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Chef Ricky Moore looks over tickets in the kitchen at his Durham restaurant, the Saltbox Seafood Joint, on Wednesday. Moore accepted the award for Best Chef: Southeast at the James Beard Foundation Awards.

James Beard Awards recognize NC chefs, restaurants

By Drew Jackson
| June 18, 2022

RALEIGH — Starting with a small fried fish shack in Durham, chef Ricky Moore is on top of the culina...

Enjoy sweet summer blueberries in this easy cobbler.

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Celebrate summer season with a cobbler

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| June 16, 2022

It’s blueberry season right now, and I’ve already purchased several pints both at the grocery store ...

There's nothing like hot yeast rolls to go along with a Saturday night family dinner.

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Have you ever made buttermilk yeast rolls?

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| June 2, 2022

Making yeast breads is one of my favorite hobbies. I love experimenting and trying new recipes to ad...

Oliver Hedgepeth shared this picture of utensils, a 4-inch biscuit cutter and his mom’s recipe for buttermilk biscuits. His foray into baking the golden-brown delights showed biscuit-making requires some skill along with tender, loving care.

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Advice: Leave the biscuit baking to Mom

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| May 30, 2022

My mom, Virginia, could bake homemade buttermilk biscuits like nobody else. It was never work for he...

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.

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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...

These orange brunch muffins are a delicious treat.

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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 ...

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

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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...

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

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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...

The whole family loved this Gone to Heaven chocolate pie.

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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...

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.

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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...

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

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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.

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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.

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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...


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