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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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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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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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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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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Before computers, offices were filled with noise made by this machine that was a huge commercial success: The IBM Selectric typewriter.

When Summer Won't Stop

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Autumn in the South is a time of extremes: chilly nights, sweltering days, and azaleas abloom for the second time in a year.

It also means that until five minutes ago, I still had tomatoes and basil growing like it was July.

Smart gardeners weeks ago pulled up those spindly stalks, processed their pesto, and moved on to planting winter greens. But I just didn’t have the heart – my little plants were working so hard! – or the time to do it. And as a result, we went a full six months of the stuff.

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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 to keep us informed, so with their guidance we’re kicking off the month. 

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

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.