• Ten Ways to ‘Mess With’ A Tomato Sandwich

    A white bread tomato sandwich with mayonnaise, salt and pepper could be the official summer food of the N.C. coast, but our Liz Biro offers 10 perfectly acceptable variations on the classic.

  • 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.