WFAEats

Mecklenburg County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension

How hot is hummus these days? It’s everywhere from cookouts to cocktail parties. But most of the time, it’s pretty bland and uninspired.

So we were happy to see this recipe for a lively green hummus, courtesy of our friends at the Mecklenburg County branch of N.C. Cooperative Extension agency. It’s perfect for those days when the herb garden goes wild, when you’re drowning in dill, overrun with oregano, buried under all that basil.

In Good Taste: 'Entertaining' Neighbors

Jun 2, 2015

Dear Etta Kate: Now that the season of outdoor parties is upon us, I need your help. I like to host cookouts at my place. It can be hard to contain the noise -- not to mention the aromas -- from all the activity. My neighbor Heidi lives next door. A friend told me I must invite Heidi to my next cookout. Is that true? What are my obligations to my neighbors? I want to enjoy my summer. Sincerely, Cookie

Good Friends, Bad Coffee

May 26, 2015
Amy Rogers

Some people are coffee snobs. I am not one of them. So when my friend Bonnie called to ask what kind of coffee I wanted for my visit to her mountain house, I gave my stock answer: “You cannot make it any way that I won’t like it.”

I was wrong. So very, very wrong.

Bonnie and her husband, Bob, had forgotten to pack the coffee from their home in Florida when they set out for the mountains. Intrepid world travelers, they coped with this catastrophic oversight as best they could: They bought the most interesting coffee they could find in Murphy, N.C.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread Between Friends

May 19, 2015
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Joanne Joy

Homemade bread. It’s one of the great pleasures of life—so simple and satisfying; a marvel of chemistry. I turned against carbs for a short period of time, but missed the good hearty bread I was used to eating. I’m not a fan of the white Sunbeam variety, but prefer mine with as much grain and nutty goodness that you can pack into a loaf and still call it bread. A friend shared a handwritten version of this recipe with me after we had a conversation about her commitment to grinding her own grain.

earlscruggscenter.org

Like a garden basket brimming with ripe vegetables and fruits, the town of Shelby, NC, will all but overflow with culinary and cultural celebrations this weekend.

Presented by the Earl Scruggs Center, “Feast Here Tonight” is a special exhibit that explores piedmont and Appalachian food and music traditions.

Jeepers Media / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

When I heard that Kraft Foods plans to take the orange color out of their mac and cheese “to meet consumers’ changing lifestyles and needs,” I thought: Here we go again. A major food manufacturer is playing the health-food game, trying to fix something that’s not broken. Or, to put it another way, something that’s so broken it’s campy.

You’ve seen the photos: clever kitchen shortcuts, cute “tablescapes,” adorable storage solutions.

Maybe you peruse these sites in secret. Glance at them while snacking on fat-free yogurt on your lunch break. Imagine how much more satisfying your life would be if you could peel a mango in under ten seconds or bake a birthday cake for your hedgehog.  

In Good Taste: When No Means No Second Helpings

Apr 17, 2015

Dear Etta Kate: I'm an accomplished cook. My brunch and dinner guests are often reluctant to take second portions of the dishes I'm serving, even once they've happily devoured everything on their plates. Aren't they just being polite? I want to insist they eat more. 

Signed, Generosity

nokidhungry.org

Here’s the perfect excuse to indulge in cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats this month: the annual Great American Bake Sale to benefit No Kid Hungry.

Across the U.S., community groups in backyards and businesses are selling baked goods to raise funds for the organization that works to alleviate child hunger, which affects as many as 1 in 5 children.

Amy Rogers

After 5,000 years, you’d think we’d know how to deal. But here it comes again, and some of us are still unprepared for Passover, the feast that commemorates the biblical story of Exodus.

Fortunately, help is at hand – and as close as your bookstore.

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