Lifestyles: Food

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

Serendipity doo-dah

A couple of days ago I received a note from my niece, Susi:
“Can you do an article on green bean casserole? For 10 years I have been making it and for 10 years it does not turn out. Now it's a running joke to everyone that I'm going to bring this casserole that no one eats. This year is the year for me, I can feel it.”

Nov. 19, 2013 @ 10:39 AM

Five P's will get you through Thanksgiving

Almost anyone who cooks a little can prepare a six- to eight-ingredient recipe with results that, if not spectacular, usually exceed expectations. But, take that same recipe and join it with three, four, five or six more, all to be served sequentially or simultaneously and even experienced cooks start doubting their skills.

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 09:44 AM

Intermittent fasting new diet trend

If controversy and confusion caused weight loss, anyone considering intermittent fasting (sometimes referred to as IF) would lose weight just by reading about it.
Intermittent fasting is this year's most popular no-calorie-counting, no-fat-gram-counting, fast-track to weight loss diet. When I wrote about David Zinczenko's "The 8-Hour Diet" book earlier this year I had no clue how widespread the IF trend was about to become. Head over to and you'll quickly find more than 100 books on the topic, each one slightly different; many with glaring similarities.

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

Continuing education

I recently received a master’s degree at Duke. 
It’s not really that impressive. It was obtained at the medical center, and the degree was in survival of the long-term hospital visitor.
Petey’s been a patient for a while at Duke. Every day he’s getting a little better, but for now, this is his home.

Oct. 29, 2013 @ 09:49 AM

Local cooks take home State Fair ribbons

Winners of the N.C. State Fair Special Cooking Competitions included five residents of Durham and Orange counties. Contests were sponsored by state food associations or companies, and prizes included ribbons and cash. They were judged by local media, teachers, chefs and homemakers.

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

Oktoberfest at West 94th St. Pub to benefit food bank

West 94th St. Pub will celebrate Oktoberfest with music, German food and beer as well as benefiting the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
The Pub at 4711 Hope Valley Road in southwest Durham will host Oktoberfest from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2.

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 03:37 PM

Third annual Creative Food Drive is Saturday

Teams from local businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations will be making on-site sculptures using canned and boxed foods at the third annual Creative Food Drive. The improvised sculptures then will be donated to nonprofit organizations Housing for New Hope and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 08:11 AM

This spud’s for you

  I’ve got ’em all snowed.
     When my mom is planning a special dinner, she asks me to prepare it.  When I make it for Petey, he thinks he must have been a very good boy.
     The thing is, my twice-baked potatoes might impress, but couldn’t be easier to produce.

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 12:51 PM

Chirba Chirba among Southern food trucks in new cookbook

As the popularity of food trucks rises like a biscuit, so too does the appetite to experience them off the road. “The Southern Food Truck Cookbook: Discover the South’s Best Food on Four Wheels,” (Nelson Books, $24.99) by Washington state-based food writer Heather Donahoe, takes readers and home cooks on a tour of the South’s best restaurants on wheels. Chirba Chirba, the Chinese dumplings food truck founded by UNC Chapel Hill students and now a sought after truck around the Triangle, is featured in the new cookbook.

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

Local brewers earn State Fair accolades

Carolina Brewery of Chapel Hill’s Flagship India Pale Ale won Best of Show in the N.C. State Fair’s 2013 N.C. Brewers’ Cup competition. In the competition’s second year, the number of entries more than doubled.

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 11:51 AM

Hamburger, please!

I’m not a fan of Hemingway. 
Growing up, I was something of a tomboy, and I still enjoy climbing the occasional tree.  But Papa’s work is so testosterone-drenched that by the time I finished reading one of his short stories I’d have a 5 o’clock shadow, and need to get my prostate checked.

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 11:26 AM

A better broccoli salad

A friend recently described, in loving detail, a tangy-sweet broccoli salad with raisins, nuts and bacon and expressed disappointment that the salad couldn't be purchased by the pint. His reverent praise drove me to my not-exactly-organized recipe piles to see if I could find something that matched his mouth-watering description.

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 01:15 PM

Celebrate fall or try a new burger place

  • Fall festival at country store
  • Town Hall Burger and Beer open

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 09:59 AM

Pasta, pasta, pasta

From start to finish it was a complete exercise in too darn much.  Kroger had 10 boxes of Barilla whole wheat pasta on sale for $10. So I bought 10 boxes. Then I made dinner for Petey and me, using an entire 1 pound box. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 09:59 AM

'Foodist' offers ideas for healthy weight loss

Darya Pino Rose likes creating new words like "foodist" and "healthstyle," and loves to eat and write about food — healthy, real food. Rose also makes lists; lots of 'em (more about that later).