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
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

Eggplant stir fry
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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

Credit Amy Rogers

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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WFAEats
10:25 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Here’s Your Chance To “Mix it Up”

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Do you envy your friends who serve fun and fabulous cocktails? 

Now you can learn a few mixology tricks of your own. And you can help support good works in our community while you do.

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WFAEats
12:58 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Celebrate Watermelon

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If you’re a faithful reader of WFAEats – and we really hope you are – by now you’ve learned that nearly every food has its own holiday that celebrates it.

National Watermelon Day is August 3. 

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WFAEats
10:30 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Finding Flammkuchen In New Orleans

Flammkuchen
Amy Rogers

The bar where we’d made our Sunday brunch reservation wouldn’t let us in. This was New Orleans, where people go to laissez les bons temps rouler. But two in our group weren’t quite 21, so we had to find another place to let our good times roll. 

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WFAEats
12:11 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

And the Winner Is: Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller
Credit Amy Rogers

It’s like winning an Oscar for your first film, and food writer Adrian Miller has done it: He won a James Beard award for his first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. 

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WFAEats
10:37 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ruth Reichl: "A Spy In The House Of Food"

Delicious is the forthcoming novel by acclaimed food writer Ruth Reichl.
Random House

It’s hard to keep up with Ruth Reichl. In 29 minutes by phone, the acclaimed food writer covered a lot of ground, answering my questions about what she cooks for her family, what she loves to eat in other people’s homes, the one food she despises – and her forthcoming novel, Delicious.

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