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Friday, September 24, 2010

High Ranks for Farmer's Daughter Brand of Carrboro

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Though local tomato season has all but come to a close, a few Triangle tomatoes continue to shine. Cooking Light magazine recently announced the recipients of its first Taste Test Awards, “The Tasties,” and among the six winners in the artisanal condiment category is Hyderabadi Tomato Chutney by April McGreger of Farmer’s Daughter brand in Carrboro. McGreger’s tomato spread was chosen in a blind taste test that examined hundreds of entries from across the nation. All of McGreger’s condiments, of which there are more than 100 varieties, echo the produce available at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market where she is a...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Triangle Brewing Company's Can Release Party

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM

There are two things you can do on Saturday to celebrate Triangle Brewing Company’s release of canned beers: throw one back and throw one at the band. For their Can Release Party, which will start at 6:30 p.m. behind the brewery (918 Pearl Street, Durham, www.trianglebrewery.com, 919-683-2337), the folks at Triangle will sell their White Ale and Belgian Golden Ale for $3 a can and $4 a pint. In addition, with their loading dock as a stage, they’ll host Pipe, a band known for its can-throwing crowds. With this in mind, co-owner and brewer Rick Tufts says he “couldn’t think...

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

An Unexpected Loss for Durham's Only Burger

Posted By on Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Saturday morning I looked in vain for Only Burger’s food truck at its normal spot near the Durham Farmers’ Market. The truck had relocated due to the festivities and packed streets surrounding CenterFest. Last night, however, there was no doubt about Only Burger’s whereabouts—not that there ever is if you have access to Twitter (http://twitter.com/onlyburger). Recently the mere mention of a food truck in the Triangle led to a conversation about the eatery’s spot as a contestant for America’s best-loved mobile kitchen in conjunction with the Food Network’s series, "The Great Food Truck Race," which concluded last night and announced...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Farmers' Markets Face Off for Triangle Farmer Foodshare Challenge

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Four area farmers’ markets will go head-to-head between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Sept. 25, for the Triangle Farmer Foodshare Challenge. The markets—Carrboro, Durham, South Estes in Chapel Hill and Western Wake in Cary—will each try to collect a minimum of 1,000 pounds of fresh food to donate to local folks in need. Though each market gathers food throughout the year for such outreach, Michelle McKinley, communications and marketing director at Western Wake, says the markets are ready to up their game with “some friendly competition” in order to support “folks who need food on their table” and local...

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Maker's Mark Sip-osium at The Crunkleton

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 3:00 PM

According to Gary Crunkleton, owner of The Crunkleton (320 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, www.thecrunkleton.com, 919-969-1125), the high mark set by Maker’s Mark bourbon back in 1958 just got squashed, or something like that. The Kentucky distillery, which has used the same formula for more than 50 years, just released its second recipe under the label Maker’s Mark 46 Bourbon Whiskey. And according to Crunkleton, it’s superior to the first. “I think it’s better than the original because it has a more aged barrel taste,” he explains. You be the judge. Join Crunkleton along with Nikki Smith, the Southeastern...

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After Chef Hamid Mojaher's death, events raise funds for medical bills

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Support for Hamid Mojaher, (pictured at left with his wife, Holly) chef and co-owner of Mo’s Diner who passed away late last month, continues to pour in from the Triangle. Mojaher was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer earlier this year and quickly reached the cap on his insurance policy. In August, the Indy covered a number of events scheduled to raise funds to help with Mojaher’s medical bills. Since his passing on August 28, many of these events have continued to honor Mojaher, whose career included stints at Darryl's Parizade, Maximillians, Karen's and Angus Barn, and help his...

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cockeyed Cake (also known as Wacky Cake)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:32 PM

1 1/2 cups sifted flour3 tbsp cocoa1 tsp baking soda1 cup sugar1/2 tsp salt5 tbsp oil1 tbsp vinegar (apple cider vinegar is fine)1 tsp vanilla1 cup cold water Stir dry ingredients. Gradually add wet ingredients and stir until smooth. Pour into a 9 x 9 x 2-inch pan or 8 x 8 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. ** Pair with Yummy Chocolate Icing from other Indy blog post for a decadent, allergen-friendly treat ** Recipe provided courtesy of Anne Woodman...

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Yummy chocolate icing

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:31 PM

3/4 stick butter or margarine2 cups confectioner's sugar1 tbsp cocoa1 tbsp prepared coffee (cold is great)1 tsp vanilla Add milk as needed (tiny bits at a time if the mixture is dry)Just mix together in mixer. Recipe courtesy of Anne Woodman...

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Rice Krispies Cake

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:31 PM

3 tbsp margarine (we use Fleischmann's Unsalted)1 Package of regular, miniature or flavored marshmallows (10 oz. package or 4 cups) 6 Cups of Rice Krispies cereal (we use Kellogg's Rice Krispies, but you could easily use any flavored cereal) Melt margarine in saucepan over low heat, add marshmallows and melt. Mix in Rice Krispies, stir until well coated. Press into greased cake pans, cupcake tins or mold of choice. Allow mixture to cool and frost with safe frosting of choice.Alternatively, press the mixture into cupcake tins and have Rice Krispies cupcakes. * Kraft's Jet-Puffed makes strawberry and chocolate marshmallows...

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Marshmallow fondant decoration

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:31 PM

1/4 cup or less of Crisco16 oz mini marshmallows (Kraft)1 tsp clear vanilla extract (gluten free)1 tsp butter flavor (extract)2 tbsp water2lb bag of powdered sugar (sifted) 1.Grease inside of microwaveable safe bowl with Crisco. 2. Put marshmallows, flavorings, and water into bowl. 3. Microwave on high for 60 seconds. If not completely melted, stir and microwave at 30 sec intervals.4. Put powdered sugar into large mixer bowl. (Fit stand mixer with dough hook) I use a wooden spoon. I don’t like how my Kitchen Aide mixer does this. 5. Mix until well incorporated. 6. Prepare work surface with...

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Allergen-friendly Chocolate frosting

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:31 PM

1/2 cup (1 stick) dairy-free margarine, room temp2-1/2 tbsp honey1 tsp vanilla extract1/2 cup dairy-free 100% cocoa powder2-1/2 tablespoons water2-1/2 cups powdered sugar Place margarine, honey and vanilla in mixing bowl. Sift cocoa into same bowl. Using electric beaters on low, cream together. Add water and sift powdered sugar into mixture. Beat on medium until well-mixed. Courtesy of Caper Lauver...

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Allergen-friendly Chocolate Layer Cake

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM

3 cups flour2 cups sugar1/2 cup cocoa powder (for yellow batter cake, exclude cocoa powder)2 tsp baking soda1 tsp salt2 cups water2/3 cup vegetable oil2 tbsp distilled white vinegar2 tsp vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using 100% vegetable shortening, grease and then flour two 9-inch round cake pans.In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Beat with a spoon or wire whisk just until batter is smooth and ingredients are well-blended.Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes, or until...

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Chocolate Cake

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM

2 cups sugar1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour3/4 cup cocoa1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt1/2 cup applesauce1 cup vanilla soy milk1/2 cup vegetable oil2 tsp vanilla1 cup boiling water Heat oven to 350 degrees. Stir sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add applesauce, soy milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. Pour into greased pan. Bake 30-35 minutes. Recipe shared by Gloria Liles...

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Gluten-free Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Curd

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM

*My friend, Aimee Beauchaine Lomax, made this gluten-free cake for her family and raved about how delicious it was to gluten and non-gluten eaters alike. It's more involved than the other allergen-friendly recipes we've posted, but Aimee assures me it's worth the effort for those on a gluten-free diet. I've read comments where people substituted conventional cake flour or sifted all-purpose flour with similar results. She found it on the epicurious.com Web site.* For cake layers:1 cup canola oil, plus additional for greasing cake pans2 1/2 cups brown-rice flour mix1/2 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon baking powder1 teaspoon xanthan gum1 cup milk1...

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Gallery of allergen-friendly cake decorating ideas

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Mechelle McClendon Mechelle McClendon Mechelle McClendon Cathleen Lemoine Cathleen Lemoine Cathleen Lemoine Cathleen Lemoine Tricia Gavankar Tricia Gavankar Joyce Clark Hicks...

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Baby's 1st Birthday Cake

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:29 PM

This is the perfect allergen-friendly go-to cake for babies, especially if you have yet to introduce your child to dairy and eggs. 1 cup apple juice concentrate1 cup raisins, divided1/2 cup dates1/2 stick butter or margarine1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon3/4 cup whole-wheat flour1/2 cup wheat germ1 tbsp baking powder Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.Place the apple juice concentrate, 1/2 cup of the raisins, and the dates in a food processor or blender container and process or blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides.In a small saucepan over...

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Local food trucks vie for spot on Food Network series

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Our local love for mobile gourmet gives two of our beloved food trucks a chance to park their wheels on national television. Raleigh-based and RTP-roving Mom’s Delicious Dishes and Durham-reigning Only Burger currently compete with over 270 trucks for one of seven spots on the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence. The show pits seven food trucks venerated from across the U.S. against each other in a strenuous competition of mobile culinary tasks from coast to coast, peppered with monstrous personalities, teeny budgets and reality T.V. hijinks. The winning truck receives a $50,000...

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