Food News Roundup

Church ladies long were responsible for the food at church suppers and fundraisers. But as this in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) points out, church guys are in the act, too. And I bet they aren’t stuck in those flowered hats. The big dog of church food-related fundraisers – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival – takes place this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Tales of being a food tourist in Charlotte is in the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer here. Yes, you can eat around the world, says the writer, in the Queen City.

The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal notes here the growing number of restaurants in the city which offer gluten-free menus that have creativity and flavor.

Want to eat sushi in a barn with a silo? Check this out from the Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News. It just makes me laugh.

You may be sitting in your little apartment right now thinking, “I sure do wish I could compost.” Wish no longer. A Triangle company will compost for those who can’t. Read more in Savor NC here.

There’s nothing cheesy about football season, except this appetizer recipe for the tailgate from the New Orleans Times Picayune. Follow along with Judy Walker in the video.

Kathy Hester turns an “oops” into an unusual soup at HealthySlowCooking. See how it happened.

Mantoo? I didn’t know what it was either, until I read Seattle Weekly, here. (Hint: Your Mama didn’t make, unless she was Afghan.)

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The beloved-by-bakers White Lily flour hasn’t been the same since production moved away from soft Southern wheat. Now, there’s a substitute – if you can find someone to go in on a 25-pound bag with you.  Andrea Weigl writes about the flour, along with a taste test, in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.). Read more here. Also, the fraud trial begins for the Durham, N.C. bakery that allegedly sold as gluten free breads that weren’t. Read more here. All those products being labeled “gluten free” to meet a growing demand, folks, they’re not regulated. There’s no FDA board that certifies them. So, eater beware.

Fried pies were around long before they were demoted to handy drive-through desserts. Good ones, homemade ones, combine the virtuous self-satisfaction of eating a fruit-based dessert with the deep human need for things dipped in oil. Read more in the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer here. It’s in the N&O, too.

The final exam for this Charleston, S.C. class is better than a term paper soaked in bourbon-tomato sauce. The Post and Courier has an account of a school for professional barbecue competitors. Read more here.

A new, mostly Asian, shopping center in Greensboro, N.C. contains 70 spaces for businesses and most of them are food related – international restaurants, markets or food stalls. Durian, anyone? Read more in the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal here.

Grab a copy of the beautiful spring edition of  Edible Piedmont, with the hammy cover. There’s always lots to read, but I must say that there is an article by your humble blogger about rice being grown in Chatham County. Read more here.

Our State magazine offers recipes from Penderlea Homestead in Pender County, plus a church congregation that takes the place of the Easter Bunny by making chocolate eggs as a fundraiser. See more here.

I’m glad I’m not the only person who has wondered about the mound of crispy cabbage that shows up beside many Japanese restaurant dishes. So did John Kessler at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read what he found out here.



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As someone who has been trying to limit salt intake for many years, I was aware of some of the salt traps noted in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) today. But it’s still shocking to see where salt creeps in unexpectedly (cereal? really?) I hope that, with the new emphasis on reducing sodium in food, that more low- or no-sodium products will appear. Until then (and even after), the best ways to limit salt are the ones mentioned in the article: Avoid processed foods and lunch meats, and cook as much of your own food as you can (including salad dressings, sauces, etc.) Read more here.

An outpost of Cary’s Grand Asia Market has opened in Charlotte, and the Charlotte Observer’s Kathleen Purvis reacts. If you haven’t been, it has everything Asian in food that you could be looking for. And, as is the case in many ethnic groceries, the produce is often cheaper and of better quality than in supermarkets. Read more here.

The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal writes about Chapel Hill author Jean Anderson’s latest book, “Falling Off the Bone” (Wiley, $29.95). The book is about using less expensive cuts of meat. Read more here.

I’ve been telling y’all, cupcakes have jumped the shark. Look here at these gorgeous macarones in the Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) and tell me you don’t agree.

They’re crazy for quiche over at Find out why here.

Gluten-free alternatives that let sensitive folks enjoy baked goods are at the San Antonio Express-News. Check out the recipes here.

Tiny versions of big things are just cuter. That’s true of vegetables, too, as the Salt Lake Tribune offers tips for growing your own microgreens and using them in the kitchen – even a recipe for a cocktail. Read more here.

The Chicago Tribune says that four American star chefs will participate at a salute to French dining at Versailles. Who’ll make the Freedom Fries, I wonder? Read more here.

Now that it seems to be free of the Great Firewall of China, I can mention this interesting blog. After being involuntarily separated from his sports writing job, Roger van der Horst decided to leave Raleigh, N.C. and teach in China. He occasionally writes about encounters with Chinese food and dining habits, and one such entry is here.

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A freezer full of dinners – what a great holiday gift. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) gives step-by-step instructions, focused on meals for retired parents. But it would be a nice idea for busy moms or harried caregivers, too. And the article makes it sound easy. It’s in the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, too, along with a blog on the idea that recipes, like the pirate code, are really just guidelines.

Cocktails are back? Heck, they never left my house. Really, I know the refined mixed drink is making a resurgence (no bottled mixers or frozen daiquiri mixes). Read more in the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal here.

Can you imagine not being able to lick the bowl when Mom is making cookies? That’s what happens when a kid is allergic to most of the things in the cookies. The Feed With Care column in the Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) solves the problem deliciously, and little fingers can go to town. It’s here.

Speaking of cookies – and who doesn’t like to do that? – the Chai Spice Girl cookies in the Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) look mighty good. A few of those left with your humble blogger would be nice. Also, Sean Brock of Husk will compete on Iron Chef America this Sunday. Read it all here.

Easy, breezy hummus is often overlooked as a party snack. It appears in our house a lot because, one, it’s good, and two, it contains no dairy that would trouble the dairy-allergic Hub. Find a simple recipe at

Cookies, cookies everywhere! Leite’s Culinaria has some beautiful ones, and by watching the slide show, you consume no calories whatsoever.

Even congresspeople need comfort. Old-fashioned junk-food spots have sprung up around the Capitol as thick as lobbyists, so says the New York Times. Read more here.