Food and Fun

  • 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


    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.

  • USCL's untapped resource

    Diabetes has been in the national spotlight in the last two weeks, thanks to Paula Deen.

    The “Queen of Southern Cuisine” came out of the kitchen broom closet on national television by admitting she has Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes.

    Diagnosed in 2008, Deen didn’t made her condition public until Jan. 17, while simultaneously revealing she is the new paid spokesperson for a non-insulin Type 2 diabetes medication for adults.

  • Reason to celebrate

    I have to hand it to the estimated 7,700 residents of Rockland, Maine.

    They saw snow Monday, ice pellets on Tuesday and went outside this morning to a temperature of about 7 degrees.

    In the upcoming days, the residents of the coastal town will see more snow and rain. Weather like that doesn’t generate many smiles. It’s not something to celebrate.

    But Rockland residents will be celebrating Sunday afternoon with its annual Pies on Parade to commemorate National Pie Day on Monday.

  • Slow cookers speak a universal language

    Having a successful career means a lot to Stephanie O’Dea. 

    But in the big picture, being a successful mom means more, especially when that family includes three children under age 10, including one with Celiac disease (gluten intolerant).

    But can you have both? 


    How else can you explain a cookbook on the New York Times best-selling list for six weeks and national TV appearances, as well as feature stories in “Real Simple Magazine and “Woman’s World?”

  • Don't be afraid to substitute herbs and spices

    Don’t be afraid to substitute herbs and spices

    From time to time, every cook gets into a pinch when there is no pinch of cumin in the cupboard.

    Before going out to buy more, see if there are other alternatives that will work just as well. 

    It not only saves money, but eliminates waste by using another herb or spice in a way that serves the same purpose. It could also keep you from buying a herb or spice you will only use once. 

  • An early surprise

    Terrell Springs started off 2012 by making a mad dash to Lancaster from Great Falls in the wee hours of the morning.

    No, the trip wasn’t in the New Year’s Day  plans of he and his girlfriend, Ashley Boulware. However, their daughter, Telia Alani Springs, couldn’t wait.

    “I had the emergency flashers on all the way,” he said. 

  • Today's Recipe

    Chef Nancy Hughes hopes you’re hungry.

    The author of “15-Minute Diabetic Meals” and the “The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook” has put together an easy-to-make Molasses Drumsticks with Soy Sauce recipe that’s finger-licking, lip-smacking good.

    “The molasses gives it a deep, earthy sweetness. It’s like a real dark, rummy brown sugar,” Hughes said in an instructional video posted on the American Diabetes Association website.