Down & Dirty

Down & Dirty: Melons

By • August 3, 2012 • 6 Comments

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Did you know that melons are in the same family -- Cucurbitaceae -- as cucumbers, winter squash, and zucchini? Their leaves, flowers, and stems are all similar, though of course the end product is very different. (And no, you can't cross-pollinate a pattypan squash with a honeydew!) Today we're talking all about melons, to give you plenty to think about next time you lug one home from the farmers' market.

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Behind the Scenes

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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Behind the Scenes

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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Community Picks

Community Picks -- Mayo-Based Salads

By • August 2, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Once again, we want to give a big thanks to all of our volunteer recipe testers for your thoughtful comments and for helping us continue to strengthen our recipe recommendations. You can read the winning headnote and tester's comments by clicking through to the Community Picks recipes — the comments are at the top. And even if the recipe you tested wasn't chosen as a CP, please feel free to leave your testing notes in the recipe's comments section. Constructive criticism is always encouraged!

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