WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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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
I’m sitting at my desk on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, munching chocolate-covered pretzels made by my cousin Martha Cayton. Martha and her family are big fans of East Carolina University … more
This column was first published Nov. 10, 2010. This is not the column I had planned to write today. This week’s recipe didn’t turn out as planned, and I don’t mind confessing that. I was … more
My family’s trip to Disney World last month was filled with fun rides and attractions, relaxing time by the pool, lots of walking and plenty of food. In the months leading up to our trip, we did … 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
Who’s made pumpkin recipes so far this fall? There are so many options: pies, cakes, cookies, muffins. Over the years, I’ve use canned pumpkin for so many recipes, especially in the fall. … 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
For several weeks now, I’ve been flipping through the pages of Valerie Brunmeir’s cookbook, “The Foolproof Family Slow Cooker and Other One-Pot Solutions,” deciding which recipes I want to … more
I couldn’t resist making another apple dessert this past weekend. My mama’s family had a pig-picking Saturday, and I wanted to take a dessert. For some reason, I had apple crisp on my mind. … 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
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
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
When I’m looking for something new to cook, I will often pull down a three-ring binder filled with recipes my mama once clipped or jotted down. When we went through Mama’s recipes after her … 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
When I first saw a Taste of Home recipe for blueberry-orange muffins, I made plans to bake them. Immediately. Blueberries and muffins. How can you go wrong with that combination? Add in some … more
Looking back today to a column that was first published in 2010. A lot of sandwiches will be packed up next week and sent to school alongside a bag of chips and a cookie or two. If you have … 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 it’s the easiest recipes that we enjoy most — the ones that only take a few minutes and yield yummy results. That’s the case with an easy recipe from Pillsbury for apple pie … more
Granddaughter Sora has seen me use my slow cooker for some of her favorite meals, including steak smothered in creamy gravy, a pot roast loaded with vegetables and tender chicken shredded and mixed … 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
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