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Food and Fun

  • Cupcakes add sweetness to Easter

    Janet Tharpe
    Janet’s Notebook
    This Easter, why not spring into family gatherings with a smorgasbord of deliciously decadent cupcakes? So much goes in to making a memorable Easter feast – the yummy ham, creamy deviled eggs, all the savory sides – but at the end of the day, it’s always been the cheerful sweets that have caught my eye the most.  

  • Christian Services opens new location

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    In an effort to provide more efficient service to people in the community, Christian Services recently opened a new food pantry on Lynwood Drive.
    The new facility, which takes the place of food pantry services offered at Christian Services’ location on White Street, opened Feb. 20. Operations manager Eric Kramer said high demand and limited space made a new location necessary to provide the best possible service for those who need the help the food pantry offers.

  • Nurse receives dhec award

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    Hard work, perseverance and effort are just a few words that describe Leanne Bailey.
    Now, the Lancaster resident is garnering statewide accolades for her dedication to her job.
    Bailey received the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Health Services Monthly Award of Excellence for February 2012.
    Bailey is director of the Immunization division for the state Bureau of Disease Control.

  • The cookies are here!

    On March 12, Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100th anniversary.          And for a little more than 80 of those years, many of their troop activities have been funded by selling cookies. 

    Those cookies – Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Shout Outs, Thanks–A–Lots and Caramel deLites – become household words this time of year.

  • Take it to heart

    Changing eating habits to adopt a healthier diet and lifestyle is challenging.

    But it is worth the effort. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans. Paying close attention to what and how we eat can reduce the risks of heart disease and stroke. A heart-healthy diet can help reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, lower blood pressure and body weight.

    In many cases, diets focus on what we can’t eat.

  • Holidays gone, but weight remains

    Father Christmas is truly long gone, but is the weight still here? 

    If the answer is yes, then it’s time to detox (detoxify). 

    A good detox can help you loose weight easily, boost your health points, shed up to 5 pounds a week safely and gain sound knowledge for lasting health. You can get that Jennifer Hudson look without counting the points. 

    The problem is what is a good Detox program? 

  • Today's Recipe

    Made with corn and peppers, maque choux (pronounced “mock shoe”) is a fun Cajun twist on New Orleans-style jambalaya. And  with Mardi-Gras , (the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22), just days away, it may be a great way to celebrate.

     

    Jambalaya Maque Choux

    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon oil

    1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into quarter-inch slices  

    1/2 cup chopped celery 

    1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • Valentine's Day Breakfast Surprise

    The late George Carlin, a comedian and humorist, often examined life’s absurdities.

    Take this one for example: “Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread to begin with.”

    Now, that makes sense and his is a point that’s well taken.

    But without stale bread, we wouldn’t have bread puddings and stuffing. We also wouldn’t have French toast, which would short-circuit many upcoming Valentine’s Day breakfasts.

  • Super Bowl means super food

    If you have a little trouble finding a roll of antacid Monday, that’s to be expected.

    That’s because there is a 20 percent increase in the amount of antacid sold on the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday. According to the USDA, Super Bowl Sunday ranks second in food consumption to Thanksgiving.

    You can trace the spike in antacid sales to the 1.25 billion chicken wings, more than 100 tons of potato chips and 8 million pounds of guacamole that will be eaten when the New York Giants and New England Patriots play Super Bowl XLVI.

  • Volunteers lifeblood of any organization

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts Board of Directors is excited to announce that our annual Arts Gala is Saturday, May 12, at the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. If you aren’t an LCCA member and would like more information about the gala as soon as it is available, contact us.

    Mark your calendars now for this, and our other signature event, Ladies Night Out, which is April 19 at Edwards Scott House.