Food news roundup

The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) has a chit-chat here with Molly O’Neill, who will be signing copies of her new cookbook “One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking” at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday. Recipes from several local cooks, including author Lee Smith, are included in the book.

I’ll take an Irish Coffee over green beer on any St. Patrick’s Day. Or, just straight Irish whiskey will do for me. But if you want to indulge, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer has a recipe here.

Head ’em up, move ’em out, cook ’em up: A roundup of food truck events in Durham and Carrboro are in the Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) here.

The winner for the Most Bizarre St. Patrick’s Day Food is…. Irish Nachos. These things exist, so says the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, and the varied recipes start with a bed of waffle fries. No, they’re not eaten for the holiday in Ireland, but neither is corned beef. That St. Patty’s staple originated with Irish immigrants to the U.S. Check out the Irish Nachos here.

Some more authentic thoughts on Irish food are in the Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.), including the classic breakfast called a Fry. Find out more here. But here’s a hint: Everything is fried but the tomatoes. (What did you think, anyway?)

I usually order decaf vanilla lattes at my favorite locally owned coffee pub. I don’t know what they’d do if I asked for a mushroom latte shooter with truffle froth. Cute little glasses of soup, froths or other liquified things are popular, and has a recipe for this one, from a La Jolla, Calif. restaurant. Set your frothers to fun.

Plastic cups, called “throw cups,” are the only useful things thrown off parade floats during Mardi Gras, says Judy Walker, food editor of the New Orleans Times Picayune. Apparently, one amasses a lot of these cups when one is not dodging the coconuts and beads. So Walker’s video this week offers suggestions for using them, including as a bowl for whisking eggs and to make a catapult for a children’s project. See more here.

The Oregonian profiles chefs and food professionals who left other parts of the country for the charms of Portland. Read their impressions here.

Fast food, slow writing: In the Chicago Tribune, reviews of fast-food offerings are written in haiku. Read more here, grasshopper.


Food news roundup

Today’s News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) offers ways to think more creatively about the old slow-cooker. One author calls it “an Easy-bake oven for grownups.” The ideas sure are creative. Directions for smoking brisket in a slow-cooker sound doable. But to prepare creme brulee in the pot, you have to find a heat-resistant dish that will fit inside. And to make lasagna, you have to, basically, cook everything first. For me, the appeal of the slow-cooker is that I can toss things in it on a busy day and dinner comes out. But see if these ideas percolate with you.

The article is in the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer as well, along with Kathleen Purvis’ plea for us all to relax about meal planning. Her no-stress ideas are here.

Because my friend Martha is a gigantic Avett Brothers fan, I have to mention “Lunch with Joe Kwon” in the Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.). He’s the one who’s not an Avett brother, with the cello and the food blog. Read more here.

The Salisbury (N.C.) Post explores the role genetics play in nutrition and weight. It’s like I’ve always said: I picked the wrong parents. Find your excuse here.

So, you have a blog and think you can be the next publishing sensation? It’s not as easy as “Julie and Julia” makes it look, so says the Austin American-Statesman, here.

I know it’s the day after Fat Tuesday and we’re supposed to be showing restraint, but that was before I hard of paczki. According to the Detroit News, they’re Polish doughnuts that are to Detroit what king cake is to New Orleans. Read more here.

Well, well – a trend that we had before the Left Coast. The San Francisco Chronicle says that fried pickles are popping up around the city. Read more here.

No green beer. Think authentic Irish when planning your St. Patrick’s Day meal this year. There are some ideas in the Kansas City Star, here.

Guy Fieri will have to find another way to pick up that takeout. His $200,000 Lamborghini (chrome yellow) was stolen in San Francisco, so says Must…fight…urge…to…snark…