In Charlotte for an event, ‘Israeli Soul’ author and chef Michael Solomonov let us take him for a taste of Charlotte spots with Middle Eastern food. How does our hummus, schwarma and kibbeh measure up?
If you bought crab meat from a Virginia company, Harris Teeter is using customer-loyalty cards to find you. . Casey’s Seafood owner pleaded guilty to mislabeling almost 200 tons of bad crab from other countries.
I have no regrets about taking a kitchen shortcut where I can. Sure, you can find a gadget for almost any task these days – oh, apple slicer, why did I buy you? – but the best investments are multitaskers that earn their keep in terms of money spent and kitchen real estate.
Serve this Southwestern skillet pizza right from the pan. It’s a quick and easy vegetarian dish. Skillet cooking is very much a part of Southwestern cuisine. This unusual supper cooks the pasta and sauce together in one pan, so the pasta absorbs the sauce flavors.
Families from Greece helped build Charlotte’s restaurant scene, but without much Greek food on the menu. The popularity of Mediterranean dishes, and a new generation of restauranteurs, could bring a Greek revival to Charlotte.
“Instantly Southern” is a new cookbook of recipes for Southern dishes that can be made in an Instant Pot or other multicooker. Author Sheri Castle focuses on teaching how to build flavors by using time-honored techniques.
Charlotte’s tourism arm wants to put its money where your mouth is by sending out chefs to draw more visitors for restaurants. Upcoming New York dinner is part of a campaign to put the city on the culinary map.
Celebrity chef Carla Hall headlines this year’s TerraVita food festival in Chapel Hill. Hall’s new cookbook is “Carla Hall’s Soul Food.” She was co-host of ABC’s “The Chew,” which ended shortly after co-host Mario Batali was fired.
Vivian Howard’s PBS cooking show “A Chef’s Life” is ending after five seasons. The acclaimed Southern chef will produce a new food show premiering next year. Howard is raising money for victims of Hurricane Florence.
Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill announces the third chef at the restaurant: Asheville chef Justin Burdett. He replaces chef Bill Smith, who took over from founder Bill Neal. Both helped elevate Southern cooking to the national dining radar.
Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, NC, is known for Southern dishes like shrimp and grits and Atlantic Beach Pie. The owner is selling the restaurant to bartender Gary Crunkleton, and chef Bill Smith is taking on a new role.
Meal kits are a $2.5 billion business and growing, and Triangle grocers are working to fill the void. Unlike the kits delivered directly to your door, or those that may require a subscription, these can be picked up from a store.
There is a kind of endless feedback loop in cooking that I have found myself stuck in on multiple occasions. If there’s an ingredient I haven’t worked with a lot, I’m afraid to work with it. Being afraid to cook it means I won’t cook it, and so it goes. For me, pork is just one of those things.
In our family, coffee and sweet treats go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Of course, we all enjoy coffee without sweets, but rarely the other way around. We criticize fancy restaurants that bring dessert but don’t offer coffee until afterward.