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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Au Revoir, Bonne Soiree! Chapel Hill fine dining restaurant to close at the end of April

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 7:47 AM

Let's get one thing out of the way: Yes, Bonne Soiree is expensive. It isn't a place to dine once a week, or probably even once a month, unless you're of means. Even if you have the money to go there often, Bonne Soiree isn't the kind of place one's senses are likely to be able to patronize frequently. Unlike its nearby price-range competitors like Elaine's and Cypress on the Hill—Bonne Soiree is actually a tad more expensive than either—the atmosphere inside speaks to special occasions. The tiny dining room, elegantly done in light blue and deep purple, with antique...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Allergen-free Super Bowl buffet and Valentine's Day goodies

Posted By on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I spent the holidays salivating over the Facebook posts of friends who were making snack foods with their kids. Chex Party Mix, homemade guacamole, desserts, appetizers: an array of homemade goodies to share with family and friends. It seemed a cruel tease to a mom with two food-allergic kids. With Super Bowl parties being planned for Sunday, I was preparing to beat back the green-eyed monster of envy again. Then, as I passed boxes of Chex cereal in the store the other day, I wondered if I could make Bowl-worthy treats that are safe and taste good, too. My 4-year-old...

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Allergen-free Chex Party Mix

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 3:04 PM

3 cups Corn Chex cereal3 cups Rice Chex cereal1 cup gluten-free pretzels (Glutino)6 tablespoons diary-free margarine such as Fleishmann's2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins gluten-free Worcestershire sauce1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt3/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.2. In a large ungreased roasting pan, melt margarine in oven.3. Stir in seasonings.4. Gradually stir in cereal and pretzels until coated evenly.5. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.6. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes.7. Store in an airtight container. Recipe courtesy of Chex cereal...

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Mitzi's Guacamole

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 3:04 PM

6 plum tomatoes finely diced and seeded (very important)1/4 cup finely chopped onion1/4 cup finely snipped cilantroAt least 1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice (she always uses more and squeezes it fresh)1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 tsp ground red pepper2-4 firm, ripe avocados Basically, all of these ingredients (except the avocados) make salsa. Mix the salsa an hour before using the avocados.Peel and mash or dice the avocados and add more seasonings to taste. Add 1/4 cup of salsa for every 2 avocados. Note from Mitzi: "I really have loosely followed this recipe, but you can't mess it up. It's always very good...

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Weekly “MotorKoKyu Brunch” makes for a spicy, bacon-infused Sunday music show

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Victoria BouloubasisThere’s a new toe-tappin’ Sunday brunch spot in town. Trade in the routine mimosa and eggs benedict for a bacon-spiked Bloody Mary and duck fat tater tots at Motorco Music Hall’s Artist in Residence Series. Durham’s new hoppin’ street corner (Motorco sits directly across from Fullsteam Brewery) spices up a drab Sunday afternoon with free live music shows, cocktail specials and gourmet street eats via KoKyu BBQ truck every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Motorco books a band for month-long residencies to set the stage for its brunch. The Jackets just wrapped up their stint; this Sunday welcomes...

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Eastern Lights' dumplings for Chinese New Year

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Eastern Lights, a venerable Chinese and Korean restaurant in Durham (4215 University Drive, 403-3650, www.easternlightsrestaurant.com), serves a 10-course New Year's banquet featuring particularly juicy and tender dumplings. The recipe descends from Chef Frank Chao's father, who fled from China to Korea to escape conscription during the 1940s. Makes about 25 dumplings For the filling 1/2 cup water or chicken stock, at room temperature 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon Totole-brand Granulated Chicken-Flavor Soup Base Mix (optional)1/8 teaspoon white pepper1 tablespoon ginger root, finely mincedScant 1/2 pound of ground or finely minced pork belly, texture should resemble...

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