WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896
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I’m on vacation this week, so I’m sharing a favorite recipe from 2014. I hadn’t exactly planned on making strawberry jam. But I had so many very ripe strawberries on my kitchen counter last … more
“Cheesecakes are my favorite dessert to bake,” is not what you usually hear from someone who enjoys baking. Cupcakes, cakes or cookies are usually the go-to dessert for most. I started baking … more
I don’t always think outside the lunchbox when it comes to making sandwiches. Sure, I sometimes buy sandwich rolls for ham sandwiches or a favorite sunflower seed loaf for grilled pimento … more
Rather Be Cooking Chili seems to go hand-in-hand with Super Bowl parties. And why not? You can make it in advance. It’s easy to prepare a big pot to feed a bunch of football fans. And it’s … more
There’s been a hint of fall in the air the last few weeks. I’m not sure if it’s from the cooler temperatures, the stray yellow leaves I’ve seen on my porch or the flood of pumpkin spice food products popping up on store shelves. Right … more
Who knew Googling “tipsy cake” would yield hundreds of pictures and thousands of recipes? Certainly not me! If you add “trifle” to the search — and after all, a tipsy cake is the … more
You can pinch most body fat, right? You can take two fingers and tug at least an inch from the backside of your arms, but did you know that there is fat that you can’t tug hiding deep within your body? It’s true. Over the past couple of … more
If you’re a fan of traditional French onion soup — and who isn’t? — you’re going to love this burger. It’s kitted out with all of the ingredients that make the soup such a treasure — tender, browned onions, beef broth, red wine, … more
Halloween has always been a fun night for my family — for both the adults and children. The kids have always loved to go trick-or-treating, of course, and the adults have a lot of fun handing … more
When I was a little girl, I loved homemade chocolate chip cookies made with colorful M&Ms. That M&M taste made the chocolate chip cookies even better! When M&M baking bits came on the … more
Have you made plans for your Easter ham leftovers? I know, I know. You haven’t even cooked the ham yet. Why am I talking about the leftovers? I usually start thinking of what I will do with … more
Yum, yum, yum! My family and I love this easy, make-ahead breakfast dish. Sausage, onions, bell peppers and cheese fill these breakfast enchiladas that make the most delicious breakfast or brunch … more
Julia Newton has had lots of tomatoes this summer, and as the season winds down, she is coming up with new ways to prepare them. “I have been trying desperately to use up my tomato harvest this year,” she said. One of her most recent … more
A few years ago, I discovered the fantastic world of  kids’ consignment sales. As a parent, you quickly realize that buying kids’ items at retail prices does not make financial sense, especially if you’re only going to use … more
My husband and I enjoy eating at home after a day at work. I try to plan ahead so I can get our supper started when I get home and we can eat together and talk about our day. Then it’s time to … more
There are lots of diets out there right now, including those featuring “low-carb” options. Cutting back on carbohydrates is not necessarily a bad thing. Cutting back or cutting out refined … more
Every year about this time, Bruce Tingle with the Sertoma Club of Wilson brings some peanuts to my office. The peanuts, prepared by Williamson Peanuts of Sims, are always popular in the newsroom. … more
Billy Graham loved Bridges barbecue in Shelby, his family’s friend Sally Pereira told Charlotte Observer reporter Bruce Henderson for an article about Graham’s private life and common … more
Rather Be Cooking So many of my memories this Christmas season revolve around food! Imagine that. We shared so many meals around our worn, pine table, from a birthday dinner complete with a … more
I tried something totally new last week with banana nut bread. I roasted the bananas before mixing them into the batter. Yes, roasted. In the peel. As many banana bread recipes as I have tried … more
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