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Too Many Cooks: What are Your KItchen Tics?

By • March 30, 2012 • 16 Comments


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.

If you spend enough time in the kitchen with someone who's serious about cooking, you're bound to start noticing the little things they do that seem so unusual to you, but so natural to them. We call them "kitchen tics" -- if you've ever spent twenty minutes trimming thyme from its stems to get it "just right," or oiled your cast iron pans so obsessively that your roommates are scared to so much as look at them, you know what I mean.

This week, we share our (perceived) kitchen tics. And for a treat, our significant others share what they see as our tics, as well.

What are the weird things that you do in the kitchen? Of course, they're not weird when you do them.

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FOOD52 and the NYC Tech Community

By • March 29, 2012 • 2 Comments


Just as we're all part of the FOOD52 community, FOOD52 itself is part of the fabric of startups in New York City. This video by the New York Tech Meetup -- introduced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg himself! -- features a handful of the best NYC startups around: Flickr, Foursquare, Tumblr...and FOOD52!

You can find Amanda at around the 40-second mark, and click through to watch the video. It's a lot of fun.

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Lunch at the Office

By • March 26, 2012 • 12 Comments


It's finally lunchtime here in the office and we're ready to dig in. I have a slice of the pumpernickel loaf I baked yesterday (I snuck a bite before the photo was taken) plus a salad of black and white beans, diced carrots, kale stems, and radishes. Our associate editor Kristy has a kale salad with avocado and kabocha sqash, and a sandwich of porchetta and whole-grain mustard.

What's in your lunchbox?

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Too Many Cooks: What's your Favorite Kitchen Gadget?

By • March 23, 2012 • 36 Comments


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 New York Times Dining section ran a piece this week about those kitchen gadgets that you buy thinking they'll make your life easier -- oyster knife, bread machine, milk frother -- but that end up gathering dust in a cabinet.

But sometimes more is more, even if those pickle tongs take up too much space in your cutlery drawer. Here are our favorite kitchen utensils -- the ones we won't give up in favor of a simpler life. It's funny how so many of our answers are about tools that are just so "satisfying" to use!

Click through for pitters, slicers, and choppers galore.

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Fruit of the Week: Citrus

By • March 21, 2012 • 6 Comments


We're so very close to asparagus season here in the Northeast -- the weather has turned, spring is in the air, and soon we'll be seein a lot more green at the market. But while winter is still in our minds, we dedicate our fruit of the week to the mighty citrus. Here's a paean to our favorite winter pick-me-up, as photographed by our very own citrus-addicted Kristy Mucci.

Click through for plenty of photos of glorious lemons, oranges, kumquats, and more.

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FOOD52 on Svpply

By • March 19, 2012 • 1 Comment


Do you use Svpply? It's a beautifully designed website where you can save your shopping picks from around the web, and view the products that others are loving, too. We've been saving our favorite beautifully designed kitchen products to our Svpply page -- if you're on Svpply too, follow us!

As you'll notice, we're suckers for wood and glass, plus anything that Kaufmann Mercantile makes. What are your favorite kitchen supply stores?

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