Posts Written ByLiza Hawkins

Liza won the Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off in 2013 — get a behind the scenes look!

  It turns out July 2013 was a very busy month for me, filled with all sorts of good stuff including my birthday and a trip to visit my sister in Brooklyn, where we gorged on all things food and I tried out for the show Home Cooks on Food Network. But the OTHER amazing thing that happened was a little thing called the Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off in Baltimore, Maryland. I was approached that June to participate in the cook-off with a bunch of other local bloggers, two of whom would be on my team. The only information we were given was…

Eat Local: Rainbow carrots grown organically in Maryland.

  In the United States we’re becoming increasingly aware of how important our food sources are, beyond just choosing organic options from the produce isle at the grocery store. In fact, what I’ve learned over the past few years is that while organic stuff is good, you can eat just as healthfully by understanding where your food comes from, and also how it’s grown—even if it doesn’t hold the coveted USDA organic label. Eating Local So, in case you didn’t know, it’s expensive to be Certified Organic by the USDA. Small-scale farmers often don’t have the ability to pay for the…

Visiting the New England Shore: so many memories to be made!

  I grew up spending three weeks at my grandparents’ shore house in Groton Long Point (GLP), Conn., with my mother’s side of the family. GLP was exactly what people picture out of a New England beach town: lots of cedar shake, plenty of Izod golf shirts, and so. much. seafood. I treasure those memories of visiting the New England shore, with the historic cedar shake cottages (big and small) that lined the beaches and lagoon, the sound of distant fog horns from offshore boats, and the crisp, pale, comfortable decor in which the interior of every house was dressed. GLP felt…

These blueberry muffins are simple to make (full of tart and yummy blueberries), and wonderful to enjoy as a quick breakfast or an after-school snack. Yum!

  These blueberry muffins — chock-full of tart and juicy blueberries! — are simple to make and wonderful to enjoy as a quick breakfast or an after-school snack. Yum! Let’s face it. Whether you’re working from home, working outside the home, or busy managing the household as a stay-at-home parent, breakfast is one of the toughest things to pull off Monday through Friday. What I like for breakfast during the week is something that doesn’t need to be hot, that’s portable, and that still tastes okay if it takes me a while to eat it—because meetings and conference calls and deadlines.…

How To Make A Gift Basket Someone Actually Wants!

  My father owned a flower shop for over 20 years, and working in that flower shop was one of my very first jobs. I’d take orders, water plants, sweep up, inflate balloons, and other menial — but necessary — jobs around the store. Gradually I worked my way up to arranging simple bud vases out of carnations or roses, or wrapping flowers in tissue, presentation style, with a hand-made bow. Eventually I dubbed myself an “actual florist” when I moved to Savannah, Ga., after college and worked in a local flower shop on Wilmington Island, making all kinds of…