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
2:11 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Culinary Delights At CPCC

One of the best - and most exclusive - restaurants in Charlotte is one you’ve likely never heard of.

There’s no bar, no valet parking, no sign. It’s tough to get a reservation, and you can forget sweet-talking your way in or bribing the maitre d’.

It’s the Greenway Restaurant at Central Piedmont Community College.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Cookbook Contest Winner

We’ve got a winner!

We asked you to tell us about your favorite cookbooks, and we tantalized you with the chance to win one of the books we featured on our holiday list.

FrancieChaos Dunlap is our winner. She will receive a spanking new copy of Preserving Wild Foods: A Modern Forager’s Recipes for Curing, Canning, Smoking and Pickling, by Matthew Weingarten and Raquel Pelzel.

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WFAEats
11:57 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Something Tasteful: New Books About Cooking

The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook by Thomas Keller, Sebastien Rouel, et al.

With the holiday season in full swing, frantic gift-givers may be running short of ideas. Here are some new cookbooks sure to delight any appetite.

Armchair travelers will swoon over the exotic Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid. It’s thick with intriguing recipes and gorgeous photos.

The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook by Thomas Keller, Sebastien Rouel, et al.; is a big, beautiful “coffee-table” book of pastry delights with luscious photos by Deborah Jones.

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WFAEats
4:11 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

It's National Cocoa Day: Sweet!

Mmmm... chocolate. It's National Cocoa Day. Who knew??

In case your holiday season wasn’t busy enough, here’s something else to celebrate: It’s National Cocoa Day.

Think you know cocoa, and the chocolate made from it? Test your knowledge with these quick questions.

True or False?

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WFAEats
5:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

"Burning Bright:" Flaming Tea for Chanukah

Flaming Tea Ceremony for Chanukah.
Credit Amy Rogers

Latkes? Check. Chanukah gifts? Check.

Brandy-soaked sugar cubes to set afire…What’s that? You’ve never taken part in a Flaming Tea Ceremony for Chanukah?

Neither had I, nor anyone I knew, not in all our years of celebrating the Jewish holiday known as the "Festival of Lights."

It goes like this: Everyone at the table soaks a sugar cube in brandy, places it in a teaspoon, lights it with a candle, sings a holiday song, then drops the little fireball into a glass of tea, which puts out the flame. Then everyone drinks their tea.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

If You Build It: "Gingerbread Lane" Contest

Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

Get the gumdrops! Whip up the icing! If you’ve ever been tempted to try your hand at baking and making a gingerbread house, this could be your year to claim a really "sweet" prize. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge wants you to submit your creation to its Gingerbread Lane competition.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Meals And Memories: The Power Of Remembering

Joanne Caras

They’re billed as "the most important cookbooks you’ll ever own," and it’s hard to disagree. 

Joanne Caras and her family collected recipes and remembrances from Holocaust survivors around the world, and then performed a series of small wonders. Caras created two elegant books, first, "The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook" and now a new volume, "Miracles and Meals." Both celebrate how human dignity can - and does - flourish under the most horrific circumstances.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

"Soup"-er Art

Campbell Soup Company

Got an art lover who’s also a foodie on your holiday shopping list? Here’s a tasteful gift idea: commemorative Andy Warhol cans of Campbell’s tomato soup.

Stay with me here.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

You Say 'Roast Turkey,' I Say 'Spatchcock'

Spatchcocking takes the idyllic presentation of the Norman Rockwell-esque turkey and flips it on its... well, you'll see.

"Spatchcocking." If it’s happening around here this Thanksgiving, nobody’s talking about it – yet.

The peculiar term is probably English in origin. It describes an unusual way to prepare a chicken or turkey, and it’s unlike the traditional Norman Rockwell presentation we’re used to. Yes, those rounded mounds of roasted poultry look beautiful. But too often, their crispy skins hide dried-out white meat, still-pink dark meat - or both. It’s difficult to cook something the size of a turkey evenly. Harder still to keep it moist and flavorful.

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WFAEats
11:32 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Across The Miles

Florentines
Amy Rogers

The world may be getting smaller but 10,000 miles between friends is still an impossible distance. So when my friends Stephanie and Marc announced last fall they were moving from Charlotte to Australia, I was crushed. They bequeathed to me the entire contents of their pantry and liquor cabinet, but that did little to help.

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