Food news roundup

We all do it – succumb to those BOGOs and then forget we have four cans of chopped tomatoes in the back of the pantry. Yes, the back of the pantry, where good food goes to die. If you’re tired of throwing money away, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) has tips for using up what’s in the freezer and pantry. Read more here.

The article is in the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, too. Also, read about a real gin joint – the kind that makes it – in Kings Mountain, N.C. here.

Families with food allergies love to snack, too. The Feed With Care blog in the Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) has recipes for snacks and Valentine’s Day treats that are free of common allergens. It’s here.

I’ve never heard them called Preacher Cookies, but I know well the no-bake combination of oatmeal, chocolate and peanut butter. A recipe is in the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, here.

Monks growing mushrooms in South Carolina. As I once heard cartoonist Jeff MacNelly say, real life is stranger than anything you can make up. Read it all in the Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) here.

Finally, some Valentine’s Day sweets. I was starting to think the food world had gone Grinchy. KitchenScoop offers a recipe for heart-shaped cookies. There’s also a split-pea soup from a late, lamented Raleigh restaurant.

Take a trip down a root beer memory lane at JanNorris. I’ve never been a fan of drinking root beer (it’s fun to cook with, though), but Jan almost makes me regret that. Almost.

The San Francisco Chronicle has the story of star chef Michael Chiarello’s new Italian restaurant in Napa Valley here.

Reader picks for favorite romantic bars in a city that must be full of them – New Orleans – are in the Times-Picayune, including one called the Lost Love Lounge. Read more here.

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