Last Chance Foods: Meet the Restaurateur Who Eats Lentils Every Day

Friday, January 14, 2011

Comfort food is much in demand in winter. Warm, not cold. Creamy, not crunchy. Thick, not thin. I can't eat my usual summer breakfast of yogurt and granola right now. I've got to have a daily bowl of hot, creamy oatmeal, with a big glob of butter and liberal chunks of brown sugar mixed in. Lentils are Vikas Khanna's ultimate comfort food.

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Cold-Weather Comfort

Friday, January 14, 2011

Last Chance Foods continues exploring pantry staples with chef Vikas Khanna, who talks about lentils as the ultimate comfort food. Try his recipe for khichdi, or lentils with rice.

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Long Shelf-Life Forever Foods

Friday, January 07, 2011

Last Chance Foods starts off the New Year with something completely different: "Forever Foods." columnist James Norton ventures into the depths of supermarket shelves and freezers to weigh in on microwavable sushi, Hot Pockets and more.


Last Chance Foods: What's That Smell?

Friday, December 31, 2010

Ava Chin explains why odoriforous ginkgo trees line city streets and how ginkgo nuts make for delicious seasonal eating.

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Goodness on the Half Shell, Oyster Power

Friday, December 17, 2010

Widow's Hole Oyster Company's Mike Osinski talks about why oyster size matters and why East Coast oysters taste brinier. Also, check out two recipes for cooking these infamous shellfish at home.


Serving for the Season: Annie Novak's Kale and Stained Glass Potato Chips

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

For the second of five holiday-oriented recipes from 2010 Last Chance Foods guests, farmer Annie Novak shares some kid-friendly recipes.


The Northeast Breadbasket

Friday, December 10, 2010

New York City farmers markets are hoping to reinvigorate grain growing in the Northeast by requiring bakers to incorporate locally-produced wheat flour in their baked goods. Try our recipe for Creamy Emmer Salad with Shaved Fennel, Beets and Radishes here.

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Last Chance Foods: Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Pie

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Seasonal Pie Experts Nate Smith and Emily Elsen share their tips for making the perfect apple pie. Plus, try out the recipe they devised just for WNYC: "Thanksgiving Leftovers Pie."


Hunting for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Field & Stream Editor Anthony Licata explains how wild turkey tastes different from the usual store-bought variety. Get our "Grilled Backstrap With Deer Rub" recipe here, and check out WNYC's video of Licata talking about hunting—and eating—squirrel.

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Quince Lovers Unite

Friday, November 12, 2010

Quince. No, not quints, as in babies, but quince, as in fruit. Yes, it’s fruit—a pretty ancient one at that. There’s some speculation that what the serpent handed Eve was a quince, and not an apple at all. Learn more about this little-known fruit, including why foodies find it so fascinating.

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Ice, Ice Spinach

Friday, November 05, 2010

Farmer Lee Jones used the concept of ice wine to create a particularly sweet, crunchy new type of spinach. Try out this recipe for tortellini with fennel, tomatoes and spinach.


Pumpkins: Warts and All

Friday, October 29, 2010

Jack o' lanterns are everywhere this weekend, but the stranger pumpkins are the ones that really shine in the kitchen. Try chef Erica Wides' recipe for Vietnamese braised pumpkin.


Cool, Crunchy Kohlrabi

Friday, October 22, 2010

Weird and wonderful, kohlrabi is now in season. Learn about what it is, how to cook it, and try a recipe for roasted kohlrabi with winter squash.

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The Sad Tale of a Grape Discovery

Friday, October 15, 2010

Corcord grapes, which are now in season, have a candy-like taste that comes with a tragic history. WNYC's Amy Eddings learns more, and gets a recipe for a Concord grape tart with hazelnut crust and crème fraiche.

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Last Chance Foods: On the Lamb

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Craig Haney, the livestock manager at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, talks about sustainably raised lamb. Also, check out chef Dan Barber's recipe for braised lamb necks.


Don't Fear the Okra

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Southern cookbook author Matt Lee talks about okra and dispels some of the myths around the slimy vegetable. Plus, check out the Lee Brothers' recipe for Cucumber, Tomato and Okra Salad.

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Even You Can Can

Friday, September 17, 2010

Just in time for the fall harvest season, chef Kelly Geary explains the basics of canning and offers a recipe for nectarine orange-blossom honey jam.


Padrón Pepper Roulette

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pimientos de padrón only became available in the states about five years ago. Learn more about how the sometimes mild, sometimes firey peppers are prepared as a traditional tapas dish.


How to Pick a Ripe Peach

Friday, September 03, 2010

Tips on picking out perfectly ripe peaches — before summer is over. Also, try recipes for peachy quinoa and grilled peach and green tomato salad.


The Under-Appreciated Ground Cherry

Monday, August 30, 2010

The mysterious and little-known ground cherry is an heirloom fruit that resembles a cross between a tiny tomato, tomatillo and a berry. Learn what they are and get a ground cherry compote recipe.

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