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
4:41 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Feasting: On Southern Food And Music In Shelby

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Like a garden basket brimming with ripe vegetables and fruits, the town of Shelby, NC, will all but overflow with culinary and cultural celebrations this weekend.

Presented by the Earl Scruggs Center, “Feast Here Tonight” is a special exhibit that explores piedmont and Appalachian food and music traditions.

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WFAEats
4:49 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

'Easy Kitchen Hacks' Or How To Make Toaster Grilled Cheese In 32 Easy Steps

You’ve seen the photos: clever kitchen shortcuts, cute “tablescapes,” adorable storage solutions.

Maybe you peruse these sites in secret. Glance at them while snacking on fat-free yogurt on your lunch break. Imagine how much more satisfying your life would be if you could peel a mango in under ten seconds or bake a birthday cake for your hedgehog.  

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WFAEats
9:55 am
Fri April 10, 2015

'No Kid Hungry': Bake Sales In April

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Here’s the perfect excuse to indulge in cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats this month: the annual Great American Bake Sale to benefit No Kid Hungry.

Across the U.S., community groups in backyards and businesses are selling baked goods to raise funds for the organization that works to alleviate child hunger, which affects as many as 1 in 5 children.

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WFAEats
4:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Don't Panic: The Perfect Passover

Chocolate matzo
Amy Rogers

After 5,000 years, you’d think we’d know how to deal. But here it comes again, and some of us are still unprepared for Passover, the feast that commemorates the biblical story of Exodus.

Fortunately, help is at hand – and as close as your bookstore.

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WFAEats
9:56 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Easter Eats And Sweets

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Quick! What do dinosaurs, Spiderman, and Hello Kitty have in common?

They’re all edible candy creations you can buy for Easter enjoyment. No longer will you be limited to plain, old jelly beans or boring bunnies for your sweet treats.

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WFAEats
10:40 am
Thu February 19, 2015

'Deli Man' Film Will Delight

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What’s not to love? Here’s a film about food that’s guaranteed to get your juices flowing.

Deli Man tells the story of Ziggy Gruber, a French-trained chef who returned to his family’s culinary roots to make his mark in the delicatessen business. The film is part of the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival’s 2015 line-up.

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WFAEats
11:45 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Cheers To The Champagne Cocktail

Champagne cocktail
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My friend Salem was sipping a Champagne cocktail outside an Asheville bistro when the ladies at the next table stopped their conversation to ask about the elegant looking drink.

She told them about the fizzy blend of sweetness with a tangy hint of bitters. They were so intrigued they immediately ordered three: two for themselves and one more for her.

That’s one of the delights of the Champagne cocktail – it’s convivial.

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WFAEats
12:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

'Mouse Madness': Local Food Gifts To Order Online

Strawberries in chocolate dips with various sprinkles.
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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.

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WFAEats
11:14 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Gift Food Grinch, Revisited

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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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WFAEats
10:07 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Brussels Sprouts: A Holiday Makeover

Stalks of Brussels sprouts.
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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.

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