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Lunch at the Office

By • March 26, 2012 • 12 Comments

Lunch at the Office

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

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

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

Fruit of the Week: Citrus

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

FOOD52 on Svpply

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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Weikiwa Tangelos and a Mystery Solved

By • March 13, 2012 • 3 Comments

Weikiwa Tangelos and a Mystery Solved

Our associate editor Kristy stopped at Eataly yesterday to pick up some ingredients for today's photoshoot. On the way she spotted these beautiful yellow-orange citrus labeled Weikiwa Tangelo Oranges and stopped to snap a quick Instagram shot with the caption, "Exciting citrus alert! What do you know about these beauties?”

Not too long after, we had an answer! FOOD52er, Instagram user, and biologist roguehousewife shared her knowledge with us:

WEKIWA TANGELO, unusual hybrid between a Sampson Tangelo and an unspecified (we would call it "mystery") grapefruit. The irresistible result is a very juicy tangelo which looks and tastes like a pink grapefruit (red-blushed pulp, yellow rind), but is sweet like a tangerine, and the size of one. Sometimes known as pink tangelo (or "Lavender Gem"), it can be substituted for grapefruit. Easily separated into 12 segments with few seeds. I can't wait to taste these! Fruits ripen in January. Self fertile. Zones 8B-10.

We'll definitely be returning to Eataly to buy these -- and we'll keep using Instagram to share mystery fruits and vegetables to see what we learn!

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FOOD52ers Who Lunch

By • March 9, 2012 • 8 Comments

FOOD52ers Who Lunch

I'm really dedicated to packing my lunch for work every day -- it's budget-wise, it's easy, it's healthy, and it keeps me from eating leftovers more often than I want to! So I'm always thrilled when other FOOD52ers pack their lunches, too.

Read more about our three delicious lunches!

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Afternoon snack!

By • March 8, 2012 • 5 Comments

Afternoon snack!

Our Associate Editor Kristy was in charge of snacktime today ("I'm going out to get a healthy snack -- does anyone want anything?"). She did a great job: mandarin oranges, pistachios (unshelled!), and hazelnut-laden chocolate.

What are you snacking on this afternoon?

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