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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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Remembering Marion Cunningham

By • July 12, 2012 • 3 Comments

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We wanted to take a minute to remember our friend, baker, and inspiration Marion Cunningham, whom we lost on Wednesday. Famous for the rewrite of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook, we remember her for her many other contributions to the table as well. Namely, writing salaciously about pancakes, championing a waffle recipe that is not to be beat, and, most importantly, being a strong spokeswoman for home cooking in her own quiet way.

Her dessert-for-breakfast Heavenly Hots, as Amanda once wrote, “clarify what’s wrong with other pancakes,” which, come to think of it, is much like she did with everything else. Starting with run-of-the-mill ingredients, she developed, tested and tasted so that home cooks everywhere could have the very best version grace their tables. Like biscuits (also Merrill’s go-to recipe), say, or peanut butter cookies.

Marion’s homemaking was always cut with a sharp, sense of humor. An article from the Times points out that, while instructing how to crack a coconut in a recipe, she suggests to throw it on a patio. “That’s how monkeys do it,” she wrote, “and they are professionals.” Which, as it happens, was -- and remains -- a very sounds argument.

The New York Times printed a poem in her remembrance, one that we think is very apt, and reminiscent of her no-nonsense, crisco-using, cooking for the laymen ways. Which she did beautifully. Marion was, in short, the mother that lives on our cookbook shelves.

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Too Many Cooks: What was Your Childhood Guilty Pleasure?

By • June 29, 2012 • 37 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.

With their still-developing tastebuds, kids love the strangest snacks. The FOOD52 staff was no exception -- today, we answered the question What was your childhood guilty pleasure?

Some of them are outright strange, but none are so weird that we aren't secretly planning a kid-themed snacktime for ourselves. Meet you after school with a bag of uncooked pasta, a peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich, and Chex with butter!

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Thank you, Kitchen Butterfly!

By • June 27, 2012 • 13 Comments

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We had a special guest in the office today -- FOOD52er Kitchen Butterfly, visiting New York from her native Nigeria, came to pay us a visit! (The weekend before several FOOD52 users met up at Eataly -- you can see Panfusine's recap of the event here.)

It wasn't until the end of her visit that she surprised us all with a set of gorgeous gifts -- we were speechless! From left to right, we have a reprint of a 1930s-era Yoruba cookbook, gorgeous placemats made from coconut fibers, grains of paradise -- which apparently cost next to nothing in Nigeria -- Kitchen Butterfly's favorite curry powder, dried chiles, ground melon seeds, and a gorgeous wooden bowl.

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Too Many Cooks: What are your Best and Worst Kitchen Tasks?

By • June 22, 2012 • 24 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.

When it comes to cooking, everyone has a task that they look forward to doing -- and one that they put off as long as possible. This week, we tackle the question What are your favorite and least favorite kitchen tasks?

The results were surprising and fun -- quite a few of us love doing tasks that others of us can't stand. (Ahem, washing dishes.) Reply with your most and least favorite kitchen tasks in the comments!

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Too Many Babies: No Such Thing

By • June 15, 2012 • 10 Comments

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

We really wanted to share our photos with you this week, but Charlie (Peter Steinberg's son) and Clara (Merrill's daughter) unequivocally stole the show. Peter, who is something of a baby whisperer, was able to divine the secret drama unfolding between the babies as they played together.

Secret drama, you ask? Well, read on... 

 

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