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Meat And Potatoes

May 8, 2012
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You can’t have a decent meal without meat and potatoes, my mother insisted. True to her Irish roots, both were mandatory for a balanced meal – especially the potatoes.

Going on a picnic? Lunch meat or hotdogs were the meat and potato chips or potato salad was the side dish.

Having fried chicken? Mashed potatoes were expected. Meatloaf? Mashed potatoes again.  Steak? Baked potatoes came into play.

Let’s admit it: Picking out the perfect Mother’s Day gift is hard. Flowers die in days. Perfume spills. And no one wants junky jewelry.

But books? Ah, a book will always fit and will never need ironing. Even better, it invites the reader to relax, so in honor of the upcoming holiday, I asked some local experts for food-themed book suggestions.

Contest! Your Food Memories About Mom

Apr 27, 2012
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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and WFAEats is celebrating the occasion with a contest. We want to hear your food stories about mom.  Whether it’s a favorite recipe passed down from your great grandmother or bitter memories of being force-fed Brussels sprouts, we want to hear it. Your story could win one of five $25 gift cards from Lowe’s Foods. Please keep your story to under 500 words and send photos if you have them! Don’t forget to include your name.

Erin Sutton

Portions and foods in general are getting bigger and bigger, but this is ridiculous. My fiance brought home some freak, mutant strawberries last week. I had to share the photo because I didn’t know you could actually buy strawberries this big. I thought they were the subjects of “whoa, look at that thing” ribbons at the state fair or perhaps B- horror movies (Attack of the Killer Strawberries?) Is this the result of some kind of nuclear radiation or genetically modified seeds grown with steroid fertilizer? I decided to investigate.

My Ode To Harissa

Apr 19, 2012
Flickr/jules:stonesoup

Put down the sriracha. There’s a new condiment in town. And just like the popular spicy “rooster sauce” everyone went crazy over a few years ago, this one adds depth, piquancy and spice to anything you put it on.

It’s called harissa, and I’m a little in love with it.

A Hot Dog By Any Other Name…

Apr 17, 2012
Photo by Flickr/Chrisjbarker

A foray into the age-old question of who makes a better hot dog, New York or Chicago?

My boyfriend Ryan and I have a little on going debate about which hot dog is the best.  A New York Nathan’s Famous Frank or the Chicago Style hot dog?  By me being a savvy New Yorker, quite naturally I said the New York Nathan’s, but he is a boisterous young man from the “Windy City” so he says the Chicago Dog.  So, we decided to settle the score by comparing and contrasting what makes each of our beloved regional delectation the best.

A Quest For Chicken & Waffles In Charlotte

Apr 12, 2012
Chicken and waffles from Roscoe's.

 Roscoe's is well-known for chicken and waffles, but it wasn't the first.Edit | Remove

Taking-Out Waste From Restaurant Leftovers

Apr 10, 2012
Flickr/gabrielsaldana

Update: Remember when Leftover Love was just an idea?  Well Charlotte White’s plan to reduce the use of Styrofoam containers has caught on in Plaza-Midwood.  Beginning on Earth Day, (Sunday, April 22) Kickstand Burgers-n-Bar, Loco Lime, and Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar will give you 5% off your bill if you bring your own container for leftovers.  It’s not surprising to see this take shape in one of Charlotte’s more environmentally-conscious neighborhoods, so maybe this is the beginning of something bigger.

The Passover Table

Apr 5, 2012
Flickr/aprillynn77

There’s an old joke about Jewish holidays, and what they signify. It goes like this: “They tried to kill us; they couldn’t; let’s eat.”

This is an admittedly simplistic statement, but it fittingly describes Passover, the solemn yet joyous holiday that takes place each spring.

Marsh Madness

Mar 29, 2012
Flickr/poppet with a camera.

The world of food has never been more competitive. Top chefs, iron chefs and cake bosses are stepping up to challenges on chopping blocks all around the U.S. and abroad.

And if you’ve been asking yourself, “When will we have a competition for the most amazing and exotic marshmallow?” we have your answer. It’s happening right now and it’s called MARSH Madness.

Weighing Healthy Choices In The School Lunch Line

Mar 27, 2012
Erin Sutton

Cindy Ayers takes great pride in her kitchen. She keeps everything clean and well organized. She has to – she feeds hundreds of Elementary school kids every day. Ayers is the Cafeteria Manager at Highland Creek Elementary and oversees the preparation and serving of about 800 meals daily, including breakfast and after school snacks. But the real haul comes at lunchtime when 600-700 kids buy a school made lunch (out of 1200 enrolled). We visited the cafeteria on an ordinary Tuesday to see how it all goes down.

Ilke McAliley

I got off the tram with my mom and another thirty people at the Eminonu stop and was pushed right in the middle of a sea of busy, impatient Istanbulians.  I stopped for a while to get my bearings, and then we headed towards YeniCami (New Mosque).

Megan Leanderson

Something about warmer weather just begs for brunch.  And since the real goal is to get out and enjoy spring, an easy scone recipe is the perfect way to greet the morning and get on with your day.

Easy Raspberry and Lemon Scone Recipe

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A Snapshot Of Craft Beer In Charlotte

Mar 16, 2012
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Wondering where to find a great beer in Charlotte? An emerging community of craft beer drinkers, local breweries and shops are filling the void of quality beer in the Queen City. We take a look at the craft beer scene here now and where we came from.

Eat Honey, Bee Local

Mar 14, 2012

Bees scare me.   I feel foolish that something so small and generally uninterested in my presence would cause me to act in ways that call my sanity into question.  I’ve leapt from my automobile, removed clothing in public, and screamed like a girlie girl (which I am not) in response to an unwelcomed visitor.

Talk Soup

Mar 8, 2012
Island Vittles / Flickr

  It may not be ‘soup’ weather but we’re not letting that stop us from exploring this tasty comfort food. This month's Charlotte Talks’ food show dove in with a full hour on soup – from understanding the process behind the most basic stocks and broths to more complex flavors and combinations.

Recipes for Shrimp Bisque with rice and 5 spice Butternut Squash Soup

Recipes from Jennifer Gallagher, Assistant Professor at Johnson & Wales University Charlotte.

Shrimp Bisque with rice
Yield 2 quarts

When you hear the words “heritage” and “heirloom” what comes to mind? For Chef Steve Pope, it’s chickens.

Pope will be visiting Charlotte’s 7th Street Public Market this Sunday, March 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, for a special tasting, lecture and demonstration event.

A Pizza For Your Health

Mar 6, 2012
Jay Ahuja

  A few years back, I was diagnosed with extremely high cholesterol.  So my wife, Karen, and I came to an understanding.  Despite the fact that I am very well insured and probably worth more dead than alive, I’d get back into an exercise routine by walking our dogs more regularly, start taking two types of prescription medication and fish oil capsules every day.  I even tried adding flax seed to my food for a short period of time, but that was a non-starter.

Cooking With Quinoa

Mar 1, 2012

Republished with permission from Finding Tasty

Quinoa has been around for thousands of years, but is just recently becoming a kitchen staple. It appeals to several different diets: It’s gluten-free, has balanced amino acids therefore being a complete protein (great for vegetarians) and is easily digestible. It looks like couscous, but unlike its North African twin, has a very slight crunch and is not a starch.

Lessons From The Kitchen

Feb 25, 2005

This year, the annual observance of "Black History Month" has WFAE commentator Amy Rogers remembering her childhood and one woman who played a very important role in it. 

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