yogurt

Cooking With Yogurt

The Mediterranean Diet was ranked the 2019 Best Diet Overall by the US News and World Report. Eating yogurt as is, or using it in recipes, is a great way to bring the Mediterranean Diet to your table. Charlotte Food writer, shares several great ways to keep things healthy and cook with yogurt. #UndeniablyDairy

sweet potatoes

It Starts with Sweet Potatoes

Looking for some fun last minute appetizers that can take you into the new year? Food writer Heidi Billotto has the answer and it all starts with NC Sweet Potatoes!

Durham Distillery

Durham Distillery: Drinking Local with Gin, Vodka and Damn Fine Liqueurs

In this series of local craft cocktail recipe posts, from Food Writer, Heidi Billotto, you’ll find recipes using local spirits and beverages. Featured in our glasses in this Drink Local post: the delicious family of spirits from Durham Distillery from Durham, North Carolina!

plate presentation

Plate Presentation 101: Tips, Recipes and a Video

Even if you are not an industry pro, you can still score when it comes to the art of plate presentation. Use this post from Charlotte Culinary Expert, Heidi Billotto, as a guide for a few quick Holiday How-To’s that will take you through the season and keep your plating game strong throughout the year.

plate presentation

Plating Like A Pro: Heidi’s Holiday How-To

Even if you are not an industry pro, you can still score when it comes to presentation with a few quick Holiday How-To’s that will take you through the season and keep your plating game strong throughout the year.Even if you are not an industry pro, you can still score when it comes to presentation with a few of Heidi Billotto’s quick Holiday How-To’s that will take you through the season and keep your plating game strong throughout the year.

cinnamon rolls

The Sugar (& Cinnamon) To Sprinkle on Your Snow Day

Charlotte NC based Food writer, Heidi Billotto, shares how to sweeten your snow day with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon on a mouthwatering fresh baked treat!

milk

Cooking with Milk: Let Dairy Make a Difference

As many of you know, I am a big believer in eating and drinking local; and in eating real food instead of processed substitutes.  Recently

local lamb and goat

Local Lamb and Goat | Farm to Fork Fresh

Today we are cooking with pasture raised and grass-fed local lamb and goat. As you make plans to visit the Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market this

North Carolina Fish Tales: A Cookbook, Soft Crabs & A Day Down East

For those of you who follow my blog and my social media feeds, you already know that  I am all about supporting local farmers and

what to eat

The What I Eight: July 4 Edition

The July 4 holiday always means time to celebrate our country’s early beginnings with friends and family.  For us, this year,  the week included an

nibbles sips

Grilling NC Beef – Meet your Local Ranchers & Watch a Recipe Video, Too!

In the mood to start Grilling NC Beef? You can get started at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market on Saturday, watch this video later on

Eat Local North Carolina Beef

Meat Me At The Farmers’ Market: Eat Local North Carolina Beef

It’s Time to Eat Local North Carolina Beef And just like, that the weather turned the corner and we go from ice cold frosty mornings

Local Lamb and goat

Put Local Pork on Your Fork | Meat Me At The Market

In this, a continuing series featuring the wide variety of local meat  found at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, the focus this week at HeidiBillottoFood.com is how to get local Pork on your fork!

Local Lamb and goat

Eat Local At the Regional Charlotte Farmers’ Market: Cooking with Local Meats

It is so easy in the Charlotte area to Shop Local from local vendors and local farmers – Enjoy this HeidiBillottoFood.com blog post post with recipes for meaty local proteins from pork and beef to rabbit, goat, elk, lamb and more. #MeatMeAtTheMarket

Heidi Billotto’s Easy 30 Minute Paella “As Seen On TV”

I love sharing new recipes in these posts, in my cooking classes and on the televised cooking segments  I am asked to do from month

NC Sweet Potato Toasties: The Whole Story with Recipe, Video & More

How Do You Like Your Sweet Potatoes? Many of you may only think about this locally grown vegetable around Thanksgiving when you will use it

NC Sweet Potato Toasties: A new take on an old local favorite

How do you like your sweet potatoes?  Now, I know, that many of you think about this locally grown vegetable primarily around Thanksgiving and use

Sweet & Savory for the Holiday Season

I have a dear friend who is fond of the saying, “You can’t buy Happiness, but you sure can bake it!” Truer words were never

eat and drink local

Eat & Drink Local: Cooking & Cocktailing with NC Elderberries

There is no question that elderberries are a good-for-you food.  These tiny berries are packed with minerals like iron and potassium; vitamins A, B and

restaurant guide

Cheers! Raise a Glass, its Time to Drink Local!

  Cheers to North Carolina’s Thriving Community of Distillers and Legal Moonshine  Raise your glasses and say, “Cheers!” Some 84 years ago today Prohibition in

Cheers! It’s time to Drink Local!

Lots of ways to Drink Local in the Carolinas. Of course, the wine industry is huge here and the focus on craft beers is without

Easy to Eat Local: Six Stories of Local Products & Recipes, too!

It’s Easy to Eat Local… I simply love shopping at local farmers’ markets every week, so that I can incorporate  much local product, produce and

Easy to Eat Local

I am delighted to be sharing with you today a half dozen wonderful ways you can eat local, simply by opening a box, bottle package

Fresh from the Farmers’ Market: Pork Chops and Sweet Tater Tots

I love shopping at farmers’ markets and eating local. For those of you who have read the stories I share on these digital pages, or

homegrown tomatoes

Home Grown Tomatoes

Plant ’em in the spring eat ’em in the summer, All winter without ’em’s a culinary bummer…                  

Biscuits and the Big Deal about Baking with Buttermilk

I come to you today on the heels of three days in Knoxville, Tennessee. First at the Southern Food Writing Conference and then at the

North Carolina Fish Tales: A Cookbook, Soft Crabs & A Day Down East

For those of you who follow my blog and my social media feeds, you already know that  I am all about supporting local farmers and

Proffitt Cattle Company: GotToBeNC Organic Grass Fed Beef

Agriculture is by far the largest industry in the state of North Carolina. And when I say agriculture, I’m not just talking produce, but proteins

The Sugar (& Cinnamon) To Sprinkle on Your Snow Day

Dateline: January 6 2017 , Charlotte NC. So they say its going to snow. That’s #SnOMG or #Snomageddon for those of you anxious to share

Easy to Eat Local: Open a Package, Jar, Bottle or Box

If you follow me on social media, this blog or have watched me cooking on television or have come to any of my cooking classes,

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