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Chef Challenge Sat. as market shifts to winter hours

Everybody chopped at the chef challenge. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

Chefs chopped at the 2013 Winter Chef Challenge. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

Davidson Farmer’s Market shifts to its winter schedule this Saturday, Nov. 1, with shorter hours and markets every other Saturday. To kick off the winter season, shoppers are invited to taste and help judge the 4th Annual Winter Chef Challenge, a competition among local chefs using food from the market.

Beginning this week and running through March, the market will open from 9am to noon on alternating Saturdays. Read the full story

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Caramel and chocolate apples

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013

Caramel and chocolate apples.

Caramel and chocolate apples.

In addition to cooking classes, I also offer in-home catering services through my business Food Love. From intimate private dinners to large parties of 100 plus, I love this aspect of the business. Instead of focusing on the intricacies of technique or rehashing the basics as I do in a cooking class, I get to test my skills and creativity as I develop a menu that is unique to the client and the event he or she is planning. Read the full story

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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. Read the full story

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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. Read the full story

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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. Read the full story

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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. Read the full story

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