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

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

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!!

Roasted Grape & Cheese Crostini with spiced pecan crumbs

Sometimes we just need “a little something” to nibble on — roasting grapes and serving over warm, softened cheese on crostini is a new favorite! The grapes become nice and “jammy” and oh-so-good with a drizzle of herbed oil, vinegar and honey. No exact measurements needed for this one.

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

....a southern tradition ~ the pig pick'n

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?

Pig Pick’n Banana Pudding… and an ode to my fave birthday cake (& missing Ms. Ethel!)

Pig Pick'n Banana Pudding! Two loves... Pig Pick'n Cake playing together with Banana Pudding! What's not to love here?

This Pig Pick’n Banana Pudding is a marriage of 2 of my favorites… pig picking cake and good old banana pudding! What’s not to love here?

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.

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.