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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Durham's Current Cafeteria

Posted By on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Debra Craig and Sook Rha at Current Cafeteria in Durham.Sook “Sue” Rha, a Korean native and former bookkeeper with no formal cooking experience, surveyed the sandwich stand she purchased with her husband, Bong Kya Rha, on North Roxboro Road. There was eight-month old food in the refrigerators and a menu she knew little about: hot dogs, hamburgers and biscuits. New to Durham, however, she needed the work that the shuttered restaurant, Mama Ann’s, could provide. “We had to have a job,” she recalls. “We had to do something.” The answer was stuck to a wall. A yellowing piece of paper...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cupcakes and pizza coming to downtown Durham

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Cupcakes, pizza and bicycles will anchor the corner of Morris and Chapel Hill streets in Durham by mid-summer. Scott Harmon of Center Studio Architecture announced that construction on the Five Points Project will start tomorrow. When finished, the building at the corner of Morris and Chapel Hill streets will house All City Pizza, The Cupcake Bar, Bullesye Bicycle and Harmon’s architecture firm. Construction is scheduled to be complete by mid-summer....

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Raleigh makes Southern Living's top tastiest towns; readers can vote for the culinary champ

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Southern Living has selected Raleigh as one of the Top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South,” according to a press release issued by the magazine today. And now readers can cast their vote for the culinary champ—think of it as a Best in Show—from Dec. 23 through Jan. 31 at southernliving.com/tasty. One vote per day is counted toward the final tally. Each finalist will be profiled in the April 2012 issue, when the winner will also be announced. The other cities in the Top 10 are listed in the January edition of Southern Living. According to a magazine press release,...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Meatless Mondays as a New Year's resolution

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM

If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that’s simpler and less taxing than sweating on the elliptical machine, pledge to go meatless each Monday in 2012. The Meatless Monday Pledge-olution was created by Eleni Vlachos, who co-organized last year’s Bull City Vegan Challenge and hosts the annual Vegan Thanksgiving Record Party. “We want to do it in a fun way,” she said. “And harness the power of new years and resolutions. And address reasons why resolutions fail.” Our best intentions fail because we take on too much—thus the one-day-a-week pledge—and we keep them private. Peer pressure has its benefits....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rollin' the Stollen at Guglhupf Bakery

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Christopher Astraikis is only scratching the surface of his enormous holiday baking task. It’s barely 8 a.m. a week after Thanksgiving and already Astraikis, a head baker at Durham’s Guglhupf Bakery Patisserie and Cafe, is facing down a few dozen mounds of flesh-colored dough, lumpy with assorted dried fruits. In a few hours, these will be rolled into “stollen,” a traditional southern German sweet bread that has helped turn Guglhupf into a nationally recognized bakery—and that turns the kitchen into a madhouse. To say Astraikis is up to his ellbogen—that’s German for elbows—would be an understatement. He will make about...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chirba Chirba hits teenybopper stardom with guest employee Joey Fatone of *NSYNC

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM

UPDATE (Jan. 15, 2012): The Chirba Chirba Dumpling episode of My Family Recipe Rocks premiered yesterday, Jan. 14, on the Live Well Network. Catch it in full here and embedded below. ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS Last Wednesday, the Chirba Chirba Dumpling truck doled out paper trays of porkedame and juicy buns as part of a routine lunch stop in Morrisville. Employees at ChannelAdvisor, an international e-commerce software company, lined up as as usual, though most of the women in line, and a couple of guys, squirmed, eagerly giddy. Victoria BouloubasisFormer *NSYNC member Joey Fatone spends a day with Chirba Chirba for...

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Ham Bone Soup

Posted By on Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

1 ham bone12 cups cold water1 package HoneyBaked Ham Bone Soup Mix2 bay leaves (optional)1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes (I like to dice mine)1 cup diced celery1 cup diced onions1 tsp. chopped garlic1 tsp. black pepper (optional)1/2 tsp. salt (optional) Place ham bone in large pot. Add 12 cups cold water and bring to a boil. Add soup mix with contents of seasoning packet. Return to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 2 hours. Remove ham bone and allow to cool. Add remaining ingredients and continue to cook over moderate heat for approximately 60 minutes or until...

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Allergen-friendly Vegetable Beef Soup

Posted By on Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

1 to 1-1/2 lb. lean ground beef, browned and drained1 can Campbell's beef bouillon soup (or 2 gluten-free bouillon, dairy-free cubes or 1 can beef broth)2 cans Campbell's tomato soup2 cans of water (or more as needed)1/2 tsp. celery seedDash of pepper3 carrots, peeled and sliced3 potatoes peeled and cubed1 small onion, peeled and diced1 package of frozen corn1 package of frozen lima beans1 can of green beans, drainedSalt to taste Put all in crock pot and cook on low all day or put in a Dutch oven and cook on low until the potatoes and carrots are tender. Recipe...

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Allergen-free Vegetable Soup

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 9:23 AM

1 medium to large onion, peeled and chopped2 or 3 garlic cloves, finely mincedDrizzle of olive oilHandful or two of baby carrots, cut into 1/2-inch chunks3-4 stalks of celery, cut in half lengthwise and then into 1/2-inch chunksTwo zucchini, ends cut off, sliced into spears and then into 1/2-inch chunksCouple of handfuls of fresh green beans, ends cut off beans snapped into 1-inch piecesTwo 16-ounce cans of chopped tomatoes (plain or flavored, such as green chile or roasted garlic)Couple of of big handfuls of shredded cabbage (can use packaged kind for cole slaw) In a big soup pot, drizzle a...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bull Street Gourmet & Market opens in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Coming soon has finally arrived. For many months, an empty storefront in Durham's Hope Valley Square has promised that the Bull Street Gourmet & Market would open—and now the small, cozy shop is in business. From chocolate to charcuterie, wine to wasabi pistachios, the store also stocks North Carolina products, including cheese by the Goat Lady Dairy and nut butters from Big Spoon Roasters. The deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cafe. On the lighter side, choose from oatmeal, yogurt and fruit, and for heartier appetites there is a bagel topped with sausage, cheese and egg. Lunch and...

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