WITH its Kitchens that Cook,
this issue is a favorite of
mine every year. Expect to
be wowed by the variety of
kitchens that range from St. James to Topsail
Island, and from Wrightsville Beach to historic
Carolina Heights. No matter what your taste,
you’ll see the freshest designs — and be sure to
check out Savor, with its companion look at all
the hottest countertop appliances.
Late last year I brought home an air fryer
after hearing a chef friend rave about hers.
If you received one for Christmas and it’s
still sitting unused, Google whatever meal
you want to prepare and “air fryer” for
video recipes. Personally, I am sure bacon
cooked in an air fryer is a gift from above.
Turkey or chicken breast is a close second,
so as turkey season opens this month, home
chefs can try out something new. In the
meantime, enjoy Robert Rehder’s humor-ous
tale of the persimmon tree and the big
tom that got away.
This spring, also consider untying that
chef’s apron to hire a food truck for your
next event rather than be stuck in the
kitchen. I did that last year, and on that
journey I learned a great number of insider
tips to share with our readers and made
Don’t miss the story of Wes Carter and
the commitment he and his storied family’s Atlantic Packaging have made to reduce the plastic pollution in the world. Sadly, in
New Hanover County, except on the campus of UNCW, many plastics are not being recycled because there is no market to sell them.
Bottom line, even though you put the plastics in the recycling bins, they are then sorted at the facility, and Nos. 3-7 are going right
into the landfill. So, there’s a real problem.
April is Azalea Festival month, and the Cape Fear Garden Tour is back this year. Also, read about the alumni gala as New Hanover
High turns 100, and about Laura Goodwin, who trains regularly off the islands of Wrightsville for her upcoming English Channel
swim attempt. Laura dreamed of swimming from England to France as a child, and she makes that swim this summer. Let’s support her.
And for those intrigued by my Tent of Meeting story in our December 2021 issue, services will be held outdoors in the big
tent over Resurrection weekend, including with revivalist Jesse Green on Sunday.
Enjoy this glorious season! God bless you!
Pat’s Hair by Frank Potter, styled by Mason Chandler, makeup by Regan Daughtry. All from Bangz Hair Salon.
The beauty of Spring is inviting us in to a brand new season.
Pat Bradford is seen aboard Pepe’s Taco Truck at Eagle Island Fruit and Seafood Market,
off Hwy. 421 across the Cape Fear River. Pepe has been in business close to 10 years and
is among the rotating food trucks that set up at Eagle Island. A fan of non-traditional
venues, Pat often seeks out street food vendors before haute cuisine. To see more of
Pepe’s Taco Truck and how to hire a mobile food unit for your event turn to page 30.