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CAROL LOLLIS
Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts

Going for grains that aren’t run of the mill

Friday, February 12, 2016

Apart from rice, most of the grain we eat is consumed as the flour used in prepared foods. We eat wheat as breads, crackers, cakes, cookies and breakfast foods, but rarely as whole grains; corn comes in chips, tortillas, cereals, polenta, corn bread and corn syrup far more often than it appears as a vegetable; and, as a nation, we …

Valley Bounty: Maple Panna Cotta

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maple panna cotta Want a fancy, easy-to-make Valentine’s Day dessert that features local ingredients? Panna Cotta is a simple pudding, made with milk or cream and a little bit of gelatin. (How simple? Heat milk or cream. Add gelatin. Chill until set). It’s smooth and delicious and a good base for seasonal embellishment. …

Eat up

Friday, February 12, 2016

M&M’s twofer Looking back, I believe that this year’s Valentine candy merchandise appeared on some store shelves the day after Christmas, but I didn’t pay much attention to it until I was strolling recently past one supermarket’s array of Valentiney (Valentinious?) versions of candy favorites (heart-shaped Reese’s, heart-shaped Snickers, etc.) and was caught …

Friday, February 12, 2016

Unlike chess, poker will never be solved. What I mean is that in chess, there is always a right move or a wrong move as all possible information is laid before you. Poker, on the other hand, is …

Dressers getting dressed up in furniture showrooms

Friday, February 12, 2016

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Whether dressing up a dresser, covering a cabinet or embellishing a bureau, furniture makers are adding layers of interest with digital images and natural fibers such as linen, seagrass, paper and metal. In showrooms …

Kondo is back with more tidying advice in ‘Spark Joy’

Friday, February 12, 2016

NEW YORK — Marie Kondo is back. Author of the international best-seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (Ten Speed Press, 2014), Kondo became famous for advising readers how to transform their lives by sifting through their belongings …

Bold, black kitchens serve up style for entertaining

Friday, February 12, 2016

The kitchen’s often a room to experiment — with decor, as well as food and drink. Over the years we’ve seen yellow, turquoise, avocado green, greige and white take their turn as favored hues. But right now, black …

Never too old: NC couple build modern dream home

Friday, February 12, 2016

PITTSBORO, N.C. — At a stage of life when many of their friends are downsizing or choosing assisted living communities, Philip and Velma Helfaer eagerly built a new home on the fringe of one of North Carolina’s Triangle …

Turn your bathroom into a perfect space for primping

Friday, February 12, 2016

What makes a great bathroom, one perfect for prepping and primping? A well-considered combination of fixtures, lighting and amenities — the kind we often first experience in a really nice hotel. “Bathrooms are the most private parts of …

Five ways to keep warm in the winter while saving energy

Friday, February 12, 2016

As winter wears on, a few cheap and easy fixes can help keep homes warm while saving energy and money. The average household spends about $2,000 a year on utilities, almost half of which goes toward heating and …

A mudroom is more than a place to store stuff

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A great mudroom has its own heat source, gets natural light, is easy to clean and is well organized. With those four fundamentals it’s hard to go wrong and easy to find ways to let creativity flourish. Mike …

Decorators share suggestions for a cozy winter bedroom

Friday, February 12, 2016

Decorating a bedroom is about creating a peaceful retreat, and in winter that means making it as cozy and welcoming as possible. For some people, “cozy” requires the physical warmth of thick flannel sheets and soft quilts, says …

Tasting circle: 1000 foods to eat before you die

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Katy van Geel and I are enthusiastic foodies, cooks and 5 College Learning in Retirement members. Last spring, Katy asked if I would co-moderate a course with her with the intriguing title “1000 Foods to Eat Before You …