Queenie Cooks

Read the latest and past editions of The Sussex-Surry Dispatch’s weekly column by SSD Staff Writer Terry Harris, Queenie Cooks, where she melds her love of cooking with writing to share stories and recipes that nourish body and mind.

The Latest Editions of “Queenie Cooks”

Here you can find the latest editions of Queenie Cooks for you to enjoy and share with your friends and family! If you want to reach out to Terry Harris, contact her via e-mail at smilinatyanow@aol.com OR become a member of the Queenie Cooks Facebook group by clicking the link here!

Queenie Cooks: Strawberry Shortcake/Cheesecake Trifle

December 3, 2018
By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here Posted: December 1, 2018 | 3:45 p.m. Just call me Santa this week, because my somewhat harrowing Thanksgiving experiment can easily become your Christmas triumph!  Here’s what happened. In my family...
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Queenie Cooks: Brunswick Stew

November 24, 2018
By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here Posted: November 24, 2018 | 8:05 a.m. You know how around Thanksgiving somebody invariably says, “Name something you’re thankful for” and you have to stop and think a minute to narrow...
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Queenie Cooks: Salmon in Parchment

November 17, 2018
By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here Posted: November 17, 2018 | 08:05 a.m. I grew up on fried fish – mostly bass, perch or flounder.  And through the years I’ve learned to love all sorts of fish cooked...
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Queenie Cooks: Parmesan Cheese Bowls

November 10, 2018
By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here Posted: November 10, 2018 | 8:05 a.m. If you read my columns on a regular basis (Bless your heart!) you already know that I practically wax poetic whenever I find a...
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Meet Terry Harris, Writer, “Queenie Cooks”

Terry Harris

Terry Harris, the newest reporter for the Sussex Surry Dispatch, may be a newcomer to Sussex and Surry Counties, but not to the sensibilities and lifestyles of the region.

“I grew up on a peanut and cotton farm just a couple of miles over the border in Northampton County, North Carolina,” Harris said, “and my Mother, three of my four siblings, and a whole bunch of wonderful nieces and nephews still live right there. So coming to work in this area just feels like coming home.”

In the years since Harris graduated from Appalachian State University, she has lived all over the country – in Colorado, Chicago, Dallas, and on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Along with years of work with various community organizations, she has developed and run an international gourmet peanut catalog, established and run a successful helicopter brokerage, and been active in chamber of commerce activities and the promotion of tourism wherever she lived. But she says that some things always remained constant for her.

“I dearly love theatre, writing, cooking, family, and this part of the country – not in that order,” she shared.

Harris laughed as she explained that she has always loved to cook – beginning at the age of seven when she was growing up with four brothers and sisters on that Northampton County farm.

“I guess it was just natural that I would eventually combine my love of writing and my love of food into writing about food,” she said, laughingly referring to highly popular food columns that she has written for two previous newspapers before coming to the Dispatch. “I have literally thousands of recipes that I have collected or developed, and at least a dozen cookbooks inside my head, if I ever slow down enough to get them finalized and published. But honestly, what I enjoy writing the most always comes back to one thing – sharing the truth, whether it’s striving to accurately deliver hard news, or the truth in the hearts of people who share their own, special stories. I can’t tell you how excited I am at the prospect of hearing and sharing the stories of and about people and events here.


Look for Queenie Cooks weekly for recipes that are generally simple to prepare, require relatively few (and easy to find) ingredients, and usually budget friendly as well. We all have to eat. Let’s have some FUN with it!