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A breakfast of oatmeal and fruit is a wonderful way to start the day. But I don’t have the desire to do much cooking on a weekday morning when my husband and I are getting ready for … more
I almost blew it until a Sunday paper alerted me to National Pecan Pie Day.  So, it was time to make a pecan pie — not for me, but for Ashley Benton, my oldest granddaughter. … more
I love pizza. I love it with hamburger, Canadian bacon, pepperoni or green peppers. I even love pineapple on my pizza. It’s traditional pizza that I usually order or make: tomato-based pizza … more
I remember it was a treat to lick cake batter from the beaters when Mama made cakes, but I don’t remember trying raw chocolate cookie dough. It just doesn’t appeal to me, but I know many folks … more
This column first ran in July 2014. Give it a try. It took more than a week to collect enough cherry tomatoes to make a new pasta dish. My granddaughter kept a close watch on our two plants and … more
Have you experienced sticker shop at the grocery store meat counter recently? As the cost of meat has been rising, thanks to production issues associated with COVID-19, many of us are looking at … more
It’s salad season at my house. I can’t wait for the day this summer that I can walk in my backyard and pick a tomato, cucumber and bell pepper for my salad. That is, perhaps, my favorite part … more
Who’s made cake mix cookies before? I know I have. Our favorites have included lemon crinkle and a chocolate with peanut butter chips. So good. For those of you who have never tried them, cake … more
Once again, I turned to an old cookbook for inspiration this week. The cookbook, purchased in 2010 is Cooking Light’s “Quick Baking.” I have flipped through the pages of this cookbook so … more
I bought a new cookbook last month. It’s one I had seen advertised over and over on social media: “Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book.” A reprint of the original 1950 edition, the cookbook … more
Back in November, and actually through January, my husband and I tried to make reservations at Angus Barn in Raleigh. We had something special to celebrate and thought that would be a good place. We … more
I took a trip down memory lane last week and made a childhood favorite recipe for my husband and me for lunch When I was a little girl, Mama would occasionally make a fun bacon hot dog creation … more
It’s strawberry season, and if you’re like me, you are taking advantage of the fresh fruit grown right here on Wilson County farms. I’ve already made a pie, shortcake, jam and strawberry … more
I have a stash of cookbooks and magazines stacked on a cedar chest at the foot of my bed. One special edition publication caught my eye last week, Better Homes & Gardens’ “Recipes Your … more
I don’t make yeast bread as often as I’d like. I’m not sure why. I have so many yeast bread recipes that my family and I enjoy. But I seldom take the time to mix and knead the dough and let it … more
I always bake when a hurricane is brewing or a snowstorm is predicted. I bake when someone’s sick and needs some comfort. I bake when I need comfort. So, I’ve been baking the last week or so. … more
The call for help went out from The SPOT; and community members answered it immediately. Custom Quality Packers of Sims donated 350 pounds of meat, the Wilson Police Department rolled out a half … more
Feeding the family has suddenly become a challenge for most of us as store shelves have emptied of food items we can usually find so readily: chicken breasts, ground beef, pork chops. Over the … more
I was home much of last week and had the opportunity to do some cooking. I wasn’t really in the mood to try anything new; in fact, I pulled out some old recipes to cook instead — recipes we have … more
I gave my daughter a few suggestions for her birthday dinner this past weekend. I offered to cook several things, including chicken and gravy with homemade biscuits or maybe our favorite chicken pot … more
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