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Countdown to Cinco de Mayo : Churros (Mexican Crullers)

To make this traditional Mexican dessert, you’ll want to boil a cup of water mixed with unsalted butter (4 tablespoons), brown sugar (2 tablespoons), vanilla extract (1 teaspoon), and salt (1/4 teaspoon) until the edges of the liquid start to bubble. Then you will add one cup of flour (all at once) and stir with a wooden spoon until well ... Read More »

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Countdown to Cinco de Mayo : Traditional Guacamole

Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, is a day to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. But do you know why Americans, particularly Mexican-Americans, celebrate on Cinco de Mayo? The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla near the beginning of the Franco-Mexican War. While it’s a fairly minor holiday in Mexico, in ... Read More »

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Turkey: Deep Fried or Roasted?

Last year the battle was between two different holiday meats: turkey and ham. Both had their pros and cons, and if your family is like mine, both kinds show up at all the holiday gatherings regardless. This year we’re keeping it to turkey, but debating whether deep fried is better than roasted—or the other way around. Below is a list ... Read More »

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Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Announces Chef Brackets and Ticket Sales for Statewide Championship, Final Fire

Interactive Dinner Competition Returns to Raleigh for Championship Battles Nov. 19 to 22 Raleigh, North Carolina – The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is gearing up for its Final Fire series in which five chefs from across North Carolina will battle it out to take ... Read More »

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It’s Fire on the Dock

Click here to read this and other articles on our digital publication. or on the Rock or in the City “Got to Be NC” Dining Competition Series by Vanessa E. Harris White linen, fine china and delicate floral arrangements set the scene. The low murmur of conversation and the tinny laughs of happy and lively guests spread a tinge of ... Read More »

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Carolina BBQ: East Coast VS West Coast!

When it comes to BBQ, most of us usually think pork: pulled, on a bun, with a side of coleslaw and served at an outdoor event. And for the most part, BBQ is just that. However, there’s a big rivalry between East and West BBQ, the competition stemming mostly from the sauces used when making the BBQ. Everyone one has ... Read More »

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It’s National Ice Cream Month!

Walking on Downtown Wilmington’s Riverwalk with some friends, we all came to the same conclusion: It was a hot, summer day and we wanted something that would cool us off and taste great. Of course, getting ice cream was the first thought that popped into our minds. We headed in the direction of Kilwins, a local ice cream shop, walking ... Read More »

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Cold Foods for Hot Days

Healthy Fruit

It is HOT out today and about the last thing I want to do is fire up the grill for supper.  No, it is definitely time to make something to eat straight from the refrigerator.  In fact, I may just take my time deciding what to take out of the crisper and enjoy the cool air flowing delightfully into my ... Read More »

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A RC Cola and a MoonPie: A Southern Tradition

The delicious duo: RC Cola and MoonPie

“Give me a RC Cola and a MoonPie I’m playin’ Maple on the hill I’ll catch that freight train on the blind Leave my corn down at the mill ’Cause I sold my calf for a dollar and half So Brother, I can pay the bill Give me a RC Cola and a MoonPie I’m playin’ Maple on the hill.” ... Read More »

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Wineries of American South Pour Over

Think Florida’s lush coastal plain, and oranges come to mind. Think North Carolina’s or Virginia’s vast rural terrain, and it’s tobacco. Think again. In addition to everything else it has to offer, this region is becoming increasingly well-known as one of the nation’s premier winemaking centers. In fact, the American South’s longstanding history with grapes and viniculture, or winemaking, dates ... Read More »

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