Monthly Archives: March 2013

Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies existed before the introduction of the Waring blender in 1935, but they were little more than a combination of fruit, juice and ice. Not so smooth. It wasn’t until Waring perfected and marketed the first modern blender, designed to … Continue reading

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Cook Up Some Hot Cross Buns

One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns! – Traditional nursery rhyme. The Easter season is loaded with traditions. Although a religious holiday, many secular observances are now commonplace: colored eggs, baskets full of candy, parades and bonnets. One of … Continue reading

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Backyard Chickens: The Egg Eater

I have a new chicken. When I dropped by my brother’s place last weekend, this caged and cranky bird was waiting for me in the driveway. It only took a moment for me to see why she had been removed … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Flock

“Before I got chickens, I tried to wrap my head around the farmer mentality,” says illustrator and author Lauren Scheuer, recalling her decision to raise backyard chickens. “I thought I’d raise some chickens and when they got old, I’d cut their heads off,” Scheuer … Continue reading

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Create a Cold Frame for Your Garden

Spring can’t get here soon enough. Garden planned, seeds purchased and a trowel at the ready. Waiting for that frost date to arrive is an exercise in patience. Sudden temperature swings in the North Carolina piedmont are not uncommon and … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie Is a Lunch o’ the Irish

It is said that shepherd’s pie is named for the occupation in which Ireland’s St. Patrick labored as a young man. Although most agree that the dish evolved in the 1800s from cottage pie (the names are now all but … Continue reading

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Just Brew It: How to Make Hard Cider at Home

“It is indeed bad to eat apples. It is better to make them all into cider.” – Benjamin Franklin Homebrewing is more popular than ever these days and the recipes for homebrewed beer are endless. If you are looking for a … Continue reading

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