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Seared duck breast with Cumberland sauce

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013

Seared duck breast with Cumberland sauce.

Seared duck breast with Cumberland sauce.


By NIKKI SAWYER MOORE

I’ve thought a lot about what I would like my last meal to be. I’m 99% sure that it would be a bowl of noodles topped with my mom’s spaghetti sauce and sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It’s simple food, but every bite is rich in memories and with a belly full of it, I’m pretty sure I could die happy. But for all my certainty, I have a little nagging voice that says, “what about duck?” Continue Reading

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Mexican eatery Mestizo planned on North Main St.

An artist's rendering shows the proposed design of a patio next to the planned Mestizo, at 121 N. Main. The design still needs town approval.

An artist’s rendering shows the proposed design of a patio next to the planned Mestizo, at 121 N. Main. The design still needs town approval.

By DAVID BORAKS and JONATHAN COX
DavidsonNews.net

dining news bugPlans are in the works for a new Mexican restaurant called Mestizo in a vacant building on North Main Street in Davidson. The owners are seeking permission to build a patio on town-owned land in front of the post office.

Sisters Alicia Ramirez and Guadalupe Barrera and family are opening the new eatery, which will serve contemporary Mexican cuisine. Continue Reading

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Pecans 2 ways: candied and spiced

Pecans, spiced (left) and candied are a holiday treat. (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Pecans, spiced (left) and candied are a holiday treat. (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013Last week, I was trying to get back into my blue jeans and this week, my calendar tells me that Christmas is only two weeks away. December is not off to a very productive start.

If, like me, your to-do list is long and time is short, let me offer a little inspiration for a thoughtful and delicious gift that can be crossed off your list in no time flat. Continue Reading

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Recipe: Vegetable sushi

Vegetable Sushi (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Vegetable Sushi (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013It’s several days post-Thanksgiving and my jeans, like a sausage casing around my lower body, are a depressing reminder that I might have over-indulged. This time of year is tough; a huge feast kicks off a marathon holiday season that tempts with cheese platters, boozy eggnog, and cookies. Come January 1st, I’ll be dragging a larger version of myself across the finish line with a hefty, but hopefully lucrative, meal featuring collard greens and black-eyed peas. Then I’ll hit the treadmill.

In an effort to tip the scales back in my favor, I’m trying to fill my fridge with some lighter items this December. This vegetable sushi is a good start. Fresh, simple, and easily prepared ahead it’s a filling, but not slowing, meal that is good for lunch or dinner. It also makes a fine appetizer for a holiday party if you’d like to offer an alternative to crab cakes or brie en croute. Continue Reading

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Nikki’s 2014 holiday recipe guide

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013Last year, I compiled a list of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving in a post and shared them with my FOOD LOVE email subscribers and readers of Minced. It was one of my most popular posts to date and with Thanksgiving upon us, I thought an updated list might be appreciated by all. Continue Reading

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Pre-Thanksgiving farmer’s market is Saturday.

DFM-winterpost-2014Davidson Farmer’s Market will be open this Saturday, Nov 22, for its pre-Thanksgiving market. Come and get all you need for your holiday fixings. It’s 9am to noon on the market ground next to Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. Continue Reading

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