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My Pantry, Caught With Its Pants Down

Friday, January 13, 2012

WNYC

Chef Amy Chaplin's pantry was camera-worthy enough to appear in a smooth, glossy spread in Martha Stewart Living. My pantry rates a blog post. Barely.

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Mediterranean Flatbreads: A Framework For Flavor

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

As a quick snack or light meal, the flatbreads of Spain are a favorite of food writer Deena Prichep. Catalonia's cocas start with handmade yeasted dough, pulled into a thin oval like a pizza. They're topped with a flourish of veggies, herbs, meats or sweets.

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A Visit to The Chef's Garden

Friday, December 30, 2011

WNYC

One of my favorite guests on Last Chance Foods is Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef's Garden. It's not just that I'm partial to fellow Ohioans. Farmer Lee loves to farm, and it's evident every time he talks about his veggies.

It's also evident on his farm, which I had a chance to visit this fall.

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A Greek Christmas Cookie Recipe, Enough for an Army

Thursday, December 22, 2011

WNYC

It was with a sense of excitement and eagerness that I opened an e-mailed document with the recipe for WNYC Morning Edition Host Soterios Johnson's mom's melomakarona. The cookies are famous among the Morning Edition crew. 

Turns out the recipe can feed them, and most of our listening audience. 

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Helping Food Start-Ups Get a Leg Up

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

WNYC

Noha Waidsnaider is not a household name, but her company, Peeled Snacks, is well on its way toward becoming one. In just five years, her dried fruit company went from an idea to one of the featured products at your local Starbucks. 

Now she's trying to help other small food producers in the New York City area boost their companies to similar levels of success. 

She's the host of the NY Foodies Company groups on LinkedIn.

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How to Master Hanukkah: Hosting, Frying and All

Friday, December 16, 2011

Get tricks for a successful Hanukkah candle lighting here, including how to prepare dishes on time without completely suffocating guests with the smells of burning oil. Plus, try out recipes for Sufganiot (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts) and Sweet Potato and Traditional Latkes.

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Note to WNYC Honchos: Cookie Contest Must Be Mandatory Next Year

Thursday, December 15, 2011

WNYC

The hungry hordes ate all the entries.

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Saddam Hussein Dinnerware Used in Art Exhibit Returned to Iraq

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that stolen Wedgewood china looted from one of Saddam Hussein's palaces had been turned over to Iraqi diplomats. The news hits close to home for an arts group in New York since the plates were used as part of an art exhibit that started with an interest in dates and dinner plates.

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'Tis the Season: We Want to Know Your Favorite Holiday Sweet

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gingerbread men, Greek kourabiedes, Hanukkah jelly donuts, frosted sugar cookies and Italian torrone messinesi nougat candy are just some of the sweet foods eaten during the holiday season. What's your favorite holiday cookie, cake or candy? Let us know here and check out our slideshow of holiday cookies and sweets made in New York City kitchens.

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How Chef Zarela Martinez Brought Mexican Cuisine to New York

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In this Food in Two Worlds podcast, Von Diaz reports on how Chef Zarela Martinez brought sophisticated Mexican cuisine to New York. Also, Mariana Suarez, of Gourmet Latino, weighs in on the challenges facing today's Latino chefs. Listen to the podcast here and try Martinez's recipe for Chiles en Nogada.

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Frosting White-Out with White House Cake

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

WNYC

My fellow Americans, I kept my campaign promise: I baked Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting using a recipe the White House press office recently stuffed into our Inboxes. Should I become your White House pastry chef, I will bring you less frosting on your country's annual Christmas bundt cake!

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From the White House to Your House: Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Friday, December 02, 2011

WNYC

Did you know that the White House selects a "theme" every Christmas for its holiday decor? 

I didn't either, until I got a hold of the press release announcing it.  This year it's "Shine, Give, Share." I'm guessing that the recipe for Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting included in a press release the White House sent out Wednesday (and found below) was part of the "sharing" initiative.

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Is Your Thanksgiving Like 'Babette's Feast' or 'Home for the Holidays'? Take Our Thanksgiving Quiz

Thursday, November 24, 2011

What's your Thanksgiving appetizer, main, side, pie and beverage of choice? Let us know by taking our quiz.

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Punch up Thanksgiving: A How-To Guide for the Holiday Cocktail

Monday, November 21, 2011

If wine is not your thing at Thanksgiving, watch our video of how to make a batch of festive Cornucopia Punch from mixologist Eben Freeman.

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Braising Hell: Trying out Mayhem & Stout's Short Rib Sandwich

Monday, November 21, 2011

WNYC

There always seems to be a new vendor or two at Brooklyn's DeKalb Avenue Market, and yesterday, I discovered Mayhem & Stout, and their slow-cooked beef, pork and chicken sandwiches.

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Sculptures of Canned Goods to Be Dismantled, Donated to Charity

Sunday, November 20, 2011

About 100,000 canned goods — stacked in the shape of shoes, candles and even the Brooklyn Bridge — are on display at the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan for one last weekend as part of a design and build competition to bring attention to world hunger.

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And the Winner of the WNYC Pie Contest Is ... Not Me

Friday, November 18, 2011

WNYC

It pains me to say this, but WNYC business editor Charlie Herman took the prize for best pie in this year's pie throwdown.

For another year, the crown of pastry greatness has eluded me. What will it take, judges? WHAT WILL IT TAKE?

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'Crack Pie' Wins Annual WNYC Pie-Off

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Crack Pie made by WNYC Business Editor Charlie Herman won the 2011 WNYC Pie-Off. Second place went to WQXR's Will Jameson for his Streusel "Irish" Apple Pie, and third place went to Tracie Hunt, a local producer for The Takeaway, for her Salted Caramel Apple Pie.

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What's Your Favorite Pie?

Friday, November 18, 2011

WNYC

Here are the entrants for the annual WNYC staff Pie Throwdown, folks. Vote here on which one you like the best.

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I Want to Win the WNYC Staff Pie Contest 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

WNYC

The annual WNYC staff Pie Throwdown is today and I've got my pie cutter -- and elbows -- sharpened. Yes, I'll say it: "I WANT TO WIN."

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