July 6th, 2010
07:47 PM ET
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Wherein the New York Times' City Room reporters attempt to fry an egg on the sidewalk and document it for our amusement. Talk about street food!

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The heirloom recipe index: Grandma Mary's Crepes
July 6th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
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The Heirloom Recipe Index exists to make your Grandma (or great uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserve their kitchen legacy.

While Amber DeGrace grew up eating Pennsylvania delicacies like hog maw and scrapple, her husband of French-Canadian descent, Mike DeGrace, grew up eating Grandma Mary's crepes.

"He tells me stories of how she would make him and his friends batch after batch of fresh crepes on weekend or summer mornings. They would slather butter and table sugar on them before rolling them up and eating [them]."

While Amber never had the opportunity to meet Grandma Mary, she did inherit Mary's crepe pan and antique recipe book - with the handwritten crepe recipe taped on the inside of the front cover.

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5@5 - Chef Anita Lo
July 6th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Anita Lo is the executive chef and owner of the recently reopened Annisa restaurant in New York City.

Among her accolades, Food & Wine magazine named classically-trained Lo as one of the “Best New Chefs in America" in 2001. She also competed on the first season of "Top Chef Masters," where she finished fourth.

Unfortunately, during the show's filming in 2009 and after nearly ten years in business, Annisa was completely destroyed by a fire.

Following a complete renovation of the original location, Lo reopened Annisa in April 2010 to a two star review from New York Times critic Sam Sifton.

Of Lo, he writes: "She simply stays in the kitchen and works, cooking as the Puget Sound novelist David Guterson writes: precisely, with earth in closest proximity to sea."

5 Underappreciated Ingredients at the Greenmarket: Anita Lo

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Indefensible food: Wine product
July 6th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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This is the first installment of Indefensible Food - a series in which our intrepid team will sample products we all see on the grocery and liquor shelves, yet never quite have the moxie to try.

Don't ever buy a bottle of anything called "wine product." It tastes like sugar juice haunted by grapes. And don't cook with it.

It's illegal to sell wine in grocery stores in New York City. It has something to do with local wine and liquor stores and laws that have helped them stay competitive. I didn't know this. I just grabbed a bottle of something called "Chateau Diana California Merlot" at the grocery.

You see, I was on a mission to make dinner for my girlfriend. I decided to bust it fancy and make her a "Coq au Vin." Which in English, means chicken and wine. In my experience, chicken and anything is a great culinary bet. Chicken and waffles. Chicken and dumplings. Chicken and ice cream (that last one was something I invented with my friends Ben, Jerry and the Colonel.)
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Blogger Spotlight: food.curated
July 6th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every weekday, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Who: Liza Mosquito de Guia, of food.curated
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Twitter: @SkeeterNYC

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July 6th, 2010
01:15 PM ET
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Hotel Chocolat is offering an investment opportunity that pays a return in chocolate.

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Lunchtime poll – school lunch
July 6th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Top Chef's Tom Colicchio is on a mission to make healthy school lunches accessible to every kid. How do things stack up in your neck of the woods?

As always, sound off in the comments. We just might share especially insightful ones in a future feature.

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Box lunch
July 6th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Exploring the DC phenomenon: how Diet Coke developed its loyal, calorie-free fanbase. - The Frisky


  • Picky eating might soon be diagnosed as a legitimate eating disorder called "selective eating." - Wall Street Journal



  • John Kessler isn't feeling peachy about the "dumb flavor" of a disappointingly unripe apricot. Solution? Stick 'em in the oven. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


  • In honor of Cow Appreciation Day on July 9, cow-clad customers will receive a free meal at Chick-fil-A stores nationwide. Better get moo-vin' on those costume ideas. – LA Weekly
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