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Today's Features

  •  Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs. Next time you throw some steaks and burgers on the grill, add some grilled fruits and veggies to your next cookout menu. Grilling fruit brings out its natural sweetness and the flavor of grilled veggies is greatly enhanced when they are lightly charred.

    Almost any fruit can be cooked on the grill. Apples, pears and pineapple are easier to grill than softer fruits such as peaches, plums and watermelon, which require more attention to prevent overcooking. They only need to be heated, not cooked.

  •  Back in the dark ages of the early 1980s before Eddie Murphy grew too rich to be funny anymore, he made a movie called “Beverly Hills Cop.” Glenn Frey of earlier and later Eagles fame recorded a song called “The Heat is On” for its soundtrack. While the temperatures haven’t been tickling the triple digits in the past few days, that song title aptly describes most of the month of June.

  •  Last week I talked about a few basic food safety tips to think about during the summer months. There are some special foods that we tend to eat more often in the summer than other times of the year. One of these is hot dogs. I just touched on them previously, but checking the facts for that column lead me to think more about this summertime favorite.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Life’s a beach.” That’s what they say.

     

    This is a species of marine algae. It is commonly found washed up along our southern beaches, dying (or dead), especially after storms or rough weather. This is, indeed, one of the many species of “seaweeds,” a very non-technical term, but a term that is useful. Botanists consider the true seaweeds to be members of a group called the “brown” algae, a group that includes the giant kelps of the northern Pacific.

  • Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church is having a holiday Shrimp-A-Roo from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Garland’s landing overlooking the Lockwood Folly River at 2 Fisherman Road in Varnamtown.

    On the menu at the Fourth of July Eve celebration are freshly prepared plates of shrimp, boiled potatoes, coleslaw and hushpuppies.

    The cost per plate, which includes a can of soda, is $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12.

  • It’s the weekend, plus it’s the Fourth of July along the coast.

    What better combination could there be for celebrating America’s 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

    Events are already under way, starting with the North Carolina 4th of July Festival that launched June 27 with week-long events in Southport and Oak Island.

    More celebrating is in store in Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, plus Calabash is back this year with a Fourth of July fireworks spectacular.

    Southport

  • The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, based in Clarkton, is dedicated to live performance of beach music along with blues and funk.

    Band members’ diverse backgrounds guarantee patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

    They’ll be gracing Brunswick County summer concert stages at two venues this month, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte and at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, July 9, in Calabash.

  •  Nothing screams picnic more than the 4th of July. It’s almost required that to eat outdoors on this holiday and I bet everyone has at least one party or other eating event planned for this holiday weekend. Enjoy!

    With that thought in mind, I’d like to offer some quick hot weather food safety reminders. Picnics, outdoor dining, feeding large groups of people and special summer food bring different problems and situations into the picture that you don’t perhaps think about the rest of the year.