What We Feed Our Patients: The Hospital Food Revolution at Rex

Story by Matt Young. Photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – As a child, Jim McGrody watched Julia Child on a black-and-white television in his bedroom. He made pancakes for his brothers when he was in second grade. He knew that when he grew up, he wanted to be a chef. But now, Jim is leading a food revolution – from the kitchen of Rex Hospital.

His mission: abolish the notion that hospital food is bad. Read more

Strawberry Fields Forever

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree

Apex, NC – Nothing beats the pleasure of fresh strawberries in May on farms across in the Triangle.

I’ve certainly been eating my share of ‘berries. But driving past DJ’s Berry Patch on Saturday morning, I had to consume the experience with a camera.

This, by the way, is a strawberry flower.

The fields were lush with berries, some completely ripe, others still white and green for future harvest.

I walked away from the parking lot, to the farthest end of the field. The air smelled like strawberries. How do you capture that in a photo?

Springtime, and the picking is easy.

If you have a clever recipe that makes use of fresh strawberries, send it to food@carycitizen,.com.

 

Health: Cuckoo For Coconut!

 

Story by 12-year-old “Veggies Go Crunch” blogger Kaynan Goldberg. Photo by Chandrika Nair.

Cary, NC – Coconut.  Just say it.  It’s a fun word.  It’s also an interesting one.  Read more

Hand-Cut French Toast – Perfect for Mother’s Day

 

Recipe by Hal Goodtree. Picture by CurryPuffy.

Cary, NC – Mother’s Day is next Sunday (May 8). Officially, it’s a holiday for kids to celebrate their Moms. Unofficially, Dads better have a plan of action.

Here’s a sure-fire recipe that takes traditional French Toast and kicks it up a notch. Plus, with a little supervision, you can get the kids to do most of the work. Read more

Recipes: It’s Strawberry Season!

 

Story by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – I love strawberry season. Strawberries are the most delicious and versatile of fruits. And what fun it is to pick your own at one of the local strawberry farms! Here are a few wonderful recipes to make the most of Strawberry Season. Read more

Herbfest 2011 – Coming in May

Story by Lindsey Chester, photo by Marcia Hansen.

Cary, NC- Last year, the Friends of Page-Walker created a new festival in downtown Cary – Herbfest.

My daughter Emma and I attended and she was thrilled to take home a seedling that grew into a large basil plant. The festival is returning on the weekend of May 7 and has expanded to include live performances and demonstrations along with the herbs and gifts for sale.

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Cary Police Chief: This Job is “Cake”!

Photos courtesy of Wake Tech.

Cary, NC – Who could resist a photo of Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore decorating a cake under the stern tutelage of Chef Norma Miller? We couldn’t.

Chief Bazemore got a chance to do a little cake decorating (and cake judging) at Wake Tech’s Culinary Arts Showcase at the Raleigh Convention Center on April 12. She is a graduate of Wake Tech’s Criminal Justice Technology program and was asked to be a celebrity judge for a live two-hour cake decorating challenge at the Showcase. Read more

Recipe: Roasted Leg of Lamb For Easter Dinner

Story by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Alicia, the Kitchen Wench.

Cary, NC – Lamb is a classic entree for the Easter table. The custom of eating lamb at important religious feasts goes back thousands of years, spanning many cultures and religions. Here is an easy and delicious way to serve lamb for your Easter table. Read more

It’s a Miracle! Chocolate Covered Matzah

Story by Leslie Huffman, photo by grongar.

Cary, NC – Passover is one of my favorite holidays. It has a great story, and is full of wonderful traditions and like most good holidays – a major part of it is “about the food”.

This year, Passover is celebrated from April 18-26. The brisket is always wonderful, the matzah ball soup marvelous, but Passover dessert has always been a challenge.

One of the many “plagues of Passover” is the flourless, dairy-less, tasteless desserts keeping with Passover dietary tradition. The other plague, while not as bad as locusts, is Read more

A Short Drive from Cary: 16th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour

Story by Leslie Huffman, photos provided by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Cary, NC – The 16th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour takes place next weekend and it’s just a short drive from Cary, NC. Billed as America’s Largest Farm Tour, on the weekend of April 16-17, you can take a carload of folks to visit 40 different Piedmont farms. Read more