January 16, 2017

Lenten Fish Fries in 2015

by Joy Salyers North Carolina historian David Cecelski helped start NC Food, delighting readers for the blog's first five years with his explorations of state foodways and his musings about food's connections to place, family, and all that is good in life. In 2011, he noted in a food blog post that “It’s one of the nice things about Friday nights this time of year: you can often find a fish fry at your local … [Read more...]

Fermented cabbage

by Elijah Gaddis When we put out the call for NCFood posts on fermentation, we had no idea we'd get two so close together!  But fermentation, the ages-old method of preserving foods, is a hot topic. Yes, it tastes great, but it also deconstructs the confines of the growing season. Thanks to both Elijah Gaddis and Lisa Fieselman for answering the preservation call!  ~ Deborah Miller, Editor, NC Food. I write … [Read more...]

Hatteras Farewell

A couple weeks ago, I was a guest at the Hatteras fishing community’s Day at the Docks. It’s a wonderful celebration of that Outer Banks village’s fishing heritage and living traditions, and I felt deeply honored to be part of it.  Originally founded after hurricane Isabel in 2003 as a day to celebrate the island’s recovery, this very special event now spans four days every September. There’s something for … [Read more...]

Yana’s Peach Fritters

A few days after my mother’s funeral, my daughter and I stopped for breakfast at Yana’s Restaurant in Swansboro, in Onslow County. We were bound for Bear Island, the site of remote beaches and salt marshes that were among my favorite places growing up. Perched over the White Oak River, Yana’s occupies an old building that once held a drugstore and soda fountain in the mid-20th century. Fish packinghouses, an … [Read more...]