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Mix "Iron Chef" with "Family Feud" and you've got "My Momma Throws Down" (8 tonight, TV One), a cooking competition show that pits everyday moms against one another. It makes for a tasty little show.
Hosted by comic/actor Ralph Harris, the show features two moms, nominated by a family member, competing in red or blue aprons and making a surprise dish, albeit one that might be found at any kitchen table. (In the first episode, it's squash casserole.) Judges taste the meal to anoint the top momma; on the first panel is noted food historian Jessica B. Harris and the sister trio from the fabulous 2000-2004 TV show "Soul Food"-- Vanessa Williams, Malinda Williams and Nicole Ari Parker.
EJ's Soul Food restaurant opened last month in downtown Cary in the space formerly occupied by Cindy's House Cafe.
Owner Erma "E.J." Jones says she and her husband retired last year and decided to move to the Triangle from Maryland after enjoying vacations in North Carolina. Jones says she and her husband had owned a daycare and school but wanted to open a business in retirement. Given her upbringing, a restaurant seemed like a good fit.
"Being the oldest of eight children and the oldest girl, you know who did all the cooking," Jones says.
Their restaurant, Jones says, is the opposite of fast food: everything is homemade. She quips the food is so filling that "you need a nap afterward."
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