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Danny Meyer on Staff Meals at His Restaurants

Friday, May 17, 2013

Danny Meyer, of Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, Blue Smoke, The Modern, and more, talks about the food that the chefs make for one another—the staff “family meal.” It is simple, often improvised, but special enough to please the chefs’ discerning palates. In Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurant to Your Home, the restaurants’ culinary director, Michael Romano, coauthor of the award-winning Union Square Cafe Cookbook, collects and refines his favorite in-house dishes for the home cook, while served Karen Stabiner shares stories about how this imaginative array of dishes came to be.

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Recipe: Danny Meyer’s Roasted Asparagus Gratin

Friday, May 17, 2013

The perfect late-spring side dish. 

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Recipe: Union Square Cafe Fried Chicken

Friday, May 17, 2013

Try this delicious fried chicken at home. What distinguishes it is the crunch from two ingredients—Japanese panko bread crumbs and graham cracker crumbs.

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Recipe: Seared Short Rib Wraps

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thinly sliced Korean barbecue piled into lettuce wraps and served with fresh and pickled vegetables. Make it at home!

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Recipe: Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote

Friday, May 17, 2013

A vanilla Italian custard made with buttermilk for a slightly tangy flavor, and a sweet, tart rhubarb and strawberry compote. The compote can also be served with yogurt or ice cream.

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Food Styling; Danny Meyer on Staff Meals, Please Explain Pasta

Friday, May 17, 2013

Today is the final episode of our Food Fridays series! First, we’ll find out what food stylists do to make food look good on film. Then Danny Meyer tells us about the staff meal traditions in his great restaurants. And this week’s Please Explain is all about pasta!

Congress: Where Food Reforms Go To Die?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

As Congress gets to work on the farm bill, two common-sense, bipartisan reform measures seem to have gotten run over somewhere along the way. The first would set minimum standards for housing egg-laying chickens. The second sought to change how the U.S. provides food aid to people in foreign nations.

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No More Smuggling: Many Cured Italian Meats Coming To America

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Culatello. Capocollo. Sopressata. It will soon be legal to import a whole new world of Italian cured pork products, thanks to the USDA's decision to end a decades-long ban. Every Italian region and province, and even many towns have their own distinctive salumi.

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Underground Tunnels Feed Gaza's Hankering For KFC

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gaza Strip residents rely heavily on smuggling tunnels to Egypt. Among many other goods, the passageways are reportedly bringing regular deliveries of fast food.

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How Trace Amounts Of Arsenic End Up In Grocery Store Meat

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A recently published study found slightly elevated amounts of inorganic arsenic in samples of chicken meat purchased at grocery stores. Arsenic-based drugs are no longer used in chickens — but they are still used in turkeys.

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Can Star Power Make New Orleans' Food Deserts Bloom?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Actor Wendell Pierce, who stars in David Simon's Treme, is trying to combat New Orleans' food deserts by building convenience and grocery stores in the city's neediest areas. But a host of stumbling blocks still make it hard to get fresh, healthful foods to people living in these areas.

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Go Fish (Somewhere Else): Warming Oceans Are Altering Catches

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fish are moving away from the equator and toward the poles to maintain their preferred water temperature. That means, for example, that fishermen are seeing swordfish normally found in the Mediterranean swimming near Denmark. But in the tropics, there are no fish to replace the ones that are leaving.

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Bringing Back Butterscotch

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Butterscotch seemed to have fallen out of fashion, but food writer Rina Rapuano says she's seeing glimmers of a comeback. And we don't mean hard candies and instant pudding. The revival of this old-fashioned flavor inspires a crepe cake, a chocolate-crusted tart and more.

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Is Eating Too Little Salt Risky? New Report Raises Questions

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A low-sodium diet may cause more health problems than a medium-sodium diet, a new report found. But some health advocates say focusing on the potential risks of a low-sodium diet distracts from the more important conversation about how to get Americans to start consuming less salt.

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Raymond Sokolov's 40 Years in Food

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Raymond Sokolov became food editor of the New York Times in 1971, and he discusses his long, memorable career as restaurant critic, food historian, and author. In Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food, he traces the food scene he reported on in America and abroad, from backwoods barbecue shack in Alabama to molecular gastronomy at El Bulli in Spain.

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Apologies, Restaurant Reviews, the Documentary "Bidder 70"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dave Bry talks about how apologizing to everyone from his date to a junior high school dance to his cancer-stricken father has helped him come to terms with his past. Then, Raymond Sokolov on watching the food world change since 1971, when he was named food editor at the New York Times. And the directors of the documentary “Bidder 70” tell the story of Tim DeChristopher, who was sent to prison after he successfully bid against energy and mining companies to buy 22,000 acres of land in Utah with no intention of drilling on it. 

Chris Hadfield: Space Chef In Chief

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Canadian astronaut didn't just tweet and sing his heart out during his five months as commander of the International Space Station. He also took time out to show the world what it's like to eat up there.

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Maybe It's Time To Swap Burgers For Bugs, Says U.N.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A new report makes the case that insects may be essential to feeding a planet of 7 billion people. Why? They're nutritious, better for the environment than other protein sources and can generate jobs, according to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The apple trees are heading for full blossom in Michigan after a disastrous 2012 crop, when only 15 percent of the apples survived. But this year's harvest is expected to rebound.

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Why Humans Took Up Farming: They Like To Own Stuff

Monday, May 13, 2013

The appeal of owning your own property — and all the private goods that came with it — may have convinced nomadic humans to settle down and take up farming. So says a new study that tried to puzzle out why early farmers bothered with agriculture.

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