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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
2:11 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Culinary Delights At CPCC

One of the best - and most exclusive - restaurants in Charlotte is one you’ve likely never heard of.

There’s no bar, no valet parking, no sign. It’s tough to get a reservation, and you can forget sweet-talking your way in or bribing the maitre d’.

It’s the Greenway Restaurant at Central Piedmont Community College.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Cookbook Contest Winner

We’ve got a winner!

We asked you to tell us about your favorite cookbooks, and we tantalized you with the chance to win one of the books we featured on our holiday list.

FrancieChaos Dunlap is our winner. She will receive a spanking new copy of Preserving Wild Foods: A Modern Forager’s Recipes for Curing, Canning, Smoking and Pickling, by Matthew Weingarten and Raquel Pelzel.

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WFAEats
11:57 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Something Tasteful: New Books About Cooking

The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook by Thomas Keller, Sebastien Rouel, et al.

With the holiday season in full swing, frantic gift-givers may be running short of ideas. Here are some new cookbooks sure to delight any appetite.

Armchair travelers will swoon over the exotic Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid. It’s thick with intriguing recipes and gorgeous photos.

The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook by Thomas Keller, Sebastien Rouel, et al.; is a big, beautiful “coffee-table” book of pastry delights with luscious photos by Deborah Jones.

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WFAEats
4:11 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

It's National Cocoa Day: Sweet!

Mmmm... chocolate. It's National Cocoa Day. Who knew??

In case your holiday season wasn’t busy enough, here’s something else to celebrate: It’s National Cocoa Day.

Think you know cocoa, and the chocolate made from it? Test your knowledge with these quick questions.

True or False?

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WFAEats
5:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

"Burning Bright:" Flaming Tea for Chanukah

Flaming Tea Ceremony for Chanukah.
Credit Amy Rogers

Latkes? Check. Chanukah gifts? Check.

Brandy-soaked sugar cubes to set afire…What’s that? You’ve never taken part in a Flaming Tea Ceremony for Chanukah?

Neither had I, nor anyone I knew, not in all our years of celebrating the Jewish holiday known as the "Festival of Lights."

It goes like this: Everyone at the table soaks a sugar cube in brandy, places it in a teaspoon, lights it with a candle, sings a holiday song, then drops the little fireball into a glass of tea, which puts out the flame. Then everyone drinks their tea.

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WFAEats
8:00 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Eating Locally... Processed Food

Julie's locally-processed food feast.
Credit Julie Rose

Julie Rose reflects on the story behind her investigation of the foods processed in Charlotte. Read her full story here.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Diabetic And Gluten-Free Friendly Cooking

The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace

Most of us try to at least somewhat manage our intake of sweets during the holiday season when so much of it is available but what about those who must watch their sugar intake year-round? We've covered food issues such as lactose intolerance, allergies and gluten intolerance before and now we turn our food show focus on those with diabetes. We'll look at the root causes of this condition, how food affects it and great alternative recipes for diabetics to use. We'll also take another look at gluten free cooking as well. It’'s a sugar free edition of Charlotte Talks.

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WFAEats
5:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Family Recipes A Treasured Pleasure

Family Recipe Book and a recipe for Illinois Corn Salad. Click to enlarge image.
Tamra Wilson

One of my treasured possessions is a homemade cookbook my father gave his Mom during the Depression. Dad was sixteen and it was the last Christmas they would spend together for many years.

My grandmother kept and cherished the book, adding the clippings and notes as time passed. Among the pages are glimpses of family life as my grandparents raised six children on rented land in Alberta, Canada.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

If You Build It: "Gingerbread Lane" Contest

Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

Get the gumdrops! Whip up the icing! If you’ve ever been tempted to try your hand at baking and making a gingerbread house, this could be your year to claim a really "sweet" prize. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge wants you to submit your creation to its Gingerbread Lane competition.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Meals And Memories: The Power Of Remembering

Joanne Caras

They’re billed as "the most important cookbooks you’ll ever own," and it’s hard to disagree. 

Joanne Caras and her family collected recipes and remembrances from Holocaust survivors around the world, and then performed a series of small wonders. Caras created two elegant books, first, "The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook" and now a new volume, "Miracles and Meals." Both celebrate how human dignity can - and does - flourish under the most horrific circumstances.

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