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A beginner’s guide to the Carolina Pig Jig according to three of its biggest fans

By on May 16, 2022

The Got to Be NC Festival returns to the State Fairgrounds this weekend. An eagerly anticipated part of the festival is the Saturday-only Carolina Pig Jig. Around 20 chapters of Masons will compete for bragging rights in this one-day competition

Mike D’s BBQ turns passion for ‘cue into award-winning flavor

By on February 4, 2021

Mike De Los Santos, owner of the award-winning barbecue sauce and dry rub line Mike D’s BBQ, first got into the business for a simple reason – he just thought he could do it better. De Los Santos, of Durham,

Quarantine Kitchen: And Also With ‘Cue puts leftovers to good use

By on December 2, 2020

This year has been full of unprecedented times and situations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and individuals will be cooking at home this holiday season. That’s why we are bringing the dishes to you all month long in

Got to Be NC recipes: Jim’s Own Pulled Pork

By on January 12, 2017

Whether it’s to stretch the after-holiday budget, or just have something warm and hearty to enjoy when coming home from work on a cold winter day, slow cookers are are popular accessory on kitchen counters in January. The following slow-cooker

Celebrate the Fourth of July with fresh, local food

By on July 1, 2011

Whether your tailgating before fireworks or hosting a cookout at home, you can find fresh ingredients for your next event at a local farmers market near you. There are no special events planned during the July 4th weekend at the

Got to Be NC Festival wraps up another great year

By on May 26, 2011

An estimated 85,000 people attended the 2011 Got to Be NC Festival, May 20-22, at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the free event featured more than 1,000 pieces of antique

Photos from the Field: Governor’s Mansion pig pickin’

By on June 22, 2009

We have an extensive collection of photos taken over the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ history.  In our Photos from the Field posts, we’ll pull some of these snapshots out of our archives and take a look back