Sweet Potato Recipes at the NC State Fair

On the second day of the NC State Fair ( October 14, 2022) the focus on the GotToBeNC cooking stage was on NC Sweet Potato

Heidi Billotto’s Best Pumpkin Recipes

Its the time of the year when fresh pumpkin, like all other varieties of winter squash, are abundant in this area. Blend a batch of

tea and tea set

Springtime Tea With Seagrove Potters

Time for a safe and delicious road trip to Seagrove NC, to take in the gorgeous scenery along the way and stop for Tea with

Nc Specialty Foods Association Awards

The NC Specialty Foods Association is a great resource for locating local product across the state of North Carolina. And, As you know I am

figs

Local Figs In Season

It’s time for local figs. Actually almost past time, so get ready, time’s a wastin’. Things are about to get figgy! I love the summer.

How To Eat in Season

How to eat in season? It’s easier than you think. Happy to share six sensational ways to eat and drink locally and in season –

ham biscuits and cheese grits

Ham Biscuits and Cheesy Carolina Gold Rice Middlins

Homemade Ham Biscuits and Cheesy Rice Middlins also know as Rice Grits. Practically perfect fare for any breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. And, an excellent

Cooking with South Carolina Boiled Peanuts

They are a well-known summer staple in the South. You see them at roadside farm stands and at farmers markets. And, folks who love a

pumpkins

Hocus Pocus, It’s October

Today I’m sharing Five Fabulous Things to celebrate October (& one of them is a pair of cocktail recipes!) With so many ways to safely

sandwich

The Sandwich. A Great Way to Eat Local.

Invented in 1762 by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of  Sandwich, today I find this “best thing since sliced bread” a wonderful way to showcase

computer kee board

Keep It Local As You Shop Cyber Monday

Keep it Local, it’s my mantra. Shop local, eat local, drink local, celebrate local. This past weekend, today and, I’m sure tomorrow too have felt

Piedmont Culinary Guild Picnic In the Garden Not To Be Missed

Starting this event-based post with a big ole recommendation of #TellThemHeidiSentYou and get your tickets now! If you are planning to be in or near

slice of pie

Upping Your holiday pie game

Tiz the season to be baking; and I’m turning my focus to breads and holiday pie! More bread to come; but be honest, who doesn’t

fennel

How To Cook with Fennel

How are you eating local? This time a year, for me, a weekend Farmers’ Market trip almost always includes the purchase of several bulbs of

pine bough

Let’s Go To Pinehurst, Southern Pines & Places Inbetween

The past year has been stressful, that’s for sure. But, as things start looking up, I’ve got a great way to cure that case of

Barbie in the kitchen

Thanksgiving Recipes You Will Love

The week of Thanksgiving and we’re cooking! Publishing this little round up of posts of Thanksgiving recipes, just in case you needed some inspiration, ideas

astrotirf

Tailgating 2020 style

It’s November. That means football; and usually, that means tailgating. This year, as we all know all too well, things are different. But, that doesn’t

NC State Fair, Here’s What’s Cooking

Excited this week and next Oct 14-24, 2021, to be hosting the GotToBeNC cooking stage at The NC State Fair. You can file this one

Sharing Ways to Eat Local on WRAL

What a pleasure this morning, Monday Feb 17, 2020, to appear on WRAL in the Raleigh/Durham area to share six ways to Eat & Drink

Heidi Billotto sitting on a red tractor with produce all around

Roadtrip: Learn to Cook at the NC Mountain State Fair

Time for a road trip to Asheville NC. Come on up and join me. I’ll be hosting the GotToBeNC Cooking Stage inside the Davis Event

summer veggies

Eat Your Summer Veggies

Tiz the season for a bounty of Summer veggies and a wonderful time to shop, cook and eat local. A couple of weeks ago, I

round purple eggplant

Cooking with Eggplant

Last night I posted this photo of the eggplant on my instagram and pinterest feeds. I purchased four or five of these beauties last weekend

How to Make Your Next Meal Dairy Delicious

Excited today to be doing a virtual cooking seminar featuring a variety of delicious dairy products. The seminar is for a meeting of the North

Sweet Treats: Baking Cookies & Handpies

Before we start baking cookies today, Allow me to share a bit of the backstory. On one of my food-centric trips to Greenwood, SC, last

tomatoes

It’s Tomato Time, Celebrate with Fresh Tomato Recipes

It’s Time. Tomato Time. WIth the heat of summer comes some wonderful local harvest and I am here to celebrate it all. I am always

Heidi Billotto

Make Mine Local

Eat and Drink Local with food writer Heidi Billotto. In this post she shares six delicious local North and South Carolina products. But that’s not all. When you eat local you help support local economies and support local communities, too.

Summer Seafood

Nothing says, “Here’s to Eating Local”, better than Summer Seafood on the grill! But, where to shop for seafood? I am glad you asked…. Take

onion rings and mustard

2021 Superbowl Snacking continues

In my last post, I shared a great recipe for Superbowl snacking. My super simple Surprise Sandwiches filled with local pork in a mustard marinade

25 Plus Places to Shop Local – March 2020

No better place to shop for local produce, proteins and product than from local farmers markets, farm stores and locally run businesses. In late March,

local food products

For the Love of Eating and Drinking Locally

For those of you who follow this blog regularly – or follow my social media, you know I’m a big fan of eating and drinking

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