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60-Second Stir Fry: Katie Carguilo of Counter Culture Coffee

Friday, February 24, 2012

If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Or away from the steam wand. Barista Katie Cargiulo, my guest this week on Last Chance Foods, submits to a lightning round of questions.

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Is Foodie Fadism Overcooked?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

'Have we gone too far?' That was the theme of a panel discussion Tuesday night at the Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe in NoLiTa, timed to coincide with the launch of Tracie McMillan's well-received book, "The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table." 

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Food in Two Worlds: Adoration of the Maggi

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What is the power of Maggi, and why does it dominate immigrant kitchens? Listen to the latest Food In Two Worlds podcast to learn how this iconic seasoning is viewed in Nigeria, Burundi, the Philippines and Austria.

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Brussels Sprouts: Don't Skip Them, Shred Them

Monday, February 20, 2012

WNYC

Learn to love Brussels sprouts by trying out Amy Eddings's recipe for Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Raisins and Pecans.

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This, More Than That

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WNYC

A story this week on "All Things Considered" on why the best chocolate is the one you eat last has me thinking about my own personal food preferences.  Feel free to chime in with yours.

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Bigger Isn't Better When It Comes to Citrus

Friday, February 10, 2012

WNYC

More is better -- that's my mantra, especially when it comes to chocolate. But it doesn't hold true for citrus.

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Valentine's Day: Say It With Roaches

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

WNYC

Nothing Says "I Love You" Like a Chocolate Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.

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Rutabagas: My New BVFF

Friday, February 03, 2012

WNYC

The weather has been warm enough to fool the irises and daffodils, which have sent up three inches of growth in the gardens on my block. But the calendar still says February, and my kitchen still says winter, with all the celery root and butternut squash stacked up on the counter.

Which is why I decided to give rutabagas a try.

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Think Global, Source Local

Thursday, February 02, 2012

WNYC

The world got a little flatter Monday night at Sueños Restaurant. That's where four chefs served up Mexican fare made from vegetables and herbs sourced from local farms run by Mexican and Latin American immigrants.

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Restaurant Workers' Group Releases Ethical Eating Guide

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United wants consumers to consider how the people making their food are being treated with a new manual called ROC National 2012 Diners' Guide: A Consumer Guide on the Working Conditions of American Restaurants. Should diners consider how workers are treated when ordering a meal? Cast your vote here.

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Don't Go Nuts Making Donuts

Monday, January 30, 2012

WNYC

Maybe you heard of the book, "Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook From Scratch." (The author, Jennifer Reese, was recently on Marketplace.) 

I have an addendum.  Make the bread, buy the donuts. 

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Discover Gems in New York City's Chinatowns

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Listen to the next episode of the Food in Two Worlds podcast for a special Year of the Dragon culinary tour.

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Eggs Are the New Bacon, and Other Trends

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WNYC

Looking for the next food trend? Audrey Dettmar, baker at Annex in Fort Greene, gave me these suggestions.

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Folks, This Ain't Normal: Joel Salatin at the 92nd Street Y

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WNYC

I haven't seen the movie, "Food, Inc.," so I didn't know what sustainable farmer Joel Salatin looked like until I saw him take the stage Monday night at the 92nd Street Y. 

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21st Century Homesteading: Making Butter

Monday, January 23, 2012

WNYC

I always thought butter-making involved Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ma and Pa Wilder, a cow, and a big wooden churn. But my sister showed me all you need is a jar.  And little kids eager to do the work.

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How One Former Vegan Learned To Embrace Butchering

Saturday, January 21, 2012

To connect better to community and food, one twenty-something has trained to become a butcher.

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Smoothie Sailing into the Day

Friday, January 20, 2012

WNYC

I love eating. I mean, like, cutting and spearing and chewing and swallowing. Eating's pleasurable, especially in the company of others.  

So it took some convincing to get me to try smoothies in the morning.  A liquid meal doesn't seem like a lot of fun.

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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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