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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

A Farm Fresh Approach For People Living With Autism

The iconic red barn of Carolina Farms, a fully functioning farm that employs and is home to autistic individuals in Stanly County.
Keia Mastrianni

Down long stretches of winding country roads, about an hour northeast of Charlotte in a small corner of Stanly County, lies 39 spacious acres of farmland that has attracted visitors from the likes of Japan, Denmark and Germany, not to mention, the United States.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

An Impromptu Flash Feast In Charlotte

White Dinners or
Credit Pamela Roberts

White Dinners in Charlotte event dinners are modeled after the international society “Diner en Blanc” in Paris that are held on public spaces, a 25 year tradition of gourmet food and wine. The event began in Paris by a handful of friends and has grown to attract thousands of participants.

How it works in Paris:

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WFAEats
7:58 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Matthews Landmark Offers More Than Nuts And Bolts

The store first opened on North Trade Street in Matthews in 1900.
Credit Tanner Latham

In advance of Charlotte Talks’ discussion about the importance of preserving the world’s seed stocks, we revisit Renfrow Hardware, where a big part of their business is food gardening and seeds. The owner of Renfrow will join Mike Collins for the discussion on Monday at 9am on 90.7 WFAE and WFAE.org.

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WFAEats
3:20 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

The Sweetness Of Summer Corn

Meade weighed 92 pounds, whistled through her gapped teeth, walked toes out like Charlie Chaplin or a ballerina and French braided her own hair when she was thinking. Or maybe that was her sister Kate, about a year younger. Irish twins, followed two years later, by Hap, and then Margaret. They all lived together in a little brick house behind the A and P with their mother Ellen and father, Major Harry Johnson.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Confessions Of A Picky Eater Turned Foodie

Are Brussels sprouts your worst nightmare?

Did you feed your dog Brussels sprouts under the table as a kid? Stage negotiations with your mother – five more peas in exchange for dessert? Maybe as an adult you’ve skirted menu items to avoid mushrooms or suffered chicken salad at a picnic so as not to offend your host. We all have our particular food aversions; some more than others, but what makes a picky eater? Stephanie Lucianovic knows first hand. Now a self-proclaimed foodie, she considers herself a picky eater in recovery.

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WFAEats
7:11 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Wrap Up

Day 7 and Beyond

“How did you do on the ‘food stamp’ challenge?” That’s the question people have been asking me since Sunday. “Did you have enough to eat, or did you have to cheat?”

I recently completed the SNAP Challenge, designed to give participants a taste of what it’s like to feed yourself with no more than the $31.50 per week you’d get if you relied solely on food stamps.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Eating Of A Food Stamp Budget: Day Six

SNAP recipients receive EBT (electronic benefit transfer) debit cards to use for their food purchases.

Day Six: “Who’s Hungry?”

On a long car trip when a fast food joint comes into view, someone will shout it.

“Who’s hungry?”

If you walk into your office with a giant pizza box in your hands, you can call out to your co-workers.

“Who’s hungry?”

When the holiday meal is ready after hours of waiting, it’s a summons to gather and share something special – or even sacred.

“Who’s hungry?”

Who IS hungry? This past week, that question has taken on a very different meaning for me.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Five

Amy Rogers

Day Five: Rumors and Reasons

It’s not really about the food.

That’s what I’m starting to realize. People are angry, exhausted, frustrated, despondent. Resentful, worried, afraid or annoyed – but no one I’ve talked with in the last five days is blasé on the topic of food stamps and other programs that help feed the hungry.

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WFAEats
4:32 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Four

Leftovers
Amy Rogers

Time for a mid-week reality check. The jug of milk has started to go sour. The fat in the leftover ground beef we cooked with last night’s spaghetti sauce has congealed into a bright orange slick. I may have just busted my budget by opening a Dollar Tree bag of Twizzlers I discovered in the pantry.

And I hate oatmeal.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Three

Spaghetti

“I want spaghetti for dinner,” said a young friend who was visiting me Tuesday.

“We don’t have any.”

She just looked at me and rolled her eyes. So we got in the car to spend the last $5.22 remaining from my $31.50 grocery budget for the week.

So far I’ve managed to feed myself well on the basic, staple items I bought for the SNAP* Challenge. But how do you explain to a child that tonight’s dinner will be cereal or soup again?

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