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

Eat Local – Cook Local – Tempura Okra “Fries” with Homemade Ketchup Recipes by Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto

Once a month I have the great good fortune to appear in a cooking segment on WCNC’s midday program, Charlotte Today. Hosts Colleen Odegaard and

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Homemade Creamed Corn and Heidi’s Snappy Jalapeño Cornbread

Feeling Corny? Even with the effect of all the rain on our local crops, it is still the season for local corn – here’s a

GRILLED SALMON WITH SUMMER SUCCOTASH

Are you like me and just love the flavors of local corn, tomatoes and fresh shelled limas? We in the Carolinas are lucky enough to

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