WFAEats

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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earlscruggscenter.org

Like a garden basket brimming with ripe vegetables and fruits, the town of Shelby, NC, will all but overflow with culinary and cultural celebrations this weekend.

Presented by the Earl Scruggs Center, “Feast Here Tonight” is a special exhibit that explores piedmont and Appalachian food and music traditions.

Jeepers Media / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

When I heard that Kraft Foods plans to take the orange color out of their mac and cheese “to meet consumers’ changing lifestyles and needs,” I thought: Here we go again. A major food manufacturer is playing the health-food game, trying to fix something that’s not broken. Or, to put it another way, something that’s so broken it’s campy.

You’ve seen the photos: clever kitchen shortcuts, cute “tablescapes,” adorable storage solutions.

Maybe you peruse these sites in secret. Glance at them while snacking on fat-free yogurt on your lunch break. Imagine how much more satisfying your life would be if you could peel a mango in under ten seconds or bake a birthday cake for your hedgehog.  

In Good Taste: When No Means No Second Helpings

Apr 17, 2015

Dear Etta Kate: I'm an accomplished cook. My brunch and dinner guests are often reluctant to take second portions of the dishes I'm serving, even once they've happily devoured everything on their plates. Aren't they just being polite? I want to insist they eat more. 

Signed, Generosity

nokidhungry.org

Here’s the perfect excuse to indulge in cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats this month: the annual Great American Bake Sale to benefit No Kid Hungry.

Across the U.S., community groups in backyards and businesses are selling baked goods to raise funds for the organization that works to alleviate child hunger, which affects as many as 1 in 5 children.

Amy Rogers

After 5,000 years, you’d think we’d know how to deal. But here it comes again, and some of us are still unprepared for Passover, the feast that commemorates the biblical story of Exodus.

Fortunately, help is at hand – and as close as your bookstore.

Easter Eats And Sweets

Mar 27, 2015
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Quick! What do dinosaurs, Spiderman, and Hello Kitty have in common?

They’re all edible candy creations you can buy for Easter enjoyment. No longer will you be limited to plain, old jelly beans or boring bunnies for your sweet treats.

In Good Taste: When No Means No In The Kitchen

Mar 20, 2015
attributed to Martin Van Cleve/Google Cultural Institute

Dear Etta Kate: I always offer to help my hosts clean up after a meal. Once everyone is finished eating, I quietly stand up, take my plate to the kitchen, then ask others if I can do the same. Usually my hostess protests. Why?

Signed, Astonished Guest

Eating And Writing Italian: From Rome To Sicily To Home

Mar 13, 2015
LPrzybylek/Wikimedia Commons

Food is the center of an Italian's life. Breakfast, lunch and supper each hold their own palatable pleasures. Then there are those wonderful holiday meals, and in between them feast days, where we celebrate with delicious sauces: Marinara, Pesto, Bolognese, Carbonara – the list goes on. One of these delectable tastes will cover lush, chewy pasta of choice for the day. I haven't even mentioned the antipasti, vegetables, meats, poultry, seven different fishes we have each Christmas Eve, all followed by dolci, sweets.

An Accidental Pot-Pie

Mar 5, 2015
Joanne Joy

Our recent cold snap in the Piedmont has guided me back to my roots in search of dependable comfort food. Here in the South, you can’t go wrong with a slow-cooked pork shoulder or a pot-pie.

Pork has been a celebrated part of North Carolina’s history for centuries. During the early settlement of the state, pigs were a staple on the farm because they were easier and more cost-effective to raise than cattle.

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