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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. 

Perfect for Mother’s Day: Mama’s Strawberry Pie Recipe

Mother’s Day isn’t just for mothers here in Chapel Hill. The Hallmark holiday is eclipsed, every second Sunday of May, by commencement at UNC. Moms, unless...

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...