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11:32 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Across The Miles

Florentines
Amy Rogers

The world may be getting smaller but 10,000 miles between friends is still an impossible distance. So when my friends Stephanie and Marc announced last fall they were moving from Charlotte to Australia, I was crushed. They bequeathed to me the entire contents of their pantry and liquor cabinet, but that did little to help.

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WFAEats
12:46 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

If You Can't Beat It, Eat It

Kudzu covering a field and trees.
Credit *Kid*Doc*One*/Flickr

News bulletin: kudzu is a food.

You can fry the leaves, chop it for casseroles and quiches, candy, jelly and more. Just as the folks at May’s Chapel United Methodist Church near Maiden. They’ve celebrated kudzu dishes for years. I dropped by there last month.

Of course most consider kudzu a scourge of the South, a once-welcomed Asian import to cure soil erosion, a monster whose tendrils choke trees, smother shrubs, and turn entire fields and hillsides into snake havens.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Celebrate! It’s National Sausage Month

Grilled sausages are getting their due during National Sausage Month!

“Those who respect law and love sausage should watch neither being made,” goes a familiar quote.*

Here at WFAEats, we don’t wade into matters of law. But we just learned October is National Sausage Month. What’s more, we got word of upcoming classes in the Art of Sausage-Making at Central Piedmont Community College. So it’s prime time for those of you who may have a hankering to make your own hand-stuffed, -shaped or smoked meat products.

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WFAEats
8:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Charlotte Restaurant Roundup

Food at Heist Brewery. The new brewery in NoDa features beer but also 'twisted American' cuisine like flatbread pizza with seared duck, fried shallots, mozzarella and root beer bbq.
Heist Brewery

Today on Charlotte Talks, Mike Collins and our panel of food writers discussed their favorite restaurants around town. We jumped all over from the latest in Charlotte craft beer to ethnic cuisine to new and old favorites. We've got a list of all the restaurants mentioned on the show. We were scribbling feverishly so you didn't have to! You can listen to the restaurant roundup with food writers Helen Schwab, Patricia Childress and Heidi Billotto here

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Yes, We Have Livermush

Livermush sandwich with fried egg, at a restaurant in Durham NC
Flickr/ross.grady

The Livermush Belt. You in the Piedmont know what I’m talking about…that string of counties from Cleveland to Guildford, where you can order a livermush sandwich on any given day.

Poor man’s paté they call it, a meat substance so indigenous to North Carolina that Tar Heel ex-pats have been known to to smuggle it out in coolers to far reaches of the country.

I first encountered the stuff when I moved here in the 1970s. I’d grown up with cornmeal mush in the Cornbelt, but livermush? I eyed the khaki-gray block suspiciously in the grocery store cooler.

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12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

In The Kitchen With The Ladies Of Greek Pastry

Melomakarona and kourambiethes.
Credit Keia Mastrianni

No sooner had I set foot in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral kitchen did a rather tall and imposing Greek woman hand me a hairnet, a pair of gloves and a plastic apron to wear. The Yiasou Greek Festival was just days away and there were tens of thousands of Greek pastries to prepare for sale. The kitchen was already abuzz with activity and I quickly fell in line to help with this massive culinary feat.

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6:49 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

A “Sweet” Choice For America

If entrepreneurship had a face, it would look a lot like Nila Nicholas’.

In just a few short weeks, the Charlotte-based “candy stylist” has rocketed from a modest local presence all the way to the stratosphere: Her work is being included in 100 gift bags President Obama will bestow on his personal friends in honor of the Democratic National Convention.

Nicholas designs custom candy buffets, sweets tables, and delectable favors for parties and events. Pick a theme or a color scheme, and she’ll fashion a mouth-watering spread.

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WFAEats
2:04 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Sympathy Salmon

Salmon with spinach and potatoes.
Andurinha/Flickr
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12:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Lunchmeat, My Beach-Time Treat

Lunchmeat

Nothing captures the spirit of Myrtle Beach like lunchmeat. Salami, bologna, pickle loaf and all the rest are bad for you, but whoever said a place that sells saltwater taffy is good for you?

The Grand Strand is all about having fun and instant gratification. So what if it’s fattening and unhealthy? What else is a beach trip for?

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WFAEats
5:12 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Condiments 101: Mustard

A jar of mustard.

Condiments are the additional sauce, sprinkle, oil or flavoring we put on our food to enhance flavor.  Ranging the spectrum from salt and pepper to soy sauce, chutney, mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard, condiments are used worldwide to bring distinguishable flavors to cuisine. With grilling and picnic season upon us it’s a great time to explore different ways to use traditional condiments, such as mustard, to kick-up your spring time brats, burgers, and sandwiches.

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