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Chili cook-off in Pembroke Saturday

Chili lovers, rejoice. The North Bryan Chamber of Commerce's sixth annual Chili Cook-off is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Center in Pembroke, where more than a dozen chili cooks are expected to compete for cash prizes.

February 19, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Food+Drink


Potatoes were made to go with meat

Those of us who like meat need only look to Genesis 9:3 to support our affinity for the four most important food groups - beef, pork, chicken and seafood.

February 12, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Customer service is a lost art

The fast-food craze that began more than half a century ago is partly to blame for the apparent loss in customer service.

February 06, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Life without ham is unthinkable

Can you imagine life without ham? Me either. There would be no ham and eggs, just eggs. There'd be no country ham biscuits, just biscuits.

January 31, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Zesty chili warms hearts on chili day

More than 600 community members found warmth in hot bowls of chili Saturday afternoon during First Presbyterian Christian Academy's annual chili cook-off.

January 29, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Support your local small-town cafe

They moved with a purpose from the dining room to the kitchen and back. Their pace was pretty good for 400-year-olds.

January 22, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Good butter beans are hard to find

Georgia writer Flannery O'Connor was mistaken - a good man isn't so hard to find, but finding a good bowl of butter beans can sometimes be challenging, unless you cook them yourself.

January 08, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Local culinary heroes teach, inspire

I emulate Biblical role models like Joshua, David, Peter and Paul. Jesus is more than a role model. He's God. I also look up to military heroes like Francis Marion, John Singleton Mosby, Alvin York, Audie Murphy and Paul R. Smith. It's my culinary heroes, though, who teach me new recipes and inspire me to develop my own skills in the kitchen or at the grill.

January 01, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


It's Christmas sweets, not turkey or ham

Millions of Americans have gained a few pounds since Thanksgiving. They'll add on a few more on Christmas and New Year's Day.

December 25, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Cajun, Creole, low country seasoned with diversity

Cajun, Creole and low-country cooking are similar, I think, because they're culturally linked. I say it's not the common spices or pork seasonings but the diversity that makes these similar cuisines so delicious.

December 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Columnist | Food+Drink


Be thankful for turkey leftovers

I'm not making light of Thanksgiving Day by suggesting we should be thankful for leftovers. To have enough is a feast. To have leftovers is a blessing of abundance, and that's what Thanksgiving is all about.

November 28, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Food can live to be eaten another day

If my wife wasn't such a good cook, I'd be 50 pounds lighter. I'm not blaming her, though.

November 20, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Sweet potatoes are true food of the gods

My English IV teacher, Reomia Unold, said ambrosia was the food of the gods. I disagreed and told her so. She shook her head and sighed.

November 13, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Recipes bring back fond memories

I'm often asked why I don't write other commentaries. It's better to write about things you know about, and it's easier to do it when it's something most folks can agree on - like food.

November 07, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Salad without dressing is rabbit food

Basic training in 1973 at Fort Jackson, S.C., was not a culture shock to me. Daddy was a Marine, so I grew up under strict supervision and was used to being dropped for pushups or called a maggot.

October 30, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


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'Best breakfast in town' -- yeah, right

The large billboard could be seen half-mile away when traveling north on I-95, near the town of Dunn, N.C. The colorful ad depicted a large dinner plate with two eggs over-easy, several slices of bacon and a generous portion of good ol' Southern grits.

April 10, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Coffee important to mornings, national security

It's hard to imagine that 240 years ago, American colonists drank tea - not sweet tea, but English tea.

April 02, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Vindicated over once 'bad' foods

This column, "Around the Table," has celebrated a number of foods the so-called experts tell us are bad. I quietly but forcefully tell these control freaks to leave me alone. I'll eat what Georgia boys have been eating since 1733. I have a wife and a mama; I don't need a nanny.

March 27, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Gadgets enhance both cooking, eating

It's hard to imagine what mealtime would be like without the invention of simple kitchen gadgets.

March 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Celebrate the often underrated egg

I like eggs - boiled, poached or fried.

March 13, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Eating healthy is harder than you think

My wife, kids, mama and a mess of doctors have strongly suggested that I try to eat healthy. But eating healthy is harder than most folks think.

March 05, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Some food should come with warning labels

The only time I'm not reading, writing or thinking deeply about something is when I'm fishing or sitting on the back porch at the end of a long work day.

February 26, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


Urban farmer brings message here

Urban farmer K. Rashid Nuri told Liberty County Chamber of Commerce members that quality food can and should be grown anywhere, including the concrete jungles of inner cities. Nuri said the United States is the richest country in the world, yet many Americans are food-insecure.

February 21, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge Correspondent | Food+Drink


Military services broadens culinary tastes

That wise Southern philosopher, Jeff Foxworthy, suggested one's origins affect how one talks, works, plays and thinks.

February 19, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Food+Drink


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