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  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the ultimate fast food for family and guests—quick to prepare and low in fat. However, you can substitute chicken thighs for most any recipe calling for breasts, especially if your preference is dark meat.

    I’ve seen many articles claiming more than 100 ways to prepare chicken. I’m sure it must be at least 10 times that amount, but before I share a few of my favorites, let’s go over the ABC’s for sautéing chicken breasts for tender, juicy results.

    Sautéing Chicken Breasts

  • During a class last week, one of the students asked me what I considered an elegant garden. Elegance is, of course, in the eyes and mind of the individual. I have visions of graceful Japanese maples, stacked-stone retaining walls, fountains and outdoor kitchens with enough BTU’s to make Lucifer envious.

  • Last week, we had an introduction to pruning giving you some basic reasons for pruning, what to prune and how to prune.

    There are always the 4Ds of pruning to fall back on whenever you are trying to decide whether to prune or not to prune. If you don’t need to prune, then don’t. The 4Ds are basic. You need to prune away any dead, diseased, dying or damaged tissue.

  • Late fall through winter in southeastern North Carolina is a great time for planting fruit trees. There are several kinds that work well in backyard landscapes; however, not every fruit tree will grow and reliably produce in our area.

  • It was an icy cold, snowy day in the village of Valatie, N.Y. My youngest sister was returning home after long, somewhat unproductive, hours spent working in her studio/store.

    Her dream of creating pieces of art and offering them for sale in a combination workplace and salesroom was not meeting her expectations. Some saw her productions as costume jewelry, perused, commented, and left without purchase.

  • Wilma, right, is a 1-year-old brown tabby with beautiful orange eyes who has been at Cat Tails for quite a while awaiting a new home. She has a brother named Fred. Wilma is playful, loves attention and gets along well with other cats and people except she would not do well in a home with small children. To see her and her brother, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Wilma and Fred, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Several restaurants just across the state line are featured in a new book published by Sandlapper Magazine.

    The book, “Stop Where the Parking Lot’s Full,” is a collection of Sandlapper’s favorite restaurants excerpted and updated from columns over the past two decades by magazine staffers Aida Rogers and Tim Driggers.

    Among featured write-ups are restaurants in the Little River and Longs areas, as well as Myrtle Beach, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and dozens of other eateries throughout South Carolina—159 in all.

  • The Brunswick Arts Council’s Winter Art Show continues at Sunset River Studio in Calabash until Feb. 20.

    This year’s judge of two-dimensional art was Allesandro Giambra, a native of Torino, Italy, who now teaches fine art classes in Wilmington.

    Two-dimensional category winners included Richard Staat, who received the Victor Gerloven Award for Best in Show for his work “Seated Figure.”

    Linda Drye earned first place for her painting, “Lazy Palm Pony.”

  • Sharon United Methodist Church will present “Sharon in God’s Laughter,” a variety show of comedy and music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Featured will be comedian and speaker David Ferrell, Crystal River gospel group and brother-and-sister singer/musician duo Trenton and Chloe Durham.

    The show is described as suitable for all ages. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.

  • Freddy is a delightful 11-month-old red-tick hound mix who is very loving and full of life. He is housebroken, gentle and mid-sized at 40 pounds. He will do well in a home with lots of love and a fenced yard. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily. Paws Place also offers animal care education and volunteer work programs at its 5-acre humanitarian facility 5 miles east of U.S.

  • When it comes to meal planning, I don’t always remember to include a vegetable and/or beans and some kind of greens, like a garden salad, spinach, broccoli…something in the green family, and occasionally a pasta or starch of some kind.

    My wife can attest to this fact. On more than one occasion, I’ll tell her what fantastic entrée that I’m concocting and she’ll ask me: “What vegetable on you planning to serve with that?”

  • The recent warm spell has caused some pretty serious cases of spring fever to break out across our area. Before the fever completely takes over, there are some things you should be doing now and some things you should leave until later.

    Those of you who left your lawn mowed a little high going into the winter should set the mower about one notch lower and mow off the old tissue. Letting the lawn get a bit taller late in the season was once a standard recommendation, but more recent research suggests that this isn’t a great idea.

  • This is the time of year when many landscapers and homeowners look for chores to do in the landscape. If the ground is too wet, then you need a chore that does not depend on what condition the soil is in. If it’s too wet to dig into the soil, then get out the pruners and make it a productive day.

    There are several basic reasons to prune an ornamental. Always keep the dead wood and broken branches trimmed off. Many plants may have simply gotten too large for the intended space. Some plants are being grown for a particular shape or form.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Teresa McDuffie of Bolivia and Berkley Dale Mercer of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the daughter of Carl and Phyllis McDuffie of St. Pauls. The prospective groom is the son of Ken and Ludie Mercer of Bolivia. An April 4 wedding is planned in Bolivia.

  • Here in the Southeast, we see many varieties of birds, some living here and some just passing through. Perhaps you have had some experience in attracting birds with man-made feeders, baths, and birdhouses.

    The addition of properly placed trees, shrubs, and plants can attract even more birds. Birds like a variety both in size and kind of planting. Variety in the plantings gives birds a choice of food—seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, flower nectar, etc.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Charlotte Ashley Roberts of Holden Beach and Benjamin Albert Barody of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Virgil Roberts of Holden Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Barody of Florence, S.C. An Oct. 3 wedding is planned at the Holden Beach Chapel.

  • Justin and Brittany Phillips of Bolivia are the parents of a daughter, LiliAna Marie Phillips, born at 9:37 a.m. Feb. 8 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 18 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Charles and Regina Brooks of Bolivia.

    Paternal grandmother is Jennie Spivey Knox of Ash.

  • “There’s no doubt about it!” How often have we said and heard those words? They were and are uttered with terrifying conviction.

    On the one hand, we know the truth, speak the truth, and command others to accept the truth because we have no doubt about it. On the other hand, a niggling feeling pervades that makes our truth a lie. If it’s not a lie, at least it is a concern about validity. “There’s no doubt about it” is now a sarcastic comment on the improbability of our ever getting the whole picture, intact and undeniable.

  • The Brunswick Arts Council’s Winter Art Show continues at Sunset River Studio in Calabash until Feb. 20.

    This year’s judge of two-dimensional art was Allesandro Giambra, a native of Torino, Italy, who now teaches fine art classes in Wilmington.

    Two-dimensional category winners included Richard Staat, who received the Victor Gerloven Award for Best in Show for his work “Seated Figure.”

    Linda Drye earned first place for her painting, “Lazy Palm Pony.”

  • Up until a few years ago, the only time I ever ate eggplant was when I went to a local restaurant and ordered “Eggplant Parmesan” smothered in a rich, marinara sauce.

    Then I started seeing many different varieties showing up in our local farmers’ markets and decided to investigate other uses for this deep purple tuber, varying in size from large globes to long, thin, zucchini-like shapes.