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Farmers’ Market Recipe: Arbol Pepper Honey Shrimp

Mar 12, 2012 Comments Off

This recipe has just four ingredients, but it rocked our socks the other night. The secret? Cloister Honey. If you live in Charlotte, you can find it at local food stores like Atherton Market, Reid’s, or Fabo. If you live outside of Charlotte, look for it at Dean and Deluca. The Cloister people are incredibly [...]

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5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Christmas

Dec 04, 2011 Comments Off

Defy the Consumer Christmas! Instead of going into the red to buy things that will rarely be used, stay green – and sane — this Christmas season with simple eco-friendly tips. You’ll simplify your life, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money as well. A very merry Christmas indeed! 1. The Great Tree Debate: Live [...]

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How to Grow Your Own Garlic

Nov 09, 2011 4 Comments

Ahhh, garlic, giver of bad breath and deliciousness in equal, generous measure. In our region, it’s time to plant now so that we can enjoy our own garlic next year. Garlic has a reputation of being a cinch to grow. It requires sun but not much room: you can plant it in your garden, intersperse [...]

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$5 Challenge Recipes

Sep 16, 2011 Comments Off

The challenge: Can you make a great, homemade meal with local ingredients for the same cost of a value meal? Challenge accepted! Here are several recipes for The Slow Food USA $5 Challenge. Have more? Keep ‘em coming! Italian Dining for Two This recipe — or some variation of it — is a mainstay in [...]

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Ecolicious = Charlotte’s Eco-Goldmine

Aug 22, 2011 2 Comments

When visiting Asheville, I bemoan that Charlotte doesn’t have that same fun, eco-aware shopping vibe that they do. A new store in Plaza-Midwood, however, is infusing a little Asheville soul into the Queen City – Ecolicious. Ecolicious is to Plaza-Midwood what Paper Skyscraper is to Dilworth. It’s that gem of a store, the place you buy gifts that leave people [...]

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Slow Food’s Five-Dollar Challenge: Charlotte Edition

Aug 19, 2011 1 Comment

True or False? A fast food value meal is cheaper than a slow food dinner at home. False. And Slow Food USA will prove it. Slow Food USA has issued a challenge: Can you make a delicious meal made with quality ingredients for the cost of a fast food value meal? They think you can. [...]

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Temporarily Vegan: The Recap

Jul 20, 2011 5 Comments

The experiment: Could I go vegan for three days? I’m a cheese fiend, a seafood lover, an ice cream connoisseur. The shocking result: Eating vegan was the easiest part. It was everything else that got tricky. Preparing to go vegan was harder than going vegan. Prior to starting, I surrounded myself with books, all of [...]

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Temporarily Vegan: Day One

Jul 15, 2011 2 Comments

I’m going vegan for three days. That’s seventy-two hours without cheese. I’m freaked. I have many reasons for going vegan but only one reason for NOT going vegan. In the “pro” column are the biggies: I get that the vegan diet is better for the earth, for my health, for animals. Intellectually, vegan is the [...]

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Can I Recycle This? – Tech Edition

Jun 10, 2011 Comments Off

Ahh, the fickle heart and the roaming eye of the gadget guru. You know who you are, the one who barely has a new tech toy out of the box before you’re back on CNET to see what will replace it. How quickly our favorite tech toys become relics of our previous lives. But what [...]

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“Soil to Soul” Dinner Coming to Charlotte

Jun 01, 2011 Comments Off

Attention Charlotte foodies, locavores, and lovers of a good time… Some of the most popular names in local food are teaming up to host the Soil to Soul Farm Dinner, a farm-to-fork dinner this June. Windy Hill and Coldwater Creek Farms will join forces with Charlotte chefs Susanne Dillingham (owner of The Tiny Chef) and Craig [...]

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