Amy Rogers

Coordinator of WFAEats

Amy Rogers is the author of Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas and Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits. Her writing has also been featured in Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing, the Oxford American, and the Charlotte Observer. She is founding publisher of the award-winning Novello Festival Press. She received a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, and was the first person to receive the award for non-fiction writing. Her reporting has also won multiple awards from the N.C. Working Press Association. She has been Writer in Residence at the Wildacres Center, and a program presenter at dozens of events, festivals, arts centers, schools, and other venues. Amy Rogers considers herself “Southern by choice,” and is a food and culture commentator for NPR station WFAE.

What’s your favorite childhood food memory? Watching my mother in a gorgeous cocktail dress sneak into the kitchen before a party so she could eat some real food.

What’s your typical breakfast? Coffee, with a side order of extra coffee

What can you always find in your fridge? Half-and-half. Because you can put it in coffee, tea, cereal, frittatas, and lots of leftover things like tomatoes, potatoes and shellfish to make cream-of-whatever soup.

Kitchen tool(s) you can’t live without? I lived and cooked wonderful meals for literally decades with only one chef’s knife. I now have others but rarely use them.

If you aren’t in the kitchen, where are you? Visiting farm stands, markets, cafes, friends’ homes – anywhere there’s food to be sampled and enjoyed.

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WFAEats
11:34 am
Fri October 31, 2014

From Bison to Baklava: November Food Holidays

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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. 

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WFAEats
10:57 am
Fri October 24, 2014

The One Year Rule: Use It Or Lose It

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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.

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WFAEats
2:17 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

“PUMP” up the Volume: It’s Pumpkin Season

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“The best pumpkin pie you ever ate isn’t that much better than the worst,” humorist Garrison Keillor once remarked.

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WFAEats
10:06 am
Thu October 16, 2014

A Taste of Home: Support the Troops with NC Foods

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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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WFAEats
11:54 am
Mon September 22, 2014

“Nosh” Hashanah: Happy Jewish New Year

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Purists be warned: If you can’t stomach the idea of a radical departure from the traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner, stop reading right now. Because this is a story about hot dogs, homemade horseradish vodka, and store-bought cake.

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WFAEats
12:25 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

The Last of Summer: Preserving the Flavor to Savor

Blueberry mojito jam
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It’s human nature: All season, we complained about too many tomatoes, an overflow of okra, the surplus of squash. But in the winter months ahead, we’ll be longing for those very same summer flavors.

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WFAEats
1:16 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Plaza-Midwood Food Swap: Trading Tastefully

Amy Rogers

Wild violet syrup. Squash blossoms. Tomatoes in colors from garnet to gold. You can’t buy them here, not at any price.

But you can swap for them at this month’s Plaza-Midwood Food Swap on Saturday, August 30.

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WFAEats
11:06 am
Wed August 20, 2014

The Trouble with Eggplant

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This summer has brought an abundance of eggplants to many backyard gardeners. But therein lies the problem: Not everyone knows what to do with a big basket of solanum melongena.

Never fear. Recipes for everything from Ajapsandali to Zacusca are easy to find, and many are simple to prepare.

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WFAEats
11:57 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Get Your Hands Dirty This Saturday: Villa Heights Community Garden

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Eggplants are abounding, but your help is needed to plant fall crops at the Villa Heights Community Garden this Saturday, August 16 from 9 to 12.

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WFAEats
12:24 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

National Raspberry Tart Day

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Today is National Raspberry Tart Day, which got us thinking: What exactly is the difference between a tart, which sounds kind of fancy, and a plain old pie, which does not? 

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