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Movie Night Menus book jacket
Running Press

Looking for a tasteful new way to celebrate the Academy Awards? You’ll find “epic” dinner and drink pairings in a new book that’s jammed full of recipes, photos, and delicious film lore.

Turner Classis Movies: Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by the Films We Love is the creation of siblings Tenaya Darlington and André Darlington. While doing research for their previous book, The New Cocktail Hour, they were impressed by the lavish cocktail culture of earlier eras.

In Good Taste: Who Pays For The Party?

Feb 13, 2017

Dear Etta Kate: My friend recently celebrated her birthday. Her husband invited ten of us to a dinner at a moderately-priced restaurant. I ordered from the "middle of the menu" as I was taught. When the check came, it sat on the table for fifteen minutes. Finally, the guest next to me picked it up and began figuring his portion. Then others began to do the same! Was I wrong to assume that "hosting" a dinner meant paying for it? It wasn't extravagant, and the host is financially secure (if that even matters).

Ohio Pork Council

It seems America is heading toward bacon-pocalypse.

With headlines blaring across news sites and newspapers stating "Nation's bacon reserves hit 50-year low."

Now I know what you’re thinking …  Wait, America has a national bacon reserve?

The truth is out there. Is it, like, some kind of Fort Knox with freezers … hidden deep in the Montana woods and guarded by a secretive special forces group comprised solely of vegetarian Marines known as Detachment 8?

blueberries
N.C. Cooperative Extension

It’s the time of year when the dreary gray days can seem to run together. But the Earth is turning toward springtime as it awakens the possibilities a new season can bring.

Smart gardeners use the winter for planning – but those catalogs we peruse by the fireside can make some pretty wild promises.

Mecklenburg County Extension

It’s a fresh, new year and the perfect time to launch a new volunteer initiative. That’s exactly what’s happening as Mecklenburg County implements its first Extension Master Food Volunteer Program.

That may be a mouthful but what it means is this: The program is recruiting volunteers. They will help provide “unbiased, research-based information on food systems, cooking, and food safety to our community.” The deadline to apply is January 20, 2017. 

Champagne being poured in a glass
Steven Depolo/Flickr Creative Commons

This is going to be the shortest list of New Year’s food resolutions ever. Ready?

 

Use the good stuff.

 

That’s it. 

 

Stay with me here. 

 

Courtesy of Iva Jean's Fudge

Does this sound familiar? One minute you’re raking autumn leaves, and the next thing you know Santa’s on your rooftop.

Yes, it’s the final countdown. Even worse, Christmas and Chanukah both fall on December 25, a Sunday this year. That means fewer days for shopping, schlepping – and shipping those gifts.

Never fear: Branded food products made here in Charlotte are easy to find at grocery and specialty food stores. Pop a few goodies into a basket and your tasteful gift is ready to give.

Get The (Bourbon) Ball Rolling

Dec 12, 2016
Bourbon balls
Samantha Thacker

I have been making these bourbon balls for more than a quarter of a century now. 

Sure, there were years I didn’t make them at all and swore I would never do it again. Then there was the time I couldn’t be bothered getting confectioners sugar, and learned the hard way that using granulated sugar instead made them so sweet and gritty that my dearest friend, who had always been a big fan, literally gagged and spit one out right in front of me. 

bacon chocolate candy
Amy Rogers / WFAEats

When it comes to making holiday treats, I have a guarantee. Everything is “So homely that you know it’s homemade.”

This pre-emptive statement came in handy recently when I experienced my first melted chocolate failure. Yes, failure. The chocolate would. Not. Melt.

This was something I’d done a hundred times before. I put white chocolate chips in a glass bowl, heated them in the microwave according to the directions on the bag, removed the chips, and stirred with a wooden spoon.

Peter Pham / Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The invitation sounds innocent, fun even. “Come to a holiday cookie swap!” But be warned: You may find competitive bakers showing off – and showing up the rest of us.

Some people are cookie artisans. They bake edible embodiments of beauty. They create miniature masterpieces too pretty to eat.

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