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

Restaurant: Mawa’s Taste of Africa

Restaurant review and photos by Hal Goodtree.

Morrisville, NC – Chicken and steak is great. I love my tilapia, tuna and tilefish, too. But where can you go for goat?

The answer is Mawa’s in Morrisville. Read more

Recipe: Easy As (Chicken and Broccoli) Pie

 

Story by Leslie Huffman, photo from the Ditto Family

Cary, NC – I don’t know about you, but life is very hectic at our house. My children are in a gazillion activities and have tons homework. My husband and I have work and after hours meetings and of course somewhere in there we must make dinner.

Even with all the crazy schedules we hold, we do manage to eat dinner as a family at least 4 days a week. It is the prep time that I seem to lack when it comes to cooking. So here is a one dish meal that packs in all the food groups and tastes delicious.  Oh, and it’s easy as pie! Read more

Gardening: Time for Lettuce

Story & photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, N.C. – This period of the late winter should be called “Pear Blossom Season” in Cary, because the ever-popular, medium-sized tree is exploding in white blossoms all over town.

It turns out that Pear Blossom Season is exactly the right time of year to plant lettuce and other cool-season salad greens. Read more

Go Local: I’m Hooked on the Sea Depot

Story and photos by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC – I am a fish out of water when knowing how to choose fresh seafood from the store. Unless you caught the fish yourself, it can be difficult to tell exactly how fresh it is or where it came from. Read more

Chicken and Egg Situation in Cary – Literally

Story by Mary Beth Phillips. Photo by SteveW.

Cary, NC – I was at a dinner party in Raleigh and more than half of the attendees waxed poetic about the joys of raising backyard chickens. Read more