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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Operation North State

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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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.

The Break-Up: Part II

Sep 15, 2014
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Last summer, I broke up with my grocery store. Our relationship had gone stale, so I started seeing someone new (you can read the story here). 

Now it’s time to confess I wasn’t able make the break-up stick. That’s because the newly remodeled Harris Teeter grocery store on Central Avenue has been cleverly designed to be nearly irresistible.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Celebrate Watermelon

Jul 29, 2014
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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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