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When we decided to dig into some of North Carolina’s most beloved cookbooks for a Tar Heel-centric Thanksgiving menu, we decided that turkey - not possum - really should stay on the table.

Fresh sea scallops served with a colorful Vegetable Rice Medley make a quick dinner that takes 20 minutes to complete.

Simple snacks that are portable, taste great with cold beer, and can be made in a flash are the best kind.

In case there is any doubt, let’s clear this up: You don’t have to eat meat to crave gravy at Thanksgiving.

Toasting helps to release the flavor and oils in the spices and nuts, lending depth and wonderfully rich flavor to a dish.

Frances Mayes, the author of the popular book “Under the Tuscan Sun,” divides her time between Italy and Hillsborough, and now she divides her time between books and wines.

Nominate a Charlotte-area amateur baker to be featured in the Observer on Dec. 10, and they could win a 2014 baking cookbook.


  • Looking for culinary adventure? We pulled together a sampling of international cuisines around town. Get packing.

Want fresh produce this fall? We've got you covered

Looking for local food (and a little fun)? Be sure to check out these spots this fall

Map, list: Pick-your-own farms
Interactive map: Charlotte-area farmers markets

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This pasta dish from Brio is a customer favorite because of the combination of flavors and the lightness and “simplicity” of the sauce.

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