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10:24 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Mom's Fall Meal: Simple, Hearty Fare

Credit Alex Zorach/

Central Illinois, where I grew up, is the land of cold, windy evenings that begin in October each year.

The Fall Meal -- consisting of sausage, potatoes, sauerkraut, fried apples and cheddar cheese – was a tradition at our house. The dish was a perfect mix of sweet and savory, crisp and creamy, hearty enough to stave off those cold, windy evenings.

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10:07 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Brussels Sprouts: A Holiday Makeover

Stalks of Brussels sprouts.
Credit Amy Rogers

The woman muttered, “I can’t, I can’t,” as she backed away from the tasting counter at Trader Joe’s last week. Such is the loathing some people harbor toward Brussels sprouts.

The store was serving up samples of sprouts cooked with chèvre and cranberries. But the mild cheese and tangy fruit did nothing to reduce that poor woman’s revulsion. It was justified if she grew up having to eat boiled and mushy, stinky Brussels spouts.

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1:30 am
Wed November 19, 2014

In Good Taste: No 'Whine' With Dinner, Please

Miniature book of hours of Queen Yolande: Medieval tasting
Credit Library Méjannes of Aix-en-Provence/Wikimedia Commons

As the holiday season approaches, our etiquette expert is standing by, ready to answer your questions pertaining to food and how to enjoy it with others. Today Etta Kate counsels a guest who harbors leftover feelings of resentment from last Thanksgiving.

Dear Etta Kate, I presented my hosts with a very good bottle of wine last Thanksgiving, but they did not serve it. They never sent me a thank-you note for it. This year I’m invited again, but I still feel miffed and may not even attend. I'm not being too sensitive, am I?

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10:46 am
Mon November 10, 2014

When Summer Won't Stop

Tomatoes on the vine.
Credit Mamichan / Flickr/

Autumn in the South is a time of extremes: chilly nights, sweltering days, and azaleas abloom for the second time in a year.

It also means that until five minutes ago, I still had tomatoes and basil growing like it was July.

Smart gardeners weeks ago pulled up those spindly stalks, processed their pesto, and moved on to planting winter greens. But I just didn’t have the heart – my little plants were working so hard! – or the time to do it. And as a result, we went a full six months of the stuff.

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11:34 am
Fri October 31, 2014

From Bison To Baklava: November Food Holidays

Credit Kultigin / Wikimedia Commons

Ah, November. When the leaves turn crimson and our thoughts turn to…clams? 

Yes. Also sardines, French toast, and nachos. Followers of WFAEats may recall that we like to recognize official food holidays from time to time. We rely on our friends at to keep us informed, so with their guidance we’re kicking off the month. 

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12:56 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Recipes From The Bread Revolution

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The following recipes come from Charlotte Talk's Bread Revolution guest bakers. 

Mike Pappas's Soppressata, Gruyere, Black Pepper And Honey Loaf

10 oz Arrowhead Mills Organic White Flour

8 oz Arrowhead Mills Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour

13 oz spring water                              

1 small piece of rind from a piece of hard cheese

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoon black peppercorns, course ground  

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10:57 am
Fri October 24, 2014

The One Year Rule: Use It Or Lose It

Credit Jebulon / Wikimedia Commons

It goes like this: If you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it. Your blender, juicer, cocktail shaker, ice-cream maker. They’re just taking up space you need for other things. 

Baloney, I say.

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10:06 am
Thu October 16, 2014

A Taste of Home: Support the Troops with NC Foods

Credit Operation North State

Several North Carolina food products will be the stars of the show at a drive to collect gift-box goodies for military personnel this Saturday. 

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10:18 am
Mon October 13, 2014

In Good Taste: The “Blotter,” or Napkin Etiquette

The End of Dinner by Jules-Alexandre Grun (1913)

Welcome back to “In Good Taste,” where we explore all things mannerly pertaining to food and how to enjoy it with others. Today our etiquette expert will answer a question she received by private message recently.

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12:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Remembering Max and Rosie's

Lexington Avenue, Asheville
Credit David Spadden / Flickr

I lived in Asheville in the early 2000s, about the same time Rolling Stone named it the “New Freak Capital of the U.S.” There were a lot of freaks back then, with train-hoppers and burnouts sleeping in Pritchard Park and the highest population of dreadlocked didgeridoo players east of Sydney. There were also tourists, especially in fall when hoards of leaf peepers arrived, but most of the year you were more likely to see panhandling gutter punks than Pomeranians in handbags. Not anymore. Even though Asheville’s reputation as weird persists, it’s not really where Dead Heads go to die these days; it’s where yuppies go to eat.

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