By Kari Winter Kari is a Food & Dining columnist for WCHL/
  • Akai Hana’s Surprising New Treat

    December 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    When my daughter and I feel like having a special night out, just the two of us, sometimes to celebrate a good report card, sometimes just because we feel like it has been too long (which, for us, means more than 3 weeks), we head to Akai Hana for some sushi. For a 7-year-old, that […]

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    A Smart Local Cookie

    December 3, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Ten years ago, Elizabeth Pyle was working in the field of interior architecture in San Francisco. Today she is the mother of 7-year-old twins, using her baking skills and business acumen to run Local Cookie out of her Carrboro home. Local Cookie makes (you guessed it) cookies, but also morning pastries like scones, muffins, coffee […]

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    Happy Hour For the Holidays

    November 21, 2013 at 6:00 am

    The holidays are coming, and a lot of us have friends and family coming into town. It is always nice to be able to find a place that suits your wallet and feels comfortable for you and your company, and it is nice to have as much choice as we do locally. Below is a […]

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    Better Breadcrumbs

    November 5, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I absolutely love a good, crusty loaf of bread. At least once a week, a nice ciabatta, baguette or sourdough loaf makes its way into the kitchen, bound for a basket on the dinner table. We rarely end up finishing it that night, and at least with the baguette, it isn’t going to be as […]

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    Sherry and Tapas: A Homemade Spanish Getaway

    October 22, 2013 at 6:00 am

    If you ever think about sherry, you may well think of it as something someone’s maiden aunt would drink, and only on special occasions. But it might be time to open yourself up to it a little; sherry is not just a drink for stodgy types. It turns out that sherry can actually be a […]

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    Farm Food Share

    October 2, 2013 at 6:00 am

    There is something about feeding people that makes many of us feel that we’re giving and showing our love. An afternoon spent on a birthday cake for a child, a few hours put aside to make a special meal for our significant other, food brought to new parents or the bereaved – these are all […]

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    Tea Time at the Carolina Inn

    September 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Sometimes we all feel like doing something special, celebrating a big event in our lives, treating someone we care about in an out of the ordinary way. One great way to do that is going to afternoon tea at the Carolina Inn. A friend and I have made it an annual tradition to take our […]

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    Ideas: Packing School Lunches

    September 10, 2013 at 6:00 am

    The kids are back to school and the regularly scheduled insanity begins.

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    Recipes! Banh Mi

    August 28, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Banh mi originated in Vietnam during French rule, and both cultures are represented in this wonderful sandwich.

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    Recipes! Grilled Indonesian Chicken

    August 22, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Summer is winding down, but we’re lucky to live in an area where we can grill outside for most of the year.