The Times and Democrat - Food-and-drink

Instant Pot is only as good as the cook who uses it — here's how to be better

Now that many of us have the latest miracle kitchen appliance, how can we maximize its effectiveness and cook tasty food faster? Read more

Recipes: Transform pizza ingredients into fam faves

Leapfrog your kid’s love of pizza into new flavors and textures. We transformed the ingredients into burgers, pinwheels (which are perfect for packed lunches), and soup. You’re welcome! Read more

KitchenWise: Spaghetti squash is tasty alternative to pasta

Spaghetti squash is a large round squash that forms spaghettilike strands when it's cooked. Its texture is crisp, its taste is mild, and it can indeed replace spaghetti in the recipe of your choice. This is especially good news if you're searching for an alternative to pasta, either because you're allergic to gluten or because you're seeking a more nutritious landing pad for a delicious sauce. Read more

If you savor scallops, good news: Price drop may be in store

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Good news for scallop fans. Already one of the most readily available higher-priced seafoods to consumers, the succulent shellfish could fall in price this year. Read more

Blue Apron plans to bring its meal kits in stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Blue Apron, which ships boxes of raw food to subscriber's doorsteps, wants to start selling its meal kits in stores. Read more

Cabbage soup, not the boiled diet version, can be glorious

The mere mention of cabbage soup in my household makes my husband a little stressed, and with good reason. Read more

Oh the difference a morsel makes!

Something about the approach of spring prompts readers to email requests and comments, and I really appreciate all of the emailed kind comm… Read more

Security solutions to keep your Orangeburg family and home safe this spring

Talk to a local expert about a digital alarm system that will protect your family and belongings.

The smartest way to pay for a home renovation

Orangeburg residents: know the best financing option for you before renovating your home


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Brats, BBQ and Baja tacos: Here's each state's most iconic dish

From fish tacos in California to bratwurst in Wisconsin and barbecue in Missouri, here's a look at the food that represents each state, acc… Read more

Here's how much a pound of bacon cost the year you were born

Bacon hasn't always come cheap, but sometimes it may come cheaper than others. Here's a look at the price of bacon every year since 1940. Read more

Which candies pack the most sugar?

While it's unlikely that candy will ever be classified as healthy fare, some confections have a lot more sugar jam-packed into their bright… Read more


Security solutions to keep your Orangeburg family and home safe this spring

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Orangeburg seniors can safely go up and down stairs in their homes

Chairlifts provide a means for seniors to be independent in their own homes View details

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The sublime joy of cooking with peanut butter

Peanut butter is my religion. George Washington Carver is my prophet. Read more

Best Bites: Kellogg’s Chocolate Frosted Flakes

Ordinarily, I’m not a big believer in chocolate in your cereal. But Kellogg’s Chocolate Frosted Flakes may make me a believer. The cocoa flavor is front and center but not overwhelming, and there is enough of the crunchy corn in the background to remind you that you are eating breakfast cereal, not dessert. Unless you eat cereal for dessert. I’ve been known to do that. Read more

When smoke gets in your soup: Warming flavors for cold weather

In cold weather, I perk up simple suppers with a bit of smoke — that delicious flavor addition we associate with the grilling days of summer. I would happily enjoy smoked or grilled foods every day. Ditto for homemade soup. Melding the two together proves a match. Read more



Mortgage payoff trick eliminates up to 15 years of payments

Homeowners in Orangeburg could save on their biggest expense - their mortgage.


The amazing VA benefits Orangeburg veterans aren't claiming

Veterans in Orangeburg could receive up to $42,000 with these VA benefits