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 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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“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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Pick Your Own Produce

Apr 27, 2011 Comments Off

At last, the season for flip flops, barbecues, and fresh fruit is here! Take advantage of the weather, and visit one of the many pick-your-own-produce farms open for business. If you’re in the Charlotte area, find a farm near you with the Observer’s map to farms in the area.  If you’re outside the area, find a pick-your-own farm in your [...]

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CSAs in Charlotte

Mar 29, 2011 1 Comment

Last summer, I signed up for my first CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. The deal was simple: I paid $250 and volunteered one afternoon at the farm, and in return, Cold Water Creek Farms kept my kitchen stocked with organic produce for fifteen weeks in the late summer and fall. I opted for the half-share CSA, [...]

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Love the Earth, Drop Some Pounds

Jan 09, 2011 Comments Off

For all the benefits of green living, here’s another: it tends to make you thin and fit. A green diet contains less fat and empty calories; a green lifestyle involves more exercise. So while your mind is on the melting polar ice caps, your bod is getting ready for the beach.

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The Un-Gifty Gift

Dec 15, 2010 Comments Off

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and both far and near; my closets were full from gifts from last year.
Bath products unused, the lotions still capped; and even a present still sat in its wrap!
When out in the yard there arose a big mess; trash cans overfilled, Santa looked quite depressed.
“You have enough stuff, yet I keep piling more! Time to get creative and not be a gift bore.”

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The Salmonella Outbreak: How To Buy Safer Eggs

Aug 19, 2010 2 Comments

Today’s news of the massive egg salmonella outbreak has millions of Americans flocking to their fridges to see if they’ve got contaminated eggs. But the bigger questions are these: Why do these outbreaks happen so regularly, and how can we protect ourselves against future ones?

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NC 10% Campaign Kicks Off in Charlotte… With a Song!

Aug 17, 2010 3 Comments

The NC 10% Campaign kicked off in Charlotte today with a song… quite literally.

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Local Honey: ‘Tis Sweet Indeed

Aug 05, 2010 1 Comment

Local raw honey — at last, those of us with sweet tooths can claim a health food!

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