Come see Whole Foods Market’s cheesemongers cut open an 85 pound wheel of cheese on 3/7!

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Ever noticed those huge wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano in the Whole Foods Market cheese department? Come see one of these 85-pound wheels get “cracked” in the cheese section on Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m (Durham event is at 2pm) when the Whole Foods Market cheesemongers will simultaneously crack into more than 85-pound wheels of authentic Parmigiano Reggiano company wide.

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These cheesemongers are true experts, and they love talking cheese, so join them in the annual “Crack Heard around the World.” This event will include tastings and pairings and is free to the public.

Love Parmesan Reggiano? Share your favorite use of it in the comments section for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to Whole Foods Market.

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RECIPES

· Parmigiano-Reggiano Party Mix
· Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto Toasts with Balsamic Glaze
· Chicken Noodle Soup with Parmigiano-Reggiano Broth
· Kale Caesar Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano
· Parmigiano-Reggiano Crisps with Chocolate and Sea Salt
· Parmigiano-Reggiano Baked Eggs with Swiss Chard
· Roasted Kale Chips with Parmigiano-Reggiano

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FACTS

· Each year Whole Foods Market‘s cheese experts visit the Emilia Romagna region of Italy and select wheels from just four producers.
· Each wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano carries proof of its authenticity with an impressed rind and brand.
· Each wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano is 85 pounds and requires special knives for cheesemongers to “crack” it open.
· Only cheese made in area specific area in Northern Italy — Reggio Emilia, Parma, Modena and portions of Bologna and Mantua – can bear the Parmigiano Reggiano name.
· Parmigiano Reggiano is the pride of an Italian food tradition dating back nine centuries.
· Every wheel at Whole Foods Market is aged 24 months (this is the best age in terms of flavor and texture; it cannot be called Parmigiano Reggiano until it is aged at least 12 months).
· Its flavor profile is toasted, salty and nutty with subtle crystal-like texture and a little goes a long way.

Don’t forget to comment below about your favorite use of this great cheese for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market. I personally love eating it when mixed with a good gooey cheese  in grilled cheese and scrambled eggs =)

Say Cheese!!

Johanna

Empty Bowls 2015 to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham

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United Therapeutics presents Empty Bowls 2015 to benefit
Urban Ministries of Durham

Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
Durham Convention Center
301 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701

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Get your tickets now…online at: Empty Bowls 2015. Time is running out!!

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year. At Empty Bowls 2015, you’ll have the chance to sample soups prepared by the following local restaurants and vote for your favorites. Local artists and artisans are making hundreds of handcrafted bowls, and with certain tickets, you can select one to take home. The family-friendly evening (kids 6 and under admitted free for soup only) includes a live band and the chance to learn more about the important work Urban Ministries of Durham does to feed, clothe and shelter our neighbors.

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Restaurants: Beyu Caffe, Bleu Olive, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Foster’s Market, Guglhupf, Mad Hatter Bakeshop & Cafe, Mattie B’s Public House, Pizzeria Toro, Pompieri Pizza, Saladelia Cafe & Catering, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Six Plates Wine Bar, Toast, Watts Grocery.

Presenting sponsor: United Therapeutics
Bowl selection area sponsor: Olive & Olive PA
Platinum sponsor: RTI International
Gold sponsors: Durham Bulls; Durham Convention Center; Plan 365, Square 1 Bank
Silver sponsors: AICPA; UL; Maxwell, Freeman & Bowman PA
Bronze sponsors: Alliance Architecture; BB&T ; John & Sandra Atkins; Freelon; JJ Froehlich; Mikey & Harry Hutson; The Patty Sells NC Team; Kontek Systems; PBM Graphics; WTVD ABC-11

Generous artisans: Claymakers, Clayworks Guild, Durham Arts Council, Havenhill Studios, Steve Criscenzo, The Arts Center

Small business sponsors: Attorney Tiffany Russell; DTW Architects & Planners

Individual sponsors: Rod Abraham; Susan & Bill Amey; Brooke Jenkins; Frank & Sandra Meachem; Patrice Nelson; Jack & Nancy Schmidt; David & Wendy Sotolongo; Bob & Anna Walker; Yvette & Rich West

Items and services for the event generously donated by: Sergio Analco; Telepathic Graphics; Loaf; Joie de Vegan; The Summit Church; Temple Baptist; Aldersgate United Methodist; Greater Orange Grove Baptist; Bethany United Methodist; Mt. Sylvan United Methodist

Johnsonville “Brat Crock” Recipe

logo The Super Bowl is not just about “The game” in our house. It’s about good friends and good food. My husbands three best friends (and others) arrive Saturday for our pre-game day party of food, drink and good times and then wake up (barely) Sunday morning to play their annual golf tournament, a ritual that has lasted close to 20 years. As the years have progressed, our Super Bowl pre-party has really become the “it” party. In the last few years most of our “boys” head directly home after golf and the hubs and I curl up on the couch to watch the game. This year however, the two of our three boys are staying in with us and I’m stoked (I love to cook for a crowd). We have leftovers from last night: Gaucamole, Bean Salad, Wings, and Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers. To top off the meat factor,  I am incorporating some delicious Johnsonville Brats. fiveEightyNine   Thanks to the kind folks at JohnsonvilleI am making their delicious indoor tailgate recipe for a Brat Crock.” This is easy to make and are the perfect grab and eat delight throughout the game. Few ingredients are needed, nor is it labor intensive. If you are out and about shopping today, consider this fast and fabulous recipe for your indoor tailgate. Johnsoville Brat Crock Hot Tub Johnsonville Brat Crock What You’ll Need: · 1 large slow cooker · 3-4 cans (12 ounces each) beer (depending on the size of your slow cooker) · 2 tablespoons butter · 1 medium yellow or white onion, sliced into rings · Johnsonville Brats What to Do: · Pour in the beer, add butter & onions first, then turn slow cooker on high · Heat a grill pan or heavy skillet to medium high and grill or sear the brats on all sides (Brats are fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 160F) · Add your Johnsonville Brats to the slow cooker and heat until the brats are cooked Place through, about 2 hours · Reduce heat to low to keep the brats hot throughout the game · When folks are ready for seconds or thirds — or even when stragglers show up late –grab a Johnsonville Brat out of the “Brat Crock” and enjoy! Doesn’t get much easier does it! So grab a brat and enjoy the game. Happy Eating Johanna Disclaimer: I was given coupons to purchase my brats thanks to Johnsonville.

The Glass Jug – Craft Beer Store Extraordinaire!

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If you live in SW Durham and are a lover of craft beer, then you know just how awesome this past year has been for our little pocket of Durham. Sam’s Bottle Shop, Growler Grlz, Beer Durham and The Glass Jug all opened and good beer is now no more than a mile or 3 away.

Read through to the end to find out how to win a swag bag of great Glass Jug gear!

My husband and I happen to live in Parkwood, which is just up the road,  so our go-to stop for a tasty pint has become The Glass Jug. A mere mile-ish away, it is the closest stop to fill our growlers, sit and socialize with old friends and new, over said tasty pints, and grab beers to bring home.

Part of what makes it our go-to destination are the owners Katy and Chris. They’ve really made Glass Jug a fun place to hang out. From weekly tastings, to the NC Brewery of the month events, Knitting and Craft Club and special events, there is always something to look forward to.

Along side having a great selection of beer, you can also grab snacks on site or bring your own food. We regularly bring subs, BBQ or gyros to devour. Fun too to pair your food with a beer. The Glass Jug offers hummus and pita, chicken salad and pita, Spiced Cackalacky nuts, local cheese from Prodigal Farm, and treats like Chapel Hill Toffee, The Mad Popper popcorn, cookies, cheese straws and of course, treats for your furr baby from Barley Labs. Did I mention cigars. Yup, they also carry Bull City Cigars. Oh and Brood sodas. As you can tell, there is always something new to discover, which I love!

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The Glass Jug is a retail craft beer store with a great selection of local and craft beer, featuring 16 rotating taps with an emphasis on seasonal brews, one-off special releases, and new collaborations with local breweries, in addition to all of your favorite craft beers, specialty wine, and cider.”

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For the holiday season, Glass Jug has put together various gift packs for that beer lover in your life, and yes, if you want to get me one, I will gladly accept, lol.

Holiday gift packs are:

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$20 ($26 value): Any t-shirt or tank top, one 64 oz growler, one 32 oz growler
$25 (30 value): Single growler cooler, one 64 oz growler, one 32 oz growler
$45 ($51 value): Double Growler cooler, any t-shirt or tank top, one growler of either size
$50 ($56 value): Wooden growler box, two growlers of either size, any t-shirt or tank top

Of course they sell gift certificates too :)

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Have you heard of Stealz? This is a new phone ap that allows you to check in to various retail stores for a point and add additional points by sharing pictures to twitter and Facebook. Depending on how many points you accumulate, you are eligible for certain prizes. At The Glass Jug, I happened to get enough points to get the 32oz growler (empty), growler coozie or box, and two t-shirts. Since I happen to have all of these already, I want to give mine away.

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Do you love beer? Comment on this blog about your favorite NC Beer for a chance to win the whole shebang. Enter between now and Friday, December  19th at noon. Winners will be announced by 3pm and the winner can pick-up their prize at The Glass Jug. (And maybe fill your growler too =)) While the “Stealz” deals have since changed at The Glass Jug, it is definitely worth downloading and popping in for a brew and collect your points.

So jump in your car and visit any one of the SW Durham’s new craft beer stores, you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Drinking!

Johanna

 

 

 

Cookbooks to Drool Over, and a giveaway too!!

This month on My Carolina Today I had the awesome opportunity to chat about some of my favorite cookbooks. Written by local food writers and authors, not to mention friends of mine, these are great holiday gifts for your friends and family.

To watch the  “Great Gifts for the Chef in Your Life” clip, go here

I’d like to thank the authors and UNC Press for sending me copies of their books, it was very kind and I’d like to return the favor.

In return, I am offering a giveaway of each individual cookbook. To enter, just tell me your favorite Southern dish or holiday tradition in the comments section. I’ll be running this promo until  noon on Monday December 15th. I’ll be giving away one copy of each of the cookbooks with a grand prize opportunity to win the entire set of Savor the South series.

Note: only one entry per person. winners will be chosen using the online tool “Random Picker”. The first winner chosen will win the Savor the South series. Each winner there after can chose the book they would like to receive. I am using RandomPicker.com to chose all winners. I think you can actually go to the site and see the official results or track entries. (Project: Cookbooks to Drool Over (id:134218×50013). If the winner is from the Triangle, I will let you know where you can pick it up. If you are not from the immediate area, I will mail it to you. Good Luck =)

All of these cookbooks celebrate the bounty of the south; from the Outer Banks to the Mountains to BBQ across the state. They help bring the spirit of the Southern table to your home with delicious recipes, stories and tidbits of information you may have not known. What can I say, I love them all!

Below is information about each cookbook with links to where they can be purchased.

The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating food and fellowship in the American South

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 Overview: Southern Living Community Cookbook

Southern food and food stories are bound together. This book will reflect people, regardless of where they come form, who claim Southern food as their own, whether for a lifetime or a mealtime. People feel deep affection for their local community cookbooks, especially those well-worn volumes that serve as a timestamp of a particular place and time. No other type of recipe collection is more generous, gracious, and welcoming. Before we give you a bite, we Southern cooks have to tell you about what we’ve made. Southern food is evocative, so our food and food stories are bound together in our communities. A memorable Southern cookbook holds good food and a good read, the equivalent of a brimming recipe box plus the scribbled notes and whispered secrets that cover the tips, advice, and stories that a generous cook shares with family members, friends, and neighbors. These recipes bring all sorts of cooks, recipes, and stories to a common table to bring readers a cookbook filled with good things to eat that have something to say.

Meet the Author

Sheri Castle is a writer who cooks and a cook who writes. She’s known for her ability to see out the story behind Southern recipes and foodways. She has worked on multiple cookbook projects, as a solo author, collaborator, ghostwriter, and recipe tester. Her solo title, The New Southern Garden Cookbook, was named by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association as the best Southern cookbook of the year. It received a notable mention in the NY Times and was a recommended cookbook in the Washington Post. Sheri resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

For over 40 years, Southern Living magazine has delivered definitive Southern food, decorating, and entertaining ideas to 16 million readers monthly, making it one of the most trusted lifestyle brands in the country. With thousands of Southern Living Test Kitchen-approved recipes in the archive, Southern Living publishes superior cookbooks with recipes guaranteed to yield successful, flavorful results. Information via the Barnes and Noble Website

Savor the South Cookbook Series

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Each little cookbook in (the) Savor the South® cookbook collection is a big celebration of a beloved food or tradition of the American South. From buttermilk to bourbon, pecans to peaches, bacon to catfish, one by one each Savor the South® cookbook will stock a kitchen shelf with the flavors and culinary wisdom of this popular American regional cuisine. Written by well-known cooks and food lovers, each book brims with personality, the informative and often surprising culinary and natural history of southern foodways, and a treasure of some fifty recipes–from delicious southern classics to sparkling international renditions that open up worlds of taste for cooks everywhere. You’ll want to collect them all. Information via the UNC Press Website

Farmer & Chef Asheville Cookbook

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Meet the farmers who preserve our Appalachian mountain heritage and the chefs who make our city a” Foodtopia” ® destination, as branded by the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

With this book, you can take home a slice of Asheville’s award-winning dining and craft-beverage scene, with recipes from local restaurants, bars, farms, and farmers markets. Recreate dishes handed down generation to generation. Discover new ideas for family suppers and parties.

Filled with stunning photographs, informative sidebars and essays, Farmer and Chef Asheville will offer over 200 easy-to-follow recipes from area chefs, farmers and food artisans.

Food Lovers Guide to the Outer Banks

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The New Blue Ridge Cookbook

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About the Author: Elizabeth Wiegand

Behind every taste, each bite of food, there’s a story.

My mission is to explore the food that’s brought to our Southern tables. . . .to share the passion of the crabbers who scoop up soft shells, “salad bar” ranchers who pasture-raise their beef, bakers who arise at ungodly hours to bake their loaves, and farmers that raise the pumpkins or turkey for my Thanksgiving dinner.  What’s the traditional way of cooking them?  The newest culinary approach?

Come explore the culinary wonders I’ve found from the mountains to the sea, in THE OUTER BANKS COOKBOOK:  Recipes & Traditions from NC’s Barrier Islands, and THE NEW BLUE RIDGE COOKBOOK:  Authentic Recipes from North Carolina’s Mountains to Virginia’s Highlands.

Check out my BLOG, CAROLINA FOODIE for recipes, seasonal goodies, foodie road trips, and more. Information via Carolina Foodie Website

Tupelo Honey Cafe:  Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen

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Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors From the Blue Ridge Mountains provides a gastronomic tour of the flavors and tastes of the region considered the Mountain South.  From Appalachian Egg Rolls With Smoked Jalapeno Sauce, Pickled Onions and Pulled Pork to Acorn Squash Stuffed with Bacon Bread Pudding and Maple Sweet Potato Bread Pudding, each recipe tells a story about the traditions, inspiration and history of the southern mountains.  The result is an assembly of 125 imaginative, delicious and approachable recipes to be enjoyed by the home cook, the avid reader and book collector, and the hungry appetite alike.  A foreword by Chef Sean Brock and gorgeous photos of the surrounding area and food complete this collection. Information via the Tupelo Honey Café Website

The Great NC BBQ Map

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With over 400 restaurants, shacks, and eateries, The Great NC BBQ Map is the most comprehensive guide to the original barbecue state. In a printed, road-map format, you can use our guide to hit the road and create your own BBQ tour or find a stop along your route. Our map symbols define each restaurant’s BBQ using an infographic approach. With a glance, you can tell whether each restaurant cooks the whole hog or part of the pig, what cooking method is used, and what style of sauce is served. We also give you a timeline on the history of BBQ in America and information to help you differentiate the BBQ styles of NC, which give perspective to your travels.

Happy Eating

Johanna

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“Bubbles: Sip into the Season” at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

‘Tis the season for entertaining and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club’s Fairview Dining Room is offering an evening full of festive fizz.

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Join this elegant holiday soiree — appropriately named “Bubbles: Sip into the Season” — to sample a flight of four sparkling wines perfect for entertaining and gift-giving during this festive time of year. In addition to tasting bubbly from around the world: a Spanish cava brut, an Italian lambrusco, a French brut rose and the Californian brut by Gloria Ferrer — a domestic favorite — guests are treated to tasty canapés and seasonal tunes amidst a festive atmosphere.

Drop in on Friday, December 5 from 5:30 p.m. to closing. The cost is $18 per person. All guests must be 21 years of age or older. Make reservations online at OpenTable or by calling the Fairview Dining Room at 919.493.6699.

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is located on the campus of Duke University, off HW751. For more information visit www.washingtondukeinn.com.

Happy Eating and enjoy a bubbly time!

Johanna

 

Win Tickets to the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, Final Fire!!

Get ready folks, the Final Fire is finally here and this is your chance to read more about it and win 2 tickets to the dinner tomorrow night November 20. Or you can purchase your tickets through the links below. To purchase tickets for tomorrow night go here: https://finalfire2.eventbrite.com

Winners will  be notified at noon tomorrow!

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series highlights products from across North Carolina . The Competing chefs are notified at noon on the day of their battle as to which NC ingredient is the “secret ingredient”. So let’s make this contest fun. To enter, comment below as to what your favorite North Carolina ingredient is. It can be anything from pork to sweet potatoes, chocolate to Cheerwine.

Mine would be Cheerwine poured over a pork butt in the crock pot. Throw in a few garlic cloves, set the pot to low and walk away for 8 hours. Oh ya, yummy yummy in your tummy.

Having been a past guest judge, I can tell these dinners are well worth their price in gold. You will NOT go hungry and you WILL be excited by the creativity of the chefs. It’s just plain fun!

Good Luck, and let the games begin………..GO!!!!! 

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The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is gearing up for its Final Fire series in which five chefs from across North Carolina will battle it out to take home the statewide championship. Community members are invited to attend the tournament’s four live dinner events, savoring the six-course meal and serving as judges, from November 19 (TONIGHT) to November 22 in Raleigh.

The five competing chefs won their regional series to move on to earn a place at Final Fire. It’s all part of the 2014 Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination, Iron Chef-style challenge between local chefs across North Carolina.

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The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Final Fire schedule is as follows:
Nov. 19 Dinner: Fire on the Dock Champion Antoine Murray of Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, versus Fire on the Rock Champion Michelle Bailey of Season’s at Highland Lake in Flat Rock
Nov. 20 Dinner: Fire in the City Champion Jon Fortes of Mimosa Grill in Charlotte, versus Nov. 19 winner
Nov. 21 Dinner: Fire in the Triad Champion Tim Thompson of Marisol Restaurant in Greensboro, versus Fire in the Triangle Champion Dean Thompson of Flights in Raleigh
Nov. 22 Championship Dinner: Nov. 20 winner, versus Nov. 21 winner

At stake is a grand prize of $4,000 cash, two handmade chef knives by Ironman Forge and a trip to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California, compliments of Kikkoman and the Pro Chef Program.

In each of the Final Fire dinner battles, two participating chefs each prepare three courses centered on a secret or featured ingredient that comes from a North Carolina farmer or artisan producer—ingredients are revealed to the chefs only an hour before they start cooking that day and must be used in each course.

Ticketed dinner guests get in on the action, savoring the combined six courses without knowing which chef prepared each plate. Alongside culinary and guest judges, diners rate each dish using an interactive app, ultimately determining who moves on to the next round and who goes home.

All Final Fire events are held at Renaissance North Hills Raleigh, located at 4100 Main at North Hills Street. Tickets to attend the first three battles are $129 each excluding beverage, tax and tip. Tickets for the final championship battle are $139 each excluding beverage, tax and tip. Learn more at www.competitiondining.com.

For more information, visit www.competitiondining.com or get in on the conversation at www.facebook.com/competitiondining and @CompDiningNC on Twitter or Instagram.

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Certified Angus Beef®, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, the NC Wine & Grape Council, Hits Technology and local partners in each region of the state.

Happy Eating

Johanna