Southern Deviled Egg #Recipe—Just in Time for #Easter



6 eggs



Salt & Pepper


1. Boil eggs in with with a dash of salt 15-20 minutes.

2. Let eggs cool. Crack and peel eggs.

3. Slice eggs in half lengthwise.

4. Scoop out yolk onto plate and mash with a fork till lumps are out and yolks are blended.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add mayo (1/3 cup???) I add till it “looks right”.

6. Add mustard ( 1 Tbsp????) You know what I’m going to say here, right? This is how I was taught to cook by the best Southern cooks I know.

Until reaching desired color and texture.

7. Spoon into egg whites.

Yield: 12 eggs


Southerners eat this at all social gatherings year-round. It’s about as de rigueur as sweet tea.

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Welcome to North Carolina—the home of Krispy Kreme.

KrispyKremeWhat is Krispy Kreme, you ask?

Please, let me enlighten you.

Only the best doughnut, I’m talking the original glazed, yeast-raised, in the world.

Vernon Rudolph opened the first Krispy Kreme in 1937 in what’s known as historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC. Today, Krispy Kreme is sold internationally in supermarkets, retail shops and convenience stores.

The Original Glazed is their best-selling product. But Krispy Kreme has a variety of yeast-raised and cake doughnuts for every palate and sweet tooth.

Linden brings a box of doughnuts for Walker and the guys working on the quilt barn trail. She probably bought the doughnuts at the flagship store in Raleigh on Person Street.

Every Raleigh resident, whether seven or seventy, knows the best Krispy Kreme doughnuts are to be had when the Hot Sign is On. And at the Raleigh store, you can watch through the glass-fronted window as they roll off the conveyor belt into a box just for you.

Get ‘em while they’re Hot Hoursdonuts
• 6-11 AM and 6-11 PM (or closing)
549 N. Person Street
Raleigh, NC
And what do Raleigh citizens do for fun in February?
Raleigh residents take it a step further with the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge. Although not affiliated with the Krispy Kreme company, the charity race event raises money for the NC Children’s Hospital. Begun in 2004, runners eat one dozen doughnuts (let me break it down for you—that’s 2400 calories and 144 grams of fat). The one hour race originates at the North Carolina State University Belltower and concludes through scenic downtown Raleigh at the Person Street Krispy Kreme store.
Yeah, and you can imagine the results. Only the die-hard enroll. The rest of us just enjoy watching our fellow citizens puke during the five mile course. Eight thousand participated in 2013. Almost $200,000 was raised.race



What’s your favorite kind of donut?

Rice Krispy Treat #Recipe

Ian’s little boy comfort food at the funeral wake of his beloved father. Prepared and made for him by the kindhearted Hilary Munro.ricekrispies

Basic recipe—

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 oz.)  miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice krispy cereal
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

The sky’s the limit on yearlong rice krispy treat creativity—Enjoy.

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Southern Iced Peach Tea #Recipe from #VinesofEntanglement


One of my favorite iced peach tea brands

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I like this brand, too.







Laura Mabry’s simply perfect refreshment for hot Southern afternoons.

Brew 6 tea bags in coffeemaker or pot. Pour into gallon pitcher with 1 cup of sugar or to taste. It is important to pour the peach tea into the pitcher with sugar while the tea is still-hot. This is the secret to perfect Southern sweet tea every time.

Fill your pitcher or glass with ice. Garnish with peach slices. Enjoy.

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Southern Coleslaw #Recipe from #VinesofEntanglement

A personal favorite of people in my real world. Mine will be decidedly yellower than most coleslaw.coleslaw It’s an Eastern NC thing.

In the Carolinas, we put mustard coleslaw out as a side dish, but also put it on bbq sandwiches and hot dogs.

Here’s my recipe—The measurements for mustard and mayo are approximate. I’m one of those add-till-it-looks-right Southern cooks.


  • 1 small green cabbage
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayo (Southerners prefer Duke’s or Hellmann’s)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds


1. I used to grate and chop everything from scratch. Now . . . ain’t nobody got time for that. So I buy the pre-grated coleslaw mix at the grocery store.

Here’s what you do if you’re a purist or have a lot more time on your hands than I do—
Remove outer leaves from cabbage. Quarter cabbage and cut away the inner stalk. Chop cabbage using a knife, food processor or large grater. Place in a large mixing bowl. Grate carrot into the cabbage.

2. Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

3. Let stand 15 minutes and stir again. Taste and add more sugar and salt if needed. Refrigerate. Best used within 2 days.


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My Grandmother’s Southern Mayo Biscuit #Recipe from #VinesofEntanglement


2 cups self-rising flour

1 cup milk

6 Tbsp. mayo of choice

(In the South, people prefer Duke’s or Hellmann’s)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Stir ingredients together and form dough ball.

3. Roll out dough and cut out with biscuit cutter. You can also forego cutting out and just make drop biscuits.

4. Bake on greased baking tray 12 minutes or till golden brown. Makes 1 dozen.

Easy as can be. Enjoy.

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#Vintage Frocksavers from #VinesofEntanglement

What is a frocksaver? A frilly, possibly retro, apron.

Here are some fun, vintage frocksavers Laura Mabry of Vines of Entanglement would probably have in her Raleigh home.


Similar to the frocksaver Jon sported while preparing “Not Your Grandmother’s Banana Pudding” for the Fourth of July Potluck.





aprons3Love the cherry red apron. These look great against the backdrop of Laura’s vintage mint green kitchen, too.





Which one is your favorite?

Do you wear aprons when you cook? Do you have a favorite frocksaver?


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North Carolina Birds in #VinesofEntanglement

Two of my favorite NC birds featured in Vines of Entanglement.

wrenThe Carolina Wren—a busy, backyard bird—compared to Aunt Velma. Not as beautiful or eye-catching as a cardinal or blue jay, but oh, what a song.


It’s always a heart-stopping moment when I sight a blue heron in majestic flight along the Greenway. This bird is big, like a dinosaur with wings (colossal compared to the other birds). Unforgettable and inspiring.


What wildlife do you spot on your outdoor adventures?

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Southern Pimiento Cheese Sandwich #Recipe from #VinesofEntanglement

pimcheeseEvery well-stocked Southern kitchen will have pimiento cheese on hand in case someone drops by for lunch. Here is a basic recipe—most Southerners have their own personal embellishments.


This is my easy to clean rotary grater I got from Target.


1 1/2 cups mayonnaise (I eyeball this measurement, not exact)
1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
1 (8-oz.) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded


1. Mash/mince drained pimiento. Stir together ingredients in a large bowl; stir in cheese.

2. My Aunt Grace sprinkles in sugar, but then Down East people put sugar in everything.

3. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week. My children believe this tastes best on Aunt Grace’s white bread versus the wheat bread I force them to consume at our house. You be the judge.


This is the cheese grater my aunt brought back from France in the 1950s. My children believe the pimiento cheese is better grated in hers.

4. Invite some friends over for an impromptu lunch. Enjoy.

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