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Contents November 2009

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56 Departments ­­ 12 From The Publisher Let Us Entertain You

14 Queen City Jewels

Happenings You Don’t Want To Miss, Plus: Upcoming Holiday Events

20 Money Talks

Simplify Your Life The Techno Way

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Johnson & Wales’ Wanda Cropper Shares Her Passion For Pastries With Students

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Belva Greenage ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

Fern Howerin Editor

Michelle Young Hubacher Assistant Editor

Karsen Price ART DIRECTor

Anita O’Hara SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Carrie Boyd Sales Director

Kristen Dibble Sales Executive

Barbara Herd Business Manager

Nikki Wilson WEb Designer

Cliff McNamara Contributing Editor

Leigh Barrett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Fiona Harmon Melinda Johnston Lee Rhodes Diane Silcox-Jarrett Joanna Zikos

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Augusto Photography Scott Stiles 5200 Park Road, Suite 111 Charlotte, NC 28209 704/521-6872 www.todayscharlottewoman.com Today’s Charlotte Woman is published by Today’s Woman Inc., and is distributed on a complimentary basis throughout the greater Charlotte area.

FEATURES 26 Food From The Heart

Subscription rate is $20 per year for 11 issues plus the TCW Resource Guide.

A Look At One Family’s Hanukkah Tradition

Copyright ©2009 Today’s Woman, Inc. All rights reserved. Copying or reproduction, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited.

35 Today’s Kitchen Trends Updating The Hearth And Heart Of Your Home 43 Table Top Trio

Stylish Centerpieces For The Holidays

49 Gather ‘Round

Fantastic Menus, Phenomenal Wines

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Around Our Town

Queen City Jewels Mark Your Holiday Calendar Today Visit our Web site for more happenings you don’t want to miss, including a jazz evening with pianist Claire Ritter and Composers Charlotte Nov. 21; design seminars with Linda Thunberg and Full Circle Interior Design Nov. 5 and 7; and the first annual Humane Society of Charlotte Gala Nov. 14.

A Tasty Read

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The Gift Of Cooking

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Check out our picks for the year’s top cookbooks, including My New Orleans: The Cookbook by world-famous chef John Besh, featuring 200 recipes that honor and celebrate everything New Orleans.

TCW Update

The Meeting Place Look for The Meeting Place, our calendar of professional and social gatherings online this month at todayscharlottewoman.com. To update a listing, e-mail us at editor@ todayscharlottewoman.com.

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Six Things You Need To Know This Holiday Season Believe it or not, the holidays are nearly here! As an uncertain year wraps up (no pun intended), turn to family traditions and seasonal celebrations for well-deserved cheer. And, to help you get a grip on the holiday madness to come, check out the top colors and decorating themes of Holiday 2009.

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Plenty Magic Meals To Remember Why not add a few new recipes to your holiday planning this season? Choose from Spicy Chicken Soup with Okra, Corn, and Orzo … mouthwatering Sweet Potato Cheesecake … or Cornbread Dressing with Italian Sausage, Chestnuts, and Aromatic Vegetables, to name a few. These recipes and more can be found exclusively at todayscharlottewoman.com.

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Hanukkah celebration that includes four generations of love and tradition and, yes, lots of good food. As we all plan for our own holiday meals, making menus and shopping lists, it’s a wonderful reminder of the value of family in the midst of the hustle and bustle. For ideas on how to decorate your table, take in “A Feast For The Eyes,” on page 43. And for tips on sprucing up the hearth and heart of your home, read all about “Today’s Kitchen Trends,” on page 34. In this issue, we also kick off our salute to (and love of!) the grape, with a wine-pairing feature sure to have you strolling the aisles of your favorite wine shop, seeking out just the right vintage to complement your holiday meal. Look for more on wine in the coming months in TCW ! As we move full force into November, just remember, there is no silver bullet for making this season magical. Take our offerings and inspiration and customize them for your family, your budget, your desires. And, do me one favor: Promise to spend more time with your family and friends than you spend in the kitchen or the craft store this year.

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he wares of a group of regional artists will be exhibited at the Charlotte Art Collective Show and Sale Sat., Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the items on display at the returning juried show, which features artists working in nine different media, are exquisitely crafted jewelry and interesting textiles. Artists whose work will be available for purchase are Cathe Hawley, Pam Swinney, Laurie Graybeal, Pam Wittfeld, Debbie Langsam, Stephanie Quattrini, and Bricklend Ward.

Third Annual Patriot Gala Unfurl your patriotic spirit and your fanciest finery for the third annual black-tie Patriot Gala Sat., Nov. 7, at Quail Hollow Country Club. In addition to a five-star meal, champagne toasts, and a 21-gun salute, Gala attendees will experience a host of military speakers and the opportunity to meet several current and past members of our armed services.

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Tickets are $200 for individuals and $400 for VIP seating. For information, visit patriotgala. com, or call 704/496-2794.

The Charlotte Art Collective Show and Sale is held at Avondale Presbyterian Church, 2821 Park Road. For information, e-mail pjbryan@bellsouth.net.

Oh, Baby “Birth” Comes To Queens To honor the maternal experience, and as part of a global arts-based movement inspiring communities to consider and create childbirth choices, BOLD Charlotte is teaming with Queens University’s Drama Program to present Birth, Nov. 12 through Nov. 15 in Hadley Theater (on the Queens campus), at 1900 Selwyn Ave. Proceeds benefit Carolina Community Maternity Center. The play is based on over 100 interviews conducted by Brody, and pays tribute to the experiences of mothers everywhere.

WantToGo? Birth is showing at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 through 14, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 15. Admission is $5 for students (with ID); $10 for pregnant women; and $25 for the general public. For information, e-mail boldclt2009@gmail.com.

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natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It is underplayed and modest, the kind of quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered.” >

WantToGo? Visit hodgestaylor.com, or call 704/334-3799. Visit todayscharlottewoman.com for more November events.

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Holiday Happenings Into December Mark Your Calendar Now! Nov. 14-15: Give Thanks and Sing, Carolina Voices, various locations and times. Call 704/3741564, or visit carolinavoices.org. Nov. 22: Nutcracker Tea to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Charlotte City Ballet Company and Pottery Barn Kids, SouthPark mall. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. A minimum $3 donation per child required. Call 704/366-8550, or visit charlottecityballet.org. Nov. 25-Jan. 9, 2010: WBT’s Holiday on Ice, 435 S. Tryon St. Visit wbtholidayonice.com. Nov. 26: Carolinas Thanksgiving Parade, uptown Charlotte. 10 a.m. Visit carolinasthanksgivingparade.org, or call 704/525-0250. Nov. 27-28: A Plantation Christmas, Latta Plantation, Huntersville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with regular admission ($6 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; children 5 and under are free). Visit lattaplantation.org, or call 704/875-2312. Nov. 27-Dec. 31: Holiday Lights, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont. 5 to 9 p.m. $10 for adults; $9 for seniors 60+; $5 for children 4 to 12; free to members and children under 4. Visit dsbg.org, or call 704/825-4490. Dec. 1-20: Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Booth Playhouse at the Blumenthal. Visit blumenthalcenter.org, or call 704/372-1000. Dec. 3-13: Christmas Carol, Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. Visit theatrecharlotte.org, or call 704/376-3777. Dec. 3-13: A Tuna Christmas, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave. Call 704/455-8542, or visit nccast.com.

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Dec. 3-20: It’s A Wonderful Life, Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, Davidson. Visit davidsoncommunityplayers.org, or call 704/892-7953. Dec. 4-6: Magic of Christmas, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Belk Theater at the Blumenthal. Visit charlottesymphony.org, or call 704/9722000. Dec. 4-6: The Nutcracker, Charlotte Youth Ballet, Halton Theater at CPCC. Call 980/322-5522, or visit charlotteyouthballet.com. Dec. 5: A Candlelight Christmas, Carolina Voices, St. John’s Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane. 8 p.m. $7.50-$20. Visit carolinavoices.org, or call 704/374-1564. Dec. 5: Christmas at St. Mary’s, Carolina Pro Musica, Historic St. Mary’s Chapel, 1129 E. Third St. 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. $15; $7.50 for students/ seniors. Call 704/334-3468, or visit carolinapromusica.org. Dec. 11: Jingle Bell Ball, United Family Services, Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave. Call 704/940-

1050, or visit jinglebellball.com or unitedfamilyservices.org. Dec. 11-13, 18-20: Nutcracker, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Belk Theater at the Blumenthal. Visit ncdance.org, or call 704/372-1000. Dec. 11-23: ‘Tis the Season, the Tarradiddle Players, Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn. Visit ctcharlotte.org, or call 704/973-2828. Dec. 12: Holiday Performance by Charlotte City Ballet Company, Matthews Community Theater. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $6 in advance/$8 at the door. Visit CCBCtickets@earthlink.net. Dec. 12-13: The Singing Christmas Tree: All You Want for Christmas, Carolina Voices, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Visit carolinavoices.org, or call 704/374-1564. Dec. 15, 16: A Rockapella Holiday, McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square. Visit blumenthalcenter.org, or call 704/372-1000. Dec. 16: Handel’s Messiah, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Belk Theater. 7:30 p.m. $15-$52. Visit blumenthalcenter.org, or call 704/372-1000. TCW

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Save time by unsubscribing from every electronic mailing and commercial list that you never read. Next, when reading new mail, delete or respond to every message as soon as it’s opened. Leaving messages to be dealt with later will only create a new source of stress. Finally, give yourself a “computer curfew,” and plan to check your e-mail at certain times of the day. By setting limits, e-mail will be less likely to take over your entire day.

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It used to be that you needed to make sure managing your money fit into your bank’s schedule. Now, you can have a bank branch literally at your fingertips — on your schedule — via your mobile phone. Easy-to-use technology, such as Bank of America’s Mobile Banking service, ensures your financial life fits comfortably into your everyday routine. This convenient banking tool gives you immediate access to your finances and allows you to check your balances and transactions, pay bills, transfer money, and locate ATMs. With its enhanced security features, and no financial information ever being stored on your mobile phone, you can transact with confidence.

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If you have a busy family with multiple (and often competing) schedules, try combining all family activities and schedules into one online calendar. Each family member — even children — can have a private calendar that is pooled into a shared group calendar, which can be updated by individual family members. Make sure you pick a program that synchronizes with any current calendar software you may be using, such as Outlook or iCal. If someone in your family needs gentle reminders for appointments, find a program that sends out e-mail notices to your loved one’s account.

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Lake Norman Urology Is Proud To Announce the Opening of The Pelvic Health Institute Lake Norman Urology is pleased to announce the opening of its Huntersville location and specialty division, Pelvic Health Institute, featuring our newest physician, Dr. Bernard Taylor, urogynecologist, with co-director, Dr. David Konstandt, urologist. Our expanded services provide a single center experience for women and men with urological and gynecological disorders. Our multidisciplinary, comprehensive care center offers medical, rehabilitative, surgical, and nonsurgical treatments in a welcoming environment.

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These students are JWU’s Baking & Pastry degree candidates, and their coursework gives new meaning to the term, “hands-on learning.” Indeed, the Baking & Pastry Arts program represents one of the tastiest learning environments around — a fact of which Wanda Cropper, director of the JWU International Bakery & Pastry Institute Academics, is well aware. Cropper, who earned her Bachelor of Science first and then her own associate degree in International Baking and Pastry Arts from Baltimore International Culinary College before going on to earn a Master of Arts degree, explains that these students have a singular focus and, in many cases, a singular motiva-

at all of its campuses, where approximately 1,000 students now participate in the specialized classes. Graduates will take their JWUacquired knowledge and skills and go on to work in high-end hotels, restaurants, and resorts; as personal chefs; and as owners of bakery cafés and cake-decorating establishments. It’s a road that Cropper herself traveled prior to becoming director of Academics at the Institute. In fact, Cropper wandered several paths before finding a way to merge her love of baking with her passion for teaching — and transform it all into a viable profession. “This is actually my second career,” she says. “I previously taught vocational home economics in high school and

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tion. “A recent survey told us that the Baking & Pastry students are passionate about baking and pastry because it’s an art,” she says. “They do it for the love of the art as much as they do it for a job.” Cropper understands such passion. In addition to her director duties, which extend to all four JWU campuses (Providence, R.I.; Denver, Colo.; N. Miami, Fla.; and Charlotte) and include maintaining a consistent systemwide curriculum and serving as liaison for the instructors, she is associate dean of the International Baking & Pastry Institute at the Charlotte campus. There, she oversees the day-today operations of the program, taking a keen interest in the trials and triumphs of both students and staff.

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This year, the Baking & Pastry Arts program saw unusually large enrollment numbers

junior high. But I have always liked baking.” Some of Cropper’s early career experiences laid the foundation for her work today. When she lived near Washington D.C., she became involved with a national nutrition initiative called WIC (Women, Infants and Children), for middle- and lower-income women, serving as an instructor and coordinator of the project at Columbia Hospital for Women. Today, students in the JWU Baking & Pastry Arts program must take a course on Baking for Health and Wellness, which, as Cropper affirms, is not as oxymoronic as it sounds: In 2008, the University eliminated the use of artificial transfats in its curriculum. After earning her Baking and Pastry degree, which included a term studying in Paris, Cropper realized she still had a passion for teaching. “But I knew that if I was going to teach it, I had to know what it was all about,” she says. > NO V EM b e r

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She spent the next six years in various positions in the industry — working as a pastry chef, in the catering realm, and then as a business owner, supplying all of the breakfast pastries for the snack bars at Dulles International Airport, and preparing signature desserts for restaurants in the D.C. area. On the side, she taught classes at Baltimore International Culinary College. In 1993, Cropper met the director of culinary arts for JWU, and within a few months, she had moved to Charleston, S.C., where she began her JWU career as a pastry instructor. After her boss was promoted, she filled his slot as the University’s director of culinary arts in Charleston before moving to Charlotte in 2004, when the Charleston and Norfolk, Va., campuses were consolidated into the current campus at 801 W. Trade St.

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It’s not all fun and games — or baking and eating — at JWU. Every faculty member must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Most instructors are, like Cropper, Certified Culinary Educators and Certified Working Pastry Chefs, and many have earned, or are working on, master’s degrees. The faculty wrote all PUBLIC ATION: of the content in the recently updated Baking Charlotte the City Magazine DATE: August 2006 & Pastry Fundamentals, a beautiful hardcover ARTICLE: Eat, Drink book for which Cropper did most of the edLunch & Dinner iting. She also served as associate product Corporate Lunches manager for the book, which took first place Private Parties in the school publishing category at the BookLuncheon Specials binders’ Guild of New York 23rd annual New Seafood & Vegetarian York Book Show. Saturday Cropper is equally proud of JWU’s DistinDinner Only guished Visiting Chefs program, a series that Closed on Sundays Fairview Rd Sardis Rd introduces students to some of the world’s Strawberry Hill Shopping Center great culinary masters, including Amy ScherNear the intersection of Providence & Fairview ber, the notable New York City-based chef, (704) 364-1134 baker, and author. Celebrity chef and telewww.thaiorchidcharlotte.com vision personality Emeril Lagasse has also spent time on the Charlotte campus. A culinary luminary in her own right, Cropper has garnered her share of honors, including the JWU Pastry Arts Teacher of the Year award she won for five consecutive years. While students choose the recipient of this award, faculty members select the recipient of the Professional Development Award, which Cropper has won twice. She was also twice named Educator of the Year by the American Culinary Federation Charleston Chapter. Despite all the high-profile accolades, Cropper’s favorite aspect of the job remains We offer brunch from 11-3 the interaction with her JWU colleagues and on Saturday and Sunday. students. “I work with the faculty on curricWhether you dine indoors or al fresco, ulum and committees, and I work with stuit’s a true taste of Tuscany that’s dents on special functions, open houses, comas close as SouthPark. petitions, and clubs,” she says. “Anything that has to do with working with students and faculty is my favorite part. That … and sampling the product!” TCW

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Almost always a part of the traditional Hanukkah meal: potato latkes!

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We Gather Together — Clockwise from top left: A cabbage is prepared for coleslaw, one of the staples of the holiday meal at the Meltsners’; the dreidel takes a spin before the children are called to the table; Zeke (9), Maggie (11), and Jack (7) dig into dad Brian’s potato latkes, fresh out of the hot pan; the Jell-O mold, usually brought to the meal by Tonya’s Grandmother Gigi, is a colorful addition to this family’s Hanukkah bounty; mom Tonya lights the menorah candles with Jack. Typically, the entire family gathers to recite traditional prayers as the menorah is lit with the shamash, which is the middle candle — to remember the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days in the Holy Temple. Lighting the menorah is a mitzvah, or commandment from God.

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A white country kitchen takes on a contemporary feel with flat-front cabinets in Columbia from CabinetCraft. Door and drawer pulls in an oil-rubbed bronze finish add to the look. The Silestone countertop is Sienna Ridge; backsplash is tumbled stone with polished ceramic accents. Hanging light fixtures from Capital Lighting add a stylish touch when paired with more utilitarian recessed lighting. Options, like pullouts for pots and pans, a garbage can, and spice shelves, provide convenience and make the most of the kitchen’s work space.

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A move toward a farmhouse or Craftsman style. Homeowners, says Barber, are backing away from the strong colors that are traditionally part of the Italian “look” we’ve seen through the early 2000s. Colors in new and updated kitchens are indicative of a less fussy design. Cooler shades are replacing the warm hues so prevalent with a European interpretation, which means that shades of blue and green now rule. Pewter is also making a splash as a color option.

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Incorporating warmer woods to offset cooler walls and accessories. Homeowners can add a little heat to cool kitchen blues and greens by including cabinets in rich wood tones. Choosing midto-dark shades of honey maple, cherry, and espresso strengthens the traditional look.

White is making (another) comeback. Cruise the paint aisle at any home improvement store and you’ll discover that white is anything but vanilla. A quick check of Valspar Paints turns up 144 shades of “warm white,” ranging from “Lilac Intuition” to “Bubble Tea,” and 144 “cool whites,” with names like “Cool Grey” and “Angel Touch.” Sherwin-Williams boasts 203 shades of white, while Behr offers 138. According to Barber, white is part of the farmhouse appeal some of today’s consumers want. Cabinets, and even appliances, are increasingly available in a variety of white tones. And, a preponderance of white provides the perfect opportunity to showcase a particular kitchen feature in a different color. For instance, an island base might be painted pewter to accentuate its place in a traditional kitchen. Which brings us to another enduring trend …

The allure of island living. The kitchen island — the bigger, the better, Barber says — is still hot. “An island is a great, cost-effective way to change the appearance of a kitchen while increasing efficiency,” she explains. “We still see homeowners wanting to incorporate the feel of furniture into their kitchens, so an island in a contrasting color is a popular choice.” >

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Vintage Honey Cherry cabinets from CabinetCraft are configured to create a handy furniture-like buffet, perfect for serving up the season’s bounty. Here, a granite countertop in White Springs creates the perfect contrast to the rich wood. Leaded glass-front doors provide a bit of interest and contrast. Cabinets and drawers below present ample storage space in a kitchen, dining room, or butler’s pantry.

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A desire for a cleaner, simpler look. Cabinets and doorways with less trim and cleaner lines are more prevalent than ever. While heavier crown molding and pretty cabinet detailing are still available, Barber says consumers are turning back to a form of classic simplicity. “You can see more of a full overlay on doors now, which conveys less busyness,” she explains. Glass-front cabinet doors are sought-after updates, as well.

A reminder that there really is work to do in there! Kitchens are beautiful, yes. But we need them to be functional, too. Barber says homeowners are looking for features that make their jobs easier. Those include cabinet pop-ups, such as mixer stands, along with trash bin pullouts, lazy Susans, and pullout trays, including movable spice racks. “There are a lot of choices when it comes to updating your kitchen,” Barber says. “Part of my job is to help the customers focus, so they don’t get overwhelmed.” We like our kitchens to be both efficient and pretty, after all, and options can seem endless. Armed with a few tried-and-true, workable trends (including just the right white!), your dream kitchen is certainly within reach. TCW

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you are celebrating the joyous spirit of Christmas, commemorating Hanukkah’s historic Festival of Lights, or honoring family heritage with the candles of Kwanzaa, your guests will appreciate an extra decorative touch to highlight the season’s bounty. The Main Event’s Rhonda Caldwell has designed three amazing tabletop looks to inspire you as you set the scene for your own special holiday meal. >

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Ruby Red Classic, gleaming chargers, oversized ornaments, and metallic red tree toppers are striking atop a snowywhite tablecloth and cloth napkins. Holly shrubs offer abundant, naturally decorated greenery for dressing up your holiday table.

Sources: Linens and flatware from Classic Party Rentals; Ornaments from Pier 1 Imports.

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Icy White A silvery menorah rises from this holiday table to create an ambiance that commemorates the historic Jewish Festival of Lights. Classic blue fabric with accents of silver stars is pooled in the center of the table to enhance and lift the focal point — the menorah.

Sources: Menorah from City Art; Ornaments from Pier 1 Imports; Fabric and blue stars from Wal-Mart.

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Golden Glow A brass kinara is used to display the traditional red, green, and black candles atop an authentic African-patterned cotton overlay cloth. The centerpiece of the table, a large, dark wood bowl that complements the kinara, is filled with greenery and green berries. TCW

Sources: Kinara and wood sculptures from Pan African Imagery; Wood chargers from Pier 1 Imports; Kwanzaa ornaments from Neiman Marcus. The Main Event themaineventnc.com Classic Party Rentals charlotte.classicpartyrentals.com Pier 1 Imports pier1.com Garden Ridge gardenridge.com Pan African Imagery Inc.. panafricanimagery.com

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For those of us who love to cook, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day provides a veritable cornucopia of opportunity to strut our culinary stuff. Family gatherings, football games, intimate dinners for friends, holiday parties — even a quick supper served around the kitchen table before dashing out to the middle school band concert — take on a special significance. >

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Maybe it’s the slight turn in the weather. Or, maybe it’s the impending bustle of seasonal madness. Regardless, our thoughts turn to recipes, menus, and favorite dishes. This year, consider adding a few new tricks to your hosting repertoire. The

Hearty

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three creative menus included here (one weeknight supper, one gourmet dinner, and one Thanksgiving feast) might give you reason enough to start your grocery list now.

What A Pair!

Main Course Spicy Chicken Soup with Okra, Corn, and Orzo * Made with a roasted chicken from the supermarket, canned petite diced tomatoes, chicken broth, frozen okra, frozen corn, cumin, and quick-cooking orzo pasta. Serve with a French baguette.

out all the stops. Grandma’s crystal. Your wedding china. And, often, a great bottle of wine. But sometimes figuring out what wine works best with which dish can be confusing. So, TCW asked local wine and food experts to pair our menus with the perfect accompaniment to each course: Chuck Richards, owner, and Margaret Barry, wine manager, of Reid’s Fine Foods; and Pierre Bader, restaurateur and president of Sonoma Restaurant Group (Sonoma Modern American Cuisine, Pie Town, Aria Tuscan Grill, and Press Wine/Food). Bon appétit! And mark your calendars now for the 2010 Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend! Visit charlottewineandfood.com.

Wine Recommendations Domaine de Ferrand Côtes du Rhône, France • Chuck Richards & Margaret Barry

Trevor Jones Boots Shiraz, Australia • Pierre Bader

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Brown Sugar Plantains Ripe, banana-like fruit baked in brown sugar and butter, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

* Visit us online at todayscharlottewoman.com for recipes.

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Mediterranean Dinner Appetizers Hummus

Middle Eastern spread of chickpeas, garlic, and sesame paste infused with lemon juice, olive oil, and cumin.

Taramosalata Greek caviar spread of carp roe, potatoes, lemon juice, and olive oil; sold at Greek and Middle Eastern markets.

Eggplant Salad

Braised eggplant with caramelized onions, herbs, tomatoes, olive oil, and nutmeg. Serve appetizers with wedges of warm, fresh pita bread.

Wine Recommendations Grey Stack Rosemary’s Block Sauvignon Blanc, California • Chuck Richards & Margaret Barry 2008 Alamos Torrontes White, Argentina • Pierre Bader

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Greek Salad Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, fennel, Feta cheese, and Kalamata olives, tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.

Wine Recommendations Prüm Riesling Kabinett, Germany • Chuck Richards & Margaret Barry 2008 Frei Brothers Sauvignon Blanc, California • Pierre Bader

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Lamb infused with slivers of garlic, rosemary, and olives, and coated with herbes de Provence.

Pan-Roasted Vegetable Medley

A savory blend of potatoes, zucchini, carrots, red peppers, and herbs.

Wine Recommendations Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France • Chuck Richards & Margaret Barry 2006 Las Rocas de Vinas Viejas Garnacha Calatayud, Spain • Pierre Bader

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Rolled Baklava in Candied Citrus Syrup

Traditional Greek nut and phyllo pastry drenched in a sweet syrup scented with candied citrus fruits.

Koulourakia

Greek butter cookies shaped into twists or swirled S-shapes.

French Vanilla Ice Cream Wine Recommendations R.L. Buller & Son Fine Muscat, Australia • Chuck Richards & Margaret Barry 2005 Pride Mountain Viognier Red, California • Pierre Bader

* Visit us online at todayscharlottewoman.com for recipes.

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Thanksgiving Feast Beginnings Wheel of Brie, with Prosciutto and Fig Jam

French soft cheese presented with slices of salty Italian ham and fig jam. Serve with slices of pumpernickel rye.

Cauliflower Soup

Light, creamy soup infused with thyme.

Wine Recommendations Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Brut, Italy • Chuck Richards & Margaret Barry 2008 MacMurray Pinot Gris, California • Pierre Bader

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Harvest Salad Mixed greens, pears, walnuts, and goat cheese, tossed in classic French vinaigrette.

Wine Recommendations Martin Codax Albarino White, Spain • Chuck Richards & Margaret Barry 2008 MacMurray Pinot Gris, California • Pierre Bader

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Main Course Herb-Brined Roast Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy Cornbread Dressing with Italian Sausage, Chestnuts, and Aromatic Vegetables * Fragrant dressing that celebrates the bounty of the harvest.

Cranberry Orange Chutney

Traditional holiday jewel, teamed with cinnamon and a fresh citrus burst.

Potato Gratin, Leeks, and Mushrooms / Haricots Verts with Caramelized Shallots / Roasted Acorn Squash Wine Recommendations b2 Pinot Noir, Oregon • Chuck Richards & Margaret Barry 2007 Cristom Pinot Noir “Mt. Jefferson Cuvee,” Oregon, and 2007 William Hill Estate Chardonnay, California • Pierre Bader

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Sweet Potato Cheesecake * Made with gingersnap crust.

Apple Quince Pie / Pecan Chocolate Pie / New England Pumpkin Pie Wine Recommendations Moscato D’Asti White, Italy • Chuck Richards & Margaret Barry Yalumba Shiraz Viognier, Australia • Pierre Bader

* Visit us online at todayscharlottewoman.com for recipes.

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The living room’s dramatic arched windows provide the perfect backdrop for one of the most unique pieces in the home: a C. Bechstein antique grand piano that homeowner Nita Moss purchased in England.

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A Jewel Box Of A Home Downsizing Has Never Looked This Good By Melinda Johnston • photos by scott stiles

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ewly widowed, Juanita (“Nita”) Moss made the difficult decision to move from her sizeable south Charlotte condominium, where she had lived for 31 years, to a smaller space in a nearby retirement community. After six years on the waiting list, she received

news that a house had become available, and she faced the daunting task of compressing a lifetime’s collection of antique furnishings into a new home less than half the size of her condo.

Moss knew the house needed some modifications before she moved, so she assembled a team of experts to help transform the “vanilla box” dwelling into her ideal home. The strategy paid off. Although she ended up having to leave a few items (like her custom carpets) behind due to their size, overall, she was able to tailor the interior of her new home to allow for use and display of favorite items she had collected during her travels around the globe. John Morgan, owner of Urban Building Group, worked with Moss

to design remodeling plans. She commissioned interior designer Gail Brinn Wilkins, ASID, of Gail Brinn Wilkins Inc., to help make the 2,200-square-foot space luxurious to the last detail. While the outside footprint of the house remains as it was, interior renovations were extensive. Some areas of the slab-built home were stripped to the dirt to accommodate the changes. Walls were knocked down and floors were ripped up. Pipes were relocated, cabinets were torn out, and plumbing and > NO V EM b e r

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light fixtures were removed. Several special niches were created, water closets were partitioned off, and a new tub and shower were brought in. Wide-plank hardwood floors supplanted carpet. Floors in the office, laundry room, and kitchen were replaced with white marble tiles accented with black granite tile inlays. Crown molding was added throughout.

What’s Old Is Beautifully New Again

The home is decorated with a mix of formal European furniture and accessories, and comfortable, modern upholstered pieces.

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Though most of the items that went into the new house came from high-end suppliers, Wilkins was glad to help Moss incorporate favorite elements and fixtures from her former home. There, she had lovingly hung the finest crystal chandeliers, and she saw no reason to leave them behind. Morgan and his staff care-

fully removed the magnificent chandeliers and installed them in various rooms of the new home. Moss also adored her former living room, a spacious, elegant area decorated with a mix of formal European antiques and comfortable, modern upholstered pieces. The room was highlighted by an arched, columned wall in front of large windows. She decided to create a replica of that room — right down to the wall color and molding style — at half the size. Morgan built arches in front of windows and French doors, and he mounted Dado molding on the adjacent wall. The room was then painted a light yellow and topped with a gold glaze. The renovations and colors matched the previous room so well that >

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Wilkins was able to seamlessly fit Moss’ beloved gold draperies, circa 1978, into the mix. The arched wall provides just the right backdrop for Moss’ favorite piece, a C. Bechstein grand piano, discovered and purchased in England and shipped across the Atlantic. The case is covered with a rare gold vernis Martin finish over Louis XVIstyle painted scenery. Moss is only the third owner of the antique instrument, and she still plays it occasionally. She considers it a privilege to be the piano’s caretaker and, as such, has it professionally tuned three times a year. She also faithfully monitors a dedicated humidifier that ensures the health of the strings and pads. A French marble-fronted mantel is also a copy of the one original to Moss’ former 60

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home. Above the fireplace hangs an imposing trumeau she purchased from the Duke Mansion. Although the piece was smokedamaged when she first saw it, Moss says it attracted her attention. To her delight, after the mirror was cleaned, a picture of two cherubs became visible in the frame above it. Those cherubs, she says, were the inspiration for the original room’s design.

Bringing The World Home

Throughout Moss’ new home, her love of history, culture, and travel is evident at every turn. A pair of large Chinese rose quartz elephants stands guard at the entrance to the foyer, surveying all who pass, with striking jasper eyes. The dining room features a mahogany >

One of Nita Moss’ more fascinating pieces is a folding knife and fork set said to be the former property of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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china cabinet enjoying its third identity, having been painted blue, then maroon; then finally refinished to its natural state to suit Moss’ current décor. The cabinet holds beautiful Royal Crown Derby bone china, which shares space with a curious small folding fork and knife, housed in a velvetlined leather box, and said to have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte. Down the hall, the guest bedroom is decorated in a lovely lavender and cream motif, using furniture and linens Moss already owned. Two twin mattresses, made up separately with crisp, white covers, have been pushed together to create the illusion of one larger bed. In the master bedroom, the focal point is a canopy bed with European floral print linens. Wilkins recycled the bed, linens, accompanying furniture, lamps, and draperies from

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Moss’ previous home. Lampshades were the only new additions. In the master bedroom dressing room, a Roman warrior statue stands sentry from his wooden pedestal. Luxury abounds in the bathrooms, as well. The guest bath boasts marble countertops, Sherle Wagner fixtures with rock crystal knobs, and a gold-accented glass shower. Flanking the mirror are gold sconces and swan towel hooks from Moss’ condo. Moss is comfortably settled in her new home, and the renovated residence appears perfect in every way. However, she acknowledges that she’s not quite finished. After all, there are always new places to visit, interesting antiques to discover, and furniture to rearrange. Moss says with a laugh, “I guess my home will always be a work in progress.” TCW

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e perched on the curb, necks craned to the left. The air was full of the sweet aroma of the Golden Delicious in all her glory. Inside houses up and down the street, kitchen tables waited patiently for the tasty apple incarnations to be piled onto their tops. Apples tucked inside flaky crusts; covered in hard red candy; dripping with caramel; and best of all, transformed into a rich brown apple butter, bubbling in copper kettles dotting the front yards. I was filled with the anticipation that seemed to overflow from my little girls. And on this lovely autumn day, we waited. Waited until the first corps of old roadsters crept around a corner and commenced the Thanksgiving Day Mountain State Apple Harvest Parade. Fire trucks from in town and those towns nearby; tractors pulling flatbeds decked out with paper apple trees and 4-H devotees; young beauty queens perched atop the back seats of borrowed convertibles; floats covered with bunches of tissue paper, looking like cotton candy. We ooh-ed and ahh-ed over all of it. This was a homecoming for me. I hadn’t been to Martinsburg, W.Va., the place of my birth and childhood, since we had buried my much-loved father there two years before. This visit was different. I wanted to come back on my own terms; to claim a piece of this small town where all of my earliest memories live, and to share that with my daughters. The Apple Harvest seemed right. I had joked about making the trip, about the absurdity of traveling so far for a parade — but it was something I was allowing a tiny piece of

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myself to treasure. And, it turned out to be a treasure, indeed. Sitting on the curb, my daughters’ hands firmly in mine, I am transported in memory to the top of my father’s Chevy station wagon, watching for signs of a parade that belonged to me. Holding fast to a yellow apple with one hand and to the luggage rack with the other, as my three older brothers try to push me over the edge, I can see the short, flat cut of my father’s hair and the roundness of my mother’s arm resting on the window down below in the front seat of the car. I notice the blue canvas of my brother’s sneaker. If I could only tell which body was attached to that sneaker, I would know definitely which one of them was pushing me. I can see the TV antennas on top of the houses across the street. The tip

of one of my pigtails bobs in and out of my sight — a vision that peeks in and out of the corners of almost all of my childhood memories. As my daughters stretched on tiptoe for a better view, the memories continued to come. By the time Santa rode joyously through the line of spectators, waving that wide sweep of a wave he has, my mind had worked through snapshots of home. And, I was crying. Not the big tears of open weeping, but the small ones, which come with deep breaths and quick swipes of the fingers. “Did you love that?” I asked my girls, as the marching band disappeared from sight. “Yes,” said my youngest, looking up at me, “but the smell of that stinky apple butter is making my eyes water all over the place, too!” TCW

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