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For the last few weeks, I’ve been craving coffee cake. Strange, I know. But I wanted a buttery coffee cake topped with cinnamon and pecans to eat as a morning snack. I’ve made coffee cakes … 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
I hope to have some new recipes in a few weeks, but for now, enjoy this archived column from four years ago. I’m not sure which dessert I’ll be making this year for Easter, if any, but there … more
I hope to have some new recipes in a few weeks, but for now, enjoy this archived column from May 2014. This jam continues to be a favorite of my family’s. I make it several times each spring. If … more
On the day of my mother-in-law’s funeral earlier this month, the family gathered at our house. We talked. We looked at photos. We watched the children play. We reminisced. And we ate. Fried … more
We cooked a delicious glazed ham for Thanksgiving, and although my family ate quite a bit, we still had plenty of leftovers. I thought we’d eat ham sandwiches with a side of deviled eggs or … more
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I haven’t, but I’m getting close. This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but I’m giving some cooking-related gifts to both of my … more
From time to time, readers will ask me if I have any new recipes for diabetics. I don’t cook for a diabetic, and I’m not very well-versed in what’s OK and what’s not. So to find today’s … 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 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
This column was first published October 2012. It you want a last-minute treat, this is quick and easy. If you have a little time between now and Halloween, pick up just a few ingredients to make … more
Farm markets, grocery stores and backyard gardens are just starting to see the rewards of the summertime harvest. Juicy tomatoes, plump blueberries and tender snap beans are some of my favorites, … 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
I don’t cook with Italian turkey sausage very often for a very good (to me) reason. The recipes I use are for ground Italian sausage, not link, which means I have to squeeze the sausage out of … more
This is definitely the right weather for hot tea. When it’s cold outside, I love warming up with a cup of hot tea, especially around mid morning. I love the feel of a warm mug in my hands, the … more
This morning, I was thinking back to January 2010. That’s the first time I made the cookies I’m featuring today. My personal life was very different 10 years ago. My son was still in college, … 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
It is time for the N.C. State Fair and, to me at least, that means it is time for some awesome culinary creations. This year, the tasty treats weren’t limited to the food vendors as I judged one of … more
I’m always ready to try a new strawberry recipe, especially if it involves mounds of whipped cream. I do love the combination of sweet and tender strawberries and freshly-whipped cream served over … 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
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