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Last April, I started seeing these amazing desserts on LinkedIn made by one of the most talented pastry chefs I’ve ever seen. Her name is Julie Jangali. Julie and I have worked together on a … more
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make its mark, families in Chatham County are suffering. The “Neighbor2Neighbor” program created in Chatham last spring — a joint effort by the News + … more
In director David Fincher’s “Mank,” boozy “Citizen Kane” scribe Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) declares, “You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours; all you can hope is to … more
J.D. Vance’s 2016 memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” is a sometimes confounding, always provocative overview of the author’s experiences as a second-generation Appalachia descendant raised as a … more
This is the only recipe that I offer every year, because these cookies are spectacularly, astonishingly delicious. But their very humble looks are infinitely deceiving. Finished, they look less … more
Enrollment at North Carolina’s stellar system of community colleges typically goes up as the job market weakens. And while that’s been the case at some of the state’s colleges, it’s not … more
The Local Church, based in Pittsboro, has created an Anti-Racism Task Force to both address it and work to dismantle it proactively. This week, we speak with pastor Rev. Brent Levy and Katie Barnett, … more
While not a cinematic touchstone, “The Croods” was an above-average animated offering — even nominated for an Oscar, no less — that somehow took eight years to finally arrive on the silver … more
Cioppino 1 chopped yellow pepper 1 onion, quartered 6 garlic cloves, chopped 3 T olive oil 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes 1 cup of full-bodied wine (I use Zinfandel) 2 8-oz. … more
Editor’s note: November is National Caregivers Month, created to share appreciation for family caregivers around the country. In this remembrance, Dennis Streets, the executive director of the … more
The 28th annual Chatham Artists Guild Studio Tour will welcome visitors into member artists’ studios the first two weekends in December. A total of 42 local artists will offer the opportunity to … more
If I had a dollar for every pizza cooking procedure I’ve tried, I’d have enough for a late-model, low-mileage used car And if I had a dime for every slice of traditional pie I’ve ever eaten, … more
Maybe, Gentle Reader, you’ve noticed that this weekly epistle is titled, “The Curious Cook.” When we were getting ready to introduce these essays to the readership of the Chatham News … more
I’m an Aries, which is a fire sign, so according to every horoscope I’ve ever read (actually, TBH, I’m not that into it, so really, not many) the clothes I wear, the polish on my nails, my … more
All good things must come to an end, and with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 40s, it’s time to bid this Optimistic Gardener farewell for the year. Before I go, though, I wanted to share a … more
This week, we speak with Vicki Newell, executive director of the Chatham Literacy Council, about the organization’s recent fundraising event and COVID-directed changes in operation. Newell has … more
SILER CITY — In the late summer of 1967, a maroon-colored Mustang — one of 413,000 brand-new Mustangs the Ford Motor Company produced for the 1968 model year — arrived by train in … more
CORA, the Chatham Outreach Alliance, found itself sorely tested by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. CORA’s mission is to provide food to individuals and families within the … more
PITTSBORO — Landing in Pittsboro is something Town Manager Chris Kennedy might say he’s been groomed for. He describes the areas he grew up in  — Welcome, a town a few miles … more
I finally got my fall garden planted over the weekend. You know, the basics like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and buttercrunch lettuce. But the most exciting thing I’m trying this … more
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