WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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For several weeks now, I’ve been flipping through the pages of Valerie Brunmeir’s cookbook, “The Foolproof Family Slow Cooker and Other One-Pot Solutions,” deciding which recipes I want to … more
I couldn’t resist making another apple dessert this past weekend. My mama’s family had a pig-picking Saturday, and I wanted to take a dessert. For some reason, I had apple crisp on my mind. … more
I’m still adjusting to cooking meals for our empty-nest lifestyle. There’s a fine line between having just the right amount of leftovers and having so many leftovers that you feel guilty when … more
When I first made this apple cake, I was still a young bride learning how to cook. It was 1986, and I was the reporter in the lifestyle department at The Wilson Daily Times. One of my main jobs … more
Sometimes all it takes is a photograph to make me want to try something new. That’s what happened about a week ago when I saw a photo of some homemade doughnuts. “I want to make those,” I … more
When I’m looking for something new to cook, I will often pull down a three-ring binder filled with recipes my mama once clipped or jotted down. When we went through Mama’s recipes after her … more
I’m so lucky to get so many cookbooks in my job. In recent months, I’ve received quite a few, including these three. If you enjoy reading cookbooks like I do, maybe you will see something here … more
When I first saw a Taste of Home recipe for blueberry-orange muffins, I made plans to bake them. Immediately. Blueberries and muffins. How can you go wrong with that combination? Add in some … more
Looking back today to a column that was first published in 2010. A lot of sandwiches will be packed up next week and sent to school alongside a bag of chips and a cookie or two. If you have … more
  For years — decades actually — my family and I used the same barbecue sauce. It’s a simple recipe that a neighbor shared with my mama when I was a teenager. It only … more
Sometimes it’s the easiest recipes that we enjoy most — the ones that only take a few minutes and yield yummy results. That’s the case with an easy recipe from Pillsbury for apple pie … more
Granddaughter Sora has seen me use my slow cooker for some of her favorite meals, including steak smothered in creamy gravy, a pot roast loaded with vegetables and tender chicken shredded and mixed … more
I revisited an old recipe this month. It’s one I first made in 2013 and used in my column, but I decided to share it again today. (It’s been too hot to be in the kitchen cooking something … more
On a recent visit to the Wilson County Public Library, granddaughter Sora and I spent quite a bit of time looking at kids’ cookbooks. It was fun to flip through the pages, read the recipe names … more
More light and refreshing than a cream-based sauce or a chunky ragu, pesto makes for an excellent accompaniment to pasta during the hot summer months. It couldn’t be simpler to make; just … more
It’s sweet corn season in eastern North Carolina, just in time for July 4 celebrations. My family will be eating corn on the cob with our hot dogs Thursday, along with baked beans and maybe … more
In our house, we love the Fourth of July. We love the flag-themed attire, the fireworks and especially the cookouts. Hosting a Fourth of July cookout is a great way to get everyone together to … more
Throughout my youth, my family always got together to eat hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, potato salad and baked beans on the Fourth of July. After dinner, the aunts, uncles and cousins would … more
Granddaughter Sora and I are back in the kitchen this summer. We’ve already made two recipes and plan more, so keep reading this summer and make some good food with the special kids in your … more
There are so many things I love about summer: long days with sunlight until late in the evening, hydrangeas, my backyard day lilies that surprise me each morning with new blooms, and moon flowers … more
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