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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Update: Johnny's of Carrboro closes ... temporarily

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Sadly, it appears that Johnny's of Carrboro is closed this evening due to more than the impending rain. By the look of things, the local watering hole, community spot and haven for an array of food vendors has completely shut its doors. A note on the front door reads, "Closed, Thanks for 4 great years Carrboro." And inside, it looks as though most of the stock and furniture have been removed. No one could be reached at this time to comment. Update 6/24: Jan Halle, who helped co-open Johnny’s in Carrboro over four and a half years ago, reveled...

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Piedmont Grown Launches Local Label and Directory

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Spotting local food just got a lot easier. Earlier this week, Piedmont Grown launched a label that identifies farm fresh foods and artisan products that have been grown and produced within the 37 counties that constitute the North Carolina Piedmont. Noah Ranells, a project manager for Piedmont Grown, as well as a farmer and the Ag Economic Development Coordinator for Orange County, says the new brown and green label can appear “anywhere where food is sold.” Artisan producers who have been certified by the non-profit can place the local logo on their foods, for instance, and complying farms can display...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jim Anile to open L'Uva at American Tobacco

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Jim Anile, chef and owner of Durham's Revolution, has a new venture planned for the former space of Cafe Zen (410 Blackwell St., Durham) at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. L'Uva, an Italian restaurant and wine bar, is set to open in July, after Independence Day. "I don't want to be there before July 4," he explains, alluding to American Tobacco's holiday baseball crowds. "I don't want to get off on those sort of feet." Anile says the restaurant will feature "simple, straightforward Italian food, all handmade." Weekly menu changes that incorporate fresh, local options will be announced regularly...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kale Chips

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 12:52 PM

6-8 cups chopped fresh kale, hard stems removed1 tsp apple cider vinegar2 tbsp. olive oil½ tsp. kosher salt or sea saltPlace rack on the lowest shelf of your oven. Preheat oven to 350 or 400 degrees F. Spread kale on a sturdy baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Toss to coat. (I like to do this in a bowl). Place on the lowest rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes.Remove from oven and stir sot hat kale can get crispy all over.Bake another 8-12 minutes or until kale is crispy. It should be just...

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Candied Yams

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 12:47 PM

5-6 sweet potatoes1 tspn vanilla1 tspn salt1 cup sugar½ cup brown sugar1 stick butter (substitute dairy-free unsalted Fleischmann's margarine)cinnamon to taste Directions:Prepare syrup on stove top by combining all vanilla, salt, sugar, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Stir and melt on medium heat.Prepare potatoes by dicing, clicing, cutring the potatoes how you like them. Place potatoes in 9x13" pan.Pour melted mixture over potatoes and stir to coat. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover pan with foil.Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Recipe courtesy of Tiffany McLeod Bargeman...

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