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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
12:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget

What you get for $14 at Super G Mart.
Amy Rogers

Think you could manage on $31.50 a week for groceries? That’s the amount you’d get to spend if you had to rely solely on food stamps.

From July 9 through July 15, I’m taking the SNAP* Challenge. Its purpose is to give well-fed Americans a chance to experience the struggle an estimated 1 in 7 are facing every day in the U.S.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Down The Street Where I Once Lived

Backyard Chickens.
Will Merydith/Flickr

There was a chicken coop on Plymouth Drive, down the street from where I lived in upstate New York. I walked past it every day on my way to grade school. A large Williamsburg house faced James Street. The garage behind it was on Plymouth. Behind all of that was the chicken coop tucked inside a huge wooded piece of property.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Yes, I Can… Vegetables

Canning season has come early this year. Pee Paw’s garden is overproducing, Syl says. She picks and stems the beans; I own the canner. We share the lids, rings and the jars.

This all began last year when we decided to eat more local and healthy. I invested $99 in a  pressure canner and attended a canning clinic at Home Extension.

“Follow the rules,” the agent advised. “Treat this like a science project,” which meant scalding the jars, sterilizing the lids, discarding rusty rings.

“Botulism can kill you. You must process properly to kill the varmints inside the jar.”

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

How To Choose Olive Oil Like A Pro

Olives

 There are plenty of options for olive oil, but how do you choose the right one?Edit | Remove

Too many extra virgin olive oils to choose from at your local supermarket or big box store? How in the world can you know which is best? Or what the difference is? Well, we have some tips.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Summer Squash And Zucchini Galore!

Zucchini

If your garden has supplied you with a whole boatload of zucchini and squash like mine has, you may be wondering what to do with all of it. You’ve pawned it off on your neighbors and co-workers but you’re still flush with squash. Well, we have a few suggestions.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

A Story About Blue Crabs

Blue Crabs

There was a time in my life when I lived on the St. Johns River, south of Jacksonville, FL in a small place named Switzerland.

We had a dock and a couple of boats and crab traps. The traps would get stuffed with chicken necks and then dropped in the river.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

12 Questions For Chef Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck

Although his name evokes fine dining and over-the-top celebrity events, a world-renowned restaurateur has opened a new restaurant in Charlotte: Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar. The chef stopped by to visit recently and cordially answered a few questions about food, flavor – and football.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

An Ode To Olives

Olives growing on the tree.

These are the bread of life:
green as oak leaves,
black as lust.

You can taste the desire
almost from smell,

the stuffed ones with pimientos
offer Christmas year-round.

I can see why the dead
might not like them:

too luscious
for the after-life,

earth
on a platter

that keeps
living and living

like schoolgirls
on a starry night.

WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Meatball Mamas From Around The World

Meatballs.
Credit gavinr/Flickr

This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate not only our own mothers and grandmothers, but all the Moms in our lives, including our own daughters, and daughter in law, the mothers of our grandchildren. Even all the other Moms in our extended family.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Korean Girl Seeks American Food

Kraft macaroni and cheese, an American classic.
Credit smiteme/Flickr

This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

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