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Holiday Recipe with a Twist

The holidays are the perfect time to try new recipes for family gatherings. Pastry Chef Jamie Suddoth shares her recipe for a Yule Log cake.    Vertical Layer Yule Log Cake   Yule Log Cake by Pastry Chef Jamie Suddoth By Jamie Suddoth   Prep Time:  45 minutes to 1 hour Yield:  1 – 8 inch Cake which Feeds 10 to 12 people Recipes: Chocolate Roulade 4 ½ ounces Bread Flour 1 ½ ounces Cocoa powder 6 ounces Sugar 24 Egg yolks 8 Egg Whites 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon Salt   Method of Preparation Preheat Oven to 400 degrees Line two jelly roll pans with parchment Whisk together flour and cocoa, set aside With an electric mixer whip the egg yolks, ½ the sugar and the vanilla until thick and pale yellow, set aside Whip egg whites with salt until foam begins to form, slowly add the remaining sugar and whip to form a stiff peaked meringue Fold in 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk mixture to lighten.…

A Taste of Eastern Europe

  By Jimese S. Orange We have Charlotte’s diverse immigrant population to thank for giving us access to a dynamic array of ethnic foods. Explore eastern European cuisine off the beaten path at family-owned restaurants specializing in Bosnian and Polish comfort foods.…

A Taste of Africa in the Queen City

By Jimese Orange My first experience with African food was through Ethiopian cuisine. As I tore into the spongy flat bread called injera, using it simultaneously as food and a utensil to soak up the spicy assortment of stews, vivid memories of my maternal grandmother were invoked.…

Chefs Making Their Mark in Culinary Arts

By Jimese Orange With social media hashtags such as #blackowned, #buyblack and #blackbusiness trending, it’s easier than ever for potential customers to find and support local businesses and recycle dollars within the community, especially during the holiday season. In the culinary arts and local food scene, chefs are connecting with and servicing customers in unconventional ways, beyond the usual restaurant venture.…