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Food and Fun

  • Sweet season

     The state’s 2011 peach crop is shaping up as answered prayer.

    “It’s excellent,” said Dr. Desmond Layne, a horticulture professor at Clemson University and a state fruit specialist. “The crop is very juicy with good size, good volume and an excellent quality.

  • Heat wave churns up ice cream memories

    It was a sound that brought summer to a halt along every Erwin Farm street.         If we were racing our home-made, human-powered go-carts made from worn-out mower wheels, discarded lumber, rope steering and axles fashioned from metal rods discovered in a pile of rubbish from the old mill trash pile off Laurel Avenue, this sound would bring out a red flag as it drew closer and closer.

  • Keep your cool on hot days

    During summer months, days are longer and more people are outside for longer periods of time, increasing the health risks from heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun.
    Each year, more Americans on average die from heat waves than from any other natural disaster.
    And every hour, one person dies from skin cancer, which is the most common occurring cancer in the Unied States.
    Staying cool
    To avoid heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun, follow these steps to stay cool and safe this summer:

  • Flip your lid over home canning

    There’s nothing like the smell of fresh, homegrown tomatoes.
    That is exactly what it smelled like in the Carol Raye Dowling Health Services Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where in mid-June participants peeled and quartered dozens of tomatoes during Clemson University Cooperation Extension’s hands-on canning course.
    Canning is one of the most time-tested ways to preserve that smell and taste of fresh food, but it must be done carefully.

  • Rising star

    Eighteen-year-old Morgan “Hot Shoe” Turpen has lofty dreams.

    They include earning an education degree from the University of Memphis and becoming a teacher and high school softball coach and possibly, one day, a principal.

    But should that plan go awry, the Cordova, Tenn., native does have a back-up.

    For now, she has a 1,300-pound winged sprint car with a 360-cubic, 700-horsepower engine and a pair of racing gloves to fall back on. Later on, if she continues to grow and develop, that could mean NASCAR. 

  • Ida Claire! – Great Falls women start cheesecake company

    They have a wholesalers license and their product is certified as a South Carolina product. In fact, Barbara Lyles and Barbara Hilton even have a certificate from the Department of Homeland Security.

    “We are certified as not being terrorists,” Lyles said.

    Their product is made in South Carolina and they are licensed to sell. Homeland Security might want to rethink their designation, though, because the cheesecakes Lyles and Hilton make in their small business are definitely “the bomb.”

  • Long, low and slow

    According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue’s 2011 National Barbecue Poll, 70 percent of Americans prefer to cook out over eating out as a way to save money.

    If dad enjoys cooking out, firing up the grill for Father’s Day is a natural, low cost fit. It can be fun, easy and a stress-free way to avoid long restaurant lines.

    Instead of a gift card, new tie, socks or shirt, why not make your dad feel like a king with a great Father’s Day meal that will put a smile on his face?

  • Today's recipes

    When it comes to grilling out, nothing beats hot dogs and hamburgers, but sometimes you need to kick it up a notch.

    That’s where a good marinade comes in.

    Marinades are a great way to add spice and flavor before grilling. 

    You can also make the most of an inexpensive cut of meat with a marinade by turning cheap choice into prime steak.

    There are tons of store-bought varieties, but you can save money by easily preparing your own from scratch.

  • Summer movies start this Saturday

    The city of Lancaster’s summer outdoor movie and concert series kicks off this week.

    Caroline Hasty, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster, said there will be a movie on the second Saturday of each month through September.

    Beginning Saturday, Hasty said families can bring chairs and blankets to the corner of Gay and Main streets for “Movies in the City.”

    All the movies are free and concessions will be sold.

  • Deligiannidis a testimony to proper nutrition

    Opinions and advice on how to achieve good health or overcome health problems are a “dime-a-dozen” nearly everywhere.
    But it means a lot more to hear a personal story from someone you know, who’s succeeded in achieving better health.
    It’s even better if their program is simple, easy to understand and affordable.
    Konstantinos “Gus” Deligiannidis, owner of Gus’ Restaurants in Kershaw and Lancaster, has a story of his own journey to good health, and he’s doing something to share it.