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Casey Collins

I recently signed up for a produce subscription service called The Produce Box, which serves the Triad, the Triangle, Charlotte, the Piedmont, and the Coast of North Carolina. I will admit that I have previously been hesitant to sign up for one of these services because I’m always afraid I will end up wasting lots of food. However, I really like this specific service because you can schedule skip weeks in advance all the way through the month of December.… Continue reading »

Although I love pickles year-round, I do find that I make them much more often during the summer. This is probably due to the abundance of fresh produce. However, when I make pickles, I make the variety referred to as fridge pickles. This is because fridge pickles do not require the canning, vacuum seals, or sterilized jars that traditional pickling requires. You can use fancier equipment like a mandoline or a julienne peeler to make quick work of cutting up… Continue reading »

Well, the heat has officially come to the Piedmont region of North Carolina and it looks like it is here to stay for the summer. I love the longer days, the spontaneous outdoor adventures and how summer just feels like a more carefree time of year. What I do not love is the air made of hot soup and the fact that I have to walk my dog at least twice a day in the aforementioned soup air. So, here… Continue reading »

There are two food items that have been in heavy rotation in my kitchen: gremolata and soy chorizo. What I love about both of these items is that they are extremely tasty and relatively healthy. Double win! Gremolata Several weeks ago, I saw this recipe, which introduced me to two things: 1) how to make the best crispy roasted potatoes and 2) gremolata. Gremolata is a bright and pungent chopped herb condiment classically made with parsley, garlic, and lemon zest.… Continue reading »

With the start of the New Year, we tend to reflect on the previous year as well as contemplate the year ahead of us. This is a great time to set your intentions and goals for the new year and ACT upon them! Going into the New Year, I did not have a specific goal in mind. However, on New Year’s Day morning, I saw a post from the North Carolina State Parks Instagram account (@ncstateparks) promoting their NC 100… Continue reading »

I learned of harissa paste a few years ago while browsing one of my favorite recipe websites, Smitten Kitchen, by Deb Perlman. She describes harissa as a Northwest African chile pepper paste with red peppers, spices, and herbs such as garlic, coriander, caraway. This condiment is used everywhere from Tunisia and Libya to Algeria and Morocco, which means you’re bound to find many versions and uses for the pastes.  I love spicy condiments and was honestly getting a little tired… Continue reading »

Growing up I was not a soda drinker nor did my parents keep soda in the house. However, to my parents’ horror (just kidding) in college,I began to indulge in soda on a regular basis. It did not help that my boyfriend at the time (and now my husband) was an avid Dr. Pepper drinker. Eventually, we both decided it was time to kick soda to the curb. In our pursuit to drink less soda, we realized we still craved… Continue reading »