Food

  • 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.”

  • Have Yourself a Colonial Christmas

    A cook in Ocean Isle Beach modernized recipes from Colonial-era cookbooks to come up with a meal that could have graced holiday tables in the 1700s.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Lightning Rolls

    Christmas is about five weeks away, but our food writer, Liz Biro, can already smell the yeast rolls, called “Loitin’ Rolls” along the Core Sound and the Outer Banks, baking in the oven.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Candied Yams

    Candied yams is a favorite Southern dish but this noble, historically significant root deserves a more fitting crown than the familiar marshmallow goo.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Cornbread

    Introduced to colonists by native Americans, cornbread, a simple staple that varies in preparation from region to region, continues to endure as it evolves.

  • A Simple Favorite: Shrimp Cocktail

    Shrimp cocktail has been a familiar appetizer since the early 1900s, and while the preparation may be simple, seasoning and presentation can make it unique.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Brunswick Stew

    Recipes for this traditional, Southern coastal stew are sure to cause an argument. Is it chicken or pork, opossum or squirrel? Should it be thick or soupy?