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Fayetteville-based Bare Foods: Aiming for “great taste without regret”

By Nathan Walls Bob and Diana Carroll have a passion for great food. But at one time in their lives, the hustle and bustle of balancing their careers and raising children made the fast food drive-thru a frequent destination. After realizing that eating out too much was contributing to health problems, the Carrolls decided to […]

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Warm Drinks for Cold Weather

Baby, it’s cold outside – or it’s supposed to be. Even if it isn’t, there’s no reason not to enjoy some special warm drinks of the season. Cocoa is great year-round, especially when you make it with ice cream. Butterbeer will tickle the palates of Harry Potter fans young and old, as well as anyone […]

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Fayetteville State University Launches Campus Kitchen Food Recovery Program

By: Erin Pesut  “What’s green?”   At the small low tables in their small blue seats, preschoolers at the Early Childhood Learning Center at Fayetteville State University (FSU) shouted out their answers.   Pickles!   Green beans!   Peas!   When someone yelled, “Apples,” a small boy responded, “Aren’t apples red?”   As the nutrition discussion around which foods were what […]

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Reading Nook: New Books By Authors We Love

I love it when I discover an author who, after I have read one of their books, compels me to find others they have written and read them too. If that author has a new book on the way, I find myself anxiously awaiting that one too. There are many authors like that who we […]

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Food: Breakfast for the Holidays

By Katie Crenshaw  Food makes the holidays special! Getting together for elaborate lunches and dinners can be fun, but don’t forget it’s possible to entertain family and friends over a breakfast or brunch. During “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” whether you are having company over or keeping it simple and staying home, indulge […]

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Place your Napkin in your Lap: The art of etiquette and good ol’ fashioned table manners

By Taylor Aube  What do you do with all those forks? Which way do you pass the gravy? Who eats first? Have you ever been stumped on what to do at the table? We can all relate to Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson in Titanic when he’s having a first-rate dinner with the first-class passengers. […]

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Bowls, Bowls, Bowls: An Eating Tradition Becomes Community Art

By: Pamolu Oldham  Sue Parker Byrd takes a break after breakfast and cleanup on a typical Tuesday morning at Operation Inasmuch, an organization that feeds breakfast to 80 to 100 of our community every weekday. The staff and volunteers serve family members who arrived hungry—for eggs, sausage, grits, coffee and hot chocolate. This morning I […]

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Reading the Classics – The Second Time Around

By: Diane Parfitt  In high school, you probably had at least one great English teacher who introduced you to books that you might not have read if they had not been required. The best teachers made them interesting and inspired you to enjoy these books. Alas, I did not have a teacher like that – […]

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Princess Mania!

These daring and graceful princesses from Sprinkle Pop Play bring magic and happiness wherever they go! We stopped to get to know some of the princesses a little bit better.     1. What is your real name?  BC: Brittany Campbell  KH: Kelsey Hay  MG: Malerie Goodman  TK: Taylor Kraft    2. Which is your favorite […]

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Crockpot Miracle: Simple recipes to keep you sane

By: Jennifer Serda  During the week, when a busy mom hears the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” it can literally put fear into her heart. But fear not, and grab that slow cooker!  (Dad, you can pay attention, too!)  After a hectic day, your slow cooker can be your saving grace. And now, thanks to […]

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For the Birds

A Raeford man turns found wood into birdhouses and beautiful creations By Rebekah Sanderlin   A lot of houses have been built in Raeford in recent years, and the rapid growth has apparently extended to the bird world, too. Drive past David R. Lee’s house on Lindsay Road and you’ll see everything from tiny starter […]

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The Art of Sacred Spaces

By Pamolu Oldham  To experience art, we often anticipate destination points—the High Museum in Atlanta, our own North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Nasher in Durham, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in NYC, Tate in London. But even close to home we can find stunning works of art in our community’s sacred spaces, […]

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Local Diners

By: Katie Crenshaw   Local mom-and-pop restaurants all have something in common. From their friendly service, the great prices and the quality, homemade food, these are the places where you can encounter your friends, your neighbors and catch up on the latest news in town. You arrive hungry, but leave satisfied, full on that home-town feeling. […]

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Men Who Cook

By Erin Pesut  Albert Yepez of Cooking Connections Citrus Chicken Alfredo  This is one of Albert’s favorite recipes from about 25 years ago from a restaurant he loved. His favorite way? He’d add more garlic than the recipe calls for.    “I like to use a pasta bowl placing pasta in sauce down first then […]

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Faith on Film

By James Johnson   For Fayetteville-based filmmaker Jeremiah McLamb, the world of film production is one of organized chaos. It is a constant juggling act of balancing art and business, passion and obligation and spirituality as well as entertainment.    McLamb, however, wouldn’t have it any other way, as he says he owes his entire filmmaking career […]

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Hydrate Your Way to a Healthy Summer

(Family Features) Staying well-hydrated is especially important during the summer months. In addition to normal body functions, higher temperatures draw more water through perspiration, so consciously replacing your fluid content becomes essential for overall health. “Every system in your body – from reproduction and digestion to circulation, mood and memory – depends on water,” said […]

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Good Nutrition Shouldn’t Take a Summer Break

(Family Features) While the summer is often celebrated as a carefree time of lounging around, pool dates and hanging out with friends, for many children in communities across the country, it means limited access to the foods their growing bodies need. In fact, more than 22 million children may miss out on milk’s nutrition in […]

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Grilling Tips to Get You to Pitmaster Status

Give your grill some sizzle by combining your favorite cuts of meat and unique combinations of dry rub ingredients. In no time, you’ll earn “pitmaster” status among your friends and family as you create amazing flavors that will impress even the biggest BBQ fans. The key to success on the grill is top-notch ingredients, and […]

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DIY Wedding Trends

Pinboards are buzzing with endless inspiration, bringing clever and colorful projects to life. For brides to be, the hottest looks in wedding decor can be yours with just a bit of creativity. The evolution of touch is underway, with fabrics and embellishments featuring texture and intrigue becoming huge hits this bridal season. Take materials such […]

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3 Ways to Personalize Your Party Treats

From “just-because” gatherings to birthday blowouts and major holidays, you’ll have everything you need to personalize your party with these quick party tricks. Decorate with ColorColor adds a pop of personality to any party. Kick it up a notch with a customized color palette that matches your unique party theme. Use the new Wilton Color […]

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