Candace Mattingly studied English literature and interpersonal communications at UNC. She lives with her husband, twin toddlers, and their dog in North Carolina.

Top Ten Artful Apéritifs

An apéritif, the before dinner drink, is not only a nice gesture to your guests, but serves a purpose as well. It actually prepares the stomach and the palate for food. Based on presentation, ingredients, and creativity, we’ve hand selected the top ten ARTFUL APÉRITIFS on pg 58.

Starch·Sense: Whole Food Goodness

Starches contain sufficient calories to easily meet the energy requirements of an active person, and they’re also abundant in essential amino acids from proteins, essential fats, fibers, and minerals.

Be A Good Neighbor: Be A Localist

Buying from local entrepreneurs helps maintain a town’s unique flavor. Maintaining that unique culture starts with your actions and the way you strengthen or weaken the fabric of your town.

Celebrating Furkids

“Animals are such agreeable friends ― they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms,” George Eliot. A celebration and history of Furkids.

Finding the Strength to Reconnect

Marriage is hard work and staying happy in the relationship is even harder. Maybe it is time to recover and reconnect with yourself and your partner.