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jars of zucchini relish
Tamra Wilson / WFAEats

Summer calls for potato salad, macaroni salad, tuna salad, egg salad, ham salad, chicken salad, deviled eggs. My magic ingredient for all of these is homemade zucchini relish. Forget the sugar-onion-vinegar combinations. This relish does the trick in one easy step.

With zucchini-drop season upon us, I must share this crucial recipe. You know what a zucchini drop is: those well-meant gifts of squash that arrive at your door from neighbors, friends, co-workers.

Iced Is Nice: National Iced Tea Month

Jun 24, 2016
Iced tea, lake, table
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Picture a tall, cool glass of iced tea, just waiting to be guzzled on this sweltering day. Now try to wrap your poor, parched brain around this: That glass is one of 68 billion that people in the U.S. will drink this year (give or take a few). This alone is reason enough to celebrate National Iced Tea Month, now through the end of June. 

jar of dates
Amy Rogers / WFAE

This is not the week anyone planned to have, and this is not the story I planned to write. Our most eloquent voices are struggling to find the words to make sense of the latest atrocities, not to mention those we rightly fear may be coming.

Thursday night, Charlotte’s Muslim community invited the public to partake of an Interfaith Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan. Several hundred attendees gathered at the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte.

The Beckoning Beauty Of The Waffle House

Jun 10, 2016
Amy Rogers / WFAEats

There is something intrinsically beautiful about the Waffle House. Every building is identical, the decor and layout don’t change, and the meal tastes the same every single time.

Called by many a “Southern Cultural Phenomenon,” the Waffle House is where you go to hear yourself called “Darlin’” and “Sugar.” Where regular customers aren't allowed to leave without hugging all of the waitresses goodbye. If you're road tripping, it's always just off an exit, inviting you in for a warm meal, no matter the time of day.

Amy Rogers / WFAEats

"I will not buy any more cookbooks," you proclaim. And you mean it, too. 

You avoid your favorite bookstore. You steer your cart around the edges of Costco to avoid that mountain of books in the middle. You refuse to click the links to the "Best Of" lists in your newsfeed. You promise the people who live with you, "I will read that giant stack of cookbooks (in the den, next to the bed, on the kitchen counter) before I even think of buying another one."

In Good Taste: When To Go The Extra Mile

May 27, 2016

Dear Etta Kate: I try to keep in touch regularly with an old friend in the next town by meeting him monthly for breakfast. My problem is he always wants to go to the same restaurant, which is in his town. He loves his restaurant but there is very little I can eat there. I’m happy to go there on occasion, but not every time, so I’ve suggested other restaurants and rotating between towns. When he agrees to drive to my town or meet at another restaurant in his, which is rare, he doesn’t show up. When I call, he claims he forgot we had plans.

Sabra Crock

When Dina Cheney discovered she was lactose-intolerant, she did what any resourceful food-lover would do: 

She grabbed a hammer and a screwdriver and started busting open coconuts for their milk. But then she took it further -- much further. She crushed cashews and pulverized pistachios. She soaked and cooked and blended all sorts of nuts and seeds and grains. She enhanced the flavors of the resulting liquids with everything from cocoa to curry.  

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I’ve lived in Catawba County for 37 years, and I’m still learning things about local culture.

Take sweet potatoes.

Please.

They’re not my favorite food, a sure sign I’m not a Catawba County native. If I were, I would already know that sweet potatoes are a snack food.

Once a backyard staple, the vegetable garden gave way to swimming pools and manicured lawns in recent generations. Growing one's own food was replaced by the quick convenience of super markets. Now, with growing environmental concerns and a return to self-reliance the vegetable garden has become a new addition in many Charlotte neighborhoods, and schools have found them to be an educational aid as well as a supplier of tasty additions to the lunch line.

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Just when we think coffee can’t get any more miraculous, here comes the coffee nap.

It sure seems like an oxymoron. How is it possible to pair up getting wide-eyed with getting shut-eye?

It works like this: In the afternoon when fatigue sets in, you drink a cup of coffee, set your alarm for 20 to 30 minutes, then doze off. That's the perfect amount of time to let the caffeine kick in. You'll wake up alert and refreshed. Science says so.

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