Columnist: Debbie Matthews

May. 19, 2015 @ 08:53 AM

The yolk’s on me

  I am so grateful for many things in this life: that The Kid lives here in town, and my folks are close by and doing OK.  This weekly forum in The Herald-Sun is also very high on the list.


May. 12, 2015 @ 08:47 AM

Rice and misdemeanors

The Kid likes to tell a story about a long-ago cooking lesson.


     At about 9 years old, already a lover of food and cooking, my child decided to learn how to prepare risotto.  The Kid came to me and I purchased supplies and found a recipe that would be easy for a novice to use.


May. 05, 2015 @ 09:56 AM

Like bacon? Try this pork belly recipe

    Do you know what food makes more vegetarians fall off the produce wagon than any other?

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

I’ll take this cake

  My good friend Paxton and his partner Alex are engaged.  It’s awesome; they’ve been together for years, and deserve the right to wed.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Grinning about the green

As far as I’m concerned, there should have been, at the very least, fireworks and a parade.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

Grain of truth

   I love Big Lots and I cannot lie.


     It’s kind of like Costco.  When we started shopping at that giant warehouse store Petey and I had a terrible time making it out without spending the equivalent of the GDP.  I’d walk those aisles grabbing products right and left.

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 08:50 AM

Four foods of the apocalypse

To me, the way to tell if something is anything is that it sticks with you.


     A week after seeing a movie, do you find yourself thinking about it?  When you’re standing in line at the gas station are you wondering how the heroine in your book will extract herself from the seemingly inextricable predicament?

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 09:41 AM

Some ‘first time’ side dishes

   Last year, when Petey was in the hospital more than he was home, it was a pretty awful time with very few bright points.


Mar. 30, 2015 @ 05:01 PM

A club where Groucho’s advice does not apply

Groucho Marx once said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”

Luckily, neither I nor the Durham Co-op is so discriminating.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

Shopping brocci-lay

ight now, as I write this, I am pretty darn gruntled.


     We live pretty close to Brier Creek, and the Earth Fare (10341 Moncreiffe Road, Raleigh).  I love shopping there because they have all kinds of interesting items; lots of unusual produce, many different cheeses, and more organic products than I knew existed.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

The perks of being me

When celebrities are interviewed and asked what the best thing about fame is, many of them say all the different people that they meet.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 09:43 AM

No fears for this Cordon Bleu from scratch

  Some things are much harder than you imagine.  So hard in fact, that if you knew in advance how difficult they would be, you’d probably pass.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 06:42 PM

Let cookies be cookies

The other night I had the Cooking Channel on.  Before or after commercials they’ll sometimes run a quick clip with a simple recipe, or a cooking tip.

Feb. 17, 2015 @ 08:53 AM

Warm, gooey banana bread

So last week Petey and I had a couple of errands to run.  It was one of those really cold, windy, raw days.  The kind of day where you’d happily stay bundled up in bed sipping hot chocolate if you could.  But of course you can’t (or at least I can’t).

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

A recipe for a pizza non-party

A potato salad party.  A pork chop party.  A buttermilk biscuit party.


     I would be much happier to attend any of those parties instead of a pizza party.  What is it about pizza that automatically makes it into a party?  Even ice cream only rates “social” status.  Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person on the planet who doesn’t adore pizza.