Best ground steak?

Best ground steak?

Ask three people in Mount Airy where to get the best ground steak sandwich, and you’ll get three different answers, according to Troy Combs, a M...

July 10th, 2018 |  


Hospital Bake-Off results in tie

Hospital Bake-Off results in tie

Northern Hospital of Surry County continued its tradition of semi-annual cooking competitions recently with an “All Things Fruity Bake-Off.̶...

June 27th, 2018 |  


Sour and salty like her soul

Sour and salty like her soul

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Niki Farrington is quietly building a pickle empire from a large commercial kitchen she leases at The Pilot Center.Farrington&#...

June 20th, 2018 |  


A big sandwich needs a sturdy roll

A big sandwich needs a sturdy roll

New York is not just a city of big buildings and people with big personalities, though it is both of those things. It is also a city of big sandwiches...

June 13th, 2018 updated: June 13th, 2018. |  


One tree of 1000s makes the best tart

One tree of 1000s makes the best tart

On a 60-acre farm on the outskirts of Mount Airy, there are thousands of fruit trees — so many varieties of peaches that not all of them have na...

June 6th, 2018 |  


Blondies deserve to have more fun

Blondies deserve to have more fun

They say blondes have all the fun. Or at least more of it. But in the world of dessert bars, it’s all about the brunettes.That is, if you consid...

May 2nd, 2018 |  


Skillet lasagna, making a favorite fast

Skillet lasagna, making a favorite fast

Who doesn’t love lasagna? When it comes to lasagna, most people agree with Garfield the Cat. It’s delicious.There’s sauce and cheese...

April 25th, 2018 |  


Kung Pao, not just chicken anymore

Kung Pao, not just chicken anymore

For a lot of people, Kung Pao Chicken is a gateway drug to the Szechuan section of a Chinese take-out menu, an initial first dance with the alluring, ...

April 18th, 2018 |  


At long last, spring becomes edible

At long last, spring becomes edible

If you are lucky enough to have planted some cool-weather vegetables during the warm February days or between the March snows and freezes, you’r...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Find warmth with island-inspired food

Find warmth with island-inspired food

In a year when spring is exhibiting a shocking lack of commitment, and Easter egg hunts are canceled, postponed or seriously impeded by snow, it’...

April 4th, 2018 |  


Easter pies to break a lenten fast

Easter pies to break a lenten fast

As religious holidays go, Easter catches the short end of the stick as far as holiday-specific foods. Sure, there are chocolate bunnies and Peeps, and...

March 28th, 2018 |  


A chocolate cake with a secret

A chocolate cake with a secret

Chocolate cakes with secret ingredients are nothing new. Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake has been around since the Depression and Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake h...

March 21st, 2018 |  


Slow cookers, perfect for every course

Slow cookers, perfect for every course

Casseroles are not something to be messed with, in the opinion of Bob Ward, who both reads the News and works in its marketing department, after last ...

March 14th, 2018 |  


Not your Meemaw’s casserole

Not your Meemaw’s casserole

“We eat with our eyes,” says everyone from scientists in laboratories to the lady next door who puts a little marzipan carrot on each slic...

March 7th, 2018 |  


Hummus sweetens its game

Hummus sweetens its game

There are hummus purists who take great umbrage at adding anything to hummus besides the obligatory chick peas, tahini and olive oil, maybe a little g...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Chicken breasts don’t have to be boring

Chicken breasts don’t have to be boring

Boneless chicken breasts have a lot going for them. They’re a lean protein, low in most of the stuff doctors warn against, and lately, they̵...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Dessert as metaphor for love

Dessert as metaphor for love

From the late 1950s until March 7, 2004, the world was divided between those people who dined at La Côte Basque, and those who did not.Regular di...

February 7th, 2018 |  


Danger of death by Crock-Pot overblown

Danger of death by Crock-Pot overblown

It couldn’t come at a worse time.Just a little more than a week before the Super Bowl — when we will all be needing our crock-pots for chi...

January 31st, 2018 |  


Changing your life requires sacrifice

Changing your life requires sacrifice

If your New Year’s resolution was to improve your health by eliminating certain foods or categories of food from your life and you’ve made...

January 24th, 2018 |  


Meaty ragù keeps the carnivores happy

Meaty ragù keeps the carnivores happy

Making a batch of ragù — which by the way, is a kind of pasta sauce, not a brand name — is a great way to get the carnivores in your ...

January 17th, 2018 |  


Roasted citrus brightens up winter

Roasted citrus brightens up winter

The dead of winter is a sad time for folks who try to eat seasonally. Root vegetables are nice enough, and don’t get the credit they deserve, bu...

January 10th, 2018 |  


Shopping from the garden, winter edition

Shopping from the garden, winter edition

Shopping from your garden and cooking a meal from produce that you have raised from the ground is a heady experience in the heat of the summer. But im...

January 2nd, 2018 |  


When two bites are just enough

When two bites are just enough

Two bites.That’s the rule for party appetizers. You want food that can be picked up with one hand, comfortably and without utensils — reme...

December 20th, 2017 |  


Naked cakes show what they’re made of

Naked cakes show what they’re made of

There have been naked cakes for as long as there have been cakes, but a trend isn’t a trend until it has a name, preferably a name that’s ...

November 29th, 2017 |  


Not too late for Thanksgiving creativity

Not too late for Thanksgiving creativity

It’s Wednesday. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and you haven’t even given a thought as to what you’re going to do about that side dish you...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


Cake mix cookies for a crowd

Cake mix cookies for a crowd

Powering through the lingering fatigue of a week-long cold, Angela Llewellyn spent Sunday baking seven kinds of cookies for a cookie drive she had org...

November 8th, 2017 |  


Bats, out of the belfry and onto the table

Bats, out of the belfry and onto the table

‘Tis the season for disgusting things.Fastidious people who for most of the year would have been mortified by the sight of a cobweb in their spo...

October 25th, 2017 |  


Why not butternut?

Why not butternut?

Move over pumpkin spice. There’s a new squash in town and it’s name is butternut.The juggernaut of ‘pumpkin spice everything’ ...

October 18th, 2017 |  


Confusing Americans for 100 years

Confusing Americans for 100 years

Tamales have delighted and confused Americans for a good long while.They have delighted because they are delicious and they have confused because the ...

October 11th, 2017 |  


When a pizza isn’t a pizza

When a pizza isn’t a pizza

Everyone has heard the old saying, “You can never have too much of a good thing.” Perhaps you’ve said it yourself. But it’s ra...

October 4th, 2017 |  


Dining on the Yellow Line

Dining on the Yellow Line

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Tucking into the second of four courses at a table for 125 running down the middle of Main Street in Pilot Mountain on Saturday...

September 28th, 2017 |  


Sweet Potato Festival is relaxed affair

Sweet Potato Festival is relaxed affair

As street festivals go, the sweet potato festival in Rockford is a laid-back affair. In its 20th year of celebrating the harvest of North CarolinaR...

September 20th, 2017 |  


Home canning on a serious scale

Home canning on a serious scale

“Back when I was cool, I did cool things. Now I go up to my home office and read gardening magazines,” says Scott Lowry of his new-found i...

September 13th, 2017 |  


Cupcake trend turns 21, cupcakes survive

Cupcake trend turns 21, cupcakes survive

It’s been 21 years since Magnolia Bakery opened their doors on Bleeker Street in New York’s West Village, and almost as long since “...

September 6th, 2017 |  


With eggplant, it’s all or nothing

With eggplant, it’s all or nothing

Eggplant is much like the little girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead. When it’s good, it’s very, very good. But when it’s...

August 23rd, 2017 |  


Stretching the harvest

Stretching the harvest

“Everything she fixes is ten times better than anything else,” says Joe Cochran of the food prepared by his wife Melissa Cochran.“Yo...

August 16th, 2017 |  


Veggies on the grill

Veggies on the grill

As satisfying as it is to sizzle big hunks of meat on a grill, it’s easy to forget that side dishes and vegetables also deserve some grill space...

August 9th, 2017 |  


Big, bad greens; arugula out of control

Big, bad greens; arugula out of control

Within minutes of tomatoes beginning to ripen in the garden, all of the leaf lettuces and salad greens shrivel up and die in a hot, muggy conspiracy o...

August 2nd, 2017 |  


Tomatoes, an avalanche of flavor

Tomatoes, an avalanche of flavor

By now, hopefully everyone has gotten the obligatory first tomato sandwich of the season behind them. And it goes without saying, that tomato sandwich...

July 26th, 2017 updated: July 26th, 2017. |  


A cobbler by any other name

A cobbler by any other name

As if it’s not difficult enough to figure out the difference between a cobbler and a sonker — a distinction that, seemingly, no two people...

July 18th, 2017 |  


Sauté, what Mama didn’t tell you

Sauté, what Mama didn’t tell you

If your Mama is like most, she taught you to cook things nice and easy. Stove turned up no higher than medium and, oh so gently, coax raw chicken or m...

July 12th, 2017 |  


Eggs at lowest price in a decade

Eggs at lowest price in a decade

Prices fluctuate, but mostly they go up. This is how you know if you’re old (you remember when a bottle of soda cost a dime) or if you’re ...

July 5th, 2017 |  


‘Chef and Child’ embrace inner Garfield

‘Chef and Child’ embrace inner Garfield

“People think it’s easy,” said Brooke Atkins, regarding food preparation. To which she added, “Keyword: think,” as she w...

June 28th, 2017 |  


Celebrate the Solstice with a hot grill

Celebrate the Solstice with a hot grill

The summer solstice was earlier today at 12:24 a.m. EDT making today the longest day of the year with 14 hours and 39 minutes between sunrise and suns...

June 21st, 2017 |  


Tomato, mayo, bread: Summer is here

Tomato, mayo, bread: Summer is here

People who live in the South, or at least this part of the South, know that Louise Fitzhugh did not invent the tomato sandwich in 1964 when she wrote ...

June 14th, 2017 |  


Yesterday’s killer is today’s superhero

Yesterday’s killer is today’s superhero

It’s not often a substance goes through as total an image makeover as coconut oil has done in the past few decades.It has gone from stone-cold k...

June 7th, 2017 |  


When it’s not what it says it is

When it’s not what it says it is

When Bob Ward, of Pilot Mountain, created a new dish for a Mother’s Day potluck a few weeks ago, he needed a name for his creation.Not for Bob t...

May 31st, 2017 |  


Bread is all you need, recent poll says

Bread is all you need, recent poll says

Some folks say that the only skill you need to throw a successful dinner party is the ability to bake decent homemade bread. The theory being that hom...

May 24th, 2017 |  


Connecting the dots between Mayberry and strawberries

Connecting the dots between Mayberry and strawberries

Carrie Nations of Elkin may only be 9 years old but she knows that fresh strawberries are just the ticket for a Mother’s Day dessert.Carrie didn...

May 17th, 2017 |  


Grandma gets pizza right

Grandma gets pizza right

Despite the joys and general deliciousness of homemade pizza as often discussed in this space, the fact remains that a home oven is simply not capable...

May 10th, 2017 |