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Virginia Willis is a chef’s chef. Everyone has watched a show she had a hand in. She’s worked with names like Julia Child, Bobby Flay and Nathalie Dupree. She is the author of multiple cookbooks … more
Most gardeners will tell you they’ve got a love/hate relationship with mimosas. On the one hand, these deciduous trees are quite lovely, with their flamingo-pink flowers and airy, multi-stemmed, … more
Two years ago, I was prescient. I wish I could say it was in the stock market, or foreknowledge of lottery numbers, but I can’t. It was about entertaining during a quarantine — sort of. For … more
Daniel Simmons is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina, a youth development organization that serves nearly 500 children per day across Chatham, Lee and Harnett counties. With … more
The death by police of Minnesota man George Floyd — coupled with the preceding deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery — have led to businesses around the United States rethinking some … more
If you told any of my friends from Elizabeth City that I’m a pretty good cook, and even have food columns in not one, not two, but three newspapers, they’d laugh themselves right into the … more
Editor’s note: Michelle Bir is an American freelance photojournalist currently living in Italy. She has written and photographed for multiple newspapers in North Carolina, including The … more
Part roman-à-clef and part cinematic couch session, “The King of Staten Island” makes no secret about its origins and purpose. Comedian Pete Davidson, best known for his ongoing roller coaster … more
Chatham County Public Health Director Layton Long has just retired after more than 30 years in the field, and more than six with Chatham County. Stepping in to take his place in the interim is … more
June 20 may be the first official day of summer, but once June 1 hits, I consider it summertime. Summertime is a gardener’s dream. It’s a period of abundance for fruits and vegetables and … more
Brown Sugar Fudge, perfect for beginners - from America’s Test Kitchen’s Cook’s Illustrated’s 2010 Holiday Issue. more
Gotta tell you: it’s been nice to have some non-COVID-19 news items in the last few Corner Store columns. I think most, if not all of us, are suffering from some COV-erload, and while paying … more
Bynum resident Craig Greiner has been very busy lately. Like many, his life was changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It led him to create a data dashboard that tracks how the virus is spreading in … more
This week’s column entry is all about Chatham County business goings-on, which is nice. The impetus for this column was to provide a look at what’s happening for businesses in Chatham, but since … more
The biggest news in online entertainment in the last week or so was not a particular film or series. It was the arrival of HBO Max, HBO’s latest entry into the standalone streaming marketplace. … more
This time it’s personal. I’ve known Chef Chrissie for approximately 147 years. We met when I was 9. He was my best friend’s big, jerky brother. For years I thought we had a mutual … more
For most of our lives, we have rushed around. We are always on the move, doing one thing then doing the next thing. We take many things for granted. Many of us don’t stop to contemplate or wonder … more
Journalists love statistics. They help us tell stories and can sometimes be the stories themselves. The COVID-19 pandemic has given us plenty of numbers and plenty of statistics to help us talk … more
For now, Chatham County’s libraries are still closed because of COVID-19 restrictions. And with schools closed, too, the library system’s summer reading program has now taken on new meaning and … more
Chef Gray Brooks owns three eateries: Littler, Pizzeria Toro and my favorite Durham restaurant — Jack Tar and the Colonel’s Daughter, located at 202 N. Corcoran St. I think it’s because Jack … more
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