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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 ...

Oliver Hedgepeth's first attempt at baking banana pudding earned rave reviews from his relatives. He credits his wife Elizabeth with providing the kind of practical guidance he couldn't find in a cookbook.

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Baking banana pudding required a crash course

By Oliver Hedgepeth
| December 27, 2021

My mama Virginia Hedgepeth raised me with banana pudding. She let me cut the bananas and put the van...

You still have time to make these easy lemon-glazed cream cheese cookies for Santa (and your family).

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Santa will love these easy lemon cookies

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| December 26, 2021

I have a favorite new cookie. It’s soft and sweet, but not too sweet, and has a burst of lemon that...

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...

Switch up your breakfast routine with these delicious pumpkin pancakes.

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Add pumpkin and spices to pancakes

By Lisa Boykin Batts
| September 28, 2021

This column ran the first time in 2008. Give the recipe a try. I’ve been cooking the last days and h...

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...

Fresh tomatoes and rosemary add the perfect touch to this bread.

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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...


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