WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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There are so many ways to enjoy a basketful of fresh peaches. Homemade peach ice cream, cobblers, refrigerator pies and peach jam are some of my favorites. So I had plenty of ideas last week for the peck of July Flame freestone peaches delivered … more
You need a vacation. All of you. Even if you just got home from a 20-day Caribbean cruise, you probably still need a vacation. But as the graphs and charts and news reports have been reminding us, Americans aren't great at taking those vacation … more
When I was growing up, my family got fresh produce from the garden my daddy and uncle tended in Rock Ridge. Corn, butter beans and crowder peas grew in abundance on that 4-acre plot of land that the Boykin family called home. One of the most … more
My cousin Martha Cayton and I met in the parking lot at work last Tuesday morning and exchanged baked goods. She gave me a slice of her blueberry pound cake. I gave her two peach and blueberry muffins I had made the night before. I got a text … more
When it’s hot outside, l look for shortcuts in the kitchen that keep me from making the house even hotter. I’m sure you do the same. A few week ago, I made barbecue chicken pizzas for Reggie and me, using chicken leftover from a … more
I have a lot of cookbooks. Cookbooks on two shelves in my kitchen, cookbooks on a bookshelf in my den, cookbooks stacked on the cedar chest at the foot of my bed. And even more cookbooks at work. When it came time for the newspaper to move from … more
Beef ribs are all the rage in the barbecue world these days. I first saw beef ribs 20 years ago in Nassau, Bahamas. Looking for the best local food, I asked a taxi driver to take me to his favorite restaurant. He took me to a barbecue shack way … more
Anything as rewarding and fun as couponing can be addicting. Once you start couponing and saving big, it can be hard to stop or slow down. Many people who are new to couponing, after experiencing their first coupon “high,” that rush … more
When I was a student at Atlantic Christian College, I went to the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, with a group of students and teachers involved with the Undergraduate Fellows program. I got up very early on the morning we left … more
In honor of Father's Day, I've conjured up a recipe featuring an arsenal of steakhouse delights, starting with steak itself and including potatoes, spinach and blue cheese. But I've prepared and combined these ingredients in a way that's slightly … more
Before our kids outgrew family trips, we visited Pennsylvania and rode through Lancaster County’s Amish community. Our destination was a charming restaurant that served a buffet lunch featuring all kinds of traditional dishes. The food was … more
In the last few years, I’ve tried more and more recipes with roasted vegetables. I love the flavor of red peppers, zucchini, squash and onions after they have spent some quality time together in a hot oven! When I saw a recipe on Food … more
Mama had a stovetop Presto pressure cooker that she pulled out of the kitchen cabinet from time to time to cook food in a hurry. She’d sit it on the back burner to cook a pot of collards or maybe pork backbone to serve alongside turnips or … more
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
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