Dinner in 15-minutes, need I say more? This is the prefect evening to make this soup. You'll be done before you favorite T.V. show comes on...
I missed this story while on vacation but I'm so glad it was pointed out to me last week during the food journalists conference.
John T. Edge, one of my favorite Southern writers, is now writing a monthly story for the New York Times food section called "United Tastes." Last month, he wrote about pepperoni rolls in West Virginia. Well, that food migrated to Western Pennsylvania where I ate them as a child growing up in Pittsburgh. I love them and hadn't really remembered them until this summer when I returned to Pittsburgh and ducked into Mancini's Bakery in the city's Strip District. Not only did they sell wonderful Italian bread, but they were now selling pepperoni rolls to the weekend crowds. They make thousands of them.
If you don't know, a pepperoni roll is simply frozen bread dough rolled out, a line of pepperoni slices and cheese running down the center, the dough is folded back over to seal it. Once baked, you slice it like a loaf of bread, and each slice has the perfect combination of bread, pepperoni, melted cheese and grease.
Here is a link to the story:
Which cookbooks should reign supreme? This is from food52's Web site:
"Inspired by The Morning News' Tournament of Books, we got together with our friend Charlotte Druckman and created the Tournament of Cookbooks. Here on food52, you can watch the action and weigh in on the results as the 16 most notable cookbooks of 2009 vie for the coveted Piglet trophy. The tournament features 17 top food writers and chefs as judges. Play will take place over the course of 4 weeks, with a decision published each weekday."
Today's battle: John Besh's "My New Orleans" v. "Real Cajun" by Donald Link and Paula Disbrowe.
Nothing against Besh, but last week at the Association of Food Journalist's Taste of New Orleans event, Link's pork belly appetizer was the best thing served in my opinion. And I ate a full four-course meal at Besh's restaurant, August.
Of course, I'm a sucker for pork belly.
Carolina Brewery has signed a distribution deal with Harris Inc., which will make the beer in 64-ounce growlers available for purchase at local Harris Teeters.
Harris also will distribute the beer in kegs to restaurants and bars, and the beer is already available at Maggianos Little Italy and Wyndham Garden Hotel in Durham.
The distributor will be focusing on the brewery's Sky Blue Golden Ale, Flagship IPA and Copperline Amber Ale, as well as current seasonal offerings as Ocktoberfest and Firecracker Pale Ale.
Carolina Brewery has been brewing beer at its Chapel Hill restaurant since 1995. It added a second location in Pittsboro in 2007. It is the Triangle's oldest brewery.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from now until Halloween, kids (10 and under) in costume eat free at Skylines Cafe.
Also, these weekly bargains continue to be offered at Skylines:
* Wednesdays: half price bottles of wine
* Thursdays $5 martinis, with live music from 7:30-9:30pm
A free showing of Fresh, the movie, is being shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Cary.
Following the movie, Sun Butler, the farm and garden manager for Interfaith Food Shuttle, and John O'Sullivan from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems will lead a discussion about efforts to build a sustainable food system in North Carolina.
The five courses include warm baby arugula salad with lobster, peach sauce and toasted almonds then grilled pizza with roasted bell peppers, sausage, basil and fig preserves and wine reduction and then braised rabbit ragout with shiitake mushrooms and sweet potato gnocchi.
The meal costs $79 per person, excluding tax and tip. To make a reservation, call 828-0018.
So much to catch up on all that is going on in the Triangle's culinary scene!
This press release definitely caught my eye: on the back of every ticket to a Carolina Hurricanes home game is a 25 percent off food discount for any Rocky Top Hospitality restaurant.
You may not recognize the company's name but I'm sure you know their restaurants: Michael Dean's, The Twisted Fork, Red Room, Bogart's, Hi5, and The Mash House Brewery in Fayetteville.
When the temperature dipped down to 55 degrees Monday night after a day of rain and wind, all I wanted to eat was chili. But everyone knows that chili is better the second day, so I opted for spaghetti and meat sauce. But I think with ground turkey breast on sale at the Harris Teeter this week, I may get my wish for a leaner version of this comfort food.
I happen to find a recipe in a cookbook called "The Frugal Foodie Cookbook," by Alanna Kaufman and Alex Small. I'm giving away a copy of this cookbook. For a chance to win, you must leave a comment at the bottom of this previous post about the giveaway.
Each Wednesday, I offer a complete list of the wine tastings across the Triangle because the complete list often cannot run in the paper due to lack of space.
Flight Nights. 4 p.m. Wednesdays. 2425 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. 303-9463.
Hope Valley Bottle Shop
5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham. 403-5200.
Great Grapes Wine Shop
4 p.m. Thursday and noon Saturday. Free. 1237 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary.