WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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I’ve tried to stay away from too many sweets since Christmas. And except for two birthday celebrations, I’ve tried to avoid baking brownies, cakes, cookies and pies for my family. But last … more
Every now and then, I crave pot roast. Tender pieces of beef with chunks of potatoes, onions and carrots all drenched in a savory gravy. I love it, my family loves it, and it’s so simple to … more
This column was originally published in 2013. From time to time, I crave the cheese biscuits Mama used to make for us. The perfectly browned cheese biscuits she made from scratch were a little … more
I’m always looking for a new muffin recipe to try — something quick we can eat for breakfast or a morning snack. Last week, I ran across a recipe for chocolate chip banana muffins and was so … more
Next time you’re playing the “Where do you want to go for lunch?” game, you might want to consider the hospital cafeteria. Last Thursday, when I visited, the cafeteria line entree options … 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
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
How many of you made resolutions this month to eat healthier or lose weight? How’s it going? It’s not easy to change eating habits. If you’re used to stopping at a drive-thru for a … more
A few months ago, my daughter, Anna, called and asked me how to make vegetable soup. “Do you use water?” she asked. I told her I didn’t and recommended she use chicken broth instead for more … more
As 2018 draws to a close, I’m taking a look back at some of my favorite recipes from the last 12 months. There are recipes that stand out for me and my family — recipes that I continue … more
With Christmas less than a week away, there’s still so much to do: last-minute shopping trips, gift-wrapping, housecleaning for guests, grocery shopping for big meals to come. If you still have … more
For as far back as I can remember, spritz cookies have been part of my family’s holiday baking. Every year, Mama got out her Mirro cookie press to make a batch of the delicious, buttery … more
It’s always so much fun to see what’s in the big envelopes and slim boxes that get delivered to my office this time of year. Recently, it’s been cookbooks. Lots of cookbooks! If you’re … more
I’ve always enjoyed reading a variety of food magazines, and at one time was subscribing to four or five. I let all of the subscriptions expire five or six years ago. I had gotten out of the … more
I know, I know, this is last minute, but I have a very easy Thanksgiving dessert for you. Easy Pumpkin Cream Pie from Nestle can be prepared in five minutes. Seriously. After that, the pie spends … more
Trips to the Wilson County Public Library have been part of my life since I was a little girl. Mama took my sister and me for regular visits, and I developed a love for books and good stories … more
My husband and I love soup and eat it often, especially when the temperatures are cool. In the last few weeks, I’ve made vegetable beef, chicken and rice, and potato soups. We loved them all! I … more
I’m very traditional when it comes to turkey dinners. I love basic roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade dressing, corn, butter beans, sweet potato casserole, cranberry Jell-O salad. You get … more
At the end summer, I bought a bag of Hershey’s cinnamon baking chips at the grocery store. I’ve always loved the mini cinnamon chips I’ve bought online, but this was so much easier. I kept … more
When I was growing up, my mom didn’t cook much. I’ve asked her about it since, and she said the complaints she received from the rest of the family made the hours she spent in the kitchen in … more
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