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Food and Fun

  • 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.

  • Farmer's markets have local flavor

    If you want some of the freshest produce around, you’ll find it at a local farmer’s market.The reasoning is simple. There is no “jet lag” involved. While most of the produce that hits the supermarket shelves is trucked in, local produce has traveled less than a day to get to market, making it as garden fresh as possible.

  • Rubs take art of grilling to a new level

    Grill enthusiasts who depend on barbecue sauces and marinades to awaken meats may be missing the boat.Nothing can add character and a kick to beef and pork like a good rub.A rub is simple, dry powder usually made of spices, salts and sugars that’s applied to meat before it’s grilled.It not only boosts the flavor, but also forms a tasty crust by clinging to the meat.According to the Web site www.fiery–foods.com, rubs work well because they “open up” the meat.

  • Culinary arts students at LHS learning to cook with passion

    The culinary arts classes at Lancaster High School are taught in such a way that students can take it to the next level if they want to.

  • Cupcakes make a comeback

    By now, some of you are still running around trying to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Finding something that’s fresh, foolproof and made with love may be closer than you think.

    It’s not in the shopping mall; it’s cupcakes made fresh from the kitchen cabinet.

    We’re talking flour, sugar, baking soda and butter, blended with the love that every mother appreciates.

  • Tabernacle Chili cook-off heats up Relay for Life

    When Stephen Wright decided to enter the Tabernacle United Methodist Church Chili Cook-off on April 12 to benefit the 2008 Relay for Life, he had a plan.It wasn’t much of a plan, but it was a plan.“I told ‘em, I’d probably be better off to go by Wendys, buy a bunch of chili, put it in a pot and try to fake out everybody,” he said, laughing.

  • Former Miss S.C. to speak at National Day of Prayer luncheon

    The Lancaster faith community is encouraged to attend the Fifth Annual Lancaster Community Prayer Luncheon on May 1 at Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road.

    This year’s keynote speaker is Kelly McCorkle Parkison, who served as Miss South Carolina 2002 and participated in the television reality show, “Amazing Race.”

    In addition to McCorkle Parkison, the service will include prayers offered to God for our families, churches, our government leaders, military and civil servants and our nation said Dr. Bert Welch, Covenant senior pastor.

  • Old-fashioned cast-iron cooking still has place in modern kitchen

    There's a shiny, new cast-iron skillet above the refrigerator in our kitchen. But that's about to change; I'm ready to knock that sheen off by seasoning it and putting it to good use.

    To me, the pride of every southern kitchen is still a cast-iron skillet.

    In a day when stainless, copper-coated cookware is the rage, that old dark skillet has lost its appeal to many.

    Why?

    I'm not really sure, considering that it can be used for a wide array of roasting, frying, sauteing and baking.

  • See colonial cooks in action Saturday at AJ Birthday Celebration

    When Scots-Irish settlers migrated to the Carolinas in the 18th century, they brought familiar names like Lancaster, Chester and York with them.

    They also brought what they had learned from cooking in the open hearths of their homes in Ireland and the Pennsylvania settlements.

    Those attending the annual Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration on Saturday at Andrew Jackson State Park will get a brief glimpse of colonial cooking from demonstrations by the Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley.