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WFAEats
12:52 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Fro-yo Or Fro-no?

Frozen yogurt has transformed our dessert – and not just into a gloopy, topping-covered, sugary mess.

A Google search for frozen yogurt, also commonly referred to as “fro-yo”, reveals more than a dozen shops in the Charlotte area.

The business model of frozen yogurt evolved over the last two decades and shifted the market of frozen desserts. In the 90s, TCBY dominated the market, and ordering frozen yogurt was a lot like getting a scoop of ice cream. Will that be in a cone or a bowl?

But then the economy tanked.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Horticultural Historic Restoration At Monticello

Peter J. Hatch and Monticello Vegetable Garden.
Credit Robert Llewellyn, courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Foundation

When you think of historic restoration, most times you think of those TV shows where they fix up old homes to look how they did in their heyday. But Peter Hatch has taken historic restoration to a whole new level - horticultural historic restoration. He was the director of Gardens at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, for 35 years, and while there, fully restored Thomas Jefferson's beloved gardens. He'll be in town this week for North Carolina's Master Gardener Conference, and in advance of that, he and another master gardener join us to talk about Jefferson's Monticello gardens and how it was restored, and about what gardeners today - here and around the world can learn from Jefferson's work centuries ago, when Charlotte Talks.

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WFAEats
1:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Awaken To Bacon

Credit cookbookman17 / flickr

History tells us Bacon's Rebellion was an armed revolt in 1676. A rash of Indian attacks and other issues motivated an uprising led by Nathaniel Bacon against Gov. Berkeley, Lord Proprietor of the Carolinas. Seems the governor had misjudged the wrath of the settlers.

For some time now, another bacon rebellion has been under way: bacon fans vs. healthy eaters. If pop culture is any judge, the rebels may be gaining the upper hand.

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WFAEats
12:29 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Breaking Up – With Your Grocery Store – Is Hard To Do

The new Harris Teeter on Central Avenue will open at the end of May.
Credit Bartlett Hartley & Mulkey architects

Some relationships just aren’t meant to last. When you have misunderstandings, get bored, or just don’t feel appreciated, it’s time to move on.

So when the Harris Teeter grocery store in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood closed for remodeling almost a year ago, I decided to make a clean break.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Growing And Cooking Your Own Backyard Harvest

We've all heard about the benefits of "eating local." Well, you can't get more local than your own backyard! If you haven’t planted yet, or even if you have, we'll explore the best practices for planting and maintaining your beds for the most delicious and nutritious vegetables, even with little yard space to work with. Before you know it, you'll have more tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers than you know what to do with! So we'll fill you in on creative ways to cook them to get the most out of your summer harvest - from salads, soups and salsas to grilling and more. Join us for summer gardening advice from the experts, tips for preparing and enjoying your summer bounty, plus a look at the health benefits of eating from your own garden. Gardening meets cooking, when Charlotte Talks.

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WFAEats
1:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Two Lost Arts: Gardening And Cooking

You might have a ton of vegetables from your back yard garden, but do you know what to do with them?
Credit Downing Street / flickr

Listen to Charlotte Talks on Friday morning at 9:00am for a conversation about growing and cooking veggies from your own back yard. Recipes below for Roasted Corn Salsa, Oven "Fried" Okra, Stuffed Poblano Chiles and Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

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WFAEats
3:28 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Into The Home Of... Mexico

Credit Keia Mastrianni

A twenty minute drive south brought me to the home of Raul Alatorre and his wife, Alicia, a newly transplanted couple of Mexican origin. The Alatorre’s moved eighteen months ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico to their suburban home in Ballantyne. Raul’s job of 22 years brought the couple here. He works for Mission Foods, the largest tortilla manufacturer in the United States.

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WFAEats
1:32 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Eat Your Yard - A Magical Idea

Nan Chase eats crabapples from her yard.
Credit Rebecca D'Angelo

I bumped in to Nan Chase at the Blue Ridge Book Festival last May. The Asheville author was discussing her book, Eat Your Yard.

Riding the crest of the Eat Local movement, she has produced an attractive, helpful book to help backyard farmers. But instead of ripping out the sod to grow squash and beans, Nan takes an aesthetic approach—mix food-producing plants into the landscape.

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WFAEats
12:21 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Michael Graves Talks Design

Toaster designed by Michael Graves
JC Penny's

Food meets design with Michael Graves. The internationally-renowned designer and architect has designed lines of toasters, timers, tea pots and more kitchen essentials for Target, and now for JC Penny's.

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WFAEats
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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