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Tip for COVID-19. Please remember to wash your hands often, do not touch your face, social distance and when in public wear a face covering. Stay safe and be well. A spokesperson from the Clorox company said their wipes can be used to disinfect non-porous plastic packaging. Do not allow the …

As we stay home during the pandemic I’ve realized I need people. I need hugs. I crave conversation. I need to meet up with friends over a glass of wine at a packed bar. I need to sit at a crowded restaurant with friends breaking bread together. I need to be social. And you may be realizing, …

I grew up in a family of cookers and bakers and was taught at an early age how to cook and bake items such as cakes and cookies, how to braise meats, cook pasta, casseroles and how to create easy sauces and dressings. I was taught that if you added a little bit of this with a sprinkle of tha…

Now that it has warmed up a bit, I have been thinking of doing some more aquatic botany. A kayak or canoe is good for studying plants growing in lakes and creeks, but sometimes you just cannot beat putting on some old tennis shoes and wading into an oozy-bottomed pond, the water maybe way up…

Memorial Day is around the corner. If you haven’t already escaped to the great outdoors to do some grilling, then now is the time to dust off the grill, breathe in the fresh air, and cook up a platter of these crispy, sticky ribs.

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In the spring, Chapel Hill blooms. Flowers by the old well, trees on the quad, new friendships. Campus swells with hopeful young people learning about the school, waiting for their shot to apply. Students start to hear back from summer internships, and full time jobs. March always brings bas…

As the meat supply chain falters, perhaps new items, such as locust barbecue, will spring up on summer grills. A recipe on the UN Food and Agriculture Organization website calls for skewering locusts like chunks of chicken and grilling until golden brown. The UN has taken an interest in eati…

Every day I look down the trail in either direction, checking to see if anyone is coming. I’d just as soon no one knew I was talking to a tree.

A popular class on weight management and diabetes prevention shifted from in-person to online because of the COVID-19 pandemic—but thanks to community partnerships, participants still reaped the fruits of the course’s purpose.

Dear Readers. My longtime colleague Alice Henneman from Nebraska has a blog for these COVID-19 times. It has lots of great basic foods, food safety information and affordable recipes at htps://bit.ly/BasicKitchenFoods. Please wash your hands often, wear a face covering in public, social dist…

Andy Jansen, Jerry Smith, Cassandra Smith and Bobby Yates are vendors of the week at the Leroy James Farmers Market this week for their work with ECU Family Medicine’s free weight management program and Diabetes Prevention Program.