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Food and Fun

  • Fall into soups this season

    There are so many reasons to love this time of year: cooler temperatures, chunky sweaters and trees ablaze in color.

    But perhaps most thrilling of all – at least to us comfort foodies – is the arrival of soup season.

    And to kick the season off right, there’s no more decadent starter recipe than Amber Franks’ Potato Bacon Soup.
    A rich and silky combination of all things creamy, Amber achieves her pot of perfection by incorporating two different types of prepared soup bases and a full brick of cream cheese.

  • Ratcliffe still makes a difference

    INDIAN LAND – How often have you found yourself wanting to make a difference?

    BJ Ratcliffe is a person who has done just that—she has made a difference.

    As a registered dietitian, Ratcliffe knows the importance of fresh foods. She also knows that having access to them can be challenging. Educating the public to the benefits from fresh produce can be a full-time job. That is exactly how she spent many years of her career.

    Ratcliffe was a nutrition educator at the Mecklenburg County Health Department for 18 years.

  • Snappy Orange Marmalade Cake

    Ingredients
    Cake:
    3 cups cake flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup butter, softened
    2 and 1/4 cups sugar, divided
    3 large eggs, at room temperature
    1 tablespoon orange zest
    1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
    1 cup fresh orange juice
    1- 12 oz. jar orange marmalade

    Frosting:
    3/4 cup heavy cream, chilled
    3 tablespoons sugar
    3/4 cup sour cream, chilled

  • FWBC honors senior members with banquet

    From release
    The members of First Washington Baptist Church, 1300 E. Meeting St., honored their senior members at a banquet in June.

    In 1996, Rev. Frank Butler, pastor at First Washington Baptist came up with the idea of a program for senior members of the church.

    An advisory board headed by Mrs. Mary B. Mackey and Mrs. Reola McGriff brought the idea to life through The Golden Agers. McGriff served as The Golden Agers first president.

  • Isn't she lovely?

    On the night of Aug. 25, one man took home the title of Miss Elgin.

    Yes, you read that correctly.

    To raise money for Elgin Volunteer Fire Department projects and necessities, the department’s volunteer firefighters held a womanless beauty pageant at St. Luke Methodist Church, 128 Providence Road.

    The pageant, which was organized by the fire department auxiliary, featured a spaghetti dinner in addition to the pageant.

  • Desserts without the guilt

    Cupcakes are all the rage these days, but they surely aren’t the only mini eats making waves. At www.justapinch.com we’ve flipped for some truly sweet small bites lately, and the possibilities are only as limited as your imagination!

    Linda Dalton of Stoughton, Mass. is the perfect example of a cook with an eye for cute creations. Her Mini Cream-Filled Delights are one of our favorite recent finds, and were developed after Linda was taken by another recipe on Just A Pinch!

  • Bringing local history to life

    Jane Alford jalford@thelancasternews.com Combine about a dozen local volunteer actors in colonial dress and a film crew armed with small video cameras and what do you get?

    Four beautifully shot mini-films that bring to life our seventh president, Andrew Jackson, who was born and spent his youth in this area, and highlight the park that bears his name.

    The Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park held a grand film review July 12 to introduce the four mini-documentaries on the young Jackson and the Revolutionary War history of the Waxhaws area.

  • Test Kitchen: Going bananas for sweet dessert treats

    An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but bananas were always what kept us kids coming back for more! Mom would buy them by the bunches to keep us in the yellow. In fact, I never saw a brown banana until I was an adult...because us kids would gobble them up as soon as she brought them home!
    Well, it seems that I’m not alone in my fruit fancying.
    “I’ve got two favorite ingredients – bananas and peanut butter,” says home cook Lorie Roach on www.justapinch.com.

  • Test Kitchen: Study shows chocolate cake spreads smiles

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for... CHOCOLATE! Every day keeps getting sweeter around here in the test kitchen as we taste and sample our way through the yummy chocolate confections you’re serving up. A little heat from the oven doesn’t scare us a bit when the trade-off is a summer evening spent nibbling on homemade chocolate cake and ice cream.

  • Disney's Aladdin Jr. comes to stage

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is bringing “Aladdin Jr.” to stage July 19-22 with all the magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides as the popular Disney tale.
    Directed by Elaine Reese, “Aladdin Jr.” has an all-kid cast in a stage adaptation of the 1992 Disney film with the well-known songs, “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”