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July 23, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — In 2011, Brittany Seaver gave birth to her third child. It was her first while in prison.

She was looking for support during her pregnancy, but the confines of prison made support difficult to find. Two days after giving birth, the two were separated — the baby went to…


Grandchildren keep a grandma active

July 23, 2017

A recent Facebook picture shows me on a dance floor with the current Miss North Carolina. There I am in one corner of the photo, in my cropped white pants and sensible summer sandals, doing something that resembles a line dance. Miss North Carolina, glamorous in her crown, sash, and four-inch…


Gazpacho with sauteed scallops offers a tasty slice of Spain

July 19, 2017

Mother Nature has a sixth sense for when we're reaching our temperature breaking point. At the very same moment your hot oven becomes unwelcome, a tomato is being plucked from the vine and a cucumber is being nestled into its stall at the farm stand.

It feels rather serendipitous that the stars of…


Serve clam, tomato and bacon stew with grilled garlic bread

July 19, 2017

Cooked hard-shell clams are an unbeatable two-for-the price-of-one delight. You get the clams themselves and the clam liquid they give off as they cook, which creates an instant sauce with astonishing depth of flavor. And it's simple. You just combine the clams with some liquid (and aromatics, if…