3:07 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Spicing Things Up On 'Date Night'

A kitchen shelf of spices.
Credit John Reid /

Baby, it’s cold outside, and there’s nothing better on a winter night than hunkering down and showing some love…to your pantry.

  Yes. If you’re like most people, your pantry contain herbs and spices that have been on its shelves entirely too long. Some probably date back to a year that began with “19__.”

It’s time to fix that right up. After all, who wants to let life get stale, when there are so many ways to make it fresh?

First, pull down all those little jars and tins and look at each one. Then ask:

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11:26 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Into The Home Of… Poland

Pierogi ready to be eaten!
Keia Mastrianni

When I met Ken Mezger, we were sitting in the finance office of a local car dealership finalizing the particulars of a new car purchase. He was filling out paperwork, making small talk. The conversation quickly turned to food (no surprise there) and a talkative Mezger shared the annual Christmas tradition he and his Polish-American wife create each year. Namely, a pierogi party.

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9:30 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Happy New Year: Resolution? Revolution!

The year is ending and I’ve just learned something disheartening about my friends. This adventurous, outspoken, tasteful bunch of folks seem to have largely fallen victim to what I call the New Year’s Resolution and Deprivation Machine. It’s that free-floating angst, captured and codified by media, and it commands us to “Give up sweets!” “Eliminate carbs!” and “Be green!” as the calendar turns over.

A few days ago, I polled my pals online and asked them to fill in the blanks: “In 2014, I am going to enjoy eating/drinking more _______. And less _______.”

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5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

As The Days Grow Shorter: Gardening And Gratitude


One evening recently, I wasn't feeling well and wanted to get home from my job at Southminster. I knew a hard freeze was coming, and I needed to get the rest of the sweet potatoes out of the ground at the garden on the property, right away. So I gathered some containers and gloves and headed to work, because the garden was calling.

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11:47 am
Wed December 11, 2013

In Good Taste: Keep It Local With Holiday Food Gifts

7th Street Public Market

Tasty treats abound this time of year. So to help you with your holiday gifting, here are some suggestions for flavorful foods guaranteed to please.

New this year, 7th Street Public Market debuts “Holidays in the City.” Billed as a “market within a market,” it offers an expanded selection of seasonal items and runs through December 21st.

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12:43 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Dishing On Food Books: Great Ideas For Gift Giving

Holidays and cookbooks go together like chocolate and peppermint. Like eggnog and brandy. And like bacon with almost anything, it seems. Even if you never set foot in a kitchen this season, here are some cookbooks guaranteed to delight.

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11:09 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Celebration To Savor: Event To Support Community Culinary School Of Charlotte

Red bliss potatoes with bacon and bleu cheese. Tomato basil tarts. Butternut squash soup with apple-basil relish.

And that’s just for starters at “Miracle on Distribution Street,” the holiday fundraiser to benefit the Community Culinary School of Charlotte.

Guests will be treated to a full menu of creative cookery, all prepared by students of Class 47, which will graduate December 17.

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5:10 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Chocolate For A Cause: Competition To Benefit Toys For Tots

Credit stephycupcake / flickr

Three of Charlotte’s top chocolatiers will engage in a friendly competition for a good cause Saturday, Nov. 30 at Escape Hair & Skin Studio in Charlotte’s Historic South End.

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2:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Happy "Thanksgivukkah!"


It’s a holiday mash-up for the ages: This year, the first day of Chanukah, the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” falls on Thanksgiving, the American holiday of turkey, potatoes and pie.

Hence “Thanksgivukkah.”

Boston resident Dana Gitell gets the credit for coining the phrase, which has launched a wave of websites plus a whole lot of cultural – and culinary – creativity.

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1:48 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Street Eats: Latin American Flavors

Chocobananos (chocolate-covered bananas)
Credit Fred Thompson

Sandra Gutierrez wants you to know this: Not all Latin Americans eat tacos.

That’s just one of the misconceptions the accomplished author tackles in her new cookbook, Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina.

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