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Sweet Potato & Country Ham Ravioli

Sweet Potato & Country Ham Ravioli with a brown butter and sage sauce. (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Sweet potato & country ham ravioli with a brown butter and sage sauce. (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013Have you ever imagined something only to find that reality doesn’t add up? That’s how it has been with this sweet potato ravioli recipe. I’ve wanted to nail it for years. I’ve tested it with ricotta cheese, added cinnamon then omitted it, altered the amount of Parmesan, and tweaked the pasta recipe over and over and over again. Each time, before I begin to make it, my mouth is salivating over just how good it’s going to be, and that first bite, every time, is just OK. It’s terribly disappointing.

Yesterday, I decided that I was going to give sweet potato ravioli one last chance at being great before I devoted my energies to other pursuits. Continue Reading

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Publix at Magnolia Plaza opening Feb. 4

The new Publix off West Catawba Avenue will open Feb. 4. (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net)

The new Publix off West Catawba Avenue will open Feb. 4. (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net)

publix logoPublix says it plans to open its new supermarket off West Catawba Avenue on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7am.   The Florida-based supermarket chain is finishing construction and has been hiring for the new store, one of 15 it’s opening as it enters the Charlotte market and takes on local grocers including Harris Teeter and Food Lion. Continue Reading

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125 eateries offer specials for Restaurant Week

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The Queens Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week returns this week for its winter engagement, with a record 125 restaurants across the Charlotte region offering $30 prix fixe dinner menus. The feasting runs Friday, Jan. 16, to Sunday, Jan. 25, and includes a long list of choices in the Lake Norman area, from Epic Chophouse and Jeffrey’s in Mooresville to North Harbor Club and Campania Cafe in Davidson to 131 Main and Alton’s Kitchen in Cornelius.

Here’s the deal: Your $30 gets you three or more courses at participating restaurants – a great chance to enjoy old favorites, or sample the fare at some place you haven’t been before. Continue Reading

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Ajiaco: Colombian chicken, potatoes and corn stew

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Ajiaco (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Ajiaco (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

In the fall of 2001, during my junior year abroad from Davidson College, some girlfriends and I backpacked from northwestern Argentina through Bolivia on our way to Machu Picchu. With a trail of dust whipping up behind us, we traveled by bus on a dirt road that wound around mountains, skirted precipitous drops, and passed by the most desolate country I have ever seen. Later, I would learn that this seemingly uninhabitable area, known as the high Altiplano, is the origin of more kinds of root vegetables than any other place on earth.

The root vegetables, grown in this inhospitable landscape, helped support the rise of the Inca empire and to this day, potatoes and other root vegetables like yuca and maca (now notorious for its supposed aphrodisiac properties favored by the Chinese) continue to shape the economy and define the cuisine of the Andean nations. Continue Reading

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Kindred renovation gets a little help from Town Hall

Mayor John Woods (left) dangles big and small checks during a presentation to Kindred owners Joe and Katy Kindred Tuesday at the Davidson Town Board.  At right, Blake Pope, who will be bar manager when the restaurant opens in February. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

Mayor John Woods (left) dangles big and small checks during a presentation to Kindred owners Joe and Katy Kindred Tuesday at the Davidson Town Board. At right, Blake Pope, who will be bar manager when the restaurant opens in February. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

There were big smiles at Town Hall Tuesday night as Davidson officials presented the owners of the soon-to-open Kindred restaurant with a $10,000 check as a recipient of the town’s first Main Street Solutions Grant.

Joe and Katy Kindred, their two kids and their bar manager Blake Pope accepted the check from Mayor John Woods. The couple are using the money for a new storefront, exterior windows, and exterior doors at 131 N. Main St. Continue Reading

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Curried cauliflower soup

Curried cauliflower soup

Curried cauliflower soup

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013By NIKKI SAWYER MOORE

I just completed my list of resolutions for 2015. Categorized into personal, business, and family goals my list is extensive. It’s clear that I’m going to have to go without sleep one night a week to accomplish a fraction of my goals, but just looking at this list of industrious possibility fills me with energy for 2015. Fresh starts are good, aren’t they? Continue Reading

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