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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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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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WFAEats
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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WFAEats
11:15 am
Fri April 17, 2015

In Good Taste: When No Means No Second Helpings

The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer

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

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WFAEats
9:55 am
Fri April 10, 2015

'No Kid Hungry': Bake Sales In April

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.

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WFAEats
4:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Don't Panic: The Perfect Passover

Chocolate matzo
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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WFAEats
9:56 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Easter Eats And Sweets

www.facebook.com/PeepsBrand

Quick! What do dinosaurs, Spiderman, and Hello Kitty have in common?

They’re all edible candy creations you can buy for Easter enjoyment. No longer will you be limited to plain, old jelly beans or boring bunnies for your sweet treats.

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WFAEats
11:06 am
Fri March 20, 2015

In Good Taste: When No Means No In The Kitchen

Kitchen Interior, c. 1565
attributed to Martin Van Cleve/Google Cultural Institute

Dear Etta Kate: I always offer to help my hosts clean up after a meal. Once everyone is finished eating, I quietly stand up, take my plate to the kitchen, then ask others if I can do the same. Usually my hostess protests. Why?

Signed, Astonished Guest

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