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
12:58 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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WFAEats
10:11 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Side Dishes: A Night of Shorts At The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Fay Tenenbaum knows what you want: cake.

No one can count how many she’s baked in her 90 years, and she has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Now, a short film about her, titled "The Cake Lady," is coming to Charlotte. It’s part of the tenth annual Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, an ambitious and enjoyable series that presents dramas, comedies, and documentaries that illuminate the Jewish experience in the U.S. and around the world.

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WFAEats
12:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cookbooks To Celebrate Black History Month

Amazon.com

Looking for a tasteful way to celebrate Black History Month? Look no further than the shelves of your favorite bookstore.

But with more that 1.3 million search results online, how do you find a place to start? That’s easy: Ask an expert.

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WFAEats
2:12 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Go Nuts On World Nutella Day

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Your calendar might not show it, but World Nutella Day is this week, February 5.

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WFAEats
3:23 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Friday Arts Project Will Delight – And 'Dazzle'

Chef Gregory Collier of The Yolk composing a dish.
Sara McAllister

Listen up, all you lovers of truth, goodness, and beauty. You have a rare opportunity coming up to drink deeply from a wellspring of art, culture, and culinary delights.

“Dazzle Gradually: The Allure of Poetic Truth-Bearing” is taking place January 31 – February 1 in Rock Hill, S.C. It’s the third annual gathering hosted by the Friday Arts Project, a group of area artists and upstarts who are steadily attracting support for the flourishing creative community in their town.

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WFAEats
12:29 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Good For What Ails You: Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum.
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Welcome to the worst part of winter. Everyone is coughing, sneezing, and wheezing. If you’ve tried every medication over the counter and under it, here’s an old school remedy that just might help.

Hot buttered rum.

Ordinarily, I’d tell you a bit about the history of the sugar and rum trades in the Americas, and explain the differences between the concoctions drunk here in Colonial times and the toddies that were popular in Europe.

But we don’t have time for that now. We need relief, and we need it fast.

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WFAEats
3:07 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Spicing Things Up On 'Date Night'

A kitchen shelf of spices.
Credit John Reid / Wikimedia.org

Baby, it’s cold outside, and there’s nothing better on a winter night than hunkering down and showing some love…to your pantry.

  Yes. If you’re like most people, your pantry contain herbs and spices that have been on its shelves entirely too long. Some probably date back to a year that began with “19__.”

It’s time to fix that right up. After all, who wants to let life get stale, when there are so many ways to make it fresh?

First, pull down all those little jars and tins and look at each one. Then ask:

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