Second Harvest Food Bank Celebrating Forty Years

All our lives, and our community, too, are made better when everyone is able to access the food they need to live their healthiest, best life — free from hunger. Forty years ago this month, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC officially opened its doors to accept its very first donation of food – […]

Be Kind Coffee: The Fall Menu

School is back in season, and that means the fall season is right around the corner.  For many, fall is a favorite season.  Certainly, that is the case for the Gogolak family, owners of Be Kind Coffee Co., a coffee shop in Clemmons that has quickly earned a reputation for delicious drinks, divine baked goods, […]

Sambucus Nigra: Oh, How I Love Thee

The Hippocratic Oath remains a promise of safe healing from a man whom legend defines as the demi-god of medicine, the son of Apollo himself, the god of healing and the sun.  Since his handwritten journals have survived, we know that Hippocrates believed that “our natural aptitude is the soil; the instruction our teachers give […]

Eat the Flower, It’s Good for You

The mindset believes that nourishing foods are fruits, vegetables, nuts, greens, and animal proteins.   Flowers, on the other hand, are exquisite extensions of plants, fortifying the pollinating community of birds, bees, and other wildlife.  We tend to forget that flowers, the ornamental beauties, are packed full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  […]

Extending the Freshness of Fruits and Vegetables

Apples, blackberries, figs, raspberries, persimmons, and pumpkins top the list of favorite autumn fruits. With the vast array of options, the thrill of the season is to rise early to select the freshest produce from local farmers’ market vendors.  You’ll find there greens, onions, snap beans, corn, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, and zucchini.  In the […]

The Rosey Side of Rosemary

“There’s rosemary; that’s for remembrance.  Pray you, love, remember.” ~ William Shakespeare “Dew of the Sea” Rosmarinus, known as rosemary, is a fragrant sprig connected to remembrance, love, and fidelity.  Perhaps, to you, it may bring to mind the names of loved ones and comforting meals.   On a medicinal level, the mere scent causes […]

(High Protein) Spicy Chili Dumplings

These (High Protein) Spicy Chili Dumplings with a tender ground turkey, spicy ginger filling are packed with flavor and beyond easy to make! Perfect for making with the family, for date nights, or a girls’ night in.  As we approach the beginning of fall and end of summer, the seasonal produce is ready to introduce […]

The Types of Honey

Liquid gold is collected by thousands of honeybees, flying to a food or water source and returning to their colony.  Upon landing at the entrance, forager bees greet the excited newcomer, anxious to witness the waggle dance; then, the female bees accept a taste of nectar before flying off.    We often take for granted the […]

How Sweet It Is

Dessert—many believe it should be its own food group.  It is the denouement to the perfect meal and can make or break a dining experience. I believe it was Patrick Henry who exclaimed, “Give me dessert or give me death!”  That may be wrong.  That was probably me who said that. Oh sure, there are […]

(Quick & Easy) Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce

Welcome back to the Fancy Fork! The place to go to know what produce is in season, armed with a recipe using one or more of those seasonal delights.  Now, let me put you on to the pasta sauce of the season. This Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce pairs beautifully with more than just pasta, […]