Sundry Topics

UPDATE: 3-4 PM TODAY - Melissa Clark's Hotline Office Hours

By • March 29, 2012 • 6 Comments

UPDATE: 3-4 PM TODAY - Melissa Clark's Hotline Office Hours

Calling all Hotliners!

We're proud to announce a new feature on the Hotline next week: Office Hours, in which our favorite cookbook authors, chefs and producers will be on the line to help with your questions about cooking in real time.

Kicking off Office Hours is Melissa Clark, award-winning New York Times food columnist and author of over 30 cookbooks including The Piglet 2011 contender Cook This Now.

You might try asking Melissa for the best variations on her famous crunchy kugel, or get advice on which herbs to add to her genius duck confit. She'll do her best to answer your burning cooking questions!

Here are the details:

• Melissa Clark will be answering questions on Thursday, March 29 from 3-4pm EST from the Hotline, Twitter, and our FOOD52 Hotline iPhone app (download it free here).
• On the Hotline & Hotline app, be sure to include #askmelissaclark in the Title of your question.
• On Twitter, be sure to include #askmelissaclark and @food52hotline in your question so we can find your tweet!

See you on the Hotline!

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Behind the Scenes

FOOD52 and the NYC Tech Community

By • March 29, 2012 • 2 Comments

FOOD52 and the NYC Tech Community

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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Amanda's Kids' Lunch

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

By • March 29, 2012 • 4 Comments

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

What's for lunch in the twins' lunchboxes today? Looks like a really good one!

The grain salad you see is couscous with citrus, thyme, and raisins -- a riff on this contest runner up from the first FOOD52 cookbook -- and it's topped with good-quality oil-packed tuna. A kale salad (looks like Lacinato) rounds out the meal, and for dessert it's chocolate cake. Specifically, it's the Community Pick Chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon Italian Cake. It was made with pinot noir, but yes, the wine is cooked!

What's for lunch today? Anyone else have chocolate cake in their plans?

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Supply Chain

A Day in the Life of a Barbecue Pitboss

By • March 29, 2012 • 4 Comments

A Day in the Life of a Barbecue Pitboss

We're celebrating the artisans, writers, makers, and more who make up the diverse and inspiring world of food.

Today: Supply Chain follows Rodney Muirhead into the kitchen of Podnah's Pit in Portland, Oregon for some first-class barbecue.

Since its opening in 2006, Rodney Muirhead has been the pitboss as Podnah's Pit in Portland, Oregon. What does that mean aside from the fact that he has the coolest job title ever? It means that Rodney and his pit crew are up at 5:00am every morning to light oak logs in the firebox and start smoking the 500 pounds of meat that they serve each day, everything from brisket to pulled pork to ribs.

Don't let its location in the Pacific Northwest fool you: Podnah's Pit serves serious Texas barbecue. The restaurant is even named for Rodney's grandfather's nickname -- "Howdy, partner" equals "Howdy, podnah" in Texan. And along with slow-smoked meat you can expect an array of Southern fixings: cornbread, collard greens, and even migas.

We love the integrity, dedication, and just plain hard work that the Podnah's staff brings to their restaurant. Want to see for yourself? Last Saturday, Rodney recorded a typical day at the Podnah's for us -- it's the next best thing to one of their sliced brisket sandwiches. (Or a smoked prime rib cheesesteak.)

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Sundry Topics

Kickstarter and Food

By • March 28, 2012 • 0 Comments

Kickstarter and Food

Have you checked out our Kickstarter curated page? For the uninitiated: Kickstarter is an easy way for creative projects to get funding through small donations from a large number of people -- and each donation comes with fantastic rewards set by the project's owners. We have two fantastic projects for you today -- consider supporting them!

The first is Birds, bars & boxes...in artisan chocolate from Robyn Dochterman of St. Croix, Wisconsin. Her chocolate shop, the St. Croix Chocolate Company, is commissioning beautiful chocolate molds from artist Laura McCaul. The three-dimensional chocolate art, made with organic TCHO chocolate from San Francisco, will be packaged in gorgeous handmade boxes that can be reused to package gifts or store jewelry. The company's committment to fair trade, supporting local agriculture (their cream and milk come from a farm just 10 miles away from the shop!), and seasonal ingredients is inspiriing.

Next up we have This Must Be the Place, an art space in Brooklyn located above the restaurant Marlow and Sons. Run by the same crowd who run Diner Journal, the project aims to better equip their event space to host classes, art exhibits, performances, dancing, eating, drinking, artist residencies, and more.

Are there any Kickstarter projects you've supported lately? Let us know and we'll add them to our curated page!

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