RECIPE: Cheddar Bacon Pimiento Cheese Ball

Calling someone or something a cheese ball is the ultimate take down — boring, lame, so yesterday.

But take a look at Pinterest, and you’ll see that cheese balls are trending once more. Versatile, easy-to-make and gorgeous, these globes of creamy deliciousness are perfect party food.

“They never went out of style for me,” said... Read More


Jump for the Children

Up and over, gracefully — that’s how a horse jumps, especially when he’s a champion.

See this Olympic-style show jumping and much more at the Jump for the Children Horse Show, a six-day event benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital.

Set for Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 8-13, this horse show is the longest continuously-held annual fundraiser for... Read More


Are You Scared Yet?

‘Tis the season in Western Wake, of ghosts and goblins and haunted everything.

Here’s a guide to the fun, for kids of all ages!

Saturday, Oct. 22 Creepy Crabtree Lake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville, 2 p.m. Cost: Free More info: (919) 460-3355 or wakegov.com/parks Investigate the darker side of nature with scary scavenger... Read More

Restaurant Row

Real estate agent Julie Woodcock visits Takeout Market regularly, especially when her schedule gets hectic. Her family likes Southern-influenced meals like this shrimp and grits entree.

Gourmet Grab and Go

As a hardworking real estate agent, Julie Woodcock’s days are long and unpredictable, leaving her little time to cook meals for her husband and 12-year-old son.

“I keep a full schedule, so I always like to have something healthy and easy to prepare on hand,” she said while at home in Holly Springs.

How does... Read More


Exclusive Dish: Chewy Chocolate Walnut Cookie

by Chanticleer Café & Bakery

Chewy Chocolate Walnut Cookies Makes about a dozen 4-inch cookies

2½  cups (11 ounces) walnut halves 3     cups (14 ounces) powdered sugar ¾    cup (2.2 ounces) cocoa powder (use Dutch-process cocoa for a darker color and a more intense flavor) ¼    teaspoon salt 4     large egg whites... Read More

Home & Garden

CM Peony

Making a Cold Case for Peonies

Pssst! Ya wanna know a secret? Herbaceous peonies (Paeonia lactiflora), those beautiful perennials with the big, bodacious blossoms everybody adores, really aren‘t that hard to grow in the South!

This should be welcome news to local gardeners who regard these peony bushes as highly desirable but finicky when it comes to fabulous flower shows. The... Read More


Edible, Ornamental Spinach

Spinach is not only an easy vegetable to grow, but it is also a healthy treat low in calories and high in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium. However, besides being a beneficial edible, spinach has ornamental possibilities that should not be overlooked.

If you want to start spinach from seed, scatter them in... Read More

We Love

We Love!: August 2016

We Love!: August 2016

1. Cool customer Insulating neoprene lunch sacks will keep food cold for hours. A shoulder strap is included for easy carrying, or clip onto a backpack with the handy carabiner, $22.99. stones-education.com

2. Bring your own Collapsible lunch boxes, made of BPA-free silicone, are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. At 20.3 ounces, the... Read More