I love food. I love to grow it. I love to cook it. I love to eat it. Though I attended North Carolina State University and remained in Raleigh for a total of 7 years, I made the decision a few years ago to move back to my small coastal hometown. Though I have no regrets about my decision, there are a couple of things that I do miss about living in the city – mainly the food options! And bookstores.

Growing up, I was very blessed to have access to a variety of food. We grew our own vegetables, purchased local corn and potatoes, and had easy access to some of the freshest seafood around. After retiring from his job, my grandfather took up a new job – commercial fisherman. As a child, I ate fish plucked from the waters that day and devoured freshly steamed blue crabs smothered in Old Bay.

I’m not only a fan of eating food, but learning about it. Food history is one of my passions and I love researching about the variety of foods that colonists, swingers, and royalty dined on.

I’m not new to the blogging world. For my personal blog, which is geared more towards gardening, my animals, book/movie/product reviews and more – check out The Southern Belle Blogs. I also sell handcrafted herbal salves, bath salts, and other relaxing goodies. You can find more information about my products at The Southern Belle’s Garden Facebook page.

What you’ll find here is a little bit of everything – recipes, reviews, history – showcasing the best that Northeastern North Carolina has to offer (and beyond).