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Food and Fun

  • Catch Christmas spirit in Van Wyck

    The Christmas spirit will be contagious at two Van Wyck events this weekend.
    Grand marshal Clarence Witherspoon will lead the annual Christmas parade at noon Saturday, Dec. 13, and a candle-lighting worship event will take participants through four churches at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.
    The Van Wyck Community Development Club hosts the two events during the second weekend in December, appealing to those who enjoy holiday tradition and the charm of a small community.

  • Holiday breakfast ideas sure to please

    My house seems to be the place to be this holiday season. I have people staying with me  each weekend through the New Year. I’m sure your home feels like Grand Central Station, too.
    When I have overnight guests, I love to prepare breakfast. What is better than starting the day with something special?
    “Rich and moist” is how Nicole Hood describes her Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze.

  • Get your S.C. barbecue on

    Katie West

    USC School of Journalism

    Barbecue.

    Perhaps nowhere in the country more than in South Carolina does the word evoke a sense of history as rich as the smell of meat in the smoker.

  • GIVING thanks: Mixing up TRADITION in recipes for THANKSGIVING DAY celebrations

    How can the holiday season be here already? Wasn’t it just New Year’s and we were making resolutions for the year? (Which reminds me, I still need to work on a few of mine).
    I know each year I typically make the same dishes for my Thanksgiving dinner. And why not? They are family traditions and wonderful.
    But this year, I’m thinking about trying some of the recipes you have shared that are part of your Thanksgiving traditions.

  • Pumpkin spice: A passing fad or classic fall favorite?

    Ten years ago, Starbucks introduced its Pumpkin Spiced Latte. The mix of Starbucks’ signature espresso, milk, whipped cream and a mysterious pumpkin spice syrup was surprisingly good.
    The drink has now become a fall staple for many coffee drinkers. It was different, and maybe that’s what made it so popular.
    Now, however, a trip down the grocery store aisles in late October reveals food companies have gone “pumpkin spice crazy.”

  • Southern scavenger

     There I was, sitting at my desk, writing a story on deadline and sipping from a tall cup of iced coffee, when I heard a comment that turned my head. 

    “Chris, I just have to tell you that I can’t stand iced coffee,” said my coworker, and occasional chef, Greg Summers. “Hot coffee is where it’s at. I’ll never figure out the appeal of that cold stuff. I just don’t get it. Coffee is ’sposed to be hot enough to take hair off a hog’s back.”

  • Friends, football, family and food

     Fall is on its way, and with it the foliage begins to turn, along with a slight nip in the evening air. And for my family and friends, it’s football time. 

    The sport is big business in my part of the country - and everywhere else for that matter. Next to which rivalry is playing out on any given weekend, the most important part of the day is what’s on the menu.

    No football party is complete without something “buffalo” (at least in my eyes). 

  • It's never too late to start over

    Love is a many-splendored thing, according to a 1955 movie of the same title, and one of the most splendid things about it is that it is not bound by time, distance, or even age.

    Faye Williams, 65, will walk down the aisle on Saturday, Sept. 7 and say “I do” to 69-year-old Homer Moree, and a love that found its way to her under very unusual circumstances.

    “I’ve known Homer for 10 years now,” Williams said. “His wife, Crady,  was my best friend.”

  • Tree farm field tour Sept. 27

     Things are all a’bustle at Cedarleaf as we count down the days until Sept. 27 when we host the annual S.C. Tree Farm Field Tour.

    “Field Days” are traditionally held at the current Tree Farm of the Year, and we have been busy preparing for our event over many months.

  • That One (Direction) thing

    Teenage best friends share a lot – their dreams, their secrets, their laughter.

    And a few months ago, four local girls shared a combined dream – to attend a One Direction concert.

    The girls’ determination to see the English-Irish boy band from London prompted them to begin a fundraising campaign to buy concert tickets.

    Debbie Burchett, Breanna Burchett’s mother, said the girls started raising money in February.