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Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

Fences, walls, neighbors ignite heated questions about society

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| May 23, 2022

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” writes Robert Frost in his famous poem, “Mending Wall...

Oliver Hedgepeth shared this picture of wife Elizabeth Hedgepeth’s Coca-Cola cake. Anyone who wishes to share other Coca-Cola cake recipes can email blh4835@gmail.com.

COMMENTARY

A heck of a lot of work, but worth it

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| May 23, 2022

With apologies to Lisa Boykin Batts, The Wilson Times’ resident cooking guru, my wife Elizabeth made...

Art-Force founder and director Janet Kagan of Wilson is pictured at far right with fellow members of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Public Art Advisory Council.

Wilson woman joins arts grant advisory council

From staff reports
| May 19, 2022

A Wilson interior designer has been appointed to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Public Art Advis...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

Living so that we may ‘contribute a verse’

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| May 16, 2022

For those of us who think that our lives do not count for anything and do not contribute to the worl...

These orange brunch muffins are a delicious treat.

RATHER BE COOKING

Muffins bring back memories of Mama

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| May 6, 2022

Mama had a sweet tooth and always enjoyed desserts and candy. Sometimes, she’d even eat her dessert ...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

10 ways of looking at a water oak

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| May 1, 2022

After again reading Wallace Stevens’ famous poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” I decid...

This delicious cake is so easy to make with an angel food cake mix and fresh strawberries.

RATHER BE COOKING

You will love this simple 3-ingredient strawberry cake

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 29, 2022

I haven’t had time to make anything new this week, but I thought I’d share this column from 2012. We...

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

The past will be past too soon

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| April 25, 2022

I am old enough to know that memories of my mom and dad are few for my son and daughter. As kids, w...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

‘Change is the only constant in life’

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| April 25, 2022

For those who do not like change, get used to it. It’s the only thing that does not change. Heraclit...

This delicious Bolognese simmers in the slow cooker and is served over pasta.

RATHER BE COOKING

Slow cooker Bolognese sauce a keeper

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 21, 2022

Over the last few months, I’ve gotten out of the habit of planning meals to cook each week. By the t...

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

Experience life: It’s better when you do

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| April 18, 2022

There are strangers and old friends around you who give you hope. Seeing a notice on Facebook about ...

Scholars believe beloved playwright and poet William Shakespeare grew up in this Stratford-upon-Avon house, which has been restored and now operates as a museum called Shakespeare's Birthplace. The Bard of Avon's birthday is celebrated on April 23.

COMMENTARY

Brush up on your Shakespeare, celebrate his 458th

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| April 17, 2022

Most of us have some knowledge of William Shakespeare, the “Bard of Avon” and probably the most well...

The whole family loved this Gone to Heaven chocolate pie.

RATHER BE COOKING

Who loves chocolate pie? Give this one a try

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 14, 2022

If you’re planning to feed extra folks over the Easter holiday, you might want to get the ingredient...

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

A hope of return while looking back to Alaska

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| April 11, 2022

Alaska was more than the Great Land while we lived there from 2001-10. Our journey began, though, in...

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This easy baked rice is a nice complement to a home-cooked meal.

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Easy rice dish complements main course

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 28, 2022

My family loves rice. Sticky white rice with just the right amount of salt, Spanish rice with chunks...

Cinnamon sugar makes these doughnuts so delicious.

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Cinnamon sugar doughnuts a yummy treat

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 23, 2022

I did something totally out of my routine on Monday morning. I made doughnuts before work. Yes, jus...

The peanut butter layer in these loaf pan buckeye brownies puts the dessert over the top.

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Brownies have a nice surprise inside

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 17, 2022

When my sister recommends a recipe, I usually try it. Susan recently told me about a Martha Stewart...

This delicious oatmeal cake is packed with miniature chocolate chips.

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Book is filled with snack cake recipes

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| February 17, 2022

My sister and I love to talk about recipes and new cookbooks. Susan and I enjoy sharing successes in...

Make an extra batch of these pancakes to freeze.

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Yogurt makes these pancakes tender and delicious

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| January 23, 2022

We made some delicious pancakes Sunday during the first of our icy cold weekends. Our older granddau...

Find a reason to make this delicious coffee cake that features dried cherries and delicious topping.

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Coffee cake will brighten your day

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| January 13, 2022

There are magazines in almost every room at my house. Between my cooking magazines and my husband’s ...

Put those ham leftovers to good use with this easy and delicious casserole.

RATHER BE COOKING

Use those leftovers in creamy ham casserole

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| November 24, 2021

Are there some Thanksgiving ham leftovers in your refrigerator? I cooked both a ham and turkey breas...

Reba J. Lucas said she will be making her sweet potato pie recipe for Thanksgiving.

RECIPE

Sweet potato pie just in time for Thanksgiving

By Reba J. Lucas
| November 8, 2021

This is my spin on my mom’s Southern sweet potato pie recipe. I add sweetened condensed milk, which...

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