Shelton leaves rich legacy at North

Shelton leaves rich legacy at North

Most every teacher has heard this question at some point. It changes slightly with the class being taught.“When am I ever going to use calculus/...

July 3rd, 2016 |  


Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

A group of 13 kids between the age of 9 and 12 gathered at Cooperative Extension in Dobson on June 21 and got creative in the kitchen.Whitney Collins,...

June 29th, 2016 |  


Summer salads don’t have to be rabbit food

Summer salads don’t have to be rabbit food

Salads get a bad rap.They are sneeringly called rabbit food. They’re what a restaurant server throws at you to gnaw on while waiting endlessly f...

June 22nd, 2016 |  


Pesto solves awkward garden dilemma

Pesto solves awkward garden dilemma

Basil and tomatoes are one of the most enduring love stories in the history of food. They complement each other so well and for most of the summer, th...

June 15th, 2016 |  


Ice cream without a machine is possible

Ice cream without a machine is possible

For those old enough to remember, homemade ice cream was one of the real glories of summer. Made in a wooden bucket filled with ice and rock salt and ...

June 8th, 2016 |  


Chard is the new kale

Chard is the new kale

Kale has been the darling of the food world for a decade.Virtually no recipe has been spared from the addition of kale. Add kale to macaroni and chees...

June 1st, 2016 |  


Grilling season is about to begin

Grilling season is about to begin

As the unofficial beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend is also the unofficial beginning of grilling season.Everything tastes better cooked on the...

May 25th, 2016 |  


Enjoy strawberry season while it lasts

Enjoy strawberry season while it lasts

At some point in the past 30 years or so, it became possible to buy strawberries all year long. At first it was wonderful. The out-of-season berries w...

May 18th, 2016 |  


Key lime, a pie with a past

Key lime, a pie with a past

Behind every shortcut in the grocery store hides the fully homemade, from scratch original that the shortcut references. Before there was red velvet c...

May 11th, 2016 |  


142 years of mint, bourbon and big hats

142 years of mint, bourbon and big hats

Short attention spans are nothing new. America’s oldest continuously running sports event is over almost before it starts and it’s been th...

May 4th, 2016 |  


May Day, second string holiday deserves better

May Day, second string holiday deserves better

This Sunday will be May Day and not much is going to happen.May Day, or May 1, is just about the only one of the old pagan holidays that wasn’t ...

April 27th, 2016 updated: April 27th, 2016. |  


It’s not a dumpling, it’s a matzo ball

It’s not a dumpling, it’s a matzo ball

Passover comes late this year. Usually, Passover and Easter fall close together. The timing of the Christian holiday is, in fact, based on the Jewish ...

April 20th, 2016 updated: April 20th, 2016. |  


Try some street food at home

Try some street food at home

Street food is a beautiful thing. Walking up to a food cart on the street and grabbing a quick lunch can be a gamble but more often than not, it’...

April 13th, 2016 |  


Let the internet do your grocery shopping

Let the internet do your grocery shopping

Getting a meal on the table every night can be a chore. For a lot of folks, it’s not so much the cooking, it’s all the stuff that comes be...

April 6th, 2016 updated: April 6th, 2016. |  


Tweak pasta with unusual ingredients

Tweak pasta with unusual ingredients

According to the International Pasta Organization, the average American consumes 19.4 pounds of pasta every year. The versatility of pasta is a good r...

March 30th, 2016 |  


Wow Easter guests with bold entrée choice

Wow Easter guests with bold entrée choice

In most of the world, lamb is to Easter what turkey is to Thanksgiving. But locally, it just never caught on. It is rare in these parts to see an East...

March 23rd, 2016 |  


Daily bread starts early at Heartland Homestead

Daily bread starts early at Heartland Homestead

Marilyn Geiger takes her work with Extension and Community Association (ECA) seriously. So seriously that she got up at 6:30 a.m. to prep a bread demo...

March 16th, 2016 |  


Bake a cake, wash one bowl

Bake a cake, wash one bowl

The conventional wisdom is that cake mix was invented after World War II by big corporate mills as a way to use up an excess of flour stockpiled durin...

March 9th, 2016 |  


Add frittatas to your egg repertoire

Add frittatas to your egg repertoire

A frittata is like the illicit love child of an omelet and a quiche; clearly descended from both but not traditionally welcomed with open arms into th...

March 2nd, 2016 |  


Think of your slow cooker as a tiny oven

Think of your slow cooker as a tiny oven

As everyone knows, slow cookers or crock pots are great for soups, stews, pasta sauce or anything else that needs a good long simmer. Since they cook ...

February 24th, 2016 |  


Eat your oatmeal, it’s good for you

Eat your oatmeal, it’s good for you

While the health benefits of oats have been documented in dozens of studies, the question becomes not if one should be eating oats, but how. A bowl of...

February 17th, 2016 |  


Valentine’s Day DIY, easier than you think

Valentine’s Day DIY, easier than you think

With 100,000 pounds of Conversation Hearts produced every year during the season, they are the best selling Valentine’s Day candy. They even bea...

February 10th, 2016 |  


Super Bowl 50 and the quest for blue food

Super Bowl 50 and the quest for blue food

“There are no blue foods,” or so George Carlin famously said. Carlin was right. Even blueberries are actually purple. Normally, this is a ...

February 7th, 2016 |  


Master Gardeners are also master cooks

Master Gardeners are also master cooks

It should come as no surprise that Master Gardeners are masterful gardeners but it is perhaps less well known that many of them are master cooks as we...

January 27th, 2016 |  


Surry Extension marks ‘National Soup Month’

Surry Extension marks ‘National Soup Month’

In honor of National Soup Month, Cooperative Extension staged an instructional soup luncheon last Friday at its county headquarters. The program, open...

January 20th, 2016 |  


Eat like a Movie Star

Eat like a Movie Star

Hollywood award season is in full swing after last Sunday’s drunkfest of a season opener, the Golden Globes. Fueled by 7,500 glasses of Moet cha...

January 13th, 2016 |  


Comfort food takes the chill out of winter

Comfort food takes the chill out of winter

With the holidays behind us, cold weather finally setting in and 73 long, cold days until spring, a little comfort food is called for. Something hot t...

January 6th, 2016 |  


Food trends come and go but these recipes pass the test of time

Food trends come and go but these recipes pass the test of time

The sushi burrito is proof enough that food, like everything else, is subject to trends. Sushi burritos, along with pressed juices, acai bowls and dev...

December 30th, 2015 |  


Andrew Mills shines through turbulent 14 months

Andrew Mills shines through turbulent 14 months

The previous year, 2014, was a rough one for the Mills family.Patriarch Bryan suffered a relapse with cancer, then his younger son Jacob was diagnosed...

December 27th, 2015 |  


Christmas cakes, cookies and competition

Christmas cakes, cookies and competition

Northern Hospital held its first Christmas Cake and Cookie Bake Off on Wednesday, Dec. 16 in the hospital cafeteria. Thirteen employees baked homemade...

December 23rd, 2015 updated: December 23rd, 2015. |  


Look to the old days for festive appetizers

Look to the old days for festive appetizers

There comes a time in every holiday season when finger foods are called for. An all-appetizer pot luck or maybe you are wooed by the call of “he...

December 16th, 2015 |  


It’s time to bake the cookies

It’s time to bake the cookies

Of Americans who bake cookies, 93 percent of them will bake cookies during the holiday season and 61 percent will bake three or more batches, accordin...

December 9th, 2015 updated: December 9th, 2015. |  


Salad’s not just for summer anymore

Salad’s not just for summer anymore

With at least one big turkey dinner not too far in the past and at least a couple more coming down the pike, not to mention the hams and overloaded bu...

December 2nd, 2015 |  


Thanksgiving has high potential for disaster

Thanksgiving has high potential for disaster

No holiday is simpler than Thanksgiving. It’s just a big meal. There are thanks to be given, of course, but once that is dispensed with, it̵...

November 25th, 2015 |  


New twists on old favorites

New twists on old favorites

Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner can be a tightrope walk between preserving tradition and mixing things up enough to keep it interesting.Some things ar...

November 18th, 2015 |  


Hillary Irwin is reaching for the stars

Hillary Irwin is reaching for the stars

There’s an old saying that all horse people know all the other horse people and that’s usually true on a local level but for Hillary Irwin...

November 15th, 2015 updated: November 16th, 2015. |  


It’s a pie, it’s a cake, it’s a pie-cake

It’s a pie, it’s a cake, it’s a pie-cake

The Internet is a strange and wonderful thing and it seems to beget strange and wonderful things. One of the most strange of those things has got to b...

November 11th, 2015 |  


Antioch comes home

Antioch comes home

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when it comes to a Homecoming Sunday celebration, Antioch Baptist Church gets it right. After all, the chur...

November 4th, 2015 |  


Jennie Lowry, local musician, business owner and active community member.

Jennie Lowry, local musician, business owner and active community member.

Jennie Lowry is a woman who wears many different titles: mom, business owner, community volunteer and radio DJ.Lowry was born in Mount Airy and into t...

November 1st, 2015 |  


Brookie Bunton, deliciously creative

Brookie Bunton, deliciously creative

Brookie Bunton may have retired from 25 years as a teacher’s assistant last spring but she’s still plenty busy. She has cakes to bake, dec...

October 28th, 2015 updated: October 28th, 2015. |  


Bundt cakes are an imaginative fall alternative to pies

Bundt cakes are an imaginative fall alternative to pies

No doubt about it, fall is pie season. Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, they all scream fall and the holidays to come. But if you don’t want t...

October 21st, 2015 |  


Don’t let a pumpkin shortage mess up your fall; do it yourself.

Don’t let a pumpkin shortage mess up your fall; do it yourself.

If you’d rather open a can of pumpkin than cook a pumpkin from scratch, it’s probably a good idea to get on down to the store and stock up...

October 14th, 2015 |  


It’s sweet potato time

It’s sweet potato time

Even though it’s definitely fall, the Mount Airy farmer’s market is still clinging to summer. There are a few tomatoes, baby eggplants and...

October 7th, 2015 updated: October 7th, 2015. |  


Surry Cancer Awareness Team never stops

Surry Cancer Awareness Team never stops

It is hard to imagine a group of people who are more passionate about what they do than the Surry Cancer Awareness Team. This group of volunteers is d...

September 28th, 2015 |  


What would Aunt Bee cook?

What would Aunt Bee cook?

It only takes watching an episode or two of “The Andy Griffith Show” to figure out that Aunt Bee was a gifted cook. Especially if one of t...

September 22nd, 2015 |  


Dairy and the brain

Dairy and the brain

More than 300 people participated in the Surry Alzheimers Walk last weekend in an effort to fund research to end Alzheimers. It’s an important c...

September 16th, 2015 |  


Sky’s the limit with pizza

Sky’s the limit with pizza

Once you get past the idea that pizza has to be red sauce, mozzarella cheese and a topping or two and realize that the dough is a totally blank canvas...

September 9th, 2015 |  


It tastes better than it looks

It tastes better than it looks

Using a new recipe is an adventure. An adventure whose results can vary tremendously.Sometimes a first time recipe can result in a new family favorite...

September 2nd, 2015 |  


Why do school lunches have to be so hard?

Why do school lunches have to be so hard?

It’s only the third day of school and if you’re already struggling with ideas for school lunches, don’t feel bad. It happens. And st...

August 26th, 2015 updated: August 27th, 2015. |  


Hold onto summer as long as you can

Hold onto summer as long as you can

Even though it’s still plenty hot out, signs are everywhere that summer is almost over. It’s only a few weeks until Labor Day, most of the...

August 19th, 2015 |