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


Spaghetti pie for you and a friend

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| April 5, 2021

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

Lisa Boykin Batts


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


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.


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 …


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! …


By Lisa Boykin Batts Times Life Editor
| November 25, 2015

I should probably be offering up some last-minute Thanksgiving tips or recipes, but I imagine most of you have your menu set, your groceries purchased and your turkey thawing in the refrigerator. That’s the case at my house. I think I’m …

Buy some peanuts, and help a good cause

By Lisa Boykin Batts Times Life Editor
| November 18, 2015

My two children teased me over the weekend with threats of eating the bag of salted peanuts Bruce Tingle had delivered to me at work. I told them they had to wait for the leftovers after I made a recipe for my food column! Bruce and other members of …

Church prepares for 75th annual bake sale

By Lisa Boykin Batts Times Life Editor
| November 11, 2015

It takes a lot of prep work to get ready for St. Timothy Episcopal Church’s annual bake sale. Teams are formed each year to bake the pies and assemble the casseroles so they will be ready for the many people who will show up at the church Nov. …

Love this mild salsa

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| June 6, 2016

I’ve never liked salsa. Not at all. In fact, when my husband puts salsa on his eggs, I usually go to the other room! My daughter enjoys salsa, just like her dad. She had enjoyed a homemade recipe at her boyfriend’s house, and over the …

Easy and delicious candy

By Lisa Boykin Batts | Times Life Editor
| June 6, 2016

I’m sure we all have easy Christmas recipes we can count on in a pinch — the kind of recipe you turn to when you need to make a special treat for the office Christmas party, for instance. That happened at our house last week. I wanted …

Season for cranberries

By Lisa Boykin Batts | Times Life Editor
| June 6, 2016

If you're like me, you're already thinking ahead to the annual Thanksgiving feast. The big day is just two weeks away, so those of us who are cooking had better be deciding on side dishes and pies and how to stuff the turkey. My menu doesn't …

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