Category: Cuisine

Top tables for drinking and dining at Lake Norman.

Pig Out

Barbecue lovers rejoice as Midwood Smokehouse comes to Birkdale Village. With the closing of Smoke Modern Barbeque at Birkdale Village, it was only a short time before a new tenant was announced. At the end of May, news broke that Midwood Smokehouse would take over the space and bring its signature style north. Midwood Smokehouse is part of the FS…

Low & Slow

The key to any summer cookout has to be the spread—and ribs cooked just right are a guaranteed palate pleaser. People still have preferences (barbecue sauce, dry rub, or some combination of both), so this recipe tells you how to master all three. Countdown Baby Back Ribs 2 racks baby back ribs Bacon drippings (cold) or lard (oil) to coat…

Funky Fusion

Ramen is the latest trendy dish to take over the food scene. Chef Troy’s version is a Cajun-influenced fusion dish perfect for experimenting in the kitchen. Gumbo Ramen 1/3 cup shortening or canola oil 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup celery, fine dice 1/3 cup green bell pepper, fine dice ½ cup onion, fine dice 3 cloves of garlic, fine…

Flour Power

After 30 years working in human resources, Deborah Hamilton retired at age 55 to start a second career managing dough—bread dough, that is. Five years ago, she and her husband, Bob, opened a Great Harvest Bakery Café in north Charlotte and this spring, they are gearing up to open a second location in Cornelius. The bakery is slated to open…

Kindred’s Milk Bread Cinnamon Rolls

By now, most people know the milk bread at Davidson’s Kindred restaurant is a must. After all, it has garnered national praise—and the warm loafs delivered to every table set the tone for a tasty meal before you’ve even ordered at the popular restaurant. But the other can’t-miss dough creations at the family-run spot are the milk bread cinnamon rolls.…

Outdoor Eats

It’s time to break out the patio furniture—cookout season has arrived. While the grill is heating up, keep guests satiated with this refreshing appetizer. Pickled Shrimp Hoe Cake with Goat Cheese Mousse Shrimp 1 pound (21-25) shrimp, peeled and deveined 24 ounces beer 4 cups water 1 tablespoon Tabasco 1 serrano pepper, stem removed and sliced thin ½ cup white…

Ramen Soul

Comfort, The Beatles, and quality ingredients collide at Ramen Soul. As I walk through the door of Fork! in Cornelius, the smell of one of my favorite types of comfort food, ramen, greets me like an old friend. I’ve come to Fork!, which opened in 2013, to talk to Chef Tim Groody and his wife and business partner, Melanie, about…