Category: Fun & Helpful

Southern Chow Chow from the Garden

When this Northeastern Italian/Irish gal married her Southern husband , she got a proper introduction to southern food.  I went from saying, “So… you just eat the pinto beans by themselves?” and “What the heck is Chow Chow?“, to insisting on stone ground cornmeal for my homemade cornbread and singing praises for beans in a …

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Italian Sausage and Onions Recipe

Yes, Virginia, you CAN have an Italian recipe that does not include pasta and marinara! I learned this cooking method from Joe.  Joe is the lovingly temperamental proprietor of Joe’s Italian Kitchen in Boone, NC. Back when I hosted a local TV show, the segment I filmed with Joe was one of my favorites!   …

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Easy Herb Gardening: Container Garden

As I was chatting on Twitter last night, I mentioned that I love cooking with herbs from my garden.  Some of my friends were very impressed, and I thought, “I bet they don’t know how easy it is!”  So I made this video, showing you my container herb garden, and how easy it is to …

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Backyard Barbecue Kits: Teacher Gifts under $5

There’s always a parent at each school. This parent is the one that elicits oohs and aahs from the teachers when they realize her child is in their class. She is always there to volunteer, and gives the best teacher gifts at Christmas and the end of the year. While I am not this mom, …

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