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Too Many Cooks: Local Seafood, Purple Couscous, and Clara

By • August 10, 2012 • 3 Comments

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You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

There's something about August that calls for simple meals, lots of fruit-laden dessert, and...making a mess with your CSA's extra tomatoes? Here's what we've been up to this week, from babies to gingerbread beach babes.

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Test Kitchen Top 3: The Tiniest Mixologist

By • August 8, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Every week, we share our best Instagram snapshots from our Tuesday in the test kitchen. Follow us on Instagram at @food52 for more!

With a schedule full of recipes for various columns -- Jenny's in the Kitchen, Genius, New Veganism, and more -- we set to work in the test kitchen well-fueled by Amanda's Nespresso machine. Here are three favorite moments from the day. (Don't worry: we have both on-the-job snacking and adorable children covered.)

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Just Because: Charlie Eats, Is Adorable

By • August 3, 2012 • 11 Comments

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The last time we saw Charlie, he was making some pretty forward advances at Merrill's little girl, Clara. (Don't worry, they're still friends.) Today, we get a very special look at Charlie as he gobbles down a meal. On the menu? Kale and sweet potatoes from Lucky Dog Organics in the Catskills, a favorite of Charlie's dad Peter.

Orange foods (sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe) are a big hit with Charlie. Then why dress him in white onesies, we asked? "They're specifically to make these early meals so photogenic," Peter told us, and we can't help but agree. Enjoy the above photo of Charlie with his mom Sarah -- soon he won't look so clean!

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Too Many Cooks: What's Your Favorite Summer Vegetable?

By • August 3, 2012 • 2 Comments

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You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

Summer is finally here and the getting is good at the farmers' market -- it seems like everything worth eating is in season! Our original question for this week's group post was What is your favorite summer vegetable? Once people started answering, though, the favorites began to emerge. Sure, maybe Kristen picked radishes, and Amanda picked Roma beans, but the rest of us basically kept to the same favorites.

Here they are below. What is our list missing? What are your favorites? Tell us in the comments!

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Too Many Cooks: Summer Produce Galore

By • July 27, 2012 • 9 Comments

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You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

We ate basically everything this week, celebrating the best of summer's bounty. (Does birthday cake count as summer bounty? Let's cheat and say it does.) What have you been eating?

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Test Kitchen Top 3: Clara, Clara, Clara

By • July 26, 2012 • 9 Comments

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Okay, so we cooked some stuff in the test kitchen on Tuesday. You know, food? All that will be on the site soon enough, but the most important event of the day was that Merrill's tiny 6-month-old daughter Clara came to visit.

Today we dedicate our test kitchen top 3 to adorable baby pictures. (But you can find lots of our non-baby shenanigans here, if you so desire.)

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Too Many Cooks: Your Most-Cooked FOOD52 Recipe

By • July 20, 2012 • 28 Comments

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You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

The thrill of discovering a new recipe to test and share with friends is always great, but sometimes you just want to lay back and enjoy your old standbys. This week in Too Many Cooks, we answer the question, which FOOD52 recipe do you cook the most?

The answers are full of delicious, simple workhorses that would be as welcome at Thanksgiving as they would be on a weeknight. Chime in with your favorite recipes in the comments!

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Top 3 Moments In the Test Kitchen

By • July 18, 2012 • 0 Comments

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It's been a couple of weeks since we've taken a peek into our day in the test kitchen! Yesterday we cooked up all things mint for our current contest -- you'll see plenty of photos from the shoot in the coming days, but meanwhile here's a meta-look into how photographing all those recipes went. It was a busy day!

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Too Many Cooks: What's your Favorite Food Movie?

By • July 13, 2012 • 36 Comments

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You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

We've talked about favorite gadgets and guilty pleasures, now on to something a little more visual: this week's question is, what's your favorite food movie?

These video clips should do a thorough job of sending you off into the weekend. Post your favorite food movies (and TV shows, why not) in the comments!

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