Locals go head-to-head in Irish cook-off

first_img Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip By Secrets Revealed Locals go head-to-head in Irish cook-off “I decided on lobster because I’ve entered the Irish Cooking Contest 10 times and I’ve almost run out of meats,” he said, laughing. “I’ve made dishes with crabs, salmon, lamb, scallops and brisket. I’ve made a beef spiced log and Irish potato and sausage soup. So, I had to find something different and lobster was different.”Chinberg’s hot-tempered potato O’Brien casserole was also a contest favorite.“It was made with pepper jack cheese,” he said. “It’s an interesting and different tasting casserole.”The extremely warm March day was a little more heat than Chinberg’s creamy-dreamy pie could take. Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author His Foggy BallyCotton Bay lobster and seafood chowder took center stage.“I went to Montgomery and bought the lobster and dry ice,” he said. “By sprinkling water on the dry ice, I created a fog as a background for the dish.”The lobster was set inside an amethyst geode that was cloaked in moss, creating the perfect presentation for his award-winning dish. By Jaine Treadwell Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2012 “It melted,” Chinberg said, with a chuckle. “But the taste was still there.”For Chinberg, the annual Irish Cooking Contest is an opportunity to put his cooking skills to the test and his creativity on display.“It’s a fun contest and hopefully it will continue to grow and attract the interest of people all around the county,” he said. “I enjoy it and appreciate the efforts of those who work so hard to make it a success each year.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Print Article Sponsored Content You Might Like Mild winter rolls into forecast of hot, dry summer While winter officially ended Tuesday, Pike County has had spring-like conditions for more than a week. And the outgoing winter… read more Gary Chinberg of Troy held on to his title as the best of the best when it comes to Irish cooking.Chinberg went to great “distance” to retain the title at the Troy University Irish Cooking Contest at the Adams Center on Wednesday. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Invasive Flowers

first_imgIf you’ve driven down the road alongside an overgrown fence or forested area in north Georgia lately, you were likely overwhelmed with a combination of fragrance from wild Japanese honeysuckle and Chinese privet. Many people assume they are native because they are so common, but neither one belongs on this continent. Both originated in Asia and were introduced to North America in the 1800s for ornamental uses in landscaping. The success of these plants, growing literally everywhere, is attributed to the fact that they have prolific, seedy berries that are consumed and disseminated by birds. You will find them growing along almost every fence in Georgia because that’s where birds like to perch. These two weedy plants are actually more invasive and ubiquitous than the renowned kudzu, or the “vine that ate the South.” For comparison, kudzu only covers an estimated 227,000 acres in Southern forests. Privet species cover roughly 3.2 million acres in Southern forests. Japanese honeysuckle covers more than 10.3 million acres of Southern forests. Chinese privet is a large, semi-evergreen shrub that can grow 15 to 20 feet high. The thicket-forming shrubs can be found along bottomland forests, fences, flood plains, river edges and open field edges, where they crowd out native plants and trees. Because privet grows so quickly, it was introduced as a landscape shrub and commonly planted as a privacy hedge. Occasionally, you will still find both plants still sold at garden centers. These varieties also grow aggressively if left unpruned. The tiny white flowers of Chinese privet are formed in clusters along the tips of the branches. Privet flowers are extremely fragrant. Some people find the odor pleasant, while others find it overpowering. The fragrance is so strong and distinct that it can be detected from inside a car traveling at 55 miles per hour. Another invasive plant that has left an indelible mark on Georgia’s landscape is Japanese honeysuckle. As children, we would pick the flowers while waiting at the school bus stop and bite off the stalks to sip the nectar. The leaves of honeysuckle are semi-evergreen, hairy, rounded and smooth along the edges. The first leaves of the season often show a lobed edge. Honeysuckle flowers are white, pink or pale yellow in color with an extremely sweet fragrance. There are also native honeysuckle species that are less aggressive. Native honeysuckle are usually distinguished by having a more reddish stem and hairless leaves. Japanese honeysuckle vines can climb as high as 80 feet into forest canopies and form a dense ground cover. Honeysuckle’s dense growth crowds out native vegetation and reduces the variety of native plants available for wildlife. The vines strangle, stunt or kill native trees. Because privet and honeysuckle are so common and admired for their flowers, most people don’t realize their dark side as invasive weeds. A recent issue of National Geographic magazine stated, “Invasive species are the second greatest threat to worldwide species extinction – second only to habitat destruction. The devastation caused by non-native, invasive organisms is one of the most serious and least-recognized tragedies of our time.” There’s no turning back for those invasive species that are already here. For information about controlling these and other invasive plants, go to invasive.org/eastern/srs.last_img read more