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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...

Lisa Boykin Batts

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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

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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...

Keep the ingredients on hand to make this delicious peach cobbler when you crave a sweet treat.

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Easy peach cobbler delicious way to end meal

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 15, 2021

I had a small bowl of delicious peach cobbler a few weeks ago at one of our monthly lunches at work....

Neapolitan cake is pretty on the inside and the outside.

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Pretty cake has surprise inside

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| March 8, 2021

Who else loves a good cake mix recipe? I have an especially good one to share. Recently, my husband ...

Easy dish features sweet potatoes

October 19, 2020

I love cooking with sweet potatoes, especially this time of year. At my house, I serve baked sweet potatoes with chicken pastry, make sweet potato biscuits, put diced sweet potatoes in soups and …

New cookbooks bring new recipes

By Lisa Batts
| February 17, 2021

New cookbooks arrived at my desk last week, and I was so excited to open up the box they came in and see what was inside. Page Street Publishing had sent me three of its latest volumes: “101 …

When is fruit ready to pick? Nature offers a variety of clues

| July 10, 2019

It takes just a twist of the wrist to determine when pears are ready to come off the tree. For plums and peaches, flesh firmness is a good way to verify maturity. Blackberries? Check the …

'Cork Dork' celebrates wine, sommeliers

By Kevin Begos

The Associated Press
| April 5, 2017

“Cork Dork” (Penguin Books), by Bianca Bosker Sommelier is a simple yet mysterious job title. The most basic translation from the French might be wine expert, but then how exactly does one attain that status? Bianca Bosker decided …

Bird flu found at Tyson Foods chicken supplier

March 9, 2017

NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 73,500 chickens …

What the Fluff? An American lunchbox icon is turning 100

By Tracee M. Herbaugh

The Associated Press
| February 15, 2017

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Fluff turns 100 this year, and the marshmallow concoction that has been smeared on a century's worth of schoolchildren's sandwiches has inspired a festival and other sticky remembrances. Every year, between 5 million and …

MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTERY MINTS

By Lisa Boykin Batts Times Life Editor
| December 17, 2015

I tend to make the same Christmas treats every December. My family requests the same things, and it’s part of the tradition for us to make spritz cookies, nutty fingers and sausage balls. But it’s fun to bring new things to the holiday …

No need to spend a lot of money to make Christmas memories

By Chelsey Edens Times Columnist
| December 9, 2015

I’m like a child when it comes to the holiday season. I can barely contain my excitement and my desire to fit in everything, even the silly little things for which I am probably much too old. This year is even more special because it’s …

So many recipes and so little time!

By Lisa Boykin Batts Times Life Editor
| December 2, 2015

I’m not sure what it is about this cookbook, but I’ve checked it out from the library three times in recent months. Granted, I don’t look at it every day, but I do find something new and interesting every time I open the pages! …


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