone refer to my infant daughter as a person. The wooden threshold of our kitchen doorway was in need of repair. I began the typical search for a carpenter to fix it and stumbled upon a delightful man who arrived with tools in hand and a smile on his face. A heavy accent indicated his Jewish heritage and made our conversation a tad stilted at first.

  • This coming Sunday marks the fourth annual “Dine-In” day. Do you have special plans for dinner (or even breakfast or lunch) on Sunday? In observance of this day, why not think about planning, preparing and eating a healthy meal with your family? Since 2014, more than 300,000 people have committed to Dining in on Dec. 3.