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Keep It Local

As a long time food and travel writer, my mantra and my niche has become to keep it local. I encourage my readers to eat

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For the Love of Eating and Drinking Locally

For those of you who follow this blog regularly – or follow my social media, you know I’m a big fan of eating and drinking

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Ham Biscuits and Cheesy Carolina Gold Rice Middlins

Homemade Ham Biscuits and Cheesy Rice Middlins also know as Rice Grits. Practically perfect fare for any breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. And, an excellent

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Charlotte’s Uptown Farmers market

If there was ever a challenging year to start something new, its been 2020. But all said, lots of great things have happened this year,

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Keep It Local As You Shop Cyber Monday

Keep it Local, it’s my mantra. Shop local, eat local, drink local, celebrate local. This past weekend, today and, I’m sure tomorrow too have felt

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Shop Local at SOUTHEND MARKET

In recent years the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become a day to celebrate shopping with small local businesses. Such was the case on Sat Nov

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From The Pumpkin Patch

It’s pumpkin season in the Carolinas ( and everywhere else as well) ! Time to celebrate the seasonal squash of October. Let’s get right to

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Hocus Pocus, It’s October

Today I’m sharing Five Fabulous Things to celebrate October (& one of them is a pair of cocktail recipes!) With so many ways to safely

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Local Pear – Fection

While you are out and about, I’ve got a great find to share. While you are shopping local, be sure to treat yourself and buy

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Local Figs In Season

It’s time for local figs. Actually almost past time, so get ready, time’s a wastin’. Things are about to get figgy! I love the summer.

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The Food & drink You Crave, CLT

What is it that you Crave, Clt? As restaurants reopen in the Queen City, we are all asking the same question. Where can we go

Summer Seafood

Nothing says, “Here’s to Eating Local”, better than Summer Seafood on the grill! But, where to shop for seafood? I am glad you asked…. Take

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Eat Your Summer Veggies

Tiz the season for a bounty of Summer veggies and a wonderful time to shop, cook and eat local. A couple of weeks ago, I

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How To Cook with Fennel

How are you eating local? This time a year, for me, a weekend Farmers’ Market trip almost always includes the purchase of several bulbs of

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Learn How To Cook with Heidi Billotto

Want to learn how to cook? Although I hate that we can’t be gathered together in the kitchen, on the farm or around the table;

Home Delivery: The New Way to Shop Local

Home delivery. The convenient new way to shop local and support local businesses. With farmers markets open on the weekends; and farm stores open during

25 Plus Places to Shop Local – March 2020

No better place to shop for local produce, proteins and product than from local farmers markets, farm stores and locally run businesses. In late March,

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Charlotte RESTAURANTS And Farmers market Updates

The world seems topsy turvy right now. In the wake of the COVID-19 corona virus, Charlotte restaurants, chefs and farmers are flexing creative muscles, so

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Eat Local And Plant-Based when you Cook with Hempeh

If you love to eat local and are in search of vegan or vegetarian proteins, allow me to teach you how to cook with Hempeh.

How To Eat in Season

How to eat in season? It’s easier than you think. Happy to share six sensational ways to eat and drink locally and in season –

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YoCo Taste Trail 2020

Its time for another culinary adventure. This one takes us to South Carolina’s York County, to follow the 2020 YoCo Taste Trail. Thanks to the

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Made In The Carolinas for you to Eat and Drink Local

So many ways to eat and drink locally, all of them this week produced, packaged and made in the Carolinas. With one bonus find, not

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Have a Foodie Field Day this Superbowl Weekend

Wouldn’t be a Superbowl post if I didn’t kick things off by sharing one of my favorite photos! So before we huddle up with all

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More Ways to Eat and Drink Local

As this first week of December almost comes to a close, I’d like to offer another round of wonderful ways for you to eat and

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Six Sensational Ways to Drink Local

It has become a holiday tradition. My December post with a half dozen or so ways to drink local this holiday season and on into

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Holiday Helpers Edition of Eating Local

When it comes to eating local, you know I am always on the search for new and interesting products, produce and proteins to share. In

Nuts About Pecans

Is it Pi-kon or Pee-can? No matter how you say it, pecans are the local nut of the season. Today’s post is driven by my

Eat Local Drink Local

I love what I do! This morning, I am excited to be sharing six sensational ways to eat and drink local on The Charlotte Today Show

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North Carolina Roadtrip: Travel to the Triangle

Time for a recap and all the details on planning your next North Carolina Roadtrip with stops in Burlington, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

Seven Ways to Eat and Drink Local

Eat and Drink Local. Over the years it’s become my mantra. With so many locally grown, raised, caught and made products across the Carolinas, its

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