bacon & belly

…bacon and belly is why this gal will NEVER EVER be a vegetarian

How To Host A Pig Pickin!

How to Host a Pig Picking… and P.S., barbecue is a noun, not a verb!

Ahhh… the good ole southern NC pig picking! Here’s all you need to know to host one for yourself. Nothing is much finer than gathering friends and family to pick pork, is there?

Anytime is Deviled Egg time!

While recipe developer and food stylist at Our State Magazine, I was asked to give a classic deviled egg a North Carolina twist. These recipes inspired by our culture are fun to make and good to eat.

Sometimes you win… sometimes you lose! This time, I have a winner~ with Aunt Nellie’s!

I love entering cooking contests.  There’s rarely a win with so much great competition out there, but it’s fun coming up with ideas and getting in my kitchen to make what’s in my head come to life. But… every now and then, I end up with a winner, like my Aunt Nellie’s Bacon & Rosemary Roasted …

Sometimes you win… sometimes you lose! This time, I have a winner~ with Aunt Nellie’s! …keep reading »

collards + cabbage + frost = “cabbards” time…. with Crispy Cornbread Cookies, Molasses Bacon Butter & Pot Likker

The time has just about come for the annual “cooking of the cabbards” to fill the freezer!  Like a squirrel stowing away acorns for the winter, I too, “get my cook’n on” once our local collards have had a good kissing o’ the frost.  Some think that’s just an old tale, but not this gal, …

collards + cabbage + frost = “cabbards” time…. with Crispy Cornbread Cookies, Molasses Bacon Butter & Pot Likker …keep reading »

“Traditional Southern Thanksgiving Favs…with a Twist”

Twisted Southern Thanksgiving Table Being the “throw cooker” that I am, those of you that know me know I’m gonna throw a twist into a meal or recipe, any chance I get.  Well there’s no reason Thanksgiving should be exempt from my voodoo.  My friends Valonda and Sharon invited me back again to their show, …

“Traditional Southern Thanksgiving Favs…with a Twist” …keep reading »

“throw cook” what ‘cha got ~ It’s Fall Y’all Clam Chowder

I’m a “throw cooker.”  What does that mean?  Well, that means I throw stuff together to create good food and teach others how to do that too.  It’s pretty simple and just not that hard to do.  Folks often ask me to share a ‘recipe,’ which is challenging, because I don’t use them per se.  …

“throw cook” what ‘cha got ~ It’s Fall Y’all Clam Chowder …keep reading »

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