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Rice, Beans and Shelter – Caldo Galego

A little while back I finally had a chance to meet and chat with the man behind the highly regarded, Old Havana Sandwich Shop. Cuban native and Durham resident, Roberto Copa Matos, invited me behind the counter to a side room. He had half a dozen pork loins (sourced locally from Green Button Farms) laid […]

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Fried Green Mater BLT

Where Male Nesting Behavior Meets Green Tomato BLTs

Over two years ago, as my wife’s belly began to grow and the death threats she hurled at the doctor and myself increased in intensity, I embarked on a campaign known in the animal kingdom as nesting. Sure most people associate nesting with a pregnant female’s natural instinct to start preparing for the new arrival, […]

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Carolina Raised Pork Bellies Meet Momofuku

Adapted from the Momofuku Cookbook by David Chang After a photo shoot at Yellow Wolf Farm, owner Stacy Martin sent me home with a cooler full meat that included some tasty pork bellies. Although I had eaten and drooled over them many times, I had never actually prepared it myself. For advice, I went to the all-knowing oracle “Google,” […]

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Picadilla Burger and Tostones

Originally posted on La Buena Vida:
“Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines (where it is known as giniling) that is similar to hash. It is made with ground meat (usually beef), tomatoes (tomato sauce may be used as a substitute), and other ingredients that vary by region.” My…

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Fresh Ground Burgers at Home

1. Visit your local butcher for quality meat. Justin Meddis of Rose’s Meats Market & Sweet Shop recommends a chuck & brisket fat mix. 2. Cut meat into 1” cubes & freeze for 30-45 minutes. This will keep the grinder from getting stopped up. Add seasoning or herbs if you like, but hold off on the salt […]

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Whipping Cream Pound Cake: Nana’s Kitchen

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Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Pie

Let me start by saying, I am not particularly a pecan person. I will just about never seek out a pecan. When given the choice I will normally order the item that doesn’t have pecans in it but a couple of weeks ago in my birth state of Connecticut, I picked the right time and […]

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Seaboard Maggie

Pistachio Chicken Salad for the Soul at Seaboard Cafe

I arrived at Logan’s Trading Company in Raleigh shortly after 9:00 a.m. on a chilly Monday morning. Logan’s is an indoor and outdoor garden center housed in a long red brick building that could pass as a town hall of some old country town. Pillars below a triangle Greek style pediment flank the entrance and […]

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Rooted Popcorn Polenta

Rooted Dinner with American Meltdown, Parlour and Fullsteam: Carrot Chestnut Soup Recipe

I do not normally seek out meals that consist of only vegetables, but  when I found out one of my favorite food trucks was teaming with my favorite ice cream shop to hold a pop-up dinner and serving my favorite local beer, I knew I had to get onboard and embrace my inner vegetarian. The Parlour is normally […]

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Home-made Southwest Roasted Chile Sausage

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine that lives in Arizona and is aware of my obsession with food tinkering from my constant postings on Facebook, said he was sending me some chiles from his neck of the woods. A couple days later the doorbell rang and there sat a large brown box […]

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