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honeybees
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George McAllister has the best-smelling basement in all of Charlotte. That’s where he extracts honey from his backyard hives – and invites other beekeepers to join him – on his annual honey harvest day each summer. It’s an awfully sticky business with a pretty sweet result, which we’ll describe in a moment. Until then, just imagine breathing in soft air that’s scented with candles made of sugar and the fragrance of a million flowers.

drawing of a painting from the caves of Cueva de la Arana
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Around 8,000 years ago, when Stone Age humans hunted woolly mammoths, they also dug into rock crevices and climbed trees in search of wild honey.

How can we possibly know this, without the written language that wouldn’t be developed for at least 2,000 years?

A cave painting near Valencia, Spain, shows a prehistoric hunter bravely pulling honey from a tree hive while angry bees swarm all around.

woman in a bee suit
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That buzz you hear isn’t just the honeybees – it’s the interest in keeping and gathering honey from “apis mellifera” that’s growing in the U.S.

Right now, we’re suiting up in protective gear so you don’t have to, and we’re smoking out the stories and lore to share with you next week.

But why wait? Here are some thoughts to whet your appetite until then.

blueberries growing on a bush
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Silly gardeners. While we've been sweating and struggling in the summer heat, the smart folks at the NC Cooperative Extension Service have been coolly building a giant online resource for us. Sponsored by N.C. State University, the Extension Gardener Handbook can solve just about any problem -- and enhance the experience of gardening for everyone. So pour yourself a cold beverage, find a shady spot, and check it out. 

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The popularity of hummus is exploding in America, drawing comparisons to the rise of Greek yogurt.

Local hummus-makers can try to impress a hummus expert of sorts during the upcoming Charlotte Jewish Film Festival. Filmmaker Alex Matros will judge a hummus contest in conjunction with the showing of “Life and Hummus.”

In Good Taste: 'Let Us Eat Cake! Please!'

Jul 8, 2016
Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese, 1562
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Dear Etta Kate: Is it just me, or have weddings gotten out of control? With everything from canine wedding attendants to GoPro filmings of the ceremony, it's hard to get a handle on how to behave. 

jars of zucchini relish
Tamra Wilson / WFAEats

Summer calls for potato salad, macaroni salad, tuna salad, egg salad, ham salad, chicken salad, deviled eggs. My magic ingredient for all of these is homemade zucchini relish. Forget the sugar-onion-vinegar combinations. This relish does the trick in one easy step.

With zucchini-drop season upon us, I must share this crucial recipe. You know what a zucchini drop is: those well-meant gifts of squash that arrive at your door from neighbors, friends, co-workers.

Iced Is Nice: National Iced Tea Month

Jun 24, 2016
Iced tea, lake, table
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Picture a tall, cool glass of iced tea, just waiting to be guzzled on this sweltering day. Now try to wrap your poor, parched brain around this: That glass is one of 68 billion that people in the U.S. will drink this year (give or take a few). This alone is reason enough to celebrate National Iced Tea Month, now through the end of June. 

jar of dates
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This is not the week anyone planned to have, and this is not the story I planned to write. Our most eloquent voices are struggling to find the words to make sense of the latest atrocities, not to mention those we rightly fear may be coming.

Thursday night, Charlotte’s Muslim community invited the public to partake of an Interfaith Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan. Several hundred attendees gathered at the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte.

The Beckoning Beauty Of The Waffle House

Jun 10, 2016
Amy Rogers / WFAEats

There is something intrinsically beautiful about the Waffle House. Every building is identical, the decor and layout don’t change, and the meal tastes the same every single time.

Called by many a “Southern Cultural Phenomenon,” the Waffle House is where you go to hear yourself called “Darlin’” and “Sugar.” Where regular customers aren't allowed to leave without hugging all of the waitresses goodbye. If you're road tripping, it's always just off an exit, inviting you in for a warm meal, no matter the time of day.

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