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Pan-Seared Black Bass over Black Lentils

Pan seared sea bass over black lentils.

Pan seared black bass over black lentils. (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013I grew up grouper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. In search of the big one, we inevitably pulled up a lot of Rock Bass. Members of the grouper family, these smaller fish, also known as Black Sea Bass, share a love of deep water and rocky habitats with the Red and Black Grouper we were seeking for our table. After reeling up 80 feet of line, the sight of a Rock Bass and no bait meant this fish endured a lot of angry muttering as I slipped it off the hook and tossed it back into the sea. Catching sometimes a dozen in one morning, we never kept a single one. Continue Reading

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White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies.

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013Have you ever wondered if your oven has hot spots? While I would never recommend sacrificing these cookies to the cause, cookies can be a great way to discover where the hot spots are in your oven. I recommend buying a roll of refrigerated pre-made cookie dough from the grocery store. Slice the cookies as desired and spread them over a baking sheet. Bake, without rotating or switching racks, for the indicated time. Pull the cookies out and see what cookies, on which part of the baking sheet, have browned more than others; those are your hot spots. Continue Reading

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Whole Foods on track for Nov. 4 grand opening

101514wholeFoodsBugHUNTERSVILLE - The organic and natural grocery chain Whole Foods is still on track for its Nov. 4 opening at its new Huntersville location off I-77 Exit 25, as the chain expands north of Charlotte. Continue Reading

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New Publix opens at Huntersville’s Market Square

This new Publix is the grocery chain's 1083rd, according to Media Manager Kim Reynolds. It is one of 14 new stores Publix is opening as it moves into the area (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net)

This new Publix is one of 14 that the Florida-based grocery chain is opening as it moves into the Charlotte area (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net)

Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain (left) with Kimberly Reynolds, Publix Media Manager (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net)

Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain (left) with Kimberly Reynolds, Publix Media Manager (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net)

HUNTERSVILLE - Supermarket chain Publix is continuing its wave of openings in the Charlotte region with the opening of a new store at Market Square in Huntersville. The Florida-based company gave reporters a sneak peek of the store Wednesday, and it will open for business Thursday. Continue Reading

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Chicken Challenge 2: Chicken Salad with Artichoke Hearts and Walnut

Chicken salad with artichoke hearts and walnuts

Chicken salad with artichoke hearts and walnuts

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013Columnist Nikki Moore issued a challenge last week – inviting readers to help come up with many ways to use and re-use a roast chicken. She’s sharing her favorites daily this week.

You roasted a chicken and made carcass stock, so I’m taking it easy on you for meal #2 of the chicken challenge. It’s hard to beat chicken salad and when you throw chopped artichoke hearts and walnuts into the mix it doesn’t last long. Continue Reading

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Chicken Challenge 1: Slow-roasted chicken & stock

Slow roasted chicken

Slow roasted chicken, first night – with couscous and chard.

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013

Columnist Nikki Moore issued a challenge last week – inviting readers to help come up with many ways to use and re-use a roast chicken. Today, she begins sharing some of her favorites.

There are many ways to roast a chicken, but I stumbled upon this technique for slow-roasting chickens about a year ago and haven’t looked back. In the original recipe, it’s called faux-tisserie chicken, because while it’s not roasted on a spit, the chicken that comes out of your oven after three hours of cooking on low heat has the same crispy skin and wonderfully tender meat that you expect from a rotisserie chicken. Continue Reading

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