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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
What I’m about to say will shock some. It will anger and maybe even horrify others. So, here goes. I do not like the vast majority of Thanksgiving dinner. I’m no fan of turkey — except … more
Short Ribs I’m not sure who enjoys that first day more — me or our very large black Akita, Crowley. This past (you don’t know how chuffed I am to write “past”) summer was almost … more
Editor’s note: A $5 movie theater ticket for Lei Jiao, a university English instructor in Wuhan, China, compares with a $30 Disney+ online pass for University of Kentucky journalism professor Buck … more
SILER CITY — It’s picking day at FireClay Cellars. The weather has turned cool, the grapes have ripened sufficiently and Erik Mitran has gathered about a dozen helpers — trusted paid … more
I was sincerely bummed, Gentle Reader. It was my birthday, but not only were the Matthews Family Band stuck at our respective homes and unable to make the trip to Greensboro to celebrate with … more
Schools aren’t the only places which have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. At home, remote-working parents struggle to balance work and parenting, complicating the already complex … more
I caught up with my friend Lindy Parr last week to talk about her infamous kiwifruit. We’re in the same book club and for the last two years, Lindy’s kiwis have been regular conversation fodder. … more
The Chatham Chamber of Commerce’s annual Development Briefing, like many other public events this year, is going from in-person to virtual. This week, we speak with Chamber President Cindy … more
In my daydreams, I’m glamorous and alluring. Late at night, after an exclusive party, my driver brings me home to my large tastefully-decorated apartment in a luxury building in Art Deco … more
Greg Lewis, owner/operator of the now-closed Pittsboro Roadhouse while still operating 39 West catering talks about opening a traditional steakhouse at Chatham Mills. more
The chicken recipe I developed produce tenders that are delicious and always cooked to juicy perfection. more
The Curious Cook's take on an "Our State" recipe. more
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