Food News Roundup

I often meet people who seem to think that I, and other food writers, prepare everything from scratch. They’re shocked that I don’t make my own pasta, or some such. But, as The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reveals here, convenience foods are the friends of chefs, food writers and culinary instructors, too. And we are not ashamed about it. The article offers ways to use convenience items creatively. It’s in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), too.

Mildred “Mama Dip” Council’s Chapel Hill, N.C. restaurant is the center of the universe for Southern food lovers. Now, Council’s daughter, Annette, is making a mark with her cake mixes. Read more in the Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) here.

A review of Cary, N.C. writer Sandra Gutierrez’s new cookbook is in the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal here.

The latest on brews in the North Carolina mountains, including a new tasting room in Hendersonville, is in the Asheville Citizen-Times here.

While wandering the ‘net, I found out that the Ikea store in Charlotte contains a restaurant. They serve Swedish meatballs, naturally. Wonder if you have to cook your lunch yourself using a cheap miniature spatula? See the menu here.

Still carrying that Partridge Family lunch box? Well, put it away for Antiques Roadshow and look at the beauties at Leite’sCulinaria.

A sort of clam-burger is awaiting at Mariner’s Menu here.

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