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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,...

An Appealing Appetizer To Enjoy All Year

An Appealing Appetizer Happy 2016, y’all! I can hardly believe that it is the beginning of another year. As I reflect on 2015, my mind...

A Little Lighter Cheesecake

  I love birthdays and the opportunity to celebrate loved ones. We can all use a day each year where we feel extra special. Plus,...

Will Travel for Food

"People who love to eat are always the best people." -Julia Child I adore hearing about everyone’s summer adventures and where and what they ate. It’s no...

Wedges of Wet Sunlight

Nothing says summer quite like fresh peaches, which are described in the book All the Light We Cannot See as “wedges of wet sunlight.” I love their...

Better Buns

The high summer temperatures have only slightly dampened my desire to bake, and I still have the urge to work on my bread skills....

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...

Tips and Tricks for the Kitchen

As I prepared a strawberry rhubarb crisp this week, I calculated the ingredients in my head. The recipe was written to make 8 servings 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...

Kitchen Sanctuary

This weekend when my husband was away at a bachelor party, I kept finding myself in the kitchen. While I was watching basketball each...