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Last week was far from the typical routine at the Batts house, and our eating habits suffered. On more than one occasion — perhaps every day — I found it much easier to get takeout rather than to cook. There’s nothing wrong … more
I stopped by Deans Farm last Saturday morning on my way back from an Easter egg hunt at church. It’s hard to ride by without stopping when I know fresh strawberries are in the field! We snacked on the bucket of fresh berries all weekend, … more
One-pan meals are almost too good to be true, but I assure you it’s possible. A few weeks ago, I tried a new recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything blog that incorporates favorites at my house: rice, cheese, broccoli and chicken. The … 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
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
Editor’s Note: These delicious rolls have become a tradition at my house since this column first ran in 2011. I can’t wait to make them for Easter this year! For many Christians around the globe, it’s a time-honored tradition to … more
This nan pizza is a fun way to eat the flavors of India in America's favorite food. The popular chicken tikka masala is widely believed to have been created in England for the British palate and is actually the national dish. But it is so tasty that … more
Several weeks ago, Julie Wells told me at church about a recipe she has been making for her family for many years. Julie is the wife of my pastor, and she is a dear friend. I also know she is a wonderful cook! So if Julie has been making this … more
I tried a new recipe for supper Monday night, and it was so good! Reggie and I both loved my adapted version of Southern Living’s oven chicken risotto. If you’ve read my food column long, you know I have a weakness for the food … more
I know that most people think of mimosas and bloody Mary bars when the topic of brunch arises, but I say why follow the crowd? With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I think that a beer brunch sounds much more appealing (and you … more
Is it not enjoyable to take advantage of another culture's holiday to explore new recipes and treat yourself to something delicious? It is. And is St. Patrick's Day not right around the corner? As the Irish might say, 'tis. Moist, biscuit-y … more
If my Facebook feed is any indication, Christmas time, New Year’s Eve/Day and Valentine’s Day are the more popular days to get engaged. My husband and I were engaged a few days after Christmas, and one of my good friends was engaged … more
After the Mona Lisa, Italy's most beloved and enduring gift to world culture might be the meatball. But talk to any two Italian cooks about which ingredients actually comprise a meatball and you're going to get an argument. Fine. I took this … more
ROME — From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices due to jump by as much as 20 percent. The combination of bad weather and pests hit the … more
I always try to serve my family healthy foods. I don’t always succeed, but I try. Luckily, we love fresh fruits and vegetables at my house (most of us, at least), and I try to work our favorites into our meals. This is an important part of … more
Editor’s Note: This food column first ran in 2009. I still love making this delicious soup. I’m always eager to try new soup recipes because soup is a favorite meal with everyone I cook for. I have several tried-and-true soup recipes … more
In the quest for Big Crowd Food, lasagna reigns supreme. And at this time of year, you may find yourself entertaining a big crowd for a football game party, for the Oscars or another awards show, or just because it's cold out and it's nice to put … more
Don’t you love it when someone brings you something yummy to eat? I sure do! A few weeks ago, my friend Faye Allen Taylor showed up at my office with a multi-colored, six-layer cake for me to try. The pretty cake was topped with cream … more
Will you be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday? If you aren’t tuning in to root for the Patriots or the Falcons, maybe you’re planning to watch Luke Bryan sing the national anthem or Lady Gaga perform during halftime. Or maybe … more
It is easy enough to put out bag after bag of chips during a Sunday football-watching party, or any other gathering for that matter. And it's not much harder to go the extra step and put those chips into an actual bowl ... you know, if you're … more
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