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Today's Features

  • Pork loin roasts taste their best when rubbed with a spice mixture and then cooked on a rotisserie, barbecued over indirect heat or baked in the oven. They should not be braised or stewed, as they have a tendency to lose tenderness and will fall apart when cooked using moist heat.

  • By John Nelson

    Some of the most interesting field trips a botanist can take are right there in your own backyard: this has been proven over and over again. Right now I’m at work, sitting in my office at the university, and although it’s not exactly my backyard, our campus here in Columbia, S.C., is also very interesting botanically. I want to take you on a little “mental” tour of one part of it.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Here we are at the end of another year. A good time to take stock of our lives.

    While you may be focused on what you want to bring into your life, it’s also helpful to examine what you may need to release.

    After all, it’s a two-way street. And there’s only so much capacity. There may even be competing interests with what you say you want to bring in and what already exists on your platter.

  • One of the most essential pieces of equipment in the kitchen is the slow cooker, or CrockPot can add the worst quality (toughest) meat to a slow cooker, and once finished cooking, it will be the tenderest meat you have ever tasted!

    If your slow cooker isn’t already your favorite thing ever for cooking, it’s time for it to become that! Liquids can be decreased in slow cooking. And if your dish contains rice or pasta, one cup of liquid is usually enough. To enhance the taste, try substituting wine for some of the water in your recipes.

  • I just read an article that both delighted me and gave me pause. It called me to contemplate my winter angst. It asked for a rethinking of the statement I offer to explain away any perceived iciness or discontent. I tell everyone: “I give myself one season of discontent and that is winter!” Summer’s heat must be borne as gift. Its humidity now becomes moisture for the spirit. All is well in summertime because Winter is declared the season of my discontent!

  • Each New Year, we’re inundated with lists of things to do, buy and become. We read these lists, make promises to ourselves and then promptly forget it ever happened by February.

    This year I’m taking the opposite approach: Here are the things you definitely don’t want to do, purchase or aspire to be more like. It’s time for my “New Year’s don’ts for pets.”

  • Bet you’re expecting a New Year’s resolution column. It seems everywhere you look this week people are talking about resolutions for the New Year. But this isn’t going to be a “diet” column and I’m not going to tell you what to eat. But I do have some ideas for resolutions that can help you succeed with your goals.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Makayla Varnum of Supply and Wade Andrews.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark and Monica Varnum of Supply.

    The prospective groom is the son of John and Misty Andrews of Little River, S.C., and Deeann Elliott and John Danicki of Chillicothe, Ohio

    An Aug. 4 wedding is planned at Lockwood Folly Country Club.

  • The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood.

    Donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause regular donors to be less available to give and many blood drives may be canceled because of severe winter storms.

    All blood types are needed.

    Those who come to give Dec. 21 through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • By John Nelson
    Three hundred million years ago it looked a lot different outside. For one thing, it was a very damp, humid time over much of the earth. Don’t worry; there wouldn't have been any dinosaurs to chase you around. (They came a LOT later, as did the cavepeople.)

    But there was plenty of vegetation, of course. Large forests dominated major portions of the earth’s landscape, including much of what is now Europe and North America.