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Crucial Food Quiz: Opera Or Stinky Cheese?

You know Carmen from Camembert. It gets harder.
Sep 15, 2014 1:00 pm

Classic FM is a public radio station in the United Kingdom, broadcasting enough Rachmaninov and Verdi hits to shake a conductor wand at. It’s not our typical listening fare, but we took notice this morning when we discovered one of their brilliantly (insert London accent) mind-bending quiz: Opera or Stinky Cheese. Do you know your Mascagni from your Mascarpone?

Photos Of New Yorkers Eating Alone At Home Is Not As Depressing As It Sounds

In fact, solo dining is a growing trend
Sep 15, 2014 11:00 am

Four years ago photographer Miho Aikawa set out to capture the essence of the home dining culture in New York City.  The series of portraits, shot with an honest, fly-on-the-wall aesthetic, aimed to show that urban diners — more often than not — take meals solo, while surrounded with flickering screens (mobile phones, televisions and computers mainly). It’s a fascinating study, revealing how a graduate student from Belgium eats a salad at home after a late-evening class on the Upper East Side, or a distracted Brooklyn teenager picks at a bowl of her father’s fettuccini.

Do Chili Peppers Really Grow Better On City Rooftops Than Rural Farms?

There's something to the whole 'heat island effect'
Sep 15, 2014 9:00 am

It's basic science: hot peppers need heat, and America's concrete jungles attract plenty of that New York City, especially. Chris Shott examines why urban rooftop gardeners are so intensely proud of their intensely good peppers.

Our 12 Most Popular Stories This Week

Burritos, pretzel poutine, marijuana cooking, D.C.
Sep 12, 2014 4:00 pm

Pop a pot brownie for this week's top stories. Or maybe just that one story where Vogue food critic Jeffrey Steingarten proved to be a lightweight, then, somewhat predictably, provided too much detail at all the wrong parts of the experience. We lived vicariously through Alex Guarnaschelli's summer travels, prepared ourselves for fall restaurant openings and drank a lot of the incredible hot chocolate that's going to power us through the next 8 or so months. Also, poutine. Our most popular stories, right this way. 

New Recipes This Week: Reuben Dip, Pretzel Poutine, Chickpea Curry

Cook your way through our newest recipe additions
Sep 12, 2014 3:30 pm

Dear world: Reuben dip. Love, Food Republic. That's right, we're cooks and poets. That's why we also brought you pretzel poutine, Mexican meatballs in salsa verde and potato skins loaded with spinach and feta dip this week. That is food poetry. Brining thick bone-in pork chops in nice strong chai is food poetry too. And we'll need all pleasantries in the world (in addition to football snacks) to finally bid summer goodbye.

Here's What Michael Mina Is Serving At Sunday's 49ers Tailgate (Hint: It's Epic)

'Crazy' 5-course feast includes liquid-nitro treats
Sep 12, 2014 2:00 pm

Michelin-starred chef and longtime San Francisco 49ers fan Michael Mina used to host some pretty epic tailgate parties in the parking lot outside the football stadium on game days. This year, the 49ers have brought Mina's party inside. The menu, as you might expect, is about as far from peanuts and Crackerjack as you can get. Preview the pre-game feast right here.

15 End-Of-Summer Dessert Recipes, Starring Fruit

Stone fruit and berries don't get better than this
Sep 12, 2014 11:00 am

Peaches. Melons. Mangos. People, these things are not in season all year long — just because you can technically find them at your supermarket doesn't mean they're going to sing their glorious chorus as loud as they will right now. Check out our 15-recipe tribute to sweet, juicy, perfectly ripe end of summer fruit and bake, grill, freeze and just pop berries in your mouth until the good stuff disappears. There there, it's going to be fine. 

Best Present, Ever: Meatloaf Bakery's Meatloaf By Mail

Chicago comfort food spot sends meatlove overnight
Sep 12, 2014 10:00 am

Make sure your kid is eating something other than burritos, thank Grandma for all the meatloaf she's made for you or support the freakish hunger pangs of your very pregnant friend — send a box of love topped with more love. Chicago's Meatloaf Bakery is here to help. Beats the hell out of a fruit basket. 

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