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Fa-soul-what?

By Ashley Beck | October 10, 2012

Photo by mmmyoso

Photo by mmmyoso

When given the choice between mushy, cafeteria corn dogs or my mom’s homemade Fassoulia (Armenian green bean stew) I somehow always chose the former. Growing up with an Armenian background (before the Kardashians made thick eyebrows and thick backs popular) amongst a sea of blonde haired, blue eyed Southern California girls, I was always looking for ways to fit in. Despite my love of spending countless hours in the kitchen, hearing the sizzle of meat browning, the aroma of onions sweating, or the fragrance of spices like cumin, coriander, and Hungarian paprika dancing in a pot, I was reluctant to share my food culture with anyone else. Read More

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Select Seafood!

By Carla F. Williams | October 8, 2012

Photo courtesy dbrekke | Flickr

Photo courtesy dbrekke | Flickr

October is National Seafood Month, the time that we honor eating from the sea. American fish harvesting hit a record 17-year high last year. Despite a larger catch, the wide range of delicious varieties to choose from, and the messages on seafood’s role in supporting our health, we still aren’t making seafood our protein of choice as frequently as we should. A recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed that the average American ate the equivalent of about 15 pounds of uncooked fish and shellfish in 2011. That translates to dining on just a little over 4.5 ounces of seafood or one lonely seafood meal per week—half of what the experts at the USDA and the American Heart Association recommend. A true seafood lover, I had to find out why seafood isn’t on our plates more frequently. Read More

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Urban Farming: Brooklyn Grange Documentary

By Joseph Hernandez | September 25, 2012

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Still from Brooklyn Grange: A Portrait of Urban Farming

The Brooklyn Grange, located in Queens, New York has long been known as the largest soil rooftop farm in the world. Serving as a CSA and providing produce to restaurants throughout the city, the farm is a roaring success after just two years. However back in May, the bustling urban farm continued its plans for expansion by signing a 20 year lease on a 65,000-square-foot rooftop at the once defunct Brooklyn Navy Yards. Read More

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Take Your Pick – Fall Apple Picking

By Jae Ponder | September 25, 2012

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Photo: Jae Ponder

It’s a common childhood experience: fall looming, gathering on the yellow school bus with classmates, pure excitement, and all for the yearly school trip to go apple picking. But should the fun and picking stop as a youngster? Of course not. This past weekend, I relived that childhood experience and it was an even better experience as an adult. Read More

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A Brief History of Peruvian Cuisine in Five Courses – Part Two

By Nico Vera | September 18, 2012

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In this five part series, Chef Nico Vera presents the rich culinary history of Peru through the lens of a five course meal. Follow along as he breaks down Peruvian flavors, transporting us to the land of Incas and beyond. Read Part One here. 

During the time of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, Lima was known as “The City of The Kings,” and was a major port for trade between the Americas and Europe. It was this trade that introduced new produce to Peruvian soil such as onions, limes and grapes. At first, the grapes were grown to produce wine, but the wine from Peru was so well received that it was banned by the King of Spain lest it compete with wines from Spain. This forced the Viceroyalty of Peru to find another use for its vineyards in the Ica Valley, and in the late 1500‘s the wine was distilled to make Pisco. Read More

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A Brief History of Peruvian Cuisine in 5 Courses – Part One

By Nico Vera | September 17, 2012

causa-peruvian-potato-salad

In this five part series, Chef Nico Vera presents the rich culinary history of Peru through the lens of a five course meal. Follow along as he breaks down Peruvian flavors, transporting us to the land of Incas and beyond. 

If the saying “You are what you eat” is true, then I am Inca, Spanish, African, Chinese, and Japanese. How can all these diverse cultures be part of my identity, you ask? The answer is simple: I was born in Peru, and I love to cook and eat Peruvian food — the 500-year fusion of spices, ingredients, colors, and flavors that are the pride and soul of a nation is now being discovered and savored by people all over the world.  Read More

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No Jerking Around: Jamaican Classics Served Straight Up in Harlem

By Joseph Hernandez | September 11, 2012

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Damian Perrin serving up jerk chicken at Harlem’s Fresh Connect Farmer’s Market

All Damian Perrin wanted was good jerk chicken in New York City.

For a city as international, eclectic and electric as NYC, its Jamaican offerings didn’t hold up to Perrin’s standards. He is, after all, Jamaican born and raised, whose father worked in the country’s top hotel and his mom–as moms tend to be–was a whiz in the kitchen. Jamaican cooking is in his lifeblood. Read More

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The Hardest Exam You’ve Never Heard of

By Joseph Hernandez | September 10, 2012

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Photo: prayitno

Think being a sommelier is all about drinking wine, walking through vineyards and popping corks for giggles? Think again.

In an upcoming documentary delving into a world heretofore seen as “snobby,”–or at the very least, exclusive–the film Somm follows four would-be sommeliers as they test (and taste) their way through the rigorous demands of the Court of Master Sommeliers, one of the highest governing and certificate-granting bodies within the wine industry. To put it into perspective, there are 111 Master Sommeliers in America, while only 197 people in the world have earned the distinction since the organization’s founding in 1977. Read More

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