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Mirabelle plums
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Food Guy Jon Jackson has always resented the annual litter of bland little yellow plums on his lawn, a gift from a tree at the top of his driveway. But one Food Guy's trash, it seems, is every Parisian's treasure: these are Mirabelle plums, the coveted stuff of subtle, tangy autumn plum jam.

'The Food Guys' Rap About Confit

Sep 27, 2020
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Cook pork or waterfowl at very low temperature for a long time in fat, and you've got confit, or preserved meat. It's an old specialty of southwest France, where goose, duck or pork confit is often served as part of cassoulet. Food Guys Jon and Greg explain why a cooked goose enveloped in a bed of its own fat is not alarming, but delicious.

Some Meals Just Taste Better The Next Day

Sep 20, 2020
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Food Guy Jon Jackson recalls the words of cauldron-stirring neighbor Mrs. Minervini, as she prepared for the weekly invasion of an army of neighborhood children: "When you're cooking that marinara sauce, you've got to turn it off at some point and let it sit for awhile. Then you can go on and finish it off before the people come. You want to serve it hot, but it's no good cooking it right straight through."

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Food Guy Greg Patent writes: "I’ve been pizza crazy lately, and I want to share with you a terrific, authentic recipe for Neapolitan Pizza dough, created by Johnny (Gianni) Di Francesco. I happened across a YouTube video of him, and he has so much to say and demonstrate, you just must have a look. But before we do, I want to tell you about this terrific pizza dough."

spinach
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“It’s just that we still have so much of it," said Dorothy Patent about the leafy bunches of spinach filling the fridge a week after Greg's most recent farmers market foray.  So Greg got busy with spinach, ham, mustard, macaroni - and one skillet. The results are below.

The 'Food Guys' Really, Really Like Pie

Aug 31, 2020
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Food Guys Jon and Greg take Karen Oberlin's recording of the Renee Rosnes & David Hadju song "I Like Pie" as their jumping-off point to discuss huckleberry pie and under what limited circumstances Greg allows ice cream to be served anywhere near his. To make huckleberry pie, he thickens 1.75 pounds of fresh or frozen huckleberries with crystal tapioca inside this pie crust.

Paleolithic humans ate flour, which the Paleo diet discourages
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If you're keeping tabs on the history of human food - and keeping score on modern American diet books - there's a tuber-sized hole in the founding principle of the Paleo diet, with its avoidance of dairy, legumes, pulses, grains and starches.

Recipe: Apple Cider Gingerbread With Cider Cream

Aug 16, 2020
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This is a moist and mildly spicy gingerbread with the taste of cider and applesauce. Served plain, it makes a marvelous snack. When offered along with a spoonful of the cider cream, it would be a welcome dessert after a hearty meal.

The Food Guys Compare Condiments

Aug 9, 2020
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You've harbored a stash of cupboard and refrigerated condiments since the last century. Food Guys Jon and Greg suggest novel uses for them.

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After seeing Dr. Cate Shanahan on television, Food Guy Greg Patent is all-in with her advice about cooking fats and oils to avoid. Greg gets worked up telling Food Guy Jon Jackson about PUFA*-rich seed oils (*"polyunsaturated fatty acids.") that Shanahan says cause metabolic damage and inflammation.

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