Moreton Neal

Moreton Neal is an author and interior designer who lives in Chapel Hill. She is a lifelong foodie, having co-founded LA Residence in 1976. 

Joyous Cooking: Curry in a Hurry

Since we now have more Indian restaurants in our neighborhood than you can shake a stick at, it’s hard to believe this is a fairly recent phenomenon. Not too long ago most Southerners experienced the joys of curry only at home.  Curries were served in coffeehouses around London in the early-18th century, but eateries featuring …

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Don’t Read This If You Don’t Like Tony Bourdain

The world of food writing changed on April, 19, 1999, the date The New Yorker included an article called, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” Its author was the chef of New York’s Brasserie Les Halles, Anthony Bourdain. “I love the sheer weirdness of the kitchen life: the dreamers, the crackpots, the refugees, and the sociopaths,“ …

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Savor the Sweet and Smoky Flavors of This Chicken Paprikash

In his lectures on human resource management, my husband talks about different personality types. He likes to use examples from home, more often than not about cooking. Without getting into details of Myers-Briggs typology, let’s just say he and I are direct opposites. He is a linear thinker and I’m, well, absolutely not. The differences …

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Ring in the New Year with 2 of Our Favorite Recipes from 2017

Looking back over 2017, I now recognize our own household’s food trends. Besides indulging in glühwein (German mulled wine) almost every evening throughout January, we repeated other memorable culinary experiences from last year’s Bavarian adventure. Goulash, goulash soup and chicken paprikash were welcome additions to our winter supper repertoire. As I write, a large jar …

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A Zesty Recipe for Zucchini Pie

Before the Carrboro Farmers’ Market opened in 1977 and way before “farm to fork” dining was taken for granted here, fresh local veggies were not so easy to come by. Back in the day, our best source was Fowler’s Food Store, a stone’s throw from the more pedestrian A&P downtown on Franklin Street. Fowler’s offered …

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