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Last Chance Foods covers produce that’s about to go out of season, gives you a heads up on what’s still available at the farmers market, and tells you how to keep it fresh through the winter. Each week, WNYC host Amy Eddings chats with farmers, chefs, and food writers to get the story behind the food.

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Last Chance Foods: Flowers You Can Eat

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Violas aren't just musical instruments. They're edible flowers that can fancy up your spring salads and, in ice cube form, help convince your kids to stay hydrated. Annie Novak from the New York Botanical Garden has the details on why and how.

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Last Chance Foods: Flowers You Can Eat

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Violas aren't just musical instruments. They're edible flowers that can fancy up your spring salads and, in ice cube form, help convince your kids to stay hydrated. Annie Novak from the New York Botanical Garden has the details on why and how.

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Recipe: Sourdough Starter

Friday, April 11, 2014

Take some good whole wheat or whole rye flour, combine with distilled water, and wait. Those are the basics. Baker Austin Hall explains the details of how to make a sourdough starter. 

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Last Chance Foods: Micro-Farming Sourdough Starter in Your Kitchen

Friday, April 11, 2014

Baker Austin Hall explains how to combine flour and water to make a little community of yeast and bacteria, also known as sourdough starter or levain. Get 'em going, and they'll help raise and flavor your bread. 

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Last Chance Foods: Rooting for Rutabagas

Friday, April 04, 2014

As a cross between a cabbage and a turnip, the rutabaga is an underdog vegetable easily overlooked. Concuco Farm's Hector Tejada helped shine the spotlight on rutabagas with advice on how to store and prepare them. 

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Last Chance Foods: One Connoisseur's Quest for the Freshest Mallomar

Friday, March 28, 2014

They may be processed and packaged, but Mallomars are also seasonal. Find out why, and hear about Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner Jr.'s quest to find the freshest specimen.

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Last Chance Foods: Sweet On Onions

Friday, March 21, 2014

Before ramps jump in and steal the seasonal spotlight, Dirt Candy chef Amanda Cohen talks about how to make onions the star of the show — even in desserts. Try her recipe for grilled onion salad with fermented black bean dressing.

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Last Chance Foods: For Lobster Eaters Only

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cooking live lobster can be squirm-inducing culinary task. But if you're determined to do so, Red Hook Lobster Pound's Susan Povich has some advice. 

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Last Chance Foods: The Secret, Highly Processed Life of Orange Juice

Friday, March 07, 2014

By the time not-from-concentrate orange juice reaches grocery store shelves, it's had the oxygen stripped from it and "flavor packs" added back in. Even the amount of vitamin C listed on the container isn't quite accurate.

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Last Chance Foods: The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

Friday, February 28, 2014

Is it really worse than table sugar? You'd be surprised, says author Michael Moss, who answers that question and discusses the ongoing battle between the sugar and corn industries.

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Last Chance Foods: It's Millet Time

Friday, February 21, 2014

You may know millet as those yellow grains in bird food, but it's delicious people food, too. Food writer Mark Scarbrough talked about the gluten-free grain and shared a recipe for Millet Burgers with Olives, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Pecorino.

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Last Chance Foods: Why You Shouldn’t Eat Raw Chocolate

Friday, February 14, 2014

Last Chance Foods visited Cacao Prieto in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to find out about the strange science behind chocolate, how it's fermented, and why it's not a bean. 

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Last Chance Foods: How to Pick the Best Italian Olive Oil

Friday, February 07, 2014

Restaurateur Lidia Bastianich explains what you need to know about Italian olive oil. Also, try her recipe for olive oil and rosemary spaghettini.

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Hot Sauce: Feel-Good Flavor or Just a Punch in the Face?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Are you a hot sauce aficionado or do you think it's just a tongue-burning torture device? Dan Pashman, the host of The Sporkful podcast, talks about balancing flavor with fire and how to use hot sauce to improve your Super Bowl snacks. Also, try an award-winning recipe for buffalo wings from the director of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt.

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Last Chance Foods: Taking a Gander at Eating Goose

Friday, January 24, 2014

Legend is that geese saved ancient Rome from Gallic invaders. These days, goose is also a comparatively sustainable, responsible choice for meat eaters, too. Hank Shaw explained why and shared his recipe for Pan-Seared Goose Breast With Orange and Ouzo.

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Recipe: Pan-Roasted Goose Breasts with Orange and Ouzo

Friday, January 24, 2014

Difficulty: **
Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

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This is another combination of duck and citrus, only with a Greek twist: ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur. Ouzo is available at most liquor stores, and you can substitute any similar liquor, such as Pernod, pastis, raki, tsipouro, sambuca, anisette, and so on. If you don’t drink alcohol, double the amount of chopped fennel and add some fennel seeds or aniseeds.

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Last Chance Foods: Appreciating a Culinary Ninja

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pair it with sweet or savory, use it in tea or bake with it, ginger is a time-tested and hugely versatile ingredient. Bruce Cost, the founder of Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, talked about the history of the root. Try his recipe for hot and sour Napa cabbage with fresh chilies and ginger.

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Recipe: Carrot and Calamari Salad

Friday, January 10, 2014

Paul Cézanne once said, “The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.” It was in that spirit that I created this dish after I’d worked at Gramercy for only three months. What’s beautiful about the salad is while it’s relatively easy to make, it has complex textures and flavors.

I like to let the vegetable be the star and the calamari the supporting actor. It’s amazing that it has taken us so long to begin to shift the focus of a dish from the protein to the vegetable. We are so used to giving meat, fish, or poultry the spotlight because we usually think about food from a European point of view. Other cultures, mainly Asian, consider vegetables first.

In the restaurant we use a combination of citrus flavors, including lemon oil, lemon vinaigrette, and cured Meyer lemons, because we always have them on hand. I love the lemon vinaigrette, but feel free to season with a good squeeze or two of lemon juice and your favorite olive oil instead.

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Recipe: Squid a la Plancha with Romesco and Sea Beans

Friday, January 10, 2014

For the saffron aioli:

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • Salt
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons mild olive oil
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice

To make the aioli: In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the egg yolks, garlic ...

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Why Squid Is the Kale of the Sea

Friday, January 10, 2014

Squid is "hardy, it’s economical, it’s versatile, it’s sustainable. It’s what all good eaters... should be seeking out," said Edible East End editor Brian Halweil. Get all the details and recipes for calamari from Gramercy Tavern and Almond. 

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Last Chance Foods: A Pantry Stocked For Snow Days and Late Nights

Friday, January 03, 2014

Here are a few suggestions on ingredients to keep in your pantry so that you can whip up a meal on a snow day or after a late night at the office. Edible Brooklyn editor Gabrielle Langholtz told us what you'll always find in her cabinets.

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