10:18 am
Mon October 13, 2014

In Good Taste: The “Blotter,” or Napkin Etiquette

The End of Dinner by Jules-Alexandre Grun (1913)

Welcome back to “In Good Taste,” where we explore all things mannerly pertaining to food and how to enjoy it with others. Today our etiquette expert will answer a question she received by private message recently.

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12:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Remembering Max and Rosie's

Lexington Avenue, Asheville
Credit David Spadden / Flickr

I lived in Asheville in the early 2000s, about the same time Rolling Stone named it the “New Freak Capital of the U.S.” There were a lot of freaks back then, with train-hoppers and burnouts sleeping in Pritchard Park and the highest population of dreadlocked didgeridoo players east of Sydney. There were also tourists, especially in fall when hoards of leaf peepers arrived, but most of the year you were more likely to see panhandling gutter punks than Pomeranians in handbags. Not anymore. Even though Asheville’s reputation as weird persists, it’s not really where Dead Heads go to die these days; it’s where yuppies go to eat.

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9:58 am
Mon September 29, 2014

In Search Of Perfect Canned Goods

Credit Tamra Wilson

When it comes to fairs I make a bee-line to the food pavilion. No, I don't mean the hot dogs or funnel cakes or cotton candy. I'm talking canned goods - row after row, competing for blue ribbons. 

Though North Carolina's county fairs are finished for the season, there's still the mother of them all coming up - the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, Oct. 16-21. Nearly $12,000 in "premiums" are up for grabs, some of which will go to the kings and queens of home canning. 

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11:54 am
Mon September 22, 2014

“Nosh” Hashanah: Happy Jewish New Year

Credit Amy Rogers

Purists be warned: If you can’t stomach the idea of a radical departure from the traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner, stop reading right now. Because this is a story about hot dogs, homemade horseradish vodka, and store-bought cake.

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10:38 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Break-Up: Part II

Credit Amy Rogers

Last summer, I broke up with my grocery store. Our relationship had gone stale, so I started seeing someone new (you can read the story here). 

Now it’s time to confess I wasn’t able make the break-up stick. That’s because the newly remodeled Harris Teeter grocery store on Central Avenue has been cleverly designed to be nearly irresistible.

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12:24 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Confessions of a “Tales” Virgin

As a part-time bartender, full-time cocktail evangelist and newly minted drinks writer, I thought it was my duty to go and finally experience Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, a week long celebration of spirits, the mixtures they can be served in, and the people who create these wonderful elixirs. 

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11:17 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Mark Solomon's Wine List Favorites

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Mark Solomon, Wine Auction Director for Leland Little Auctions and Estate Sales, will be joining Charlotte Talks on Tuesday, September 9, to discuss the difference between wine and fine wine. Here are some of Mark's picks for best wine lists from restaurants across the state.

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12:25 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

The Last of Summer: Preserving the Flavor to Savor

Blueberry mojito jam

It’s human nature: All season, we complained about too many tomatoes, an overflow of okra, the surplus of squash. But in the winter months ahead, we’ll be longing for those very same summer flavors.

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1:16 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Plaza-Midwood Food Swap: Trading Tastefully

Amy Rogers

Wild violet syrup. Squash blossoms. Tomatoes in colors from garnet to gold. You can’t buy them here, not at any price.

But you can swap for them at this month’s Plaza-Midwood Food Swap on Saturday, August 30.

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11:06 am
Wed August 20, 2014

The Trouble with Eggplant

Eggplant stir fry
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This summer has brought an abundance of eggplants to many backyard gardeners. But therein lies the problem: Not everyone knows what to do with a big basket of solanum melongena.

Never fear. Recipes for everything from Ajapsandali to Zacusca are easy to find, and many are simple to prepare.

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