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
12:30 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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WFAEats
9:30 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Happy New Year: Resolution? Revolution!

The year is ending and I’ve just learned something disheartening about my friends. This adventurous, outspoken, tasteful bunch of folks seem to have largely fallen victim to what I call the New Year’s Resolution and Deprivation Machine. It’s that free-floating angst, captured and codified by media, and it commands us to “Give up sweets!” “Eliminate carbs!” and “Be green!” as the calendar turns over.

A few days ago, I polled my pals online and asked them to fill in the blanks: “In 2014, I am going to enjoy eating/drinking more _______. And less _______.”

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WFAEats
11:47 am
Wed December 11, 2013

In Good Taste: Keep It Local With Holiday Food Gifts

7th Street Public Market

Tasty treats abound this time of year. So to help you with your holiday gifting, here are some suggestions for flavorful foods guaranteed to please.

New this year, 7th Street Public Market debuts “Holidays in the City.” Billed as a “market within a market,” it offers an expanded selection of seasonal items and runs through December 21st.

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WFAEats
12:43 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Dishing On Food Books: Great Ideas For Gift Giving

Holidays and cookbooks go together like chocolate and peppermint. Like eggnog and brandy. And like bacon with almost anything, it seems. Even if you never set foot in a kitchen this season, here are some cookbooks guaranteed to delight.

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WFAEats
11:09 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Celebration To Savor: Event To Support Community Culinary School Of Charlotte

Red bliss potatoes with bacon and bleu cheese. Tomato basil tarts. Butternut squash soup with apple-basil relish.

And that’s just for starters at “Miracle on Distribution Street,” the holiday fundraiser to benefit the Community Culinary School of Charlotte.

Guests will be treated to a full menu of creative cookery, all prepared by students of Class 47, which will graduate December 17.

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WFAEats
5:10 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Chocolate For A Cause: Competition To Benefit Toys For Tots

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Three of Charlotte’s top chocolatiers will engage in a friendly competition for a good cause Saturday, Nov. 30 at Escape Hair & Skin Studio in Charlotte’s Historic South End.

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