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Today's Features

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    Soups are always a good choice, either as a meal starter or as a complete meal in itself. In most cases, they are good choices nutritionally because of the variety of foods.

    Usually, soups contain lots of vegetables and small amounts of fat. A little meat can go a long way in even the heartiest soup. Adding beans and brown rice provides fiber, as well as flavor.

  •  Once upon a time, in a land quite far from here, there lived a shepherd whose name was Caro. He was a gentle man who lived a simple life on a tiny patch of land he had inherited from his father, and his grandfather before him.

     

    Caro lived in a little hut made from stone that had been gathered from the hillside nearby. It had only one room, and its furniture was sturdy but simple: a table and chair, a straw mat for sleeping, one oil lamp, and a few pots and pans for cooking. A huge fireplace provided heat and light.

  •   By John Nelson

    Petruchio: “Nay, come, Kate, come: you must not look so sour.”

    Katharina: “It is my fashion, when I see a crab.”

    Petruchio: “Why, here’s no crab; and therefore look not sour.”

    The Taming of the Shrew

    (More humor from Shakespeare! This time, you would need to know what Elizabethans would call a sour apple.)

     

  •  Strawberries typically peak during May in our area. Producing good strawberries depends on ideal spring weather conditions. Although our area has been hit hard by cold and rainy weather this spring, berries are ripe for the pickin’ and hopefully the weather will improve enough to extend the season.

     

  • The Waterway Art Association will present its 24th annual art exhibit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 through 9 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Renowned watercolor artist Roger Tatum of Southport will present a three-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 5-7 at the SBIC.

    The artist’s reception and awards presentation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7.

  • A local chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is toasting this weekend’s Kentucky Derby with an event of its own.

    The GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club will have its second annual Juleps & Jazz Kentucky Derby Fund Racer from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    The $25-per-person ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, a cash bar with jazzy juleps and live streaming of the 141st Kentucky Derby.

  • St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is getting into Cinco de Mayo mode again with its second annual Fiesta Mexicana scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dos de Mayo — three days early this coming Saturday, May 2.

    Contrary to misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which isn’t until Sept. 16.

  • Area Mexican restaurants are celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year. Let us count the ways.

    Uno — San Felipe Mexican Restaurant in the Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center will be having all-drink specials (margaritas, cerveza) on Tuesday, May 5. It will also offer free T-shirts to everyone.

    Dos — San Felipe Mexican restaurants in Leland and Southport will also be having drink specials and free T-shirts.

    Tres — Las Palmeras, 1780 Chandlers Lane in Sunset Beach, is having food and drink specials.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    “I grieve at what I speak,

     And am right sorry to repeat what follows…”

    King Henry VIII.

     

    Pardon me for repeating a recent mystery plant. Every now and then I do this –– not to grieve my dear readers –– but rather to bring some new aspect of an old friend to bear. Therefore, behold this lovely flower!

  •  At one time or another, we’ve all been to a restaurant and had a really fantastic meal and wished we could make that same meal at home. And you probably could, if only you knew the exact ingredients, how to prepare the special sauce and how long to cook it. But, it always seems there’s an ingredient or two you’ve left out, as it just doesn’t taste quite the same as what you had in the restaurant.