Wendy Perry

A quirky kinda gal... who knows life is too short and wants to enjoy the ride and share it with anybody who wants to come along, and even those who don't! A God fear'n sister, aunt (Dee Dee), Marketing Home Economist & Culinary Adventurist (and ECU Pirate) who thinks HOME EC is k.e.w.l. and needs a resurrection... and is on a mission to do just that! It's revival time ~ Hallelujah and pass the plate ~

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Winter Broccoli and Dried Cherry Salad dressed with balsamic dijon

This vibrant fresh salad is a nice side with a pot of soup on a chilly winter’s day. You might want to double up on the tasty dressing… it keeps well refrigerated for several weeks. It’s quick to make but if you have a favorite, you can easily substitute that as well.

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Clementine Shortbread Cornbread

Little bags of clementines appear in stores come fall and winter — an early sign that the holiday season is upon us. Some remember having them tucked into our stockings with nuts and other fruits back in simpler times. If you like something not quite as sweet as most, you’ll enjoy this shortbread. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Light n’ Crispy Glazed Doughnuts

Do you want to “WoW” your family and guests with a sweet treat that is sure to please? If you’ve never made these quick and oh-so-easy doughnuts, the time has come. They can be “dressed” in a variety of ways for any occasion… including with fun sprinkles.

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Ambrosia Shortcakes

Many of us will recognize this southern Christmas dish. Our grandmothers made it and their mamas did too, served in a pretty glass bowl. We turned this fruity favorite into a fun little dessert to enjoy anytime. Can be made a day ahead.

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Ma Perry’s Stewed Tomatoes

Fix my Ma Perry’s Stewed Tomatoes to serve over field peas and navy beans… or just all by themselves!

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Fall Fruitcake

Some things just “are” fall. Like apples. And pears. And spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and others. And this cake! Now I confess, I’m not a “pumpkin spice” gal and …

Fall Fruitcake …keep reading »

Farmers’ Market Spicy Seafood Chowder Base

This Manhattan-style chowder base is chock full of tomatoes, summer vegetables and herbs — keep it on hand for fast, fresh fish or seafood chowder. Freeze in quarts and then add any combination of oysters, shrimp, crab, clams, scallops or fish at serving time. We topped ours with crispy fried oysters.

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Crispy Dilled Cucumber Sammies

How many of us were introduced to cucumber sandwiches growing up at showers and church receptions? They’re such simple little snacks with vibrant flavor and opposing textures, soft and crispy. Pair these with our chowder or salted nuts as a light snack after working in the yard on a hot day. The spread works well on crackers or as a veggie dip.

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