Behind the Scenes Articles

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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Test Kitchen Top 3: We Did It!

By • June 13, 2012 • 1 Comment

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Things were a little touch and go yesterday in the test kitchen -- our beloved test kitchen manager Jennifer was out for the week and we missed her badly! Without her prowess at planning and cooking, we all jumped in to lend a hand with the recipes on deck. Here were our top three moments of the day -- and as always, follow us on Instagram @food52 for more.

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Too Many Cooks: Our Satellite Office in California

By • June 8, 2012 • 4 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.

This week, among other things, Amanda saw patterns in the strangest places, Christina gave homage to Julia Child, and Kristen abandoned us for the West coast. (Don't worry, she's coming back. We think.)

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Dana's Bakery: Macarons Go American

By • June 6, 2012 • 1 Comment

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Last week, our former intern Dana Loia showed us her pro tips for making French macarons. Now you can buy them ready-made, thanks to her brand-new business Dana's Bakery!

With classic French style but a decidedly American twist, Dana's macarons come in flavors like Birthday Cake (complete with gorgeous pink swirling and edible glitter), Fruity Pebbles (our editorial assistant Brette's favorite), and Peanut Butter & Jelly (like a Girls Scouts Tagalong after a semester abroad in Paris). (The other 9 flavors are S'mores, Thin Mint, Caramel Popcorn, Choco-Lot, Orange Creamsicle, Cookie Dough (!), Cup of Joe, Key Lime Pie, and Red Velvet. Amazing, right?)

Delivery is currently limited to New York, with pickup locations in the West Village at Corrado Bread & Pastry, and at Dana's HQ in Hawthorne, NJ. But don't worry, national shipping is on its way!

Meanwhile, we're thrilled to offer FOOD52 readers 20% your first order at Dana's Bakery -- just enter the code DBOPEN at checkout.

Be sure to follow Dana's Bakery on Twitter and to like their Facebook page. Dana's Bakery: not your ordinary macaron!

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Too Many Cooks: Strawberries and Salads

By • May 25, 2012 • 1 Comment

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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.

And now for your Memorial Day weekend sendoff: a look into how we spent the past week. It was a good one, full of garden harvests, baked goods, and cheese. Here's to a great weekend ahead -- see you next week!

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Too Many Cooks: Behind the Scenes

By • May 18, 2012 • 10 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 weekly experiences with food, cooking, life, and more.

From strawberries to cherry trees, you can tell it's springtime here at FOOD52. Here's what we've been up to -- don't miss the tiny baby chicks in Peter's photos, or the big baby in Merrill's!

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