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Pepperoni pizza salad is a good option for a covered-dish meal.

RATHER BE COOKING

Pasta salad has the flavors of pepperoni pizza

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| June 17, 2021

With the weather turning hot, my lunch habits change. I prefer sandwiches or salads most days rather...

Cassidy Hall

COMMENTARY

Tips for reading 'Nutrition Facts' labels

By Cassidy Hall
| June 16, 2021

Did you know that most Americans think they eat healthier than they actually do? General recommendat...

Columnist Sanda Baucom Hight shared this picture showing a rose of Sharon blooming in her backyard.

COMMENTARY

Rose of Sharon among beautiful, interesting plant names

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| June 16, 2021

The rose of Sharon is in bloom, a good opportunity to reflect on flowers that have beautiful and som...

Gravely-Massey

June 14, 2021

Gravely-Massey Barbara and Bentley Massey of Wilson announce the engagement of their daughter, Grays...

D.G. Martin

COMMENTARY

Barbecue: True and faux

By D.G. Martin
| June 17, 2021

Why would John Shelton Reed write another book about barbecue? After all, he is a co-author of the r...

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

Thunderstorms, Father's Day evoke childhood memories

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| June 14, 2021

When we were growing up in Wilson, Elizabeth and I had some interesting living conditions in our hom...

Dave DuVernois

MEN'S HEALTH MONTH

4 ways men can take control of their health

By Dave DuVernois
| June 14, 2021

There is a long-standing perception that women tend to focus on their health more than men do. Unfor...

Give this delicious black and blueberry ricotta cake a try.

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Brighten your day with a snacking cake

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| June 7, 2021

When I first flipped through the pages of a birthday present cookbook, I immediately was drawn to on...

Wedding

Guess-Nguyen

June 8, 2021

Aimee Blair Nguyen of the Rock Ridge community and Andrew Mark Guess of Pineville, Louisiana, were m...

Cyndi Lauderdale

WELL PLANTED

Pruning, tree removal can stop fire blight from spreading

By Cyndi Lauderdale
| June 3, 2021

Every year, we get calls on growing fruit trees. One common issue many growers notice in the late sp...

Sanda Baucom Hight

COMMENTARY

It's all about relationships with the universe

By Sanda Baucom Hight
| June 2, 2021

We often hear people announce that they are in a relationship, which usually means a romantic connec...

Engagement

Price-Dutton

May 31, 2021

Natalie and Ed Dutton of Holland, New York, announce the engagement of their daughter, ...

Oliver Hedgepeth

COMMENTARY

Help yourself to tomorrow

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| May 31, 2021

Living for a longer and healthier and happier tomorrow is happening all over Wilson and the rest of ...

Johnnie Hamilton of Stancil Sign and Lighting Service helps guide a rusty section of the V. Simpson whirligig down for repair at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in July 2018.

COMMENTARY

Whirligigs to the rescue

By D.G. Martin
| May 31, 2021

Why make the small eastern North Carolina city of Wilson my first post-COVID breakout vacation trip?...

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Lisa Boykin Batts

RATHER BE COOKING

Spice cake brings back good memories

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| May 25, 2021

My husband has been my food column guinea pig for almost 20 years now. He willingly tries my experim...

The recipe for this shortcake comes from a 1934 issue of The Wilson Times.

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This shortcake will take you way back

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| May 27, 2021

This is the 125th anniversary year for The Wilson Times, and I thought it would be nice to dig into ...

You don't have to fry this version of "fried" ice cream.

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Individualize this ice cream dessert

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| May 4, 2021

I don’t think I’ve ever tried fried ice cream, but I was intrigued by the idea of making “fried” ic...

I love geting cookbooks, like these, as gifts.

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Cookbooks always a fun read for me

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 26, 2021

I got a few new cookbooks for Christmas and have taken my sweet time to read them. Although I enjoy ...

Strawberries and blueberries make the sheet pan pancakes even more yummy.

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Streamline your pancake breakfast

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 19, 2021

I love making weekend breakfast special at my house. Sometimes it’s as simple as buying our favorit...

This yummy spaghetti pie recipe makes a pie to eat and a pie to freeze.

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Spaghetti pie for you and a friend

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 16, 2021

Spaghetti is one of my favorite foods. I loved Mama’s spaghetti sauce when I was a child, and I love...

Start a new Easter tradition with hot cross scones.

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A new twist on an Easter favorite

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 30, 2021

One of my favorite Easter traditions is baking hot cross buns. I try to make them in time to eat on...

Lisa Boykin Batts

RATHER BE COOKING

Frosting makes lemon cupcakes even better

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 22, 2021

It’s always fun to try a new recipe for holiday meals or parties, and it’s even better when the reci...

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