The BBQ ribs take a trip

The BBQ ribs take a trip

As I may have mentioned before, my husband and I love to cook on the grill. More accurately I should say Morgan enjoys cooking on the grill and I enjo...

July 14th, 2016 |  


101 ways to prepare zucchini

101 ways to prepare zucchini

The headline of this week’s Kitsey’s Kitchen might be a bit misleading. I’m not giving you 101 recipes using zucchini. I’m hop...

June 30th, 2016 |  


Reporting from Atlantic Beach

Reporting from Atlantic Beach

I have returned from vacation feeling much refreshed after a week at the coast. I’m proud to say I accomplished all of the very important tasks ...

June 16th, 2016 |  


Vacation to-do list

Vacation to-do list

I’ve recently been hearing the phrase, “create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” I can see the value in the statement, a...

June 9th, 2016 |  


Hey grandkids, I got a secret for you

Hey grandkids, I got a secret for you

I remember being 7 and looking up to my 10-year-old neighbor and thinking, “Boy, I can’t wait to be 10 and have all the privileges of a 10...

June 9th, 2016 |  


The internet can’t replace a cookbook

The internet can’t replace a cookbook

I talked a bit about my love of cookbooks in last week’s column and I thought I would expound on that topic this week. In this technology-driven...

May 26th, 2016 |  


A favorite springtime treat

A favorite springtime treat

If I say “lettuce and onions” that likely means the start of a salad, or maybe toppings for a burger to most people. For Yadkin County fol...

May 12th, 2016 |  


Don’t let go

Thirty-five people crammed into our house which is barely able to contain such a large group, it’s Easter. Their ages range from 3 to 85. All ar...

May 12th, 2016 |  


The grocery store blues

The grocery store blues

Over the last few weeks Morgan and I have been extremely busy as we were in rehearsals with our theater group in Elkin for a production of Tennessee W...

May 5th, 2016 |  


Grilling season is here!

Grilling season is here!

I got my husband a grill for Christmas. Put that down in the “smartest wife ever” category. Not only was my husband thrilled over this gif...

April 28th, 2016 |  


The weirdest foods we love (or hate)

The weirdest foods we love (or hate)

A co-worker and I were talking this week about these reality TV shows where people are out in the wilderness and have to eat bugs to survive. I’...

April 14th, 2016 |  


fueeYadkin County Chamber visits China – part four

fueeYadkin County Chamber visits China – part four

The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce visited China last fall. Here is the final installment in this series about the trip.Our bus trip to Shanghai wa...

April 7th, 2016 |  


Ambrosia, pea salad and a PSA

Ambrosia, pea salad and a PSA

I’ll start this week’s installment of Kitsey’s Kitchen with a public service announcement. If you ever feel like you have something ...

March 31st, 2016 |  


Some people, you just never forget

Some people, you just never forget

About 50 years ago I met a man I’ll never forget, at a place I’ll never forget, having the grandest time I’d ever had. I still have ...

March 31st, 2016 |  


Getting garden ready

Getting garden ready

Spring has sprung and I couldn’t be happier. These warmer temperatures we’ve been experiencing have delighted me. I’m ready to be ab...

March 17th, 2016 |  


Beans for breakfast?

Beans for breakfast?

I have been obsessed for a while now with a BBC series on Netflix called Midsomer Murders. The show is set in a fictional county in the English countr...

March 10th, 2016 |  


eeYadkin County Chamber visits China – part three

eeYadkin County Chamber visits China – part three

The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce visited China last fall. Here is the third installment in this series about the trip.After checking into our hot...

March 3rd, 2016 |  


Tapas and The Pig adventure

Tapas and The Pig adventure

Two years ago I celebrated with my best friend for her 40th birthday in Durham. I had not spent much time in this city prior to that weekend, but I qu...

March 3rd, 2016 |  


Cold, dark, gray, boring winter — HUMBUG!

Cold, dark, gray, boring winter — HUMBUG!

Less light, much colder air, nothing blooming, dark when you leave, dark when you return home; winter seems like some kind of punishment. Payback for ...

February 25th, 2016 |  


Biscuits and gravy warms the heart

Biscuits and gravy warms the heart

Over the weekend, my husband treated me to a wonderful gourmet steak dinner for Valentine’s Day. It was delicious. On Monday morning, following ...

February 18th, 2016 |  


Sweet treats for Valentine’s Day

Sweet treats for Valentine’s Day

Last weekend was all about bacon and machismo and sports. This weekend it’s time to bring on the sweet treats, hearts and roses. While some may ...

February 11th, 2016 |  


How to be the hero of your Super Bowl party

How to be the hero of your Super Bowl party

There’s a pretty big football game coming up this weekend. You may have heard of it. In fact, here in North Carolina, you’re probably exci...

February 4th, 2016 |  


My Korean cooking adventure

My Korean cooking adventure

I heard a really interesting segment on NPR not long ago about kimchi. I know next to nothing about Korean cuisine, but I do know the word kimchi. My ...

January 28th, 2016 |  


Making life better for children

Making life better for children

If one of us was driving down one of our country roads and saw a small child drowning in a farm pond, even if we were going to a very important meetin...

January 28th, 2016 |  


A tale of two beef recipes

A tale of two beef recipes

I’ve got two recipes for you this week. One takes a little time to prepare, while the other is quick and easy. Morgan and I love to cook so we o...

January 21st, 2016 |  


A quick and easy Sunday supper

A quick and easy Sunday supper

You may remember a news article from our paper back in August about a group of ladies from the Starmount High School Class of 1970 who put together a ...

January 14th, 2016 |  


First steps for those newly engaged

First steps for those newly engaged

The holiday season is the most popular time of the year for couples to get engaged. I should know as my husband proposed to me on Christmas Eve in 201...

January 7th, 2016 |  


Wishing you a happy new year!

Wishing you a happy new year!

Can you believe another year has gone by? Doesn’t time seem to fly? Tomorrow will be New Year’s Day. I imagine many of you are planning to...

December 31st, 2015 updated: December 31st, 2015. |  


Favorite cookbooks and holiday eating tips

Favorite cookbooks and holiday eating tips

Isn’t there a saying about we all end up turning into our mothers at some point in time? If not, there should be. I remind myself more of Mamma ...

December 24th, 2015 |  


I’m dreaming of a warm and sunny Christmas

I’m dreaming of a warm and sunny Christmas

Oh, the weather outside is lovely. And I hope it stays this way until summer. I’ve been hearing a lot of people say they can’t get in to t...

December 17th, 2015 |  


Yadkin County Chamber visits China – part two

Yadkin County Chamber visits China – part two

The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce recently returned from China, the first ever trip sponsored by the Chamber.After another great breakfast at our ...

December 10th, 2015 |  


The great Christmas tree adventure

The great Christmas tree adventure

Black Friday shopping is just not a holiday tradition I can get in to. The only reason at all that I ever get up before dawn is if I’m headed to...

December 10th, 2015 |  


Yadkin County Chamber visits China

Yadkin County Chamber visits China

The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce just returned from China, the first ever trip sponsored by the Chamber. Our trip was arranged by Citslinc, a 20-...

November 26th, 2015 |  


Chicken stews: A Yadkin County tradition

Chicken stews: A Yadkin County tradition

When you grow up eating a certain dish, you may not realize that it’s not something known all over. It may, in fact, be a regional dish specific...

November 12th, 2015 |  


Happy chili season

Happy chili season

I may have mentioned that I love soup. A friend reminded me this week that in addition to being soup season, it’s also chili season. I personall...

November 5th, 2015 |  


Kitsey’s Kitchen: Wedding thank yous are a must

Kitsey’s Kitchen: Wedding thank yous are a must

I have a bit of a confession to make in the wake of all the wedding excitement, and hopefully my confession will serve as some helpful advice for othe...

October 22nd, 2015 |  


Kitsey’s Kitchen: Cuban-inspired dishes from Key West

Kitsey’s Kitchen: Cuban-inspired dishes from Key West

A month ago my husband and I were enjoying our honeymoon in Key West. Though we are settling in to married life now, I think both of us are still pini...

October 15th, 2015 |  


Print out those treasured memories

Print out those treasured memories

Why bother to make prints of your photographs? Perhaps your great-grandchildren may want to know what you looked like. The two photographs here were m...

October 8th, 2015 |  


Fall is here, break out the pumpkins

Fall is here, break out the pumpkins

Fall is finally here and to be honest, I have mixed emotions about this. My recent honeymoon in Key West has left me longing for warm days, floating i...

October 1st, 2015 |  


The world’s your oyster when you’re a newlywed

The world’s your oyster when you’re a newlywed

It hardly seems like it can be true, but I will soon be celebrating my one-month wedding anniversary. Is that even a thing? Should we do something spe...

September 24th, 2015 |  


Launching a new project, encouraging the next generation

Launching a new project, encouraging the next generation

For many years while still a staff reporter, my main beat was covering area schools and board of education from prekindergarten programs up through co...

September 23rd, 2015 |  


How to be a Bridezilla

How to be a Bridezilla

From the time I got engaged last Christmas I got tons of advice from friends, family, even strangers, and read lots of wedding planning advice on webs...

September 17th, 2015 |  


Author Review: Jill Conner Browne

Author Review: Jill Conner Browne

I had a call a few weeks ago asking me about one of the Sweet Potato Queen recipes that I mentioned in a past installment of Kitsey’s Kitchen. T...

September 10th, 2015 |  


Southern 500 tradition returns to Labor Day Weekend

Southern 500 tradition returns to Labor Day Weekend

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Tradition returned to Darlington Raceway over Labor Day weekend, and it was exactly what NASCAR needed.Missouri’s Carl ...

September 8th, 2015 |  


I think I had a feeling

I think I had a feeling

I think I had a feeling. I remember a guy saying that once. It was the third day of a week-long senior management seminar. About 20 of us were working...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


You can’t beat a steak dinner

You can’t beat a steak dinner

One of my all-time favorite meals is a big juicy steak with baked potato and salad. It doesn’t get much better than that! Steak is one of those ...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


Splendid shopping experiences

Splendid shopping experiences

Grocery shopping is typically viewed as a chore and not a pleasant experience, but there a few places to do some food shopping that are most delightfu...

August 27th, 2015 |  


How does your fall garden grow?

How does your fall garden grow?

The last two weekends my dad and I have been hard at work getting our garden ready for the fall. We had a wonderful crop of tomatoes this summer as we...

August 20th, 2015 |  


The problems with NHL star’s rape allegations

The problems with NHL star’s rape allegations

There are a number of problems with the way we as a society react when we hear rumors of rape, especially when the allegations involve a professional ...

August 14th, 2015 |  


Driving lessons

Driving lessons

Understanding and getting to know others’ personalities has always been fascinating to me. It seems I’ve always enjoyed getting to know pe...

August 13th, 2015 |