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Zinnias are one of my favorite annuals, and a true herald of hot, summer weather. Last summer my front garden bed was full of zinnias, but this year I skipped them in lieu of lantana. Still lovely, … more
Some foods aren’t worth making if you don’t make a huge amount. Most of those kinds of dishes were originally peasant-type dishes. Peasants traditionally have very little money. They do, … more
If you think “development” and “Pittsboro,” you might envision Chatham Park or Mosaic, taking shape north of town. But Greg Stafford envisions something special in downtown Pittsboro with his … more
There are so many things I love about summer vegetable gardens, but without a doubt, tomatoes are my favorite. Like, I would arm wrestle Sasquatch for the last tomato in the field. If you’re a … more
This week, we chat with Vicki Newell, executive director of the Chatham Literacy Council, about the organization’s upcoming fundraising event. Newell has worked as the executive director for nine … more
Growing up, we were a Parkay family. Anything that called for butter — mashed potatoes, toast, vegetables, pan-frying — it was all conducted with a tub of margarine. (Who knows how many pounds of … more
The coronavirus pandemic has touched just about every part of our daily lives, but state officials overseeing this year’s general election have had a particular challenge. This week, we speak with … more
This week’s talk with Chef Virginia Willis marks the end of the pandemic conversation series with many of my favorite, most respected, role model chefs. But just like the virus itself, there … more
Here are the first 10 questions for Chef Virginia Willis. It’s a peek into the mind of a celebrity chef. When it’s going to be a while before you make a grocery run, what’s your favorite … more
I was happy to catch up with Donna and Bill Moldovan of Pittsboro this week to talk about one of my favorite fruits: peaches. Actually, that should be peaches with an exclamation point. … more
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
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