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August 24, 2016

If you didn’t already know from the return of the traffic jams, East Carolina University classes started this week. To welcome faculty and students back to campus, many local establishments want everyone to know about their features and specials. As always, we love sharing this information…


Kolasa: Spaghetti squash

August 24, 2016

Q A friend gave me a spaghetti squash. I probably could learn about it on the web, but I am not good with computers. Can you tell us about it? — G.H., Ayden

A I searched the web for you and got 3,660,000 hits — most of them information on how to grow or prepare this nice winter squash…


An abundance of tomatoes

August 24, 2016

Tomato recipes for summer's bounty.

Tomatoes With Capers, Almonds and Herbs

Adapted from "The Naked Cookbook," by Tess Ward (Ten Speed Press, 2016).

This starter or salad is no muss, no fuss, big flavors, with the savory crunch of smoked almonds and saltiness of capers.

1 pound 2 ounces mixed-…


Legos move from the playroom to the garden in 'Nature Connects'

August 23, 2016

Imagine a 60-pound bumblebee, a 7-foot-tall rose or a butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan. You can actually see these and 24 more incredible Lego sculptures at the "Nature Connects" exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va.

Yes, artist Sean Kenney uses the same Lego pieces you use in…