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Kickstarter Love: The World's Fare

By • June 19, 2012 • 0 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, it's about a massive, roaming dinner party.

Family dinner has been given a lot of credit for keeping kids off drugs and parents connected. Sitting down to eat with the people you love is an age-old tradition, one that often spawns new relationships, ideas, and connections. Eating with a group—whether it's family, friends or strangers—is perhaps the most basic communal experience you can have. And one of the most fruitful.

The Feast Conference is a cross-disciplinary series of discussions dedicated to changing the world through innovation and entrepreneurship. Organizers describe the event as a "feast on big ideas" that seeks to address some of "today's toughest challenges." They ask participants to "bring their best to the table" in order to help change the world.

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Kickstarter Love: Deconstructing Dinner

By • June 12, 2012 • 0 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, we bring you a food mini-series from an award-winning filmmaker.

We try to be as conscious as possible when we eat. More often than not, we buy organic, we buy local, we favor small producers. Somehow, our asparagus tastes better if we can call the farmer who harvested it by name.

These are all contributions to our food system on a local level, but can we do more? Before we can play a role in redefining it, though, we must first understand what it is, how it works, and the changing of hands our food experiences in going from plot to plate. We’ll soon have help.

In a new, on-screen reincarnation of the internationally syndicated radio show, Deconstructing Dinner aims to “inspire all of us to question the origins of our food, and in doing so, stimulate the emergence of new and vibrant food cultures.” Its six-episode series will focus on ways that we, as conscious eaters, can play a more involved role in the food system from which we are nourished. Watch as world-renowned chefs and experienced farmers explain how to raise your own chickens, or make your own sausage, all in an effort to fortify your investments in your own dinner.

Contribute twenty-five dollars, and in return, you’ll receive a digital download of the complete season. One hundred will get you a whole slew of rewards, including a signed photograph from a set, a Klean canteen, and the entire first season. All pledges will go toward Deconstructing Dinner’s production budget, so that funding-willing, they can teach us how to eat smarter with their series by the spring of 2013.


Deconstructing Dinner - A Mini-Series on Food
from Kickstarter

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Apps We Love: Planning Lunch With Your Little Monster

By • June 8, 2012 • 9 Comments

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Between Nicholas Day's family cookbooks, tips for trying new foods, Amanda's kids' lunches, and eating by example, we talk a lot about eating with and cooking for kids here on FOOD52. Today we have a digital solution to your lunchbox woes: LaLa Lunchbox, a new app for iPhone that brings parents and kids together to plan and pack lunches.

With the philosophy that kids who plan their own meals grow up to be better eaters, LaLa Lunchbox combines adorable graphics with truly helpful tools for busy families. Kids feel empowered because they get to choose their own meals, parents save money (the app generates a grocery list for you -- no more wasted, unwanted food), and everyone saves time -- both in the mornings when packing lunches and at the store.

It's interactive, it's educational, and it can be 100% personalized to your pantry. You can easily add your kids' favorite dishes -- whether that's mac and cheese or pickled ramp and cream cheese sandwiches -- to the database, and you can share your children's lunch ideas via Facebook, Twitter, or email. ("You'll never guess what our oldest picked for lunch -- maybe yours will like it too!")

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DIY: Cleaning Your KitchenAid

By • June 7, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Maybe your KitchenAid mixer -- that most beloved of kitchen tools -- has started making funny noises when you whip up a batch of pizza dough. Maybe you nabbed yours from your mom's basement, where it hadn't been used since burnt sienna was a popular tile color. Or maybe -- like me -- you found your KitchenAid on the sidewalk while walking to dinner one day. (True story!)

In any case, check your warranty at the door and roll up your sleeves: it's time for your KitchenAid to get an oil change! It takes just an hour and "yields a lot of satisfaction" according to these instructions from the blog Artisan Bread Baking. With clear instructions and plenty of photos, the tutorial has everything you need to know. Basically, you're removing the mixer apparatus, cleaning it, re-lubricating it, and putting it all back together -- easy enough, right?

Maintaining a KitchenAid Mixer from Artisan Bread Baking

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These Dogs Can Act

By • June 4, 2012 • 1 Comment

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Giving new meaning to the term is this ridiculous video from parody group Sausage Party, which recreates the trailer for the upcoming blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises using...hot dogs. In the video above, see Christian Bale as you've never seen him before… as a piece of (tasty, tasty) meat. Sure, it's silly, but it takes serious creativity to make a wiener emote. Give them all an Oscar (Mayer)!

We love it, but do you think it's the wurst? And as always, packed meat puns are more than welcome in the comments.

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Reimagined With Hot Dogs, Ponies
from Grantland

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Kickstarter Love: Muñeca Mexicana

By • May 30, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, it’s all about authentic, Mexican food.


Minerva Orduno believes that pork fat is a gift from the gods. She can grab a piping-hot tortilla with her bare hands, and can make a batch of creamy, goat’s milk caramel with her eyes closed. She does all of this (completely and painstakingly by hand), at Muñeca Mexicana, a project that stands for the artisanal production of mouth-watering, authentic Mexican fare.

The name translates to ‘Mexican doll,’ and is a nod to Orduno’s adolescent nickname. As such, it represents her food perfectly: the confections of Muñeca Mexicana channel her strong sense of culture through the home-cooked food of her childhood.

Orduno is committed to cooking the traditional way - which, for her, is the right way - even if that means longer cooking times. Take her Cajeta de Calaya, a rich caramel made from goat’s milk that evaporates slowly over three hours. Or her coyotas, pastries carefully stuffed with an unrefined sugar known as piloncillo.

Above all, Orduno wants to “show the world that Mexican food is more than just rice and beans.” Her pastries, seasonings, and moles speak for themselves, but your donation will help to make that happen. Pledges will contribute to equipment, and eventually, the physical storefront her products deserve.

Muñeca Mexicana Handcrafted Food from Kickstarter

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