Features: Columns

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.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

‘Billy Bowater’ gives look at politics behind the scenes

What is it really like to be the top aide to a powerful North Carolina senator, one who is much loved and much hated for his strong uncompromising views on heated issues, a senator who is running for reelection against a popular governor with a full war chest of campaign funds? Interesting, challenging?

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

The first cut is the hardest

It’s common wisdom that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one. The reason is that you must struggle to get the blade through. When that takes place, accidents can happen. As a savant-level klutz, I can speak to cuts. It looks like I’ve had particularly incompetent scarification tattoos from the elbows down.

Apr. 17, 2015 @ 05:31 PM

Get low

Back in the middle of March, when the weather began to feel a bit more like spring than winter, I decided one afternoon to close my books for a couple hours and do some yard work. Four tanks of gas in my lawn mower and five hours later I called it a day due to waning daylight and energy.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

Happy free b-day to me

     I’m pretty sure the statute of limitations has run out on this.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

Swift chronicles journey of ‘57 Chevy

“Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream,” by former Virginian-Pilot writer Earl Swift follows a ’57 Chevy station wagon through 13 different owners.