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.

Amy Rogers’ website


1:15 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The Breakfast Makeover

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I despise it.

Lumps of low-fat cereal afloat in a sea of soymilk. Goopy, gelatinous oatmeal. Protein shakes the color and consistency of mulch - and every bit as appetizing.

Recently I vented about this on Facebook. And thanks to the wonders of virtual communication, my longtime "friend" Kym Motley responded right away with an offer to help.

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12:46 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Spring Cleaning, Passover Style

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Ah, spring! Time for rebirth, renewal, celebration - and the dreaded chores of spring cleaning. Ironic, isn't? Just when longer days are luring us outdoors to play, there’s housework demanding to be done.

Each year at springtime, flat, unleavened bread called matzo appears in stores as Jews prepare to observe Passover. But non-Jews may not realize that modern-day spring cleaning has roots in the holiday, too, as a ritual that reaches back thousands of years.

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5:50 am
Thu March 14, 2013

"Raise Your Glass" - And Sandwich - To Pink

Pop star Pink

Food writers have been known to proclaim that any story can be a food story.

When rocker Pink performs in Charlotte on Saturday, she won’t know she's part of a tale of an interrupted journey, German-language TV, and the best sandwich ever.

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10:39 am
Tue February 12, 2013

I Loathe My Valentine

Giving chocolate is easy. But what if you want to send a different message this Valentine’s Day? Never fear, we’ve got great gift suggestions for those tasteless or unsavory people in your love life.

How about a life-sized gummi snake? You can curl it around your arm when you deliver it to that poisonous person, or let the recipient be surprised when he or she opens the box.

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10:58 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Valentine’s Day Contest: Tell Your Story

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Overpriced steaks, rubbery shrimp, fallen soufflés – Valentine’s Day dinners can be memorable, but not always for the reasons we hope.

If you have a food-themed Valentine story - heartwarming or horrendous - we want to know about it. From now through Valentine’s Day, we’ll be accepting submissions from WFAE listeners and WFAEats readers.

If you’ve got recipes to share, send them along, too. Winning entries may be featured on WFAEats.

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11:58 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Goodbye To January

There is a National Cream Puff Day. Who knew? Apparently there are a lot of recognized food days we're missing.
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In some ways, January seems longer than any other month. It’s cold and rainy, and spring is still weeks away. There aren’t any holidays that we celebrate by cooking, baking, or gathering for a big indulgent meal.

Unless you count National Cream Puff Day, which flew by on January 2 while most of us were still recovering from Christmas and New Year’s Day. Or National Spaghetti Day on January 4, which some would rightly argue we should celebrate much more often.

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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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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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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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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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