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Local food advisory council bill passes House committee

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The N.C. House agriculture committee passed legislation this afternoon creating a local food policy advisory board that aims to help small-scale sustainable farmers across the state.

Chef Sarig at Western Wake Farmers' Market Saturday

Chef Sarig Agasi will be offering free samples of gazpacho at this Saturday's Western Wake Farmers Market. Agasi's appearance is part of a National Farmers' Market Week celebration. Beyond the gazpacho, there will be a live jazz band and face painting for the children starting at 10 a.m. 

The market runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Morrisville Carpenter Road at Carpenter Village. More information is available at the Web site.

Paula Deen's sons coming to Cary

Mark your calendars Deen brothers' fans.

Jamie and Bobby Deen, the sons of Paula Deen, the Southern cooking star, are coming to the Barnes & Noble in Cary at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The bookstore is located at 760 SE Maynard Road in Cary. They will be signing copies of their new book, "The Deen Bros. Take It Easy: Quick and Affordable Meals the Whole Family Will Love." 

I'll share more details as soon as I find out more. 

Solas' 1-year anniversary party

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Solas is celebrating its one-year anniversary Aug. 13 with a special menu and live music.

Chef Cliff Vogelsberg will be serving up a grilled filet with Cabernet goat cheese and lobster with champagne butter for $30. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. Then at 10 p.m. Vertigo, a U2 cover band, will perform on the second floor lounge of the Glenwood South restaurant and bar. 

Call 755-0755 for a reservation.

C'est si Bon! cooking school has openings next week

C'est si Bon! cooking school owner Dorette Snover reports there are a few openings left in their kid-chef summer camp next week. It's French week at the Chapel Hill cooking school and they will be teaching how to make ratatouille, aioli, artichoke and mushroom beignets, honey ice cream and much more.

Triangle Wine Tastings

If any of you love to drink wine and love to taste wine, especially for free, you need to know about this Web site: Triangle Vino It has a calendar that lists tasting events all over the Triangle. The authors, Eric and Leandra, have a minature schnauzer named Riesling. 

We'll add Triangle Vino to the list of local food blogs on the bottom left of the Mouthful blog's home page.

In today's paper: Epicurean, biscuits

In case you missed what ran in today's food section:

Greg Cox dishes up new restaurant news in his Epicurean column about Eden opening in Durham, in the space formerly occupied by Starlu, and a new sandwich shop in North Raleigh. And Cox's Hot List is a round up of the Triangle's Italian restaurants. 

Kathleen Purvis offers easy biscuit recipes

And I wrote the next installment of the Meet Farmer Joe series about RambleRill farm.

Batch Cooking, an easier method

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I just read a fascinating post on batch cooking. Like the author, I'm in awe of those who cook a month's worth of meals in one go. This blogger has a better solution for those who can't find a 12-hour stretch but rather can find some time in the evenings once the children are in bed.

Here is the link at the Wise Bread blog

Frugal Feasts: Crockpot pork tacos

Each Wednesday, I offer a recipe based on what's on sale at the local grocery stores. 

Food Lion has whole pork picnic on sale for 79 cents a pound. That's a good price because it often costs between $1.89 to $2.19 a pound. We often make pork tacos for a busy weeknight. We throw the pork shoulder roast into a crockpot and dinner is ready when you get home. 

Recipe: Lucky 32's Pickled Mirliton Chow Chow

In today's Specialty of the House column, the featured recipe is Lucky 32's Bayou Shrimp Cakes with Voodoo Glaze. At the restaurant, the dish is garnished with a spoonful of Pickled Mirliton Chow Chow. Here's the recipe for that finishing touch: