WFAEats

Welcome to WFAEats - a fun adventure where we explore all things tasty and interesting in the Charlotte food scene. We want to share stories, recipes and culinary escapades and hear about yours!

Neet's Sweets

It’s crunch time. If your holiday list is getting longer as the days grow shorter, here’s a baker’s dozen of suggestions for tasteful gifts you can give with just a few clicks of your mouse. Even better, they’re all local.

PudgePudgeCupcakes (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PudgePudgeCupcakes)

Gift food is rarely any sort of a gift, and sometimes barely qualifies as food,” a smug food writer once proclaimed, both on the radio and in print.

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Central Illinois, where I grew up, is the land of cold, windy evenings that begin in October each year.

The Fall Meal -- consisting of sausage, potatoes, sauerkraut, fried apples and cheddar cheese – was a tradition at our house. The dish was a perfect mix of sweet and savory, crisp and creamy, hearty enough to stave off those cold, windy evenings.

Amy Rogers

The woman muttered, “I can’t, I can’t,” as she backed away from the tasting counter at Trader Joe’s last week. Such is the loathing some people harbor toward Brussels sprouts.

The store was serving up samples of sprouts cooked with chèvre and cranberries. But the mild cheese and tangy fruit did nothing to reduce that poor woman’s revulsion. It was justified if she grew up having to eat boiled and mushy, stinky Brussels spouts.

In Good Taste: No 'Whine' With Dinner, Please

Nov 19, 2014
Library Méjannes of Aix-en-Provence/Wikimedia Commons

As the holiday season approaches, our etiquette expert is standing by, ready to answer your questions pertaining to food and how to enjoy it with others. Today Etta Kate counsels a guest who harbors leftover feelings of resentment from last Thanksgiving.

Dear Etta Kate, I presented my hosts with a very good bottle of wine last Thanksgiving, but they did not serve it. They never sent me a thank-you note for it. This year I’m invited again, but I still feel miffed and may not even attend. I'm not being too sensitive, am I?

When Summer Won't Stop

Nov 10, 2014
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Autumn in the South is a time of extremes: chilly nights, sweltering days, and azaleas abloom for the second time in a year.

It also means that until five minutes ago, I still had tomatoes and basil growing like it was July.

Smart gardeners weeks ago pulled up those spindly stalks, processed their pesto, and moved on to planting winter greens. But I just didn’t have the heart – my little plants were working so hard! – or the time to do it. And as a result, we went a full six months of the stuff.

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Ah, November. When the leaves turn crimson and our thoughts turn to…clams? 

Yes. Also sardines, French toast, and nachos. Followers of WFAEats may recall that we like to recognize official food holidays from time to time. We rely on our friends at thenibble.com to keep us informed, so with their guidance we’re kicking off the month. 

Recipes From The Bread Revolution

Oct 30, 2014
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The following recipes come from Charlotte Talk's Bread Revolution guest bakers. 

Mike Pappas's Soppressata, Gruyere, Black Pepper And Honey Loaf

10 oz Arrowhead Mills Organic White Flour

8 oz Arrowhead Mills Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour

13 oz spring water                              

1 small piece of rind from a piece of hard cheese

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoon black peppercorns, course ground  

Jebulon / Wikimedia Commons

It goes like this: If you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it. Your blender, juicer, cocktail shaker, ice-cream maker. They’re just taking up space you need for other things. 

Baloney, I say.

Operation North State

Several North Carolina food products will be the stars of the show at a drive to collect gift-box goodies for military personnel this Saturday. 

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