Food news roundup

I didn’t know what a whoopie pie was until a few years ago, probably because they were common in Pennsylvania and other parts of the frozen North, not the South. When I did encounter them, I was suspicious. They are not pie. They resembled the packaged creme-filled oatmeal cookies my mother used to buy by the truckload. But the real thing couldn’t be more different, and whoopie pies are sweeping cupcakes out the door in national popularity, so says the Charlotte Observer. After reading the article, I can see why: Fluffy filling between soft, cakey, portable cookies. No sugary frosting all over your nose, as happens to me when trying to eat the towering cupcakes people seem to produce. Read more here. It’s also in The News & Observer.

A coveted veggie burger recipe from Raleigh, N.C.’s Vivace is in The News & Observer here.

Whoa, there’s a winter weather advisory for Winston-Salem, N.C.? Oh, wait, I was supposed to be looking for food articles… Chapel Hill, N.C. cookbook author Nancie McDermott will be doing a signing in my old hometown and you can read about it in the Winston-Salem Journal,  here.

You can be a smart wine buyer who gets good vino without floating a loan. The Minneapolis Star Tribune will tell you how here. And the catwalk of dressed-up wine bottles is adorable.

An Indian-spiced version of raita using apples is a different approach to the fall fruit. Find the recipe in the Salt Lake Tribune, here.

The much-discussed Husk restaurant in Charleston, S.C. opened this week, and the Post and Courier has a video report on the opening here. Husk’s chef Sean Brock has vowed to use predominantly ingredients sourced in the South.

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