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Raleigh Farmer's Market: Sweet Potatoes, Fried Green Tomatoes and Goat's Milk Custard

[Photographs: Chichi Wang] Around this time of year the Raleigh Farmers' Market in North Carolina abounds in sweet potatoes. The state leads the country in sweet potato production—more than forty percent, in fact, of the national harvest. In addition to the more familiar kinds, farmers sell varieties you've probably never heard of. Hernandez and Beauregard sweet potatoes, and my favorite, a variety called "White Batus," which a nearby sign described as "very ugly but very sweet." I roasted all three varieties and found that while the Hernandez and Beauregard potatoes were mildly sweet with a moist orange flesh, the White Batus were exceptionally sweet with dense, creamy interiors. After all that sweet potato shopping, I ate at the State... More

Notes from the South: Ribs and Hushpuppies at Allen & Son in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"The ribs were some of the smokiest, moistest specimens I've had the privilege of eating." [Photographs: Chichi Wang] More Notes from the South Rolling Bones Barbecue in Atlanta » Wilber's Barbecue and Currituck BBQ Company » Flip Burger Boutique in Atlanta » Busy Bee in Atlanta » In North Carolina, barbecue generally means one thing and one thing only: smoked pig, chopped up and served with a partly spicy, partly vinegar-based sauce (more on the West-East sauce divide later). Allen & Son in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, may be known for its chopped barbecue, but the restaurant also turns out a mean rack of ribs. At the risk of incensing die-hard North Carolinian chopped barbecue lovers everywhere, I'm going to... More

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