Features: Columns

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.


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.