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Eat & Drink Local: Cooking & Cocktailing with NC Elderberries

There is no question that elderberries are a good-for-you food.  These tiny berries are packed with minerals like iron and potassium; vitamins A, B and

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Cheers! Raise a Glass, its Time to Drink Local!

  Cheers to North Carolina’s Thriving Community of Distillers and Legal Moonshine  Raise your glasses and say, “Cheers!” Some 84 years ago today Prohibition in

Cheers! It’s time to Drink Local!

Lots of ways to Drink Local in the Carolinas. Of course, the wine industry is huge here and the focus on craft beers is without

Easy to Eat Local: Six Stories of Local Products & Recipes, too!

It’s Easy to Eat Local… I simply love shopping at local farmers’ markets every week, so that I can incorporate  much local product, produce and

Easy to Eat Local

I am delighted to be sharing with you today a half dozen wonderful ways you can eat local, simply by opening a box, bottle package

Fresh from the Farmers’ Market: Pork Chops and Sweet Tater Tots

I love shopping at farmers’ markets and eating local. For those of you who have read the stories I share on these digital pages, or

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Home Grown Tomatoes

Plant ’em in the spring eat ’em in the summer, All winter without ’em’s a culinary bummer…                  

Biscuits and the Big Deal about Baking with Buttermilk

I come to you today on the heels of three days in Knoxville, Tennessee. First at the Southern Food Writing Conference and then at the

North Carolina Fish Tales: A Cookbook, Soft Crabs & A Day Down East

For those of you who follow my blog and my social media feeds, you already know that  I am all about supporting local farmers and

Proffitt Cattle Company: GotToBeNC Organic Grass Fed Beef

Agriculture is by far the largest industry in the state of North Carolina. And when I say agriculture, I’m not just talking produce, but proteins

The Sugar (& Cinnamon) To Sprinkle on Your Snow Day

Dateline: January 6 2017 , Charlotte NC. So they say its going to snow. That’s #SnOMG or #Snomageddon for those of you anxious to share

Easy to Eat Local: Open a Package, Jar, Bottle or Box

If you follow me on social media, this blog or have watched me cooking on television or have come to any of my cooking classes,

Stuffed Squash Blossoms: A New Take on Ham and Cheese

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking this month on television and for catering jobs and cooking classes. As my regular readers know, I am

Seasonally Speaking: It’s Time for Local Organic Baby Ginger

To every time (and to every fruit, flower, herb and vegetable) there is a season. Back in 2011, it was my pleasure to join a

Tenda-Bake Pancake & Waffle Mix isn’t Just for Breakfast Any More

Those of you who follow this blog in particular and my cooking classes and television appearances in general already know that I am a lover

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Delicious Ways to Eat your Fruits and Veggies

Always great fun working with my friend Chef Mark Allison and Monday morning of this week was no different. The occasion: a food styling gig for

Tomato Time Recipes You Will Love

It’s summer and that means, it’s Tomato Time! For years – honestly,  more summer seasons than I would like to admit –  I have  tried

Summertime and the Grilling is Easy

With Fourth of July weekend on the horizon, I know many of you will be grilling for the holiday celebration. Wanted to take this post

A Taste of Spring: Asparagus

Spring is my favorite season. In my hometown of Charlotte, NC it starts with the first crocus, then the cherry trees add a pop of color and after a long winter’s break, the beautiful Bradford Pear trees which line many a street in town, burst forth with blossoms. For about a week, the city is awash in white blossoms and that’s when you know it – you’re on the cusp of asparagus season.

Superbowl 50: The Party of the Year!

Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll tell you  – even though I can dress the part – as evidenced in the photo here,

Super Foods and Farmers’ Markets are the Recipe for a Healthy, Happy New Year

Nothing sacred about the beginning of the new year, the beginning of a new month or a new week – you can start eating healthier

The Apple of My Pie

Late summer and early fall is the Carolinas means apple season and to me local apples mean apple pie! Time to bring it on with

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As Much Fun To Make As It Is To Eat – Happy Popcorn Month!

October is National Popcorn Month, so let me be the first to say Happy Happy!   I don’t know about you, but when my thoughts

A Taste of Holiday Comfort and Joy

A Post Preview…. This set of recipes is a wonderful holiday play on the idea of soup and sandwich. I am posting early the morning

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater | Seasonal Squash Aren’t Just for Carving

When the Colonists first landed in North America they found the Indians growing and using pumpkins. The new Americans were quick to enthusiastically embrace the

Get your Grill On – Good-to-Grill tips to get you Going

Spring and Summertime cookouts are a great way to entertain this season and the convenience of a backyard grill offers a healthier way to cook

Oh my, it’s time for Pi…

It’s March 14, 2014 and while many of you may think that this is just the day before St. Patty’s day, others with a slightly

Gluten Free Pancakes as seen on WBTV with Kristen Miranda

I’ve LOVE cooking in front of a group, making personal appearances and cooking on television. I am quite fortunate to have regular culinary segments on

Going Gluten Free? Here’s a great North Carolina Chestnut Flour bread recipe you’re gonna love!

High Rock Farm is the largest working and producing chestnut orchard in the mid-Atlantic region with a grove of nearly 500 chestnut trees. While the

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