WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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Sometimes dessert is just a quick, last-minute gesture: a bowl of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce on top, or slice-and-bake cookies served hot from the oven. Other times, it’s a little more time-consuming. Way more time-consuming. … more
There’s been a hint of fall in the air the last few weeks. I’m not sure if it’s from the cooler temperatures, the stray yellow leaves I’ve seen on my porch or the flood of pumpkin spice food products popping up on store shelves. Right … more
How something starts with a simple potato and ends up a hot, golden brown, buttery pillow of perfection has been a family secret for generations. We all know if you mix potatoes, lard, yeast, flour and butter, add elbow grease and have the … more
Are you already thinking ahead to your Thanksgiving dinner? I know I am! In just over two weeks, many of us will be thawing our turkey, stocking up on canned pumpkin and pie crusts, and baking … more
When I was growing up, my family got fresh produce from the garden my daddy and uncle tended in Rock Ridge. Corn, butter beans and crowder peas grew in abundance on that 4-acre plot of land that the Boykin family called home. One of the most … more
Don’t you love it when someone brings you something yummy to eat? I sure do! A few weeks ago, my friend Faye Allen Taylor showed up at my office with a multi-colored, six-layer cake for me to try. The pretty cake was topped with cream … more
Rather Be Cooking This column originally ran in a November 2009 edition of The Wilson Times. If you’re like me, you have a set menu for Thanksgiving and very seldom change it. I make the … more
Anything as rewarding and fun as couponing can be addicting. Once you start couponing and saving big, it can be hard to stop or slow down. Many people who are new to couponing, after experiencing their first coupon “high,” that rush … more
Before we get too far into 2017, I had to look back at 2016 and the recipes I shared in my food column. When I choose recipes for my end-of-year roundup, I usually consider the ones I continued to make throughout the year — the ones my … more
Thanksgiving is such an amazing time of year. It’s the day solely dedicated to being thankful. This will be our first Thanksgiving as a family of four, and I could not be more thankful to have … more
I love seeing various cookie promotions at Christmas time that offer a countdown of sorts with different holiday recipes. This year, I’ve enjoyed Betty Crocker’s 24 Days of Cookies feature on Facebook. Each day this month, they … more
In the quest for Big Crowd Food, lasagna reigns supreme. And at this time of year, you may find yourself entertaining a big crowd for a football game party, for the Oscars or another awards show, or just because it's cold out and it's nice to put … more
We really did our homework before the weekend’s winter storm. I planned out our meals for three days, and my husband and I went shopping several days before the sleet and snow started falling so we would be prepared to make some of our … more
This nan pizza is a fun way to eat the flavors of India in America's favorite food. The popular chicken tikka masala is widely believed to have been created in England for the British palate and is actually the national dish. But it is so tasty that … more
My cousin Martha Cayton and I met in the parking lot at work last Tuesday morning and exchanged baked goods. She gave me a slice of her blueberry pound cake. I gave her two peach and blueberry muffins I had made the night before. I got a text … more
It is easy enough to put out bag after bag of chips during a Sunday football-watching party, or any other gathering for that matter. And it's not much harder to go the extra step and put those chips into an actual bowl ... you know, if you're … more
It’s been eight years since I first made a tomato pie and shared my recipe here. I’m still making this seasonal dish — often at the request of my husband. I tend to make the pie on Sunday evenings, when it’s just Reggie … more
I try not to keep secrets from my husband, but I kept him in the dark on purpose last week. Why? I wanted him to judge Thursday night’s supper without knowing the ingredients of the main … more
I know we just got over Christmas, but Valentine’s Day is coming up. Now, of course, every day is Valentine’s Day at everyone’s house — for the most part. But between work, kids, church and ball, it can seem hard to find … more
Is it not enjoyable to take advantage of another culture's holiday to explore new recipes and treat yourself to something delicious? It is. And is St. Patrick's Day not right around the corner? As the Irish might say, 'tis. Moist, biscuit-y … more
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