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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
Christmas was always a busy time at Shealy’s Bakery. Wilsonians who were loyal to their hometown bakery depended on the Shealy family from 1939 to 1992 to help them with their holiday … 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
I love having lunch at church following the morning service. There’s nothing like walking from the sanctuary to the fellowship hall to a table laden with some good home cooking! Although … more
I love it when my kids cook for me. Not only do I enjoy the food, but I also love knowing they are cooking — even if it’s not every day. When they were little, my son and daughter cooked … more
Something very exciting happened this month in the Wilson coupon world, Harris Teeter super doubles! Yes, I was one of those people who showed up at 5:30 a.m. to get the best deals. Super doubles … 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
Yum, yum, yum! My family and I love this easy, make-ahead breakfast dish. Sausage, onions, bell peppers and cheese fill these breakfast enchiladas that make the most delicious breakfast or brunch … more
This column first ran in February 2011. For five years now, I’ve had a wonderful stir-fry recipe in my possession. The sad thing is, I didn’t make it until last week! The recipe is Sweet … more
Sometimes you’ve just got to have chocolate. Ooey, gooey chocolate that’s so luscious it cures whatever ails you. I have an easy, fudgy brownie recipe to share with you … 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
It was 2007 when I first made a snickerdoodle cake. I remember how much my family loved the subtle cinnamon flavor and buttery frosting of this delicious dessert. My sister, Susan, had told me … 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
I read way too many food posts on social media. I have the urge to cook all the time. Seriously. In the last few days, I have saved recipes on Pinterest for skillet Italian beef and rice, … 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
Billy Graham loved Bridges barbecue in Shelby, his family’s friend Sally Pereira told Charlotte Observer reporter Bruce Henderson for an article about Graham’s private life and common … more
Sure, Black Friday deals were good, but what about the next enticing round of sales? You know, the ones that start the day after Christmas, when a new round of price-cutting starts as stores try to … 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
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