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Welcome to WFAEats - a fun adventure where we explore all things tasty and interesting in the Charlotte food scene. We want to share stories, recipes and culinary escapades and hear about yours!

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WFAEats
11:21 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Sally's Pimiento Cheese

Credit Amanda Clark

My grandmother’s pimiento cheese is the best in the world. Whether it’s spread on a salty cracker or between two slices of grilled, buttered bread, there’s no wrong way to enjoy it. Being an aficionado and a self-proclaimed pimiento cheese expert, I’ve had my fair share of the “Caviar of the South,” as it’s often called.

Some might wonder, “What could possibly be more unhealthy than cheese and mayonnaise?” when the question they should be asking is: “How can I incorporate this into every single meal?”

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WFAEats
1:05 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Show Us Your Soup! Upcoming Chicken Soup Contest

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Ziggy Gruber wants to taste your chicken soup. And he’s traveling all the way from Texas to do it.

Gruber’s career as a lifelong “Deli Man” has been featured in a documentary film of the same name. And he’ll be making an appearance in person at the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival’s 2nd Annual Fan Appreciation Day on July 19. That’s where he’ll head up a panel of professional soup-slurpers that will choose the best chicken soup in all of Charlotte.

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WFAEats
11:11 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Dessert In The Land Of Pie

Tamra Wilson

Pie or cake?

From time to time, a southern magazine or newspaper will pose that question and invite readers to weigh in. That only goes to show how Southerners don’t know pie like they should.

Where I grew up in Central Illinois, the dessert question is this: What kind of pie shall you have? Ice cream is the consolation prize when all the pie is gone. Cake, banana pudding, and cheesecake aren’t in the running.

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WFAEats
1:48 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Ho-Hum Hummus - No More!

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.

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WFAEats
10:17 am
Tue June 2, 2015

In Good Taste: 'Entertaining' Neighbors

The Wedding Dance by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1566

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

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WFAEats
11:51 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Good Friends, Bad Coffee

A cup of coffee.
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.

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WFAEats
1:51 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Honey Whole Wheat Bread Between Friends

A loaf of whole wheat bread.
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.

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WFAEats
4:41 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Feasting: On Southern Food And Music In Shelby

Credit 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.

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WFAEats
3:26 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Blue Box Mac And Cheese And Other Guilty Pleasures

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.

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4:49 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

'Easy Kitchen Hacks' Or How To Make Toaster Grilled Cheese In 32 Easy Steps

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.  

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