September 2, 2014

NCFOOD is the North Carolina Folklife Institute’s blog exploring our state’s traditional cooking and foodways. Every highway and byway in the state is a potential jumping off point for a food adventure, whether discovering the Restaurante Rosa de Saron in Sampson County or the Pakse Café in Greensboro.

You’ll find stories and personal experiences about farmers and food artisans, local recipes, and great traditional eateries -- a celebration of the rich and diverse food traditions of North Carolina. Celebrate the magic that happens when many cultures come together around a common table.

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by Deborah Miller (with tasty comments from Joy Salyers) Joy surely wasn't looking for a European Deli and Grocery while Googling (it's a word now, right?) for something else.  It was one of those happy accidents. From the corner came "Deborah!  We've got to go here!" and I knew there was another adventure in our future.  One day last week, after several projects and deadlines had been put to bed, we set out to … [Read more...]

My Grandmother’s Garden

Squash blossoms in Malinda Dunlap Fillingim's grandmother's garden.

by Malinda Dunlap Fillingim It’s a shame I have such clean hands. I really miss them being dirty, real dirty, so dirty I have to wash them with the garden hose even before going inside to wash them again and again until my fingernails are discovered under layers of dirt. Dirty hands came easily as a child working outside with my grandmother in her garden. With the Sauratown Mountains watching our efforts we … [Read more...]

The Past Becomes a Present

The Wagoner Family Cookbook

by Deborah Miller I hit my early 30’s with a couple of significant, but soon to be important, strangers in my how-fast-can-I-run life. One was my second husband, who I hadn’t quite met yet, the other was my kitchen where I mostly kept the beer cold, the coffee hot, and stashed take-out as I hurried on the way to somewhere else. I didn’t hate cooking. In fact, there was something calm and almost Zen-like there … [Read more...]

Mountain Trout Is N.C. Good

Trout from Sunburst is enjoyed at home after the visit.

by Ray Linville Imagine fishing in a fast-flowing, rocky mountain stream and reeling in trout for dinner. Such experiences have always been part of the food culture in the Blue Ridge region, whether for the Cherokee with prehistoric ties to its hills and streams or the families who settled there after the Trail of Tears campaign evicted most Cherokee from their tribal territory. Visitors today can easily … [Read more...]

The Queen of Clean Goes Sanitary

Hushpuppies from the Sanitary Fish Market, Morehead City, NC

by Malinda Dunlap Fillingim In my 1941 first edition of Jonathan Daniels’ book, Tar Heels: A Portrait of North Carolina, I read with delight his sentence in the ‘Frying Pan and Jug’ chapter, “North Carolinians don’t eat out unless they have to.” This was the case in my house while growing up. We never ate out unless we absolutely had to, primarily because of my mother’s life motto that cleanliness was next to … [Read more...]

Exploring Ramps

Ramp hunting in North Carolina.

by Laura Fieselman I had the great pleasure of joining friends for a weekend near the Carolina-Virginia line in early May. One of these friends happens to be a forester by training and she offered us a very special gift while we were there: "I know a patch of ramps," she said. "Want to go?" Of course I wanted to go. Of course I wanted a chance to see these famed wild leeks in their native habitat. The plants … [Read more...]

Snak Shak

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by Evan Hatch How much do we love collard sandwiches here in North Carolina?  So much so that we've featured several posts over the years from Jefferson Currie II and Ray Linville, each singing their juicy, fat-back laced praises.  In this case, more is more. ~Deborah Miller, Editor, NC FOOD At the intersection of NC Hwy 41 and Eldorado Road outside Fairmont, North Carolina, sets a squat white cinder block … [Read more...]

Lessons From the Churn

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by Malinda Dunlap Fillingim The young boy at the ice cream store eagerly requested a large portion of ice cream on a fancy waffle cone. His mother said he could get a small cone, not the large one he requested. After a few minutes of whining, the mother relented and gave him the double scooped cone of chocolate ice cream, which he tossed aside after two bites, denouncing it as “Yuk.” His second cone, also a … [Read more...]

J&G Bar-B-Que

"The last incarnation of J&G Barbecue. A new location on South Church Street, Burlington, NC. Not the same, but as close as it came.They did follow the same recipes and learned the techniques from the previous owner. George Overman."

by Evan Hatch Just one more addition to our month-long celebration of North Carolina Barbecue!  We couldn't resist Evan's eulogy to his favorite barbecue memory. ~Deborah Miller, Editor, NCFood. This love letter is long late.  J & G Barbecue, formerly of Haw River, North Carolina has left this earth.  On December 22nd, 2012, after two fires, two locations, and two separate groups of owners, J & G moved … [Read more...]

Foods Made in N.C. Often Continue Family Traditions

The slogan of “Got to Be NC” is prevalent throughout the food exposition.

by Ray Linville Have you ever wandered through a festival that showcases the best flavors and tastes of North Carolina? Imagine attending an event that highlights the best of N.C. agriculture and celebrates specialty foods made in our state. The three-day, family-friendly Got to Be NC Festival  held each May at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh draws attention to food creations of long-standing as well newly … [Read more...]