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: Grazing on Fiddlehead Ferns

Friday, April 27, 2012

Registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman talks about the health benefits of fiddlehead ferns. Try her recipe for a Sauté of Fiddleheads, Snap Peas, Ramps & Shiitakes.

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Last Chance Foods: A Peppy Bite of Watercress

Friday, April 20, 2012

Farmer Perry Hack of Two Guys From Woodbridge talks about growing and using watercress. Try ABC Kitchen's recipe for Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Sweet and Spicy Sauce, which is garnished with red watercress.

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Last Chance Foods: Going Green Garlic

Friday, April 13, 2012

Chef Jacques Gautier of the restaurant Palo Santo talks about growing and using green garlic, a young, aromatic incarnation of regular garlic. Try his recipe for chimichuri sauce. 


Last Chance Foods: The MSG-Umami Connection

Friday, March 30, 2012

Food writer Peter Meehan discusses monosodium glutamate's relation to umami and explains the origins of the term "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome." Also, try a recipe for David Chang's natural glutamate–laden Bacon Dashi with Potatoes and Clams.

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Last Chance Foods: Rick Can Pickle That

Friday, March 23, 2012

Artisanal pickling is the source of serious articles on the economy and easy punchlines. Veteran pickle maker Rick Field of Rick's Picks talks about why the practice has taken off in recent years. Also, see what all the fuss is about by trying his Pickled Rhubarb recipe.

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Last Chance Foods: The Catch With Salt Cod

Friday, March 16, 2012

Salt cod is a preserved food favored by everyone from Vikings to modern day Italians. Chef Jim Burke of Caffe Storico explains the advantages of using salt cod versus fresh fillets. Also, try his recipe for Baccala Mantecato.

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Last Chance Foods: Bed-Stuy Bok Choy

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Reverend Devanie Jackson, of the Brooklyn Rescue Mission's Bed-Stuy Farm, explains how she's growing, harvesting, and feeding her community fresh bok choy right now. Also, try a recipe for Hot-and-Sour Cold Cabbage and Baby Bok Choy Salad.

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Last Chance Foods: The Nitrate Debate

Friday, March 02, 2012

Butcher Ben Turley of The Meat Hook explains why he uses nitrates in bacon making. Registered dietician Samantha Heller also weighs in on how concerned adults should be about nitrates in meat.


Last Chance Foods: Coffee Klatsch

Friday, February 24, 2012

Award-winning barista Katie Carguilo discusses the best ways to brew coffee and explains why coffee is seasonal.

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Last Chance Foods: Invasion of the Brussels Sprouts

Friday, February 17, 2012

Chef Sara Moulton talks about why Brussels sprouts used to get a bad rap and shares her easy recipe for Sautéed Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta.

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Last Chance Foods: Zesting Up Winter Cooking with Citrus

Friday, February 10, 2012

Citrus is in season now, and it's a great way to brighten up heavy winter dishes, according to chef Rienne Martinez. Try her recipe for Cara Cara Orange and Fennel Salad.

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Last Chance Foods: Rooting for Rutabagas

Friday, February 03, 2012

Chef Jesse Schenker demystifies the homely rutabaga and shares a number uses for the versatile root vegetable. One example is his recipe for Baked and Broiled Rutabagas. 

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Last Chance Foods: Lucky Foods for the Year of the Dragon

Friday, January 27, 2012

Cookbook author Grace Young discusses auspicious foods to eat for the Lunar New Year. Try her recipe for Stir-Fried Garlic Lettuce, a dish that symbolizes prosperity.

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Last Chance Foods: To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Registered dietitian Samantha Heller and cleanse founder Dr. Alejandro Junger share their perspectives for and against cleanse programs.

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Last Chance Foods: Parsing Pantry Staples

Friday, January 13, 2012

Chef Amy Chaplin talks about pantry ingredients that add flavor to winter cooking. Try her recipe for coconut curry.


Last Chance Foods: A Clean Kitchen for the New Year

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Food safety expert Marion Nestle talks about what to throw out and what to keep when cleaning out your kitchen for the New Year.

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2011 Year in Review: The Year's Most Talked-About Last Chance Foods

Friday, December 30, 2011

Last Chance Foods covered a wide range of topics in 2011. Check out which ones got the most people talking.

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Last Chance Foods: WNYC Morning Edition Host Soterios Johnson's Favorite Christmas Cookie

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Every year, Morning Edition host Soterios Johnson looks forward to his mother's melomakarona cookies. Marina Johnson shares her recipe and tips for making the honey syrup–soaked Greek cookies with All Things Considered host Amy Eddings.

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Last Chance Foods: Hanukkah Doughnut Delights

Friday, December 16, 2011

Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison, the brains behind the Sporkful podcast, talk about the Hanukkah tradition of eating doughnuts and share creative doughnut concoctions. Try Pashman's recipes for two auspiciously named Hanukkah-themed sandwiches: The Maccabee Delight and The Hanukkah Miracle.

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Last Chance Foods: On the Hunt for Sustainable Venison

Friday, December 09, 2011

Peter and Nancy Zander talk about deer hunting as a means of eating healthy, sustainable meat. Try Nancy's recipe for Five Spice Venison Stew here.