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Food and Fun

  • It's time to bring back Sunday dinner

    If I close my eyes and listen closely, I can hear the back room fan in my grandparents’ Erwin Farm home pulling a breeze through the house when the kitchen and living room windows were up.And at lunchtime on Sunday, that breeze would pull the smells coming from the stove as Granny Williams put the finishing touches on a traditional Sunday dinner.The table was pulled away from the wall to make room for six, two extra chairs were brought into the small kitchen and the good dishes were taken down from the top shelf, while a brass-colored tea ball steeped in a p

  • Decadent Brunch; Let Cap'n Crunch steer late breakfast ship

    The days you get to sleep in are few and far between, so why not skip that early breakfast and enjoy brunch instead? Put that box of breakfast cereal to another use by making Cap’n Crunch French Toast and Miss Leslie’s Ham Salad on Biscuits?

  • Tailgating has colorful history

    This Saturday, Clemson University's Death Valley and the University of South Carolina’s Williams Brice Stadium will be magically transformed into two of the Palmetto State’s largest towns, at least for a few hours.

  • Avoid peach panic: Make the best of leftover fruit

    Don’t worry. We’ve all done it. Those peaches come into season and when we drive by produce stands, we are drawn in by their voluptuous looks.

  • Snap out of rut with summertime twists on traditional recipes

    Your summer dinners are starting to drag. Don’t worry; you aren’t alone. It’s easy to get into a rut preparing the same meals over and over again.But it’s just as easy to snap out of it and start a culinary revolution by twisting something old into something new. Just put a spin on your favorite recipes by doing the summertime twist.An updated version of the tried and true All-American cheeseburger and Baked Sweet Potato Fries will keep your Labor Day cookout guests on their toes.

  • Get kids involved, excited about school lunch choices

    Your nerves are shot.After spending endless hours pushing a shopping cart through every store in three counties for weeks, you found the perfect Hannah Montana or Kasey Kahne lunch box.Now, all that’s left to do is find something to put in it that will give your little Disney Channel wannabe or NASCAR novice enough brain power to make it through the day.And you thought finding that lunch box was hard.Try finding the suggested good-for-you protein, vegetable, fruit and a fun treat combination you can pack each day that they will eat.

  • Eat light to beat the heat

    August lends itself to eating lighter meals to get through sweltering summer days. But eating light doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. You may even want to move the cooking outside for these sizzling, grilled Smell Good Chicken Sandwiches. As soon as your neighbors whiff the aroma drifting from your yard to theirs, they’re going to understand where the name comes from.

  • Saffron adds kick to Paella Marisco

    Cooking is an inexpensive culinary adventure to an exotic excursion. It gives you a chance to savor the delectable cuisine of some faraway place from the comfort of your own kitchen. Plus, there is very little hassle and no travel expenses.

  • Brown bag lunches from home save time, money

    With the price of gasoline going up almost daily, many families are looking for ways to save a little money, including packing a brown bag from home instead of eating at a restaurant or opting for fast food.

  • Back yard feast: Side dishes add fireworks to Great American Cookout

    Light the grill; Independence Day is here.While hot dogs, hamburger patties and barbecue chicken take center stage in the backyard on Friday, nothing adds spice to a star-spangled July 4 feast like all-American side dishes.The great thing about side dishes is you can mix and match them, depending on what your tastes are.From baked beans and coleslaw to potato salad and fresh-shucked corn, the combinations are endless.Nothing is better than topping it with homemade ice cream and a patriotic sweet treat or two, including an ice cold watermelon.