Recipes

Veggie Stew

There’s nothing as cozy and satisfying as a warm soup cooking on a cold winter night! Put a local spin on your stove with this delicious recipe using North Carolina local vegetables.   1 onion, diced 1 lb zucchini, diced…

Butternut Squash Soup

There’s nothing as cozy and satisfying as a warm soup cooking on a cold winter night! Put a local spin on your stove with these delicious recipes using North Carolina local vegetables.5 cups butternut squash (1 large), blanched or roasted…

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…

Gingered Cranberry Raspberry Relish

Traditional doesn’t have to mean boring. When you’re trying to come up with side dish ideas for this year’s Holiday menu just think a little outside the box; take a traditional dish and make it contemporary and chic…like adding rapberries,…

Simple Pear Salad

Pears are a nutritional bargain. At only 100 calories per serving, one pear provides 6 grams of fiber; that's 20 percent of the RDA for fiber. They are also a good source of vitamin C and are known to be…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin is incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. One serving provides 300 percent of the RDA for vitamin A. Pumpkin is also rich in vitamins C, E and iron. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source…

Orange Salad

One medium orange meets the RDAs for a day's worth of vitamin C. But did you know that oranges also provide potassium, calcium, vitamin A, fiber and folate! Orange slices make a wonderful addition to salads. Oranges complement the flavors…

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…

Roasted Ratatouille

When life seems crazy busy and time is at a premium, don't succumb to the drive thru. Instead cook ahead and then use a master recipe to create several meals. Ratatouille is more than a classic movie about a gourmet…

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…

Grape, Feta and Mint Quinoa Salad

From the juicy burst of flavor to the vibrant array of beautiful reds, greens and blacks — fresh grapes are a top choice for home cooks and health-conscious eaters alike. While shoppers often choose this tasty fruit for in-between meal…

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…

Watermelon Strawberry Shake

Cool off this summer with this refreshing and delicious treat.IngredientsStrawberry Shake1 container (8 ounces) lemon nonfat yogurt2 cups cubed, seedless watermelon1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled1 banana medium, peeled and slicedInstructionsStrawberry ShakeIn blender or food processor, process yogurt, watermelon,…

Watermelon Mediterranean Salad

Float away to the Mediterranean sea with this refreshing and nutritious watermelon salad. 6 cups torn mixed salad greens3 cups cubed seeded watermelon1/2 cup sliced onion1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil1/3 cup crumbled feta cheesedash cracked black pepperIn large bowl,…

Blueberry Cupcakes

Ingredients1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter or margarine, softened2/3 cup sugar1/4 cup ground almonds1 cup self-rising flour2 large eggs1/4 teaspoon almond extract1/3 cup dried Wild Blueberries3/4 cup frozen Wild Blueberries<PreparationPreheat oven to 350°F. Beat the softened butter together with the sugar…

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…

Power Balls

Ingredients1 cup peanut butter1 cup honey3 cups rolled oats (oatmeal)1 cup nuts or dried fruit (I normally use nuts such as almonds or unsalted peanuts)Crusted nuts, granola cereal or unsweetened coconut Instructions1. Mix the first four ingredients together thoroughly. 2. Form them…