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The secret in granddaughter’s scrambled eggs

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| January 18, 2022

Our life’s story these days is a test of how we learn something new about ourselves and our family. ...

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


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 ...

Professor Joseph Houmard, director of East Carolina University’s Human Performance Laboratory, is recruiting research subjects for a three-month exercise training program as part of a $170 million National Institutes of Health study.

ECU professor seeks research subjects for exercise study

For the Times
| January 8, 2022

GREENVILLE — East Carolina University says it’s a perfect time to pair New Year’s resolution goals w...

Oliver Hedgepeth


Remember your past, not just 2021

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| January 3, 2022

Do you remember the New Year’s fear of 2000 as 1999 came crashing to an end? Can you compare that fe...

Oliver Hedgepeth's first attempt at baking banana pudding earned rave reviews from his relatives. He credits his wife Elizabeth with providing the kind of practical guidance he couldn't find in a cookbook.


Baking banana pudding required a crash course

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| December 27, 2021

My mama Virginia Hedgepeth raised me with banana pudding. She let me cut the bananas and put the van...

You still have time to make these easy lemon-glazed cream cheese cookies for Santa (and your family).


Santa will love these easy lemon cookies

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| December 26, 2021

I have a favorite new cookie. It’s soft and sweet, but not too sweet, and has a burst of lemon that...

Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas Smith III


December 18, 2021

Olivia Alexis Parker and George Thomas Smith III were married on Sept. 25 at half past five in the a...

James Anderson married Brie Handgraaf on Sept. 25 at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.



November 30, 2021

Brie Anne Handgraaf and James Walker Anderson of Wilson were married Sept. 25 in a 3 p.m. ceremony a...

Sanda Baucom Hight


Logophiles love these holiday words, phrases

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| November 30, 2021

Logophiles love words of all kinds, from monosyllables (short words) to sesquipedalians (long words)...

Oliver Hedgepeth


A new idea for your new year

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| November 30, 2021

Our 50 Christmas cards are mailed, and maybe one is on its way to you. Now, make postcards. Do this...

D.G. Martin


NC author wins coveted National Book Award

By D.G. Martin
| November 30, 2021

What’s the biggest news in our state’s literary circles? On Nov. 17, Jason Mott won the National Boo...

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


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...

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Wilson will be represented at NC Debutante Ball

For the Times
| November 22, 2021

Plans are underway for the 94th annual North Carolina Debutante Ball, sponsored by the Terpsichorean...


Write your Christmas cards now

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| November 15, 2021

We wrote 50 Christmas cards this past weekend, all to give our granddaughter, Ashley, to distribute....

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Rather be cooking

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


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...

This apple streusel slab pie is delicious and easy to serve to a crowd.


Think outside the circle for this apple pie

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| November 1, 2021

A few weeks ago, a dear friend brought me a bag of winesap apples straight from the North Carolina m...

Sweet cinnamon sugar tops these little pumpkin muffins that look like doughnut holes.


Little treats have big pumpkin spice taste

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| October 28, 2021

Want a quick and easy treat for Halloween? Why not try these little pumpkin treats from the Damn Del...

We loved Italian Sausage Soup with Orzo and will be making it again soon.


Soup combines favorite ingredients

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| October 14, 2021

I’ve been on a soup kick lately. I’ve been ordering my favorite soups from takeout meals, pinning re...

Switch up your breakfast routine with these delicious pumpkin pancakes.


Add pumpkin and spices to pancakes

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| September 28, 2021

This column ran the first time in 2008. Give the recipe a try. I’ve been cooking the last days and h...

Lemon pound cake is one of my family's favorite desserts.


Some sweet treats for our readers

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| August 20, 2021

For 20 years now, I’ve shared recipes with Wilson Times readers from ribs and chicken pot pies to sa...

My recipe for slow cooker pork cutlets was featured in my first column in 2001.


Column started with slow cooker chops

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| August 13, 2021

Twenty years ago this next week, on Aug. 15, I shared my first recipe in a Wilson Times food column....

Our family's favorite marinade is delicious on grilled steaks.


Marinade makes steak even more special

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| August 5, 2021

It’s hard to be believe it, but this month marks 20 years since I wrote my first food column. That’s...

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