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Food and Fun

  • 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.

  • Tantalize your taste buds with tomatoes

     I’ve said it before and I will say it again; I love tomatoes. 

    When they are ripe and juicy, you can eat them as a snack (I may be known to do this from time to time). On their own, tomatoes are great. But once you start cooking with them, the taste factor goes to a whole new level.

  • Lancaster's own Dream Team

    The Dream Team Foundation in Lancaster is seeking for participants as it kicks off the sixth year of providing sports opportunities for special needs children in Lancaster County.

  • Brighten up school lunches with fun recipes

     Shhhh, don’t tell the kids, but it’s nearly back to school time again. 

    I can hardly believe it myself. It seems just like yesterday that I finally got all the summer clothes ironed and hung up (Oh dear, I think that was yesterday). 

    Well, no matter - summer wasn’t meant for chores anyway. 

  • SPCA to give pets hope in new homes

     A new animal rescue group is forming in Lancaster in the hopes of lessening the number of animals that pass through the doors of Lancaster County Animal Control.

     Lancaster resident Diana Knight said she’s been fostering animals for a few years and finally decided that Lancaster needed some help in terms its homeless animal population as well as the number of animals that are put to sleep at the shelter each year.