Speaking of tomatoes, fried green ones…

A few years ago while food styling and creating recipes at Our State Magazine, I had the opportunity to create some “sauces” for Fried Green Tomatoes!  We Southerners know summertime isn’t complete without enjoying this tangy fried treat. OK, I’m sure some folks may coat and bake them, but Wendy don’t play that with some… Continue reading Speaking of tomatoes, fried green ones…

Squishy Fig Gingerbread… oooh la LA!

Squishy Fig Gingerbread

It’s no new news that I’m not the baker. I can do it when need be, but all that chemistry of proper measurements annoys me… I’m not particularly into tedium, and I much prefer concocting stuff where the final successful outcome isn’t determined by improper measurement of a bit of this or that.  When I… Continue reading Squishy Fig Gingerbread… oooh la LA!

Peas, please… field peas, that is!

All sorts of fresh field peas are plentiful during July and August... time to stock up!

Peas are such a simple food… they don’t need much fuss’n with, and can be fixed in all sorts of ways. Cook simply with some country ham pieces.  Ladle up a cup of the pot likker from their cook’n. Add some cornbread and call it supper!  Top with stewed tomatoes or homemade tomato jam!   … Continue reading Peas, please… field peas, that is!

…sweet summer corn salad with honey-citrus dressing

Enjoy this vibrant sweet summer corn salad with honey-citrus dressing!

Corn…. here, there and over yonder!  Oh, the delicious time of summer is here in all its golden glory, and I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get.enough.CORN! I love it raw… lightly steamed on the cob… grilled… in my grandma’s corn puddin… as a side…. or as a meal, like last night… Continue reading …sweet summer corn salad with honey-citrus dressing

Wendy’s Dilly Swiss Tomato Pie!

Dilly Swiss Tomato Pie Photo by Matt Hulsman for Our State Magazine

’tis pie season. Tomato Pie Season. And I can’t believe I have never put my Dilly Swiss Tomato Pie here….                   As food stylist and recipe developer at Our State Magazine for 5 years, I often prepared and styled recipes from church and community cookbooks they featured… Continue reading Wendy’s Dilly Swiss Tomato Pie!

Beat the heat with this Green & Gold Okra Summer Salad! No cook’n here….

Green & Gold Okra Summer Salad

Published in Carolina Country Magazine Summer 2018 Well I don’t know about where you are, but here in Eastern North Carolina, we’re in the middle of a ridiculous heat wave…. too bad it can’t melt fat off our bodies like heat melts fat in my cast iron fry’n pan!  I saw this cute little what-cha-majig… Continue reading Beat the heat with this Green & Gold Okra Summer Salad! No cook’n here….

Toasted Sesame Cucumber Butter Spread

Toasted Sesame Cucumber Butter Spread

Featured in Carolina Country Magazine Summer 2017 Cucumbers… such a simple thing that can be enjoyed in so many ways!  You’re just going to love this toasted sesame cucumber butter spread/dip… a fun outdoor gathering recipe to eat with crackers and toast points, and as a dip with veggies for all the keto folks in… Continue reading Toasted Sesame Cucumber Butter Spread

Cheery Grilled Corn with Hoop Cheese & Bacon Dust

Cheery Grilled Corn with Hoop Cheese & Bacon Dust!

I know, I got you with BACON dust, right?  Well then let’s add Cheerwine to the party too!                       Bacon doth make everything more better, and on my “Cheer”y grilled corn is no exception.  We’ve all seen the “same old same old” grilled corn recipes….… Continue reading Cheery Grilled Corn with Hoop Cheese & Bacon Dust

…just sweet n’simple peppered tomato jam

...just sweet n'simple peppered tomato jam

Tomatoes… my love! I doth live for this tasty time of year when they are bountiful at farmers’ markets and in generous friends’ gardens. I make tomato sauce…. plain I can spiff up at time of use, and spicy Arrabbiata too, to heat up with some local North Carolina coastal shrimp that cook in the… Continue reading …just sweet n’simple peppered tomato jam

Wondermous Winter Salad… after the flood came!

...a tasty salad of the season!

Hey Y’all…. The world’s slowest blogger checking in here in the new year! I’m telling ya, my Ma Hocutt was so right all those decades ago when she would tell me “when you’re my age, the years just fly right on by.”  I AM now her age at that time, and I’m not sure 2013… Continue reading Wondermous Winter Salad… after the flood came!

Bacon Kissed NC Apples, Cabbage and Onions

  [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:14]                   Tis that time of year when we start hunkering down inside on chilly fall eves… and for some of us, what amounts to the start of “cooking season”!  I threw together some stuffed pork chops yesterday and just dug around in my fridge to… Continue reading Bacon Kissed NC Apples, Cabbage and Onions

my almost famous “Pickled” Pickled Shrimp and Eastern NC Cotton Honey-Mustard Slaw

Happy July y’all….  the world’s slowwwwest blogger dropping by!  I’m gonna be ramping things up (yes, I know I’ve said THAT before!) since I’ve been doing so many shindigs lately and have lots of NEKKIDness to share… plus, I’ve been getting requests from clients and their guests for recipes.  I don’t keep many recipe secrets… Continue reading my almost famous “Pickled” Pickled Shrimp and Eastern NC Cotton Honey-Mustard Slaw