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60-Second Stir Fry: Sisha Ortuzar and Zach Pickens of Riverpark

Thursday, September 06, 2012

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The hot seat is the favorite place to be for my Last Chance Foods guests, Sisha Ortuzar, chef of Riverpark and partner of the sandwich shop, 'wichcraft, and Zach Pickens, manager of Riverpark's Farm at the Alexandria Center on Manhattan's East Side.  They are big hot pepper fans and brought a paper bag full of them to the WNYC's Studio 4.

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60-Second Stir Fry: Thomas Wickham of Wickham's Fruit Farm

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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You can't rile Thomas Wickham with the prospect of the Stir Fry.  "So, what are you going to ask me?" he said calmly, as producer Joy Y. Wang and I corralled him into the Studio 4 hot seat.  

The man's a farmer, and his family has farmed for generations.  I got the sense that nothing phases him.  Not even the unblinking gaze of the Studio 4 cat behind him.

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60-Second Stir Fry: Jennifer DiVello

Friday, August 10, 2012

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Jennifer Divello of Patty's Berries and Bunches in Mattituck, on Long Island, does a 'berry' good job handling the heat of the stir fry lightning round of questions. Okay, had to do that. It's been a 'berry' long day.

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60-Second Stir Fry: Ron Binaghi III

Friday, August 03, 2012

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Some of our Last Chance Foods guests go limp at the thought of the Stir Fry, but not Ron Binaghi III of Stokes Farm in Old Tappan, New Jersey.  Just like his family farm's tomatoes, Binaghi thrives in the heat of the hot seat.

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60-Second Stir Fry: Caleb Leech and Ariel Nadelberg

Friday, July 27, 2012

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This Stir Fry is less "fry" and more "stir."  Brooklyn Botanic Garden herb curator Caleb Leech and BBG Terrace Café chef Ariel Nadelberg were allowed a do-over of my lightning round of questions, after both were scorched by the heat of the hot seat.

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DIY Food Mash-Up: Hot Dogs, Bacon and Donuts

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

WNYC

This Associated Press story caught my eye last week.  How could it not?

Hot dog, bacon and doughnut lovers can get all three foods in one cholesterol-boosting item at this summer's New York State Fair. The Big Kahuna Donut Dog tops the list of unusual items at this year's fair. The offering consists of a maple-glazed doughnut around a bacon-wrapped hot dog.

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Flavorless

Friday, July 20, 2012

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I had a bad food day Thursday. Not "bad" as in salad vs. cheeseburgers. (I don't think of food that way. It doesn't deserve such moralizing.)

I mean bad as in flavorless. Bad, as in, everything I ate today turned to sawdust in my mouth.

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Noteworthy: Mayo Man to Open Ice Cream Shop in Williamsburg

Friday, June 22, 2012

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Sam Mason, the man who's putting bacon, lime, smoked paprika and coffee flavors into mayonnaise, will soon be bringing his unique flavor profiles to another fat-rich substance: ice cream.  

He said he's negotiating a lease this week for a space at Union Avenue and N. 12th Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn — right across the street from McCarren Park, and the huge, soon-to-reopen McCarren Park swimming pool.  What could be sweeter for an ice cream joint?

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When Worlds Collide: Tennis, Cake & WNYC

Friday, June 15, 2012

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Love, loss and how I swore — that's one of the ways I like to describe my tennis blog. Yes, dear readers, there's more to me than just radio and eating. I've got to work off the stress and calories somehow

But calories were not on the top of mind when I decided to create a blog bracket contest for the men's and women's draws of the French Open in Paris earlier this month.  I decided to offer a cake, baked by me, to the winner.

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The Great GoogaMooga: Lessons Learned

Monday, May 21, 2012

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The inaugural Great GoogaMooga food and music festival last weekend is a reminder that greatness is neither self-bestowed nor assumed. You have to earn it.

From the looks of things during the event in Prospect Park and the critiques dribbling in on Twitter and Facebook (internet and cell phone service was abysmal on Saturday, when I went), GoogaMooga has a way to go before it can be called "great."

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60-Second Stir Fry: Vinnie Calabro and Robert LaValva

Friday, May 18, 2012

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If you can't stand the heat, don't sit still for the 60-Second Stir-Fry. This week’s Last Chance Foods guests, Vinnie Calabro and Robert LaValva, may have hooked a lot of fish in their time, but when confronted with the lightening round of questions they were left fishing for answers.

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Meditation on a Starbucks Macchiato

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Feeling adventurous, I ordered a fancy-pants coffee at Starbucks. A "lite" caramel macchiato, tall, extra foam. I could taste the artificial sweeteners in the sugar-free, vanilla syrup, but otherwise, it was pretty tasty.

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21st Century Homesteading: Making Butter

Monday, January 23, 2012

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I always thought butter-making involved Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ma and Pa Wilder, a cow, and a big wooden churn. But my sister showed me all you need is a jar.  And little kids eager to do the work.

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Smoothie Sailing into the Day

Friday, January 20, 2012

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I love eating. I mean, like, cutting and spearing and chewing and swallowing. Eating's pleasurable, especially in the company of others.  

So it took some convincing to get me to try smoothies in the morning.  A liquid meal doesn't seem like a lot of fun.

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A Visit to The Chef's Garden

Friday, December 30, 2011

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One of my favorite guests on Last Chance Foods is Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef's Garden. It's not just that I'm partial to fellow Ohioans. Farmer Lee loves to farm, and it's evident every time he talks about his veggies.

It's also evident on his farm, which I had a chance to visit this fall.

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Helping Food Start-Ups Get a Leg Up

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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Noha Waidsnaider is not a household name, but her company, Peeled Snacks, is well on its way toward becoming one. In just five years, her dried fruit company went from an idea to one of the featured products at your local Starbucks. 

Now she's trying to help other small food producers in the New York City area boost their companies to similar levels of success. 

She's the host of the NY Foodies Company groups on LinkedIn.

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Braising Hell: Trying out Mayhem & Stout's Short Rib Sandwich

Monday, November 21, 2011

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There always seems to be a new vendor or two at Brooklyn's DeKalb Avenue Market, and yesterday, I discovered Mayhem & Stout, and their slow-cooked beef, pork and chicken sandwiches.

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And the Winner of the WNYC Pie Contest Is ... Not Me

Friday, November 18, 2011

WNYC

It pains me to say this, but WNYC business editor Charlie Herman took the prize for best pie in this year's pie throwdown.

For another year, the crown of pastry greatness has eluded me. What will it take, judges? WHAT WILL IT TAKE?

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What's Your Favorite Pie?

Friday, November 18, 2011

WNYC

Here are the entrants for the annual WNYC staff Pie Throwdown, folks. Vote here on which one you like the best.

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I Want to Win the WNYC Staff Pie Contest 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

WNYC

The annual WNYC staff Pie Throwdown is today and I've got my pie cutter -- and elbows -- sharpened. Yes, I'll say it: "I WANT TO WIN."

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