Holidays

WFAEats
12:46 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Spring Cleaning, Passover Style

Matzo
Credit Flickr/paurian

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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WFAEats
12:10 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Love And Grilled Cheese

Credit Flickr/L.Richarz

When I was a sophomore in high school, I had my first boyfriend.  We had just started dating that January, and I was thrilled to have a Valentine.  As the big day approached, I pressed him for what we might be doing for Valentine’s Day.  Each time I asked, he was a bit vague.  I reminded him that Valentine’s Day was one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, and that if we were going to dinner he might want to think about making a reservation. 

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WFAEats
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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Charlotte Talks
12:05 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Deconstructing Handel's Messiah (Christmas Archive)

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular pieces of music in the world and one which - at least in the US - has become associated with Christmas.  We’re going to dissect this great piece with a man who knew it well - the late Paul Oakley who first shared his musical expertise about The Messiah with us in 2002.  We hear that conversation again and then share a little poem that captures the spirit of Christmas:  A Cup of Christmas Tea when Charlotte Talks. Originally Aired 12/4/2002.

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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

"Jolly Old St. Nicholas," at least the way we've been brought up to think of him, is a red-cheeked, fat, white-bearded man in a red suit and hat. But the REAL St. Nicholas of Myra has a far different image. How did we get our modern idea of Santa Claus, or "St. Nick," and how does he compare with Nicholas of Myra? We'll be joined by a man who has chronicled the life Nicholas, and has studied the legend of Santa Claus and will put them together for us.

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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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Music
1:08 am
Tue December 11, 2012

The Holidays Keep Children's Choir Busy

The Charlotte Children's Choir rehearses at Myer's Park Baptist Church
Tasnim Shamma

For children's choirs across the country, the holiday season is a busy time. Choirs are in high demand, so that means choristers and their parents are spending long nights at rehearsals and concerts after school. 

The children at Myer's Park Baptist Church are in the middle of their evening rehearsal. They're standing under 120-foot-high ceilings and intricate stained-glass windows.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Holiday Movie Season

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

The holidays are a time for parties, feasts and gift giving but entertainment is also big this time of year. Hollywood studios release December films they hope will bring Oscar nominations under their tree and there is always a new Christmas tale or two. This holiday season may be one of the biggest ever with blockbusters, often reserved for summer, like the latest James Bond film, the last Twilight movie, a new beginning for Lord of the Rings and the musical event of the year with Les Miserables. We look at the current slate of holiday films from before Thanksgiving to Christmas day when Charlotte Talks.

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