Last Chance Foods: Fall's Niagara Grapes

Friday, November 04, 2011

Small and translucent green, Niagara grapes are a prized fall crop. Food bloggers Diana Pappas and Jamie Paxton talk about the history and uses of the New York grape. Also, try Paxton's recipe for Braised Chicken Thighs with Niagara Grapes, Shallots and Thyme here.

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Last Chance Foods: The Weird World of Mushrooms

Friday, October 28, 2011

Journalist Eugenia Bone explains why you shouldn't eat raw mushrooms and why most truffle oil is fake. Also, try her recipe for porchini salt and porchini butter.

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Last Chance Foods: A Rainbow of Sweet Potatoes

Friday, October 21, 2011

Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef's Garden grows 21 different types of heirloom sweet potatoes and explains why they don't need to peeled. Also, try the Smitten Kitchen's recipe for Sweet Potatoes with Pecans, Goat Cheese and Celery.


Last Chance Foods: The Unexpected History of Eels

Friday, October 07, 2011

Eels were a crucial food source for Native Americans and early colonists, according to author James Prosek. He discusses their mysterious life cycles and explains why eel is never served raw in this week's episode of Last Chance Foods.

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Last Chance Foods: The Maligned Bluefish

Friday, September 30, 2011

Bluefish may be fun to catch, but they get a bad rap at the dinner table. Author Hank Shaw shares tips on how to best prepare the fish so that it's not so ... well, fishy. Also, try his recipe for Smoked Bluefish.

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Last Chance Foods: Concerns About Corn

Friday, September 23, 2011

Journalist and author Betty Fussell talks about America's complicated relationship with corn — both as a commodity and as a favorite food. Try her recipe for Creamed Corn with Chili Butter here.


Last Chance Foods: The Growing Popularity of Papalo

Friday, September 16, 2011

Papalo, an aromatic herb related to cilantro, is making its way north thanks in part to immigrant farmers originally from Central and South America. It is a crucial ingredient in cemitas, Mexican sandwiches, and it was the original herb used in guacamole.

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Last Chance Foods: Mmm ... Donut Peaches

Friday, September 09, 2011

Red Jacket Orchard farmer Mike Biltonen talks about donut peaches and blogger Cathy Erway shares her recipe for Donut Peach Donuts.


Last Chance Foods: Mirabelle, Ma Belle

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mirabelle plums may be a popular fruit in the Lorraine region of France, but the fruit is rare in the New York area. Baker Kate Weiner shares her secret for where to find one of the only Mirabelle plum trees in the area.

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Last Chance Foods: Great Garlic in the Raw

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hardneck garlic available now at farmers markets is a world apart—and far more delicious—than typical grocery store garlic, according to Edible Manhattan editor Gabrielle Langholtz. Learn more and try a recipe for peach salsa with tomatoes, basil and garlic.

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Last Chance Foods: A Summer Herb to Love and to Hate

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cilantro is the herb even Julia Child vowed to hate. For those who like the taste, cilantro adds a fresh zing to summer foods. Chef Vikas Khanna talks about its uses in South Asian cuisine and offers his recipe for Cilantro Chutney.

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Last Chance Food: Give a Fig

Friday, August 05, 2011

Figs trees can be found in backyards from the South all the way up to New York. Cookbook author Ted Lee talks about ways to use the fruit, which are now in season, and shares his recipe for Fig Preserves.

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Last Chance Foods: Summer Wineberries

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wineberries are nearly out of season. So start foraging now for this wild raspberry relative. New York Times writer Ava Chin explains where to look and shares her Wineberry Vinaigrette recipe.

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Last Chance Foods: Currant Affairs

Friday, July 22, 2011

In the years since farmer Greg Quinn helped overturn the law banning black currant cultivation in New York, the fruit has grown in popularity. Learn more about the health benefits of black currants and get Quinn's recipe for jam here.

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Last Chance Foods: Is Durian the King of Fruits or the King of Stink?

Friday, July 08, 2011

Some have said that the durian, a tropical spiky fruit in season through July, smells like a gym full of old socks or an unearthed cadaver. But others have sung its praises for its delicious, custard-y, flavorful flesh. All Things Considered Host Amy Eddings spoke with Francis Lam, the features editor for the web site Gilt Taste, about the reasons to love and hate the durian.

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Last Chance Foods: The Wild Side of Salmon

Friday, July 01, 2011

There’s good news and bad news coming from Alaska and it doesn’t have anything to do with politics. The good news is wild salmon are currently at their plumpest and tastiest. The bad news? The headwaters of the largest salmon run in North America are under threat of possible industrialization.

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Last Chance Foods: Conquering Artichoke Prep

Friday, June 24, 2011

Artichokes in season now. New York Times writer Melissa Clark shares her tips on how to prepare artichokes and emerge unscathed.


Last Chance Foods: The Tart Taste of Sorrel

Friday, June 17, 2011

Dr. Pamela Yee explains how sorrel, a leafy green perennial, benefits both your health and the environment. Try her recipe for Potato, Leek and Sorrel soup.

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Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: The Power of Food to Heal and Hurt

Friday, June 10, 2011

All this talk about the medicinal properties of anise hyssop and calendula has me thinking about the power of food to heal, and to harm.

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Last Chance Foods: Herbal Flower Power

Friday, June 10, 2011

Calendula and anise hyssop are two flowering herbs that are useful in the kitchen and beyond. Queens County Farm Museum agricultural director Kennon Kay shares her instructions for making skin-soothing calendula salve.

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