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Amy Sedaris Loves Family Fights at the Holidays

Amy Sedaris offers advice on dealing with family who are drunk or confrontational at the holidays. Plus, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich on the time a turkey fell in love with his wife.

Why A Turkey Is Like A Tube Of Toothpaste

Monday, November 17, 2014

Serious Eats' Kenji Lopez-Alt discusses the science of turkey cookery, Slate's L.V. Anderson talks vegetarian options, and OTM's Brooke Gladstone shows us how not to make dessert.
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How To Win Thanksgiving (HINT: Nicer napkins, fewer nuts)

Monday, November 10, 2014

We're conquering Thanksgiving anxiety with help from Mo Rocca and NY Times food editor Sam Sifton. Sneak preview: More cloth napkins, fewer mixed nuts.
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Is It Wrong To Eat String Cheese Without Peeling It Into Strings?

Monday, October 27, 2014

We're taking your calls! Rhonda in Memphis rants against nacho cheese, Cindy in Portland needs frosting advice, and Chris and Renee in Berkeley can't agree on how to eat string cheese.
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Rachel Maddow, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich and Slate's Julia Turner: Eat More Better Book Release Spectacular!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

We celebrate the release of Dan's new book, Eat More Better, by talking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about cocktail philosophy and Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich about sandwich science.
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Anthony Weiner Takes Bagels Seriously

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Anthony Weiner was recently selected to be a judge in a bagel-tasting contest. Little did the organizers realize how seriously the former congressman would take his duties. 
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Bagels!

Monday, October 06, 2014

On The Media's Brooke Gladstone calls modern fluffy bagels "a betrayal." Anthony Weiner calls BuzzFeed's bagel judging event "offensive.” What's the right way to do bagels?
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Mo Rocca Likes Big Ravioli, And He Cannot Lie

Monday, September 22, 2014

Humorist and Cooking Channel host Mo Rocca joins Dan to talk about his grandma, debate whether square or round ravioli is better, and tell us which variety is the Kenny G of ravioli.
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This Is The Sound Of Good Chocolate

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Trust us: you can tell a chocolate's quality by the sound it makes when you break it. Listen for examples of good vs. bad chocolate bars.
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Listen To Your Chocolate--It Can Tell You How Good It Is

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dan learns what listening to chocolate can tell you about it, how our brains play tricks on our tongues, and why charging more for wine can make it taste better. 
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An 11 Year Old Offers A Lesson in Hot Sauce

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Full disclosure: I’m a caliente wimp. But 11-year-old hot sauce enthusiast (and founding president of The Sporkful Junior Eaters Society) Nathaniel Goodyear thinks he can change that. 
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Building Better S’mores, Inside Out Or In Pie Form

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

S'mores combine superb flavors and textures in a format that's structurally problematic. Graham crackers splinter upon bite impact, resulting in a s'more I'd like s'less of.
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Having Guinness and Pepperoni Rolls with Morgan Spurlock

Monday, August 11, 2014

He's well known for his less-than-flattering portrayals of excess and gluttony, but Morgan Spurlock seems to apply the mantra "all things in moderation" only "in moderation." 
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From Flurry to Blizzard: Ranking Weather-Themed Desserts With a Meteorologist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Meteorologist Gary England helps us rank desserts named after severe weather phenomena. Plus, Professor Paul Breslin, of Rutgers University, tells us how weather affects our tastes.
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I Dreamed of a Dairy Queen Blizzard Last Night

Friday, July 25, 2014

I was eight years old when Dairy Queen introduced their now-famous Blizzard. A perfect concoction of ice cream and candy, it nurtured the young eater that I was, and led me to gain more than a few pounds during that magical summer. Years later, working a dead-end temp job in Chicago, my life had a lot less magic. But the Dairy Queen Blizzard visited me in my dreams one night, giving me solace and hope. The dream was so vivid and so intense, that I spent most of the next day writing a poem about the Blizzard; and I share that fine poem with you now. 

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Is This A Sandwich? Or #NotASandwich

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sporkful host, Dan Pashman, throws down over what does and doesn't constitute a sandwich...beginning with his controversial stance that a hot dog is NOT a sandwich. He's joined by participants from a variety of backgrounds, including John Hodgman, Micki Maynard of the New York Times, Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty, and the Planet Money team (who recently reported on why the state of New York defines a burrito as a sandwich).

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Spiral Cut Watermelon: A Summertime Treat For Any Size Face

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Melon balls look nice, but they roll all over the plate. Squares and rectangles are fine but boring. By employing the same spiral cut technology used for Easter hams, we can eat watermelon better.

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How to Find Deliciousness in Your Kids' Table Scraps

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Eating off children's plates is part of everyday dining for parents. But can you find hidden gems? Watch Dan Pashman's video guide to what's edible and what's just too gross.
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Anthony Weiner Leaves No Child's Mac and Cheese Behind

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

How do you find deliciousness among the detritus of your kids' table scraps? Do you ever sneak treats when your kids aren't looking, or try to get them to order the thing you want to eat at a restaurant, since you know they won't finish it anyway? If so, what's the best way to do it without them catching on?

Next week on The Sporkful we'll talk about all this and more when we cover Eating While Parenting.

Our guests will include Hillary Frank of WNYC's parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time and Arun Venegopal of WNYC's Micropolis, plus a special cameo from former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. Listen to the above preview, in which I ask the congressman about his policy on whether to eat his two-and-a-half year old son's leftover scraps.

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How to Eat off Your Children's Plates

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Like burying beetles and blowflies, parents are natural scavengers. When our little kids finish eating, we swoop in to survey the scene and forage for the tasty morsels they've left behind. Most of the time, however, it's slim pickings. I've identified a hierarchy of small children's table scraps, to help parents decide where to draw the line between edible and trash-worthy. Here they are, from the ideal scenario to the bottom of the barrel...

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The Hot Dog King of Chicago Hangs Up His Hat

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Dan Pashman travels to Hot Doug's on the eve of its closure to find out what makes this Chicago hot dog joint special. Also: why hot dogs are sandwiches and how they defeated the Nazis.
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