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Springtime Risotto

Springtime Risotto (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Springtime Risotto (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013When my daughter started eating solids, I sought out the freshest organic vegetables I could find, carefully steamed them, pureed them in a food processor, and then, because she has always had a thing about texture, sent them through a chinois mousseline to get a silky-smooth consistency. The resulting purees, 1/4-cup portions packed with vitamins, minerals, and a mother’s love (not to mention valuable time) were soundly rejected.

The problem wasn’t the vegetables, but rather the freshness. My little one would happily eat jar after jar of commercially prepared baby food. Broccoli and carrots, amaranth and zucchini, and even beets were all met with glee and an open mouth provided they were not made in my kitchen while a locked jaw and disdain met my fresh attempts at her favorite combinations. As someone who cooks for a living, this was discouraging. Read the full story

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White Bean Bruschetta

White Bean Bruschetta (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

White Bean Bruschetta (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013If you’ve bought a tomato recently you’ve been reminded that while it may be hot outside it’s far from summer. Though plump and red, it’s only skin deep and the tomatoes that have tempted me into purchasing them lack the flavor of the late summer tomato that I dream about all year.

While it’s hard to beat traditional bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and basil, there are plenty of options for topping toasted bread. Take this white bean bruschetta. I combine slowly simmered white beans with fresh basil, roasted bell peppers, shallots, and garlic and toss it all with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Served atop a still warm crostini, a Parmesan shaving adds umami and a sophisticated touch making this an ideal appetizer for your late spring and early summer outdoor entertaining. Read the full story

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Mestizo Contemporary Mexican arrives on N. Main

Mestizo's owners and staff posed for a picture just before dinner service Friday outside the new eatery at 121 N. Main. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

Mestizo’s owners and staff posed for a picture just before dinner service Friday outside the new eatery at 121 N. Main. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

By DAVID BORAKS
DavidsonNews.net

dining news bugAdd one more choice to Main Street Davidson’s dining menu: Mestizo Contemporary Mexican Cuisine on North Main Street. The family-run eatery opened its doors quietly this week in the same block that houses Kindred, which opened in February. Read the full story

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Alino serves authentic Neapolitan pizza in Mooresville

The three wood-burning ovens at Alino Pizzeria in Mooresville were built in Italy specifically for the restaurant. Pizzas cook in about 90 seconds, thanks to each oven’s 1,000 degree temperature.

The three wood-burning ovens at Alino Pizzeria in Mooresville were built in Italy specifically for the restaurant. Pizzas cook in about 90 seconds, thanks to each oven’s 1,000 degree temperature.

By LORI HELMS
Lake Norman Citizen

MOORESVILLE – Entrepreneur Michal Bay is already responsible for creating one successful consumer destination in Mooresville, and it appears he has now bookended that feat with a second spot in town. In the same building, for that matter.

Bay purchased the 1.1 million-square-foot former Burlington Mills textile mill in 2010 site unseen for $500,000, and since then has transformed the massive site into a furniture shopper’s dream — Merinos Home Furnishings. Read the full story

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Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream

Cookies 'n cream ice cream. (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Cookies ‘n cream ice cream. (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013

I grew up in Florida. Summers were hot. Really hot. Parking lots waved and shimmered before your eyes, things left in the car melted, and by 10 am you were ready to give up on any outdoor fun and retreat inside to the a/c.

My family was lucky to have a place on the beach and we spent as much time as we could there during the hot summer months. It was still hot, but a good breeze and the water (despite being more bathtub hot than refreshing by the end of the summer) helped make those stifling days seem more bearable. Read the full story

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Veteran chef Bill Schutz takes over Flatiron’s kitchen

Bill Schutz has been around the world, run restaurants in Charlotte, and now has the kitchen at Flatiron. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

Bill Schutz has been around the world, run restaurants in Charlotte, and now has runs the kitchen at Flatiron in Davidson. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

dining news bugBill Schutz recently took over as executive chef at Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse, bringing more than 20 years’ experience to the task of tweaking the restaurant’s menu for a clientele that has more choices than ever in downtown Davidson. Read the full story

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