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I’d go for the crab dip with pita wedges first, but the “blackened scallops with a balsamic reduction drizzle, served over grits” calls to me too. But who am I kidding? For me, as mouth-watering as it all looks, the food plays second-fiddle to the music. And finally, we can enjoy both again.

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…

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, …

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 …

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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.

Dear readers. Support your local farmers and eat healthy. The Farmer’s market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Remember to social distance, wear a face covering in public places, wash your hands often.

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…

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.

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…