Food

  • Our Coast’s Food: Holiday Cheese Ball

    Cheese balls may not immediately come to mind when considering holiday food traditions, but the creamy spheres covered with nuts and served with crackers are a longtime favorite on the North Carolina coast.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Mullet Roe

    An exotic delicacy in many cultures dating back thousands of years and a staple and way of life for North Carolina coastal fishing families since Colonial times, mullet roe has gained new favor among top chefs.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Odd Pairings

    Peanuts in Pepsi, Ritz crackers as a lemon pie crust, fried spot and grits — some food combinations enjoyed on the North Carolina coast may seem a bit weird to outsiders.

  • Coastal Cookbooks You Must Have

    Our food writer Liz Biro picks the books that help tell the story of Eastern North Carolina cooking. They are essential reading for anyone who loves our coast, she writes.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Potato Salad

    The Memorial Day weekend is the symbolic start of summer. Liz Biro, our food writer, kicks off the season with a story about a staple of backyard barbecues, church reunions and fish fries.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Strawberry Shortcake

    Strawberry shortcake means different things to different people. A tender, split biscuit layered with sugar-macerated berries and fluffy whipped cream is recognized as the traditional version. But they come in many varieties.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Cornmeal Dumplings

    Cooks on the N.C. coast traditionally add cornmeal dumplings to collard greens but the tasty dollops can also be used to stretch seafood soups, stews and chowders, even when pinching pennies isn’t necessary.

  • N.C. sheepshead with baby turnips, king trumpet mushrooms, butternut squash and preserved chili apple cider fondue at Highland Avenue in Hickory. Photo: Kyle Lee McKnight

    Our Coast’s Food: Keeping It Local

    Chef Kyle Lee McKnight helped launch a local foods movement in Wilmington and although he’s no longer working on the N.C. coast, the flavors, traditions and friends from this region still guide his choices.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Hoppin’ John

    Tradition has it that eating black-eyed peas on Jan. 1 guarantees a prosperous new year but proper preparation is key with the dish known as “hoppin’ john.”