Food and Dining 

Casual but sophisticated: Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Pickled Shrimp (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013Pickled shrimp are the perfect combination of casual and sophisticated.  To serve, they are pulled straight from the fridge, which is hardly stuffy.  Yet, they also seem to be the type of food that you would expect smartly dressed South Carolinians to be noshing on in the Battery.  I’m not sure what it is about them, but in truth, when I have these pickled shrimp on hand, I kind of hope someone will unexpectedly stop by so that I can say, “dah-ling, go rest yourself on the front porch while I pull together some refreshments.” Continue Reading

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Sat. at the market: 5th annual Salsa Showdown

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Contestants at last year's Salsa Showdown served up their creations.

Contestants at last year’s Salsa Showdown served up their creations.

How hot can it get? The salsa, that is. Find out Saturday when the Davidson Farmer’s Market hosts its 5th annual Salsa Showdown, competition for prizes and the title as the area’s top salsa maker. Market-goers will help judge the event, where four contestants will use mostly market ingredients to concoct their fresh salsas. Continue Reading

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Ricotta-Herb Dip

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Too many herbs on your hands? Put them in ricotta and hey presto, a refreshing, flavorful dip.

Too many herbs on your hands? Put them in ricotta and hey presto, a refreshing, flavorful dip.

After a flurry of summer travel, I came home to an herb garden that more closely resembled a jungle. Thyme cascaded over the edge of the bed, my oregano looked like a small shrub, and basil was everywhere. I am always surprised when this happens.

In the spring, right after planting, every snip taken seems on the verge of ending the young plant’s life. I’m so eager to harvest that I find it hard to sit back and let them grow. Yet without fail, halfway through the summer and despite my efforts to the contrary, I find myself with more herbs than I know what to do with it and a flurry of activity ensues. Continue Reading

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Peach and Jalapeno Popsicles

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The sweet of summer peaches is chased by the spicy jalapeno--perfect for cooling off in mid-summer.

The sweet of summer peaches is chased by the spicy jalapeno in these refreshing popsicles–perfect for cooling off in mid-summer.

Our baby gets credit for these pops. I’ve brainstormed about a new cocktail recipe all week. I wanted a drink made for summer. Something straight from the farmer’s market that quenched the deepest thirst. I just didn’t have time to make enjoy a cocktail.

I hadn’t totally given up hope. I craved a cocktail that was sweet and spicy, so I made a batch of jalapeño simple syrup earlier this week. It sat lonely in the fridge while I changed diapers, responded to emails, and dealt with a to-do list that runs the length of my yellow legal pad. Sigh…cocktails were not in my future. Continue Reading

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Cabarrus cuts incubator farm funding, deal brings it back

Joe Rowland joined Lomax as a farmer-in-training in 2010. He now owns an 18-acre poultry and produce farm in Gold Hill. (Tasnim Shamma/WFAE)

Joe Rowland joined Lomax as a farmer-in-training in 2010. He now owns an 18-acre poultry and produce farm in Gold Hill. (Tasnim Shamma/WFAE)

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CONCORD - Say you want to become a farmer. If you didn’t grow up on a farm, where do you start? In Cabarrus County, you can go to farm school.

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm was launched in 2009 to give first-generation farmers an opportunity to learn the trade.

And earlier this month, it was the subject of a funding controversy that led to the organic farm’s being shut down for a week in the middle of the growing season.  Continue Reading

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Ceremony welcomes Bacchus Wine & Tapas to Langtree

Kirk Ballard, president of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, prepares to cut a ribbon at Bacchus Wine & Tapas Thursday. At left is Michael Amodio, and at right Brittany and Dan Amodio. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

Kirk Ballard, president of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, prepares to cut a ribbon at Bacchus Wine & Tapas Thursday. At left is Michael Amodio, and at right Brittany and Dan Amodio. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

BacchusWineTapas-logoBacchus Wine & Tapas at LangTree Lake Norman in Mooresville, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon. Owners Michael Amodio, Daniel Amodio and Brittany Amodio snipped the ribbon surrounded by fellow businesspeople and customers. Continue Reading

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