Everything Pork Smash Burgers with Toasty Hoop Cheese

Everything Pork Smash Burgers with Toasty Hoop Cheese

Published in Carolina Country Magazine May 2015 Smashburgers!  or Smash Burgers?  No matter which you way you prefer, they’re everywhere these days… but do you know what that actually means?   My definition is a good old ground meat burger,  smashed somehow or other, and cooked so that you get a nice, uneven edge from “smashing”… Continue reading Everything Pork Smash Burgers with Toasty Hoop Cheese

Hummingbird Ice Cream Parfaits with toasted pecans and buttercream whip

Published in Carolina Country Magazine May 2021 Such a southern thing, the hummingbird cake. Although its history is shrouded in mystery and conflicting tales of its origins, its key ingredients have remained the same over the years. And it’s just damn good. When doing my research, I found just about every kind of recreation and… Continue reading Hummingbird Ice Cream Parfaits with toasted pecans and buttercream whip

Roasted Veggies & Shrimp Skewers

Buttermilk Citrus Green Goddess Dressing

High temperatures paired with abundant vegetables make for healthy nibbles or a light meal. Roasting brings out the natural sugars in your vegetables that caramelize for a sweet zing. Exact measurements are not needed — make as much as you need for your crew. Dollop with Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing and you’ll never look at vegetables the same way again.

Dilled Reuben Deviled Eggs

Reuben Deviled Eggs

I don’t know about you, but I don’t recall ever meeting a deviled egg I didn’t like.  I’m not particularly fond of the white part… and either eat just the part of that holding the deviled part… or just the deviled itself!  It’s a texture thing for me… egg whites remind me of jello, which… Continue reading Dilled Reuben Deviled Eggs

Crispy Churro Cake Bites with chocolate hazelnut dip

Crispy Churro Cake Bites with chocolate hazelnut dip

Look no further for a fun, finger food dessert to put smiles on faces! Keep cake pieces on hand in a freezer bag to fry in a flash for when you need “just a bite of something sweet.”

Spirited Sweet Potato Hummus (plus 10!)

Looking for something new to nibble on? During your super bowl gathering? Or couch pajama movie binge? Throw together some of this roasted sweet potato goodness… yummy any old time… and great way to use some of our North Carolina Sweet Potatoes!!

No fair? No fair! … so cook yourself some turkey legs at home!

Smokey Spiced Grilled Turkey Legs

Published in Carolina Country Magazine November 2017 Well 2020 just keeps giving us disappointment on top of disappointment.  Some of us look real forward to our NC State Fair each year, each for our own reasons.  I will miss going there several mornings to judge the daily cooking contests… one of my favorite fall culinary… Continue reading No fair? No fair! … so cook yourself some turkey legs at home!

Don’t throw away those watermelon rinds!

Wait! Don't throw that watermelon rind away...

Stop… Don’t throw that watermelon rind away! Throw this together… Bogue Sound Watermelon Rind drizzled with Carolina Gold Oil! Great for nibblin, appetize’n… or on top of your tacos, hot dogs, salads and more.

Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffle & Pickled Seafood Medley ~ The New Southern Seafood Platter in Our State Magazine

Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffle and Pickled Seafood Medley

We love a seafood platter in the summertime — especially one that features fresh, local fish. Here, we imagined what a modern twist on this classic dish might look like with these Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffles and Pickled Seafood Medley!