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Prepare this dish ahead to leave time for romance

Rich Rutsky is a self-taught chef and something of a gourmet. “I’m sure that I was affected by Julia Child and her antics on ‘The French Chef’ as much as anyone and I suppose my joy of cooking was an evolutionary process that began and progressed with our enjoyment of eating good food and experimenting […]


How to organize and prepare a Thanksgiving feast

Like lots of other Baby Boomers, Betty and Bob Nabors moved here to be closer to children and grandchildren. The couple, who live in Robbins Park, have three children and three grandchildren and “currently we spend most of our time enjoying them,” Betty says. Bob is originally from Abbeville, S.C. Betty grew up in rural […]


Betty Moon’s Brandied Apple Pie is as good as it looks

For Betty Moon, and husband, Dave Moon, Cornelius is the place to be. They built their lake house on Baltic Drive in 2010, having lived in the Ballantyne Country Club neighborhood in South Charlotte for four years. The couple, who met when they were teenagers, raised daughters Adrienne and Allison in Hudson, Ohio, a small […]


Wes Choplin’s ‘family feast’ is hearty and easy

If you want to prepare a meal that everyone is going to love, try Wes Choplin’s Family Feast. A broiler pan full of flank steak, vegetables and baby red potatoes, it’s easy, fast and takes advantage of fresh produce. Choplin knows how to feed a crowd and do it right. He and wife Adrianne are […]


Alton shares recipe for baby back ribs

When it comes to ribs, Alton Updike knows his stuff. The owner of Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails is known for making tasty, fall-off-the-bone ribs. We’re fortunate to get Al to share his recipe with Cornelius Today readers. “People always ask me about my ribs, so this is the closest you can get to replicating them,” […]


Rob Rickard pairs a nice wine with a steak, Brussels sprouts

Years ago, before there was an I-77 in Lake Norman, Highway 21 was a local road that wound its way South to Sam Furr Road, and on into Huntersville. You can still see the old highway on the back side of the Augustalee property, which, back then, was one of the Cook family’s farms. When […]


Ann Miltich shares recipe for Almond Flavored Pound Cake

Ann Miltich is the new Mrs. Commish in town. The wife of newly elected Town Commissioner Dr. Mike Miltich, she is an on-call nurse anesthetist who until last year also schooled their two boys at the family home on Nantz Road. They teach the First Aid Merit Badge course at Boy Scout Troop 72 Bethel […]


Alarming demands on volunteer organization

By Dave Yochum. Like a teenager on whole milk and Wonder Bread, Cornelius is growing up before our very eyes. The town’s population of nearly 29,000 means that the Cornelius-Lemley Fire Department is being pulled in every direction. Literally. Neal Smith, the new fire chief, says the town’s fire trucks are increasingly seen responding in multiple […]

Margaret’s Peppernut recipe

2 Cups Sugar ½ cup Butter ½ cup Lard Combine three parts above, or ‘cream’ these.  Don’t let this ‘dough’ get cold on the board. ¼ tsp white pepper 1/8 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp anise seed 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp ginger 1 tsp cloves 1 tsp allspice Add all seven parts listed above […]


Bob Enzwiler’s recipe for Tacos Nachos is a big hit

During the day, Cornelius resident Bob Enzwiler is busy filling orders for motorcycle accessories at his highly successful Lake Norman headquarters of Pro-Pad USA. He and his wife Louise work long days together, leaving them little time to cook since they often don’t arrive home on weekdays until after 7pm. In a way, that’s a […]