9:45 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dining Advice For North Of The Border

Ohio River
Stihler Craig U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Let’s talk about the Ohio River, shall we?

The waterway that drains the eastern half of the Midwest and has divided North from South for more than two centuries, is more than a state boundary. It’s demarcation for Southern cuisine.

Let me explain. I grew up in Shelby County, Illinois, a full hundred miles north of the Ohio. It was an existence devoid of cathead biscuits, home-made cornbread, and stone-ground grits. Okra, country ham, and collards did not exist.

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10:11 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Side Dishes: A Night of Shorts At The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Fay Tenenbaum knows what you want: cake.

No one can count how many she’s baked in her 90 years, and she has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Now, a short film about her, titled "The Cake Lady," is coming to Charlotte. It’s part of the tenth annual Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, an ambitious and enjoyable series that presents dramas, comedies, and documentaries that illuminate the Jewish experience in the U.S. and around the world.

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12:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cookbooks To Celebrate Black History Month

Looking for a tasteful way to celebrate Black History Month? Look no further than the shelves of your favorite bookstore.

But with more that 1.3 million search results online, how do you find a place to start? That’s easy: Ask an expert.

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11:15 am
Mon February 17, 2014

The Secret Of Life: Eat More 'Doughnies'

Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Credit Krispy Kreme

What’s the secret to longevity?

If my mother is the model, we need to eat more doughnuts and bananas. My mother Enid McElroy lived to be 93 averaging a banana a day, plenty of high-test coffee and pastries by the box. Her favorite: doughnuts, or “doughnies.” She would eat them religiously. She would buy them glazed, powdered or jelly-filled and feign dismay that the rest of us wouldn’t join her sweet-toothed binges.

“Aren’t you going to eat these? They’re going to waste.” Then she’d reach into the doughnie package for seconds.

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1:04 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Go Inside The Candy Industry

Credit Sloanpix / Flickr

As we approach Valentine’s Day, Charlotte Talks took a special look at an industry that sells $25 billion  worth of product each year, employing tens of thousands of people: the candy industry.  It’s a sector dominated by small, family owned businesses that have been able to foster relationships with their customers, one that impacts healthcare, the economy and – in this case – love lives!  

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2:12 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Go Nuts On World Nutella Day

Credit ginnerobot / flickr

Your calendar might not show it, but World Nutella Day is this week, February 5.

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3:23 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Friday Arts Project Will Delight – And 'Dazzle'

Chef Gregory Collier of The Yolk composing a dish.
Sara McAllister

Listen up, all you lovers of truth, goodness, and beauty. You have a rare opportunity coming up to drink deeply from a wellspring of art, culture, and culinary delights.

“Dazzle Gradually: The Allure of Poetic Truth-Bearing” is taking place January 31 – February 1 in Rock Hill, S.C. It’s the third annual gathering hosted by the Friday Arts Project, a group of area artists and upstarts who are steadily attracting support for the flourishing creative community in their town.

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12:29 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Good For What Ails You: Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum.

Welcome to the worst part of winter. Everyone is coughing, sneezing, and wheezing. If you’ve tried every medication over the counter and under it, here’s an old school remedy that just might help.

Hot buttered rum.

Ordinarily, I’d tell you a bit about the history of the sugar and rum trades in the Americas, and explain the differences between the concoctions drunk here in Colonial times and the toddies that were popular in Europe.

But we don’t have time for that now. We need relief, and we need it fast.

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8:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Meet The 'Food Babe'

Vani Hari, the 'Food Babe'

Vani Hari started in April 2011 to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She left her 13 year management consulting career to pursue this passion. A Charlotte native, Vani teaches people how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world. 

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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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