Tops in today's food section, www.charlotteobserver.com/food:
Ah, I remember the days when I suggested a book on family cooking to Raleigh food writer Andrea Weigl: She sniffed like it was moldy bread. Today, she has a 2-year-old, a full-time job and a new appreciation of how hard it is to get a fast meal on the table every night. She apologizes and offers tips from her experience and from readers, including Charlotte teacher Merrill Hacker, in today's story The Weeknight Challenge.
Not all is happy in the life-with-kids lane: Columnist and cookbook author Debbie Moose is tired of people who let the kids run wild at the farmers' markets: Farmers market free-for-all.
In You Asked For It, Robin Domeier asked for the recipe for the cornbread at Mert's Heart and Soul in Charlotte. Owner James Bazzelle was happy to share, including a secret ingredient. Now, will somebody ask Robin to get the recipe for that fantastic honey butter?
This week's Q&A: Got any good ways to freeze herbs?
Also in Food:
- Quick Fix for 2 is making steak fajitas.
- Turn fruit and herbs into syrups for refreshing homemade sodas.
- You don't need to save fennel salad for winter.
- Basmati rice is the first step to a lively pilaf with yogurt.