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A tale of wings cook-off champions, grilled corn and other recipes

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I have a story about The Bomb Squad cook team that tried to take first place at Ray Price Harley-Davidson's annual wings cook-off four years in a row. Go HERE to read about them.

(First-time competitors Pilar Smith and Robert Free of Sanford pictured above; photo by staff photographer Chuck Liddy.)

And be sure to check out our photo gallery from the competition.

Chef April Bloomfield of the famed Spotted Pig has a new cookbook. Check out an interview with her from The Chicago Tribune.

Suzanne Havala Hobbs' On the Table column is about eating healthy fats in avocados.

For more avocado inspiration, Linda Gassenheimer's Quick Fix column shares recipes for fish tacos with avocado salad.

Diane Rossen Worthington's Seriously Simple column shares a recipe for grilled corn.

We share a story from with a recipe for a strawberry milkshake.

We share a Minneapolis Star-Tribune story with a recipe for flatbreads.

This is a story to save: what foods to pitch after the power goes out.

We share a Chicago Tribune story with a recipe for tropical mango-chicken salad.

Finally, here's an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story about how eating fruits and vegetables help keep you hydrated despite the hot weather.

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About the blogger

Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.