Author: Heidi Billotto

Chocolate Peppermint Crème Brulee

Nothing is more fun than a bite-sized dessert, and this one is just perfect for the holiday season. Find cute little holiday glasses about the size of a paper Dixie cup or use a clear glass votive candleholder. Find small…

Apple and Sausage Stuffing

The best recipes this time of year are family recipes — the ones that with just one bite, you are automatically transformed to a time and place of your youth. This recipe is from many a family Thanksgiving of my…

Old-Fashioned Potato Latkes With a Twist

When I was growing up, potato pancakes — or latkes — were a staple side dish in our house. My mom had to make tons of them because my brother and I, and Daddy, too, would eat them right out…

Glazed Sabayon with Local Peaches and Blueberries

Local eggs take the cake in this gluten-free dessert. This custard-topped baked fruit dish is a great flourless alternative to late summer fruit cobbler. Yolks from local eggs (readily available at local farmers markets) will cook up lighter and faster…

Southwestern Grilled Corn

In the summer, local corn and tomatoes are two of my favorite things. Both of these summertime faves grow well in our area, so enjoy them while they are in season and at their best. Fresh corn does not take…

Grilled BLT Salad

Here is a great summertime play on the classic wedge salad. Everything can be made in advance, so this makes for great picnic food (and grape tomatoes make a good snack for kids) – take all the parts along separately…

Summer Wedge Salad

Here is a great summertime play on the classic wedge salad. Everything can be made in advance, so this makes for great picnic food (and grape tomatoes make a good snack for kids) – take all the parts along separately…

French Toast with Fruit and Vanilla Egg Custard

Let your springtime family brunching kick off with a celebration in honor of Mom. This rich French toast recipe uses store bought croissants, local eggs and honey and fresh organic fruit – a great way to start the day.Ingredients1 cup…

Fish Tacos With Green Chutney

This month in the spirit of St Patty’s Day – why not get your green on? No need to add green food coloring to grits or potatoes, when there are lots of delicious naturally green food with which you can…

Sweetheart Cookies

These perfect-for-the-season cookies make great gifts for friends and family, teachers, kids at school, office co-workers or anyone else with whom you'd like to share a bit of Valentine sweetness. Wrap them individually or by the plateful in transparent or…

French Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Good in small batches or large ones, this vinaigrette is easy to make, can be used for a variety of recipes, and will hold in your refrigerator for several weeks. To make the vinaigrette, I recommend using local ingredients and…

Worthwhile Chocolate Cake

One of the best parts of the holidays is the memories that come from preparing your family’s traditional foods. We all enjoy reliving the times that come with recipes that have been passed down from one generation to another and…

Ginger Pumpkin Seed Bread

Ingredients:2 cups shredded raw pumpkin (or any other winter squash)3 local or organic eggs1 3/4 cups organic sugar1 cup plain Greek yogurt (not the low- or fat-free kind)2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon baking powder2 teaspoons baking soda2 teaspoons cinnamon1 teaspoon…

Make-Your-Own Doughnuts

After several years of enjoying the national cupcake craze, this food writer is convinced that doughnuts are going to be the next big sweet thing. Put your kids ahead of the national culinary curve and start making easy-as-pie doughnuts with…

Sweet Corn Pudding Souffle

Locally grown corn is one of the most delicious parts of summertime. Enjoy it straight from the cob or cut off and tossed in salads or soups. One quick note: When you are cooking corn, for the best flavor, don’t…

Red, White and Blue Summer Salad

Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Crumbled Bacon and Blueberry DressingHere’s a fun red, white and blue salad to celebrate the local flavors of summer and the fourth of July, too.Ingredients1 small seedless watermelon 2-3 local tomatoes, sliced1/2  cup Bosky Acres…

Lemon Squares with Berries

This summer, try this easy citrus and berry dessert. For the best flavor, use local blueberries, blackberries and raspberries from your local farmers markets. These make a great alternative to brownies.INGREDIENTS: 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour1/4 cup powdered sugar1/2 cup…

Make a M'Omelet for Mother's Day

Mom — print this out and put it in a place where Dad and the kids will see it — then, snuggle in and be prepared for a fabulous Sunday breakfast in bed on your special day.

Roasted Potato and Grilled Chicken Salad Provencal

Ingredients: 1 cup fresh basil leaves1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the more aged the cheese, the better)½ cup pine nuts1 cup extra virgin olive oil2 tablespoons drained capers1 can black olives, chopped2 red bell peppers, thinly slicedAdditional pine nuts3 1/4…

Host a French Picnic for the Family

Plan a fun family picnic in your own backyard, porch or patio, or make it a portable feast and enjoy dinner together in any of Charlotte's beautiful parks or greenways.

Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls

The perfect blend of salty and sweet.3 tablespoon butter1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow fluff6 cups fresh popped popcorn, lightly buttered and saltedMelt the butter and marshmallow fluff in a saucepan, over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mix…