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

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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.

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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.

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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...

This delicious fruit pizza is perfect for a supper dessert.

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Sweet way to enjoy fruit

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| July 29, 2021

This column first ran in July 2010. We still love this recipe. It’s been my son’s Christmas Eve “bir...

This delicious pumpkin Bundt cake starts with a yellow cake mix.

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Not too early for pumpkin and spice

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| July 19, 2021

I don’t always follow traditional rules when I cook. I made Christmas cookies this week for a Christ...

Oreo Brownie Lush and Red, White and Blue Mixed Berry Yum Yum are delicious recipes to try this summer.

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Cool desserts for hot summer dining

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| July 15, 2021

We all need a something sweet in our lives every now and then, and in the summertime, a cold dessert...

Lisa Boykin Batts

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Bread adds the finishing touch

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| July 8, 2021

Frozen bread dough is a handy item to keep in your freezer. Not only can you bake a simple loaf of b...

The season's fresh yellow squash and zucchini join in this delicious gratin.

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New way to eat yellow squash, zucchini

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| June 28, 2021

My husband and I have really enjoyed our weekly visits to the Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market each...

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

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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...

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 ...


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