These fragrant black beans are a good change from the tomato-based bean dishes. Serve them over hot rice or wrap them up in a burrito. Or remove all the bay leaves, then whirl some beans and broth in a blender or food processor to make black-bean soup.
2 pounds dried black beans
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons salt
7 bay leaves
12 cups water
7 cloves garlic, diced
2 1/2 large onions, chopped
2 1/2 large green peppers, chopped
1 1/4 teaspoon dried chipotle or cayenne powder, or to taste
1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano
Clean the beans. If you want to, soak beans for 6 to 10 hours.Read more
Making your own salad dressing is a quick way to up the goodness of a meal. You'll get more flavor than with bottled dressings, with no artificial flavors, emulsifiers, or preservatives. Use local honey to support your community beekeepers.
1/4 cup prepared mustard, such as Whole Food Market's 365 Organic German Mustard
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, such as Spectrum Natural's Organic Unpasturized Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
Mix all ingredients in a small glass jar or other non-reactive container. (Vinegar reacts with aluminum, cast iron and copper, giving the dressing an unpleasant metal taste.) Stir or shake to mix.
Refrigerate any extra. This dressing keeps for weeks.Read more
Local teens can enjoy an afternoon of free food, fun and time with friends at Teen Day Fuquay, May 5, at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Teen Day is organized by the Fuquay-Varina Police Department. In addition to activities like a rock wall, Iron Man obstacle course, music by Flowers for Faye, prizes and other free entertainment, the event emphasizes the perils of drunk and distracted driving.
Teens can attempt to drive a pedal kart wearing “drunk goggles,” or drive in a DWI simulator, helping them learn the effects of alcohol in a safe environment. A Seat Belt Convincer demonstrates the importance of seat belts by simulating a low-speed collision. A texting obstacle course shows the dangers of texting while driving.Read more
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina has granted more than 2,300 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions since it was founded in 1986.
To further that mission, the organization will host its Walk for Wishes on Sunday, March 25. Five cities across the Eastern region of North Carolina will hold 5K walks to raise funds that will help area children’s wishes come true.
The Raleigh-area walk will be held at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Fayetteville, Greenville, Morehead City and Wilmington will also host events.Read more
For our March/April issue, we’re celebrating all things edible — and drinkable.
We asked some local restaurants to show off their favorite Signature Cocktails. Read in-depth descriptions of four of the best — and don’t miss online extra photos and descriptions for some of the other top drinks.
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