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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Eat My Charlotte

Re: “Why do the black shows on the Food Network suck ass?

The Neally's show rocks!! And all the food is bangin! Lots of flavor and love. The food that they cook is actually grub that i would consider making at home.. Not all this fake organic crap that cost you half of your family income just to fill up the fridge.. On top of all that, they show how a sophisticated black couple is supposed to carry themselves and operate with love in the kitchen.. I also like the fact that they make af-american's look good instead of poor and ignorant!! Toon in for flavor! Unless you like bland potato salad.. LMFAO!

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Posted by MAC-A-BELLY on 06/27/2012 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Recipe: Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

Woah. These cupcakes.<3
I just made them and usually I don't review anything I bake but these were the best cupcakes I've ever had, hands down. Everything was perfect, and went together so nicely! Perfect measurements, too. The cake part was super moist, just like it should be! Then the chocolate ganache was so rich in flavor, just like the icing! I'll admit, while adding the vanilla extract to the icing I did accidently add more than I intended to, but it made it that much better, gave it a very nice and rich vanilla taste :) Very good recipe! Exceeds five stars!

Posted by caitlin1995 on 06/27/2012 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Hunger Games: Taste of Charlotte 2012

I really wanted to go to Taste of Charlotte this year. Those fried pickles look fantastic!! YUM!

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Posted by Amanda Ebright on 06/14/2012 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Eat with your dollars with the Food Babe

Vani, I wish I lived right next to you. I so need to get this healthy eating down for my family. It’s just so hard with being a single working mom of three, on an extremely tight budget.
I have planted our backyard garden for the 2nd yr in a row and just love being able to go outside and get fresh food to put right on the grill. I hope one day to have a home stead farm. As with you we had a health scare, my daughter at 3yrs old had to be taken to John Hopkins in Baltimore, after 4 days there she had to have a liver biopsy, she was diagnosed with Auto Immune Hepatitis and this is an Auto immune disease not the blood hepatits. Look it up its really scary. So I’ve tried slowing (kids are very resistant to chance at least mine are) to include more healthy living. No more chemical cleaners, we make our own laundry soap, weed cleaner, and bug killer. Food shopping is the hardest. NO planning is the hardest. I was never a planner. I have a question, do you think or know if Amish markets (we have one in our town) are truly feeding there animals (they use to butcher for meat) an organic hormone free diet? Thank you for this site and I will continue to include more organic foods for our kids.

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Posted by Gloria Faulkner on 06/14/2012 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Eating With Your Dollars: The best fast food money can buy

Do you bring your juicer with you when traveling? Most juicers don't seem very portable to me. How do you ensure that the raw vegetables you buy abroad to juice are free from harmful substances, such as pesticides and e. coli?

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Posted by Nan Barber on 06/13/2012 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Eat With Your Dollars: Chocolate

Flood86 - (Sorry I don't know your name) Green smoothies and green juicing are two things that are amazing for your health. If you are referring to the Healthy Home Economist's Post about oxalates, I responded to it on my Facebook Page. Also Nutritionist Kim Synder wrote a comprehensive post on the subject you can read here -…
Good Luck!

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Posted by Food Babe on 06/10/2012 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Eat With Your Dollars: Chocolate

Wendy - Thanks for sharing... So excited to hear that you are keeping up with the habits!

Posted by Food Babe on 06/10/2012 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Eat With Your Dollars: Chocolate

I know this is unrelated but I am confused about green smoothies/juices. I am reading more about how it can be harmful to your help because of the oxidation process. Do you have a link to a post you wrote about this? Thanks for responding to all of your comments!

Posted by Flood86 on 06/04/2012 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Eat With Your Dollars: Chocolate

I SO wish we had an Earth Fare where I live! We have pretty good health sections in the super markets and Trader Joes but the closet Whole Foods is an hour or more away :(. I am glad to say though that through working on habit #2, yesterday I chose to eat a Hershey's Kiss that was on the counter, didn't really even want it but ate it anyway. As soon as I put it in my mouth it tasted horrible and a few months ago I could have eaten a whole bag! I really love Theo organic, ft dark orange chocolate. And even better I just looked and it is made locally!! Yay for that!

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Posted by Wendy Pham on 06/04/2012 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Eat With Your Dollars: Chocolate

Hi Cady - Thanks for keeping us all on our toes and getting into the details... I don't think you need to worry about Green & Blacks, it is on several Non-GMO Shopping guides out there. However, you've got my curiosity going and I will try to find out from them if this is 100% correct. The UK company was bought by Kraft a few years ago, and who knows - they could have changed the formula.

And the Alter Eco chocolate does not contain Soy Lecithin and is certified Non-GMO as well. Here are the ingredients, in case you want to know! Cocoa Mass, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Rice-Quinoa Crisps.

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Posted by Food Babe on 06/04/2012 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Eat With Your Dollars: Chocolate

This has been on my mind lately, thanks for doing a post on it! Who doesn't love chocolate??

I used to wonder why anyone would pay for organic or free trade chocolate, and then I got wise to why and I can't ever look at M&Ms or kisses or anything else the same way anymore (which is a good thing, of course). Thanks for helping spread the message!

Is the Alter Eco free of soy lecithin? I can't find the ingredients list on their website, but I'll look for that bar next time I shop at my local green grocer.

Also, previously you have recommended the Green & Black white chocolate bar, but it contains soy lecithin. This post on food renegade has me thinking that's not an okay ingredient, even in organic chocolate:

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Posted by Cady on 06/04/2012 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Eating With Your Dollars: The best fast food money can buy

I've tried a few fruit/veggie combos. I didn't add lemon. That might help. My husband was already to try a juice fast (no fast for me) but he was immediately discouraged by the taste. I'll give the lemon a try. Thanks!

Posted by Robyn Vines Smith on 05/27/2012 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Eating With Your Dollars: The best fast food money can buy

Hi Robyn - I've always loved juice, I guess I'm lucky like that! What combinations are you trying? Are you adding lemon? Lemon really cuts the taste of the greens and is a crucial component. Good Luck... hopefully your taste buds will adjust soon!

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Posted by Food Babe on 05/26/2012 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Eating With Your Dollars: The best fast food money can buy

To MamaOnTheRun,
I recently was inspired to try juicing and bought a $65 juicer from Walmart. It works just fine. I'm glad I went cheap because so far I hate every juice I've tried to make, and so has my husband.
so ...
Vani, I was wondering, was icky to you at first, too? I really have to choke it down, and then I just dread the next batch. Did you have to develop a taste for it or am I just destined to be a miserable juicer? I have put more fruits than vegetables so far to try to make it more appealing to me, but it's still not good.

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Posted by Robyn Vines Smith on 05/21/2012 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Eating With Your Dollars: The best fast food money can buy

Hi Mama on the Run! I'd recommend the Breville for those starting out - super easy to use and clean. It's under 300, especially if you use a coupon from Bed Bath and Beyond :) - check out my site for more details here -…

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Posted by Food Babe on 05/20/2012 at 9:41 AM

Re: “The 3 B's of goodness: Tonight at Queen City Q

Can we maybe hear about these kinds of events in advance, with a date and time, so we might have a chance of actually going?

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Posted by stu on 05/17/2012 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Eating With Your Dollars: The best fast food money can buy

Great insight!

What type of juicer do you use? And what juicer would you recommend to a newbie juicer that needs an affordable option before jumping into a $500+ investment?

Posted by MamaOnTheRun ( on 05/16/2012 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Discovering culture on Jane Jacobs Walk Munching Tour

Kelly, thanks for a wonderful review of our Saturday munching tour. Tom Hanchett was a terrific guide, and we will definitely return to Jamile's, which was a new find for me. Your photos of the dishes are mouth-watering. Mary Newsom, director of

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Posted by Mary Newsom on 05/11/2012 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Discovering culture on Jane Jacobs Walk Munching Tour

I love the Central Ave area. We used to live off Central Ave near Sharon Amity, and we were so close to so much amazing food. I'm so pleased to see these tours being offered. The area is a real gem!

Posted by Jenni Field on 05/08/2012 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Pure Pizza grand opening at 7th Street Public Market


Posted by Kelly O'Connor Yale on 05/08/2012 at 6:07 PM

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