5 Essential Kitchen Shears

Good quality kitchen shears are essential in any chefs sharp object arsenal. I have 7 different pairs of shears in my kitchen – all different.  Each pair of scissors has a specialty, but can be used in various culinary situations; however, I have narrowed my list to FIVE ESSENTIAL kitchen…


Foodie Heaven at Lowes Foods

Lowes Foods - JoAnns Food Bites

Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Lowes Foods  opened their first location in the Upstate of South Carolina in late September.  I finally visited a couple of weeks ago and boy, was I amazed. Visiting a Lowes Foods is not a normal trip to the grocery store, be prepared to spend…


Easy Dinner: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Herb Butter

I love roasting in the oven. It is usually a very easy dinner and with the fresh herbs in this recipe, it is very refreshing and the chicken skin is so crispy. This technique makes for easy clean up and very difficult to mess up. PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES     COOK…


Properly Storing FRESH Herbs At Home

These days, home cooks can buy fresh herbs at their local supermarket.  Most retailers sell cilantro, flat leaf parsley, curly leaf parsley, basil and thyme. Always buy the freshest bunch.  Try smelling them. Fresh herbs should have a strong, fresh aroma.  The leaves should look clean, green and crisp. Once…


Top 5: Prepping for Your Herb Garden

Now that it is March, it is time to start thinking about your own herb garden.  First establish which zone you live in for hardy planting….see my previous post http://joannsfoodbites.com/foodie-bites/getting-your-spring-plants-ready/ Most herbs seeds can be planted outside, once the danger of frost has passed.  However, horticultural expert, Doug Johnson says…


Getting your spring plants ready…..

Planting season is almost here.  Right now, you should be thinking about what food you may want to grow and where, in your landscape you will put them. First, determine which growing zone you live in…here is a chart to help you…. Determine your zone……         Once…