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Every Sunday during my childhood in the 1960s, my parents dropped their three kids at First Methodist Church and quickly drove home for an hour of solitude and one more cup of coffee before church. By the time they were a block away, we would have … more
I love seeing various cookie promotions at Christmas time that offer a countdown of sorts with different holiday recipes. This year, I’ve enjoyed Betty Crocker’s 24 Days of Cookies feature on Facebook. Each day this month, they … more
It smells like pie this time of year at Henry and Anne Mercer’s house. The tantalizing aroma of baking pie crust, rich butter and chocolate fills their Black Creek home. They started baking pies on Sunday, and by the time their Christmas … more
“Kitchen Diary” is a charming book that I obtained after Belle Edwards of Wilson died a few years ago. It reveals no personal secrets or sensational events. It is a comment on the life and times domestically of a well-to-do family during … more
I’m not a big fan of cutout cookies. I love the way they look and taste, I just don’t like the hassle of rolling them out or the stress that comes when the dough sticks to the rolling pin. I’ve made some rollout Christmas cookies … more
For the last few years, Bruce Tingle has delivered peanuts to my desk and challenged me to write a food column incorporating the peanuts sold by the Sertoma Club of Wilson each holiday season. I requested salted peanuts this year. My children … more
For the last month, I’ve been forced to go the easy route when it comes to meal preparation. I broke my ankle (yes, second ankle in three years), and had to make some concessions. Some things are easier than others to do from the … more
Vivian Howard’s new book, “Deep Run Roots,” is more than a cookbook. Sure, it is packed with recipes and cooking tips, but it is also rich with Howard’s stories, family history and regional lore. Howard is owner of Chef … more
I love rediscovering an old cookbook — finding interesting recipes I liked years ago but never tried or finding a recipe I’ve tried before and getting excited about making it again. Last week, I noticed my copy of “The Back of … more
I had never had potato corn chowder before, but after seeing recipes in magazines and online, I decided it was time to give it a try. This chowder has some of my favorite ingredients: potatoes, corn, bacon, cheese. But as usual, I did my research … more
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