Features: Columns

May. 26, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Veal meet again

My mom’s an Italian girl from Jersey, so growing up we spent quite a bit of time up there (yeah, yeah, I know; insert Jersey joke here). Say what you want about the Garden State, but those folks have tons of awesome diners turning out delicious eats.

May. 20, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

Watch for farm machinery

Now that spring has sprung, a lot of farm work is happening. Actually, it started back in late February when tobacco growers started seeding greenhouses to grow transplants. Now, when the soil is dry enough, farmers are getting fields ready for transplant, are applying fertilizer to wheat and pastures, and are planting corn, soybeans and other crops.

May. 19, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

Unabashed extravagance

Maybe somebody has blown you away with their kindness or generosity. It might be a birthday or anniversary. It’s possible you’ve screwed up big time. Or perchance you’re trying to coerce favors or manipulate behavior.

May. 13, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

Syfert lays out the facts about ‘Meck Dec’

Scott Syfert talks about “The First American Declaration of Independence” on North Carolina Bookwatch at noon Sunday, May 17, and at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21.

May. 12, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

Spuds in the blood

There are two kinds of enthusiasts.

The first type is an indiscriminate lover of anything having to do with the object of their affection, despite its worthiness of veneration. Crazy cat ladies and UNC fans come to mind.

The second is extremely selective; they consider themselves something of a connoisseur. They have stratospherically high standards and eschew inauthenticity or subpar quality.

May. 06, 2015 @ 10:24 AM

'The End of Innocence' chronicles 'lives wrecked by war'

Allegra Jordan talks about “The End of Innocence: A Novel” on North Carolina Bookwatch at noon Sunday, May 10, and 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14.

May. 06, 2015 @ 09:44 AM

Little black dress of veg

Step right up, folks.

This week I have a dish that is all things to all people. It’s a salad. It’s a side dish. It can be a dip or spread. It’s a rice or pasta dish. Turn it into a casserole or soup. Use it as a stuffing for any number of foods in need of filling. Put it in a wrap. It’s even a relish.

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

‘What the Dog Knows’ informs and entertains

Cat Warren talks about “What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs” on North Carolina Bookwatch Sunday, May 3, at noon and Thursday, May 7, at 5 p.m.

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 10:14 AM

Dealing with insects in the garden

There are few things more enjoyable than a homegrown vegetable picked at the height of flavor and tenderness. I suspect one reason so many kids today have an aversion to vegetables is because they have only known those that come from a can or a freezer bag. Even fresh vegetables from the grocery store sometimes fall a little short. And while these can all be an important part of a healthy and delicious diet, there is simply no debate that fresh is better. Regrettably, there are quite a few insect critters that agree wholeheartedly.

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 03:13 PM

The column they didn’t want you to see

Some weeks I’m convinced that I’ll never come up with another idea for a column again. I sink into deep despair and decide that instead of a food writer, I’ll become a goldfish pet sitter or maybe a telemarketer.