recipes

Recipe: Tomato Casserole from the NCDA&CS Chief of Staff

Now that tomato season is underway and they’re popping up in your local farmers market, it’s time to get creative with summer recipes. While the classic tomato sandwich never gets old, Zane Hedgecock, the N.C. Department of Agriculture chief of staff, has a unique twist on the traditional favorite to share. North Carolina ranks seventh […]

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Recipe: Crowd pleasing Watermelon Fruit Bowl

This week the State Farmers Market celebrated Watermelon Day. Watermelons are cool and juicy and perfect for a hot summer day. A watermelon fruit bowl is a great way to serve watermelon, the rind itself serves as the bowl. Good quality melons are usually firm, symmetrical in shape, fresh, attractive in appearance and of good […]

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Recipe: Mama’s Chili Sliders

Recipe: Mama’s Chili Sliders

We are just a few day’s from one of the largest eating days of the year in the United States, behind Thanksgiving of course. And while you can’t go wrong serving chicken wings at your Super Bowl party, here is something delicious from this year’s N.C. State Fair.  Mama’s Chili Sliders submitted by Pamela Cash […]

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Recipe: Pork favorites from NC Food Bloggers

Recipe: Pork favorites from NC Food Bloggers

Last month, a handful of N.C. food bloggers  celebrated “Pork-tober,” also known as National Pork Month, by highlighting farmers, farmers markets and recipes featuring pork. The results? Delicious. Our state ranks second nationally in pork production. Duplin, Sampson, Bladen and Wayne counties are our top hog-producing counties. Hogs accounted for almost $2.3 billion in cash […]

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Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

Shorter days plus colder nights equals the perfect scenario for trying out a few new soup recipes. We suggest a recipe that uses favorite, in-season fall fruits and vegetables. Butternut squash, pears and apples are all readily available at farmers markets. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services runs four farmers markets that operate […]

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November is N.C. Pecan Month

As families prepare for the holiday season, N.C. pecan farmers are harvesting their crop. The Tar Heel state produces 3 to 5 million pounds of pecans annually, and 2017 is shaping up to be a great year. That’s welcome news for local growers after last year’s crop was devastated when Hurricane Matthew pummeled Southeastern North […]

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In the kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Fall favorites

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. This month’s recipes are in-season, favorite fall flavors, apples and figs. The following recipe is unique and tasty -a delicious treat of sweet, savory, smoky and spicy. Lisa suggests trying them on the grill. Bacon Wrapped […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Tomato sandwiches four ways

In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Tomato sandwiches four ways

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. Below, Brian and Lisa feature recipes starring a favorite of summertime meals – the tomato. Check out your local farmers market for an abundant selection of sun-kissed tomatoes. Lisa advises to make sure your ingredients are […]

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Recipes: Celebrating NC-raised beef

Recipes: Celebrating NC-raised beef

May is National and North Carolina Beef Month and a great time to find fresh N.C. beef from your local farmers market or grocery store. With more than 1,000 registered meat handlers in North Carolina, finding fresh and local meat is easier than ever. There are a variety of beef choices, including grass-fed, grain-fed, grass-finished and […]

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Recipe Roundup: Spring time is egg time

Recipe Roundup: Spring time is egg time

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. Below, Brian and Lisa feature recipes with eggs as the star ingredient. The egg industry ranks seventh in North Carolina commodity receipts. Farmers produce 7.5 million eggs each day, or roughly enough to feed every resident […]

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Got to be NC recipes: Peanut butter

Got to be NC recipes: Peanut butter

The peanut. Call it a nut. Or better yet, call it a legume. Either way, it’s delicious! March is National Peanut month and the perfect time to enjoy some North Carolina peanuts. Peanuts are grown on more than 90,000 acres in North Carolina. The state mostly produces the type of peanuts that are sold in […]

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Tar Heel Kitchen: Fried Sweet Potatoes

Tar Heel Kitchen: Fried Sweet Potatoes

Since 1926, the Agricultural Review has been a free newspaper published by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For many years, The Tar Heel Kitchen was a featured column written by the department’s marketing home economist. These recipes tended to be seasonal with just a handful of ingredients. We thought these recipes needed […]

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