WFAEats

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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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.

Amy Rogers

Eggplants are abounding, but your help is needed to plant fall crops at the Villa Heights Community Garden this Saturday, August 16 from 9 to 12.

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Today is National Raspberry Tart Day, which got us thinking: What exactly is the difference between a tart, which sounds kind of fancy, and a plain old pie, which does not? 

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Do you envy your friends who serve fun and fabulous cocktails? 

Now you can learn a few mixology tricks of your own. And you can help support good works in our community while you do.

Celebrate Watermelon

Jul 29, 2014
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If you’re a faithful reader of WFAEats – and we really hope you are – by now you’ve learned that nearly every food has its own holiday that celebrates it.

National Watermelon Day is August 3. 

Amy Rogers

The bar where we’d made our Sunday brunch reservation wouldn’t let us in. This was New Orleans, where people go to laissez les bons temps rouler. But two in our group weren’t quite 21, so we had to find another place to let our good times roll. 

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Some call them potlucks or potlatches. In the Carolinas, they’re called a covered dish. The idea is the same: every attendee brings a prepared food item to share.

They’re filling events. You go in knowing you must sample every dish and will probably go back for seconds, or at least dessert. No one’s dish should go unsampled. You leave with a loosened belt buckle and happy memories. Good food, laughter, a celebration of friendship.

World Cup Cocktails

Jul 7, 2014
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Now that we have finally reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, the finalists will be determined this week, and we should all be prepared to plan our drinking accordingly. The countries that remain vying for soccer supremacy are Brazil, Germany, Argentina, and the Netherlands. All of these countries have their own drinking culture, and here with a few easy-to-make cocktails, we will give you a quick taste of each.

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With summer celebrations in full swing, you may be wondering: What should I do when faced with the challenge of how to elegantly handle inelegant foods in a social setting?

Have no fear, Etta Kate is here to advise you.

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