Christmas en Mylbra’s Fruitcake <p>Mylbra Tilley was one of those “aunts” (no relation), who flitted in and out of our house on a whim. My mother, who didn’t veer far from recipe basics, sometimes took cues from Mylbra, who scoured the newspaper and friends’ suggestions for new recipes.</p><p></p><p>In fact, her homemade fruitcake, inspired by a newspaper clipping, shouted “Christmas” for years at our house. Rather than the store-bought doorstop-cakes from the grocery store, this one was delicious.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:04:37 +0000 Tamra Wilson 41450 at Mylbra’s Fruitcake The Music Of Vince Guaraldi <p>No matter your generation, there's a good chance you have the tradition of watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" around this time of year and find yourself humming Vince Guaraldi's timeless holiday music. But the prolific jazz musician, pianist and composer was more than just "the Peanuts guy." We'll talk about the life and music of San Francisco's "Dr. Funk" and his connection to the Peanuts. We'll also meet the head of Charlotte's Jazz Arts Initiative, whose mission is to preserve jazz music in our region - they are bringing together some well-known pianists to perform Guaraldi's music. She joins us along with pianist Chad Lawson and Guaraldi's biographer for a music-filled holiday edition of Charlotte Talks.</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 05:00:00 +0000 40508 at The Music Of Vince Guaraldi Deconstructing Handel's Messiah (Christmas Archive) <p> Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular pieces of music in the world and one which - at least in the US - has become associated with Christmas. &nbsp;We’re going to dissect this great piece with a man who knew it well - the late Paul Oakley who first shared his musical expertise about The Messiah with us in 2002. &nbsp;We hear that conversation again and then share a little poem that captures the spirit of Christmas: &nbsp;A Cup of Christmas Tea when Charlotte Talks.&nbsp;<em>Originally Aired 12/4/2002.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 05:05:00 +0000 18044 at Deconstructing Handel's Messiah (Christmas Archive) Something Tasteful: New Books About Cooking <p>With the holiday season in full swing, frantic gift-givers may be running short of ideas. Here are some new cookbooks sure to delight any appetite.</p><p></p><p>Armchair travelers will swoon over the exotic <a href="">Burma: Rivers of Flavor</a> by Naomi Duguid. It’s thick with intriguing recipes and gorgeous photos.</p><p></p><p><a href="">The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook</a> by Thomas Keller, Sebastien Rouel, et al.; is a big, beautiful “coffee-table” book of pastry delights with luscious photos by Deborah Jones.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:57:24 +0000 Amy Rogers 17966 at Something Tasteful: New Books About Cooking The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus <p>"Jolly Old St. Nicholas," at least the way we've been brought up to think of him, is a red-cheeked, fat, white-bearded man in a red suit and hat. But the REAL St. Nicholas of Myra has a far different image. How did we get our modern idea of Santa Claus, or "St. Nick," and how does he compare with Nicholas of Myra? We'll be joined by a man who has chronicled the life Nicholas, and has studied the legend of Santa Claus and will put them together for us.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 05:00:00 +0000 17452 at The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus If You Build It: "Gingerbread Lane" Contest <p></p><p>Get the gumdrops! Whip up the icing! If you’ve ever been tempted to try your hand at baking and making a gingerbread house, this could be your year to claim a really "sweet" prize. The <a href="">Ballantyne Hotel &amp; Lodge</a> wants you to submit your creation to its <a href="">Gingerbread Lane</a> competition.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Amy Rogers 16932 at If You Build It: "Gingerbread Lane" Contest "Soup"-er Art <p></p><p>Got an art lover who’s also a foodie on your holiday shopping list? Here’s a tasteful gift idea: <a href="">commemorative Andy Warhol cans of Campbell’s tomato soup</a>.</p><p></p><p>Stay with me here.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Amy Rogers 16295 at "Soup"-er Art