Lifestyles: Columnists

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

What to do with leftover steamed rice

So many Chinese take-out restaurants now litter the Triangle you'd think that it's easy to find one that's: reasonably priced, understands my leaner ways and produces better-than-average dishes. I finally found one, but keep it's location to myself for fear that it'll be overwhelmed and begin a downward slide from which it'll never recover.

 

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 01:16 PM

Toothpaste linked to canker sores

Q. I was troubled with recurrent canker sores for a while. The only thing that had changed was my toothpaste. I wanted whiter teeth, so I was using whitening toothpastes.

I got canker sores when there was sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in the toothpaste. As soon as I switched to toothpaste without SLS, the mouth sores went away.


Mar. 20, 2014 @ 08:13 PM

Craven Allen pays tribute to current, past employees

After a little more than 20 years in business Craven Allen Gallery has organized a group show for its current and former employees. Three -- Kathryn DeMarco, Mark Mooney and Jennifer Purcell -- still work at the gallery. The other seven -- Tony Alderman, Steven Braker, Helen Griffin, Joy Greenwolfe, Linwood Hart, Paul Hrusovsky and Jen Kunz -- have moved on in pursuit of their own art. 


Mar. 18, 2014 @ 09:13 PM

Return of the taters

Like every other right-thinking resident of the Bull City, Petey, The Kid and I miss Honey’s.  That quintessential Southern diner fueled and filled generations of locals.
When my friend Bosco attended Duke, he often dined there. 


Mar. 13, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

In downtown Durham, portraits and landscapes

For some societies to take one’s picture is to rob that person of the soul.  In this “Face-to-Face” juried competition it is not the soul the artists wish to steal, rather it is to reveal some hidden thoughts of the sitter. In fact, in the call there is the suggestion that to look in someone’s eyes can capture a candid moment which may open a window into another person’s world. 

 

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Learning to love kale and finding out about farro

It all started on one of the r-e-a-l-l-y cold days we had this winter in the middle of a string of cold days when I spied a recipe for a farro, kale and butternut squash soup on the online food magazine Relish (relish.com).

It wasn't the recipe that caught my eye as much as the deliciously colorful picture that looked wonderful in contrast to the white and gray snow that had surrounded me for weeks and weeks. Yet another glance at the ingredient list and I almost turned the page without second thought. Here's why.


Mar. 11, 2014 @ 09:25 AM

Smoke gets in your eyes

Nobody’s called the fire department yet; but eventually somebody probably will.
And when they show up, I’ll invite them in and offer them a taste of the best home-cooked steak they’ve likely ever had.
Last week I waxed rhapsodic about well cooked, freshly milled, Southern grits.  I mentioned that I like them topped with sliced steak and a light pan sauce.


Mar. 06, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Holder’s layered perspectives of pain

Printmaking has never been considered one of art’s major techniques:
After architecture, sculpture and painting, printmaking has traditionally been a second cousin. Robin Holder (b.1952), the subject of the current show at N.C. Central University’s Art Museum, is not only a master printmaker but proves over and over printmaking can hold its own against all the so-called classical techniques.


Mar. 04, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

The nitty-gritty on Southern delicacy

In high school, I went to a CYO retreat. In the morning we were given powdered, scrambled eggs and grits. We all sat down outside to eat picnic style. 
Suddenly heads began popping up from all over the field. It looked quite like a convention of startled prairie dogs. 

As each person took a bite of their grits, they realized something was very, very wrong.


Feb. 27, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

Exceptional images, and extraordinary craftsmanship

Her images are dark: The spaces look abandoned except for the straight-on shot of a fully stocked bar neatly arranged with a full assortment of beer, whiskey and snacks. It is the only indication visually that these are viable places temporarily empty of people.  


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

Evidence links asthma, chronic lung infection

Q. I have asthma and have found that the drugs my doctors prescribe don't do very much for me. I was intrigued by something you wrote about asthma being caused by infection. Both my family physician and my specialist say this is totally bogus. What is the evidence? I'm fed up with the coughing and wheezing.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

Chocolate cake packs flavorful punch without fat

When I shared my Fat Free Chocolate Cake on "Good Morning America" back in 1994 Joan Lunden and Spencer Christian raved about it. Plain, fat-free yogurt stepped in as the chocolate cake's unique fat-fighting ingredient.
As years went by, I discovered drained, unsweetened applesauce worked magically as a fat substitute and made better chocolate cakes and desserts, like my Decadent Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake or Double Chocolate Chip Fudge Brownies. I left fat-free yogurt back in the '90s and continued to explore ways to make chocolate work in a lean diet plan.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

¡Fiesta! (Mariachi not included)

Who doesn’t love a Mexican feast?  But making one at home is a giant hassle, with all the different dishes that go into it. It takes forever and turns your kitchen into something resembling a frat house on Sunday morning.
But, The Kid and I figured it out; with just a little work, and very little outlay of dough.


Feb. 20, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Opening the West to Japanese prints

In 1854 Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy sailed into Edo Harbor and demanded that the Japanese open their gates to the West and they did. There are many explanations why the Shoguns opened up trade to this American when they had closed their country to foreign influence for more than 200 years. The history of Japan at this moment in time is beyond the scope of this column, but the results of this incident, especially those that affected Western art, reached halfway around the world and were a key influence in the development of modern art. 


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Statin ruins bodybuilding career

Q. I am a 63-year-old man who competes at the national level in masters bodybuilding. My doctor had me take Crestor for one month, and my total cholesterol went from 260 to 189. Sounds good, right?