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Today's Features

  •  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.

  •  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.