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Moreton Neal is an author and interior designer who lives in Chapel Hill. She is a lifelong foodie, having co-founded LA Residence in 1976. 

Top Tips to Make the Perfect Pie + Recipe

I have a love-hate relationship with pie. Long ago, during my brief career as a pastry chef, flaky-crusted pies were my specialty. One day,...

Joyous Cooking: A No-Fuss Supper

If you’re interested in culinary history, you will devour Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste. The memoir,...

Joyous Cooking: Slaw and Order

Like a zillion other Tar Heels, my husband is a barbecue fanatic, willing to drive great distances for a quality pulled-pork sandwich. Luckily, he...

Joyous Cooking: Get Crafty

Craft cocktails first came to my attention in a Charleston restaurant a few years ago. Arriving early for our dinner reservation, friends and I...

Joyous Cooking: The Feminine Art of Cooking Writing

Recently, I was invited to speak about women’s changing roles in the food business with a focus on the Triangle. UNC American Studies professor...

Joyous Cooking: The Real Irish Stew

Here in America, corned beef and cabbage are so commonly eaten on St. Patrick’s Day that we assume it’s a traditional Irish meal. In...

Joyous Cooking: The Other Pumpkin Pie

Until I spent my 16th Thanksgiving with Connecticut Yankees, I had never encountered a baked pumpkin pie. In the Deep South where I grew...

Hot Basil Cocktail

If it's hot outside, Moreton Neal suggests this cool cocktail that pairs nicely with the shrimp, perfect for sipping on a steamy summer evening on the...