About Mary Constantine
BiographyLifelong memories are made through the foods that we prepare. My grandmother will always be remembered for her bread pudding. My mother for her corn bread. Me? My 3-year-old grandson will tell you I make a great strawberry milkshake.
It's those memories -- that legacy of others -- that I love to share with my readers.
I've literally grown up at the News Sentinel. I came to work here in 1979 and, except for temporary interruptions around the births of sons Daniel and Patrick, I’ve worked here ever since. Early on, I answered phones in the sports department. Later, I helped produce the wedding pages.
In 2004, I became the food writer. I created my Half-baked column as an outlet for me to share my experiences -- from admitting that my heart-shaped cake broke into pieces, to the emotional struggle of replacing my beloved old pots and pans.
"Stirring the Pot" is an online element on knoxnews.com created to share culinary news and recipes with readers. It includes cooking videos and a recipe-exchange blog. This year Jennifer Alexander, midday host of B97.5 and I created Sisters of the Skillet, offering readers an opportunity to win a cookbook twice a month.
My father gave me the gift of gab, so any time I have a chance to do cooking demonstrations, whether on television or at the Women Today or Food City Food Shows, I'm there with pot in hand. I also like to eat, so if you've got a culinary competition that needs judging, give me a call.
Mary Constantine: Knoxville is heating up in many culinary ways
Published 10/09/2013 at 3:45 p.m.
Food writer Mary Constantine shares what's news from the Knoxville food world.
Mary Constantine: A feast of assignments on food writer's menu
Published 05/29/2013 at 5:50 p.m.
I was able to rub shoulders with culinary bigwigs during the Southern Food Writing Conference; judge hot dogs for Four Paws Food Pantry; judge biscuits for the International Biscuit Festival; enjoy an enormous lunch courtesy of Tupelo Honey Cafe and ...
News Sentinel entertainment writer Terry Morrow dead at 52
Updated 04/16/2013 at 5:04 p.m. 1 Comment
KNOXVILLE — News Sentinel entertainment writer Terry Morrow died Tuesday at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center after...
Mary Constantine: Gray hair comes with a grandparent's blessings
Published 03/27/2013 at 6 p.m.
Life and the miracles that are presented to us are close to my heart this Easter season as I welcome a new granddaughter into the world.
Mary Constantine: "A Tour of Asia" does not disappoint
Published 11/28/2012 at 5 p.m.
Monday evening I experienced a delicious meal prepared by students of Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts, a division of Walters State Community College.
Mary Constantine: Shadows of past generations are revealed
Published 11/21/2012 at 5 p.m.
"Always remember that you have Shadow blood in you." That's something my grandmother repeatedly told me when I was a child. Did it mean anything to me then? Absolutely not. Does it mean something now? You betcha.
Mary Constantine: Charitable events raise much-needed dollars
Published 08/22/2012 at 5 p.m.
I spent the majority of Saturday witnessing good works performed by a variety of Knoxville citizens. For those like me who normally use that day to decompress from a 40-plus-hour work week, it was heartwarming to see the community come ...
Mary Constantine: Love from Mama Cass touched many Arminda hearts
Published 08/01/2012 at 6 p.m.
Today's column is not about food. Instead it's about sustenance of the soul, something that Grace Evelyn Cass provided daily. On Sunday, July 29, at age 94, Mrs. Cass passed away. She was getting dressed for church when she sat ...
Mary Constantine: Samplings from the Southern Food Writing Conference
Published 05/30/2012 at 6 p.m.
Please accept my apologies for not updating you sooner regarding the May 17-18 Southern Food Writing Conference, sponsored by the International Biscuit Festival.
Mary Constantine: Sisters of the Skillet cookbook to benefit Ronald McDonald House
Published 04/11/2012 at 6 p.m.
"Let's put together a cookbook," my Sisters of the Skillet partner, Jennifer Alexander, midday host of B97.5 FM, said in 2010.
Scribe's creativity spills over into frozen treats
Published 12/04/2013 at 6:48 p.m.
Local businesswoman Elaine Evans turns her talents to custom-made frozen treats.
Autumn vegetables, earthy herbs yield hearty soups
Published 11/27/2013 at 12:45 p.m.
Hearty soups warm the soul in winter -- and help use up Thanksgiving leftovers.
Greeneville's Jan Charles survives another round on 'Restaurant Express'
Published 11/25/2013 at 1:44 p.m.
Expert marketing helps Jan Charles, WVLT cooking show co-host and contestant on Food Network's Restaurant Express, advance on the show.
Hanukkah adds light to an already festive day
Published 11/21/2013 at 2:05 p.m.
Jewish cooks in Knoxville are taking the combined Thanksgiving and Hanukkah celebration in stride.
East TN contestant Jan Charles survives another round on 'Restaurant Express'
Published 11/18/2013 at 5:08 p.m.
After a bit of a scare, Greeneville resident Jan Charles advances to another round on Food Network's Restaurant Express.
Naples restaurateur finds comfort in family business
Updated 11/14/2013 at 7:52 a.m.
After years of working at several area restaurants, Bob Luper found his home at Naples Italian Restaurant.
From dishwasher to dish creator, Naples chef grew into his job
Published 11/13/2013 at 5:27 p.m.
Naples chef Gary Nicely stretches his creativity with the restaurant's daily specials.
First time is charm for Pillsbury Bake-Off winner
Published 11/12/2013 at 3:18 p.m.
Glori Spriggs’ Loaded Potato Pinwheels recipe earned the Henderson, Nevada, resident a million dollar prize at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off on Monday evening in Las Vegas. She said it was the only culinary contest she had ever entered.
Price valuation almost sinks Jan Charles in Food Network reality series
Published 11/11/2013 at 2:57 p.m.
A seafood restaurant concept has Jan Charles of Greeneville, floundering for advancement on Food Network's "Restaurant Express" reality show.
Greeneville resident advances in Food Network's Restaurant Express competition
Published 11/08/2013 at 4:35 p.m.
Jan Charles, Greeneville, survives the first challenge of Food Network's new series "Restaurant Express."
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