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Video: Joey Campanaro Remembers Lou Reed, A Regular At The Little Owl

He was one of NYC's biggest restaurant fans
Apr 16, 2014 9:00 am

“We don’t put on Pandora and let it play,” says Joe Campanaro. “The maître d looks around the room and gets a vibe.” And sometimes the maître d would look around the room and see rock royalty, which created a pretty unique vibe, as we find out.

Vegan Japanese Eggplant Dog Recipe

This vegan veggie dog recipe is a hearty non-beast
Apr 14, 2014 3:00 pm
vegan eggplant dog
Photo: Morgan Ione

Roasted whole, the eggplant retains a meaty texture and fits perfectly in an extra-long hot dog or hoagie bun, and the mustard-spiked miso marinade/topping pays homage to the classic ballpark dogs we crave when it's not Meatless Monday. Try this vegan "hot dog" recipe any time you're craving a vegetarian sandwich.

Supreme Personal Pan Pizza Recipe

Pepperoni, sausage, onion and pepper pizza for you!
Apr 10, 2014 2:00 pm
Supreme Personal Pan Pizza Recipe
Photo: Morgan Ione

You don't see much of the supreme pizza anymore. It's either pepperoni or sausage, rarely both, and even rarer still with the perfect accompaniment of sautéed peppers and onions which blister slightly in the heat of the oven. This is a pizza, friends, one you should re-familiarize yourself with. Multiple-up this concept and make an actually supreme version yourself.

Footlong Kimchi Hot Dog Recipe

This kimchi dog has a few inches on the competition
Apr 8, 2014 1:00 pm
footlong kimchi dog photo
Photo: Morgan Ione

When it comes to hot dogs, kimchi is the new sauerkraut. No offense to the classic shredded fermented cabbage, but kimchi is spicy and colorful in addition to being a perfect acidic component to a nice fatty dog, so kimchi wins. Need a little extra crunch? Nori flakes and wasabi peas are there to help. Why the footlong? Glad you asked. Answers, after the jump. 

Black And Blue Popcorn Recipe

Eat this spicy blue cheese popcorn by the bowlful
Apr 4, 2014 1:00 pm
blue cheese popcorn recipe
Photo: Morgan Ione

Here's a flavor-packed play on popcorn that will charm blue cheese lovers right out of their ballgame snack rut. The key to proper cheese distribution with a crumbly cheese like blue that doesn't take well to being grated is a quick freeze. Once frozen hard, you can grip the hunk and grate the cheese into fine shreds that cling, melt evenly and hold ground black pepper.

Ballpark-Style Garlic Fries Recipe

Stadium fries tossed with zesty garlic and parsley
Apr 2, 2014 12:00 pm
garlic fries recipe
Photo: Morgan Ione

Have all the ballpark dogs you want at the game, but get a big serving of garlic fries to go with them. These stadium staples have been ruining marriage proposals at ballparks for decades, and you can easily make them with the help of a small deep-fryer — a worthy investment for any home cook. 

Food Republic Test Kitchen: With Baseball On Our Minds, Let’s Eat

We've decamped to our test kitchen for the day
Mar 26, 2014 12:00 pm

It’s a beautiful day in New York City. It almost feels like…baseball weather. With opening day scheduled for Monday (we’re skipping that Australia business) we’ve decided to break from our programming a bit and focus a bit on the season at hand. We’ve decamped to our favorite West Village test kitchen, Little Owl: The Venue, for a day of recipe testing, chef interviews and hot dog artistry. Which team does Scott Conant pull for? Is Ryan Skeen the biggest Cubs fan in the cooking world?

Hot Dog Upgrade! Here's Your Victory Dogs Recipe

Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are an LA favorite
Jan 24, 2014 2:00 pm
Photo: Mark Shaw

People are sometimes surprised that I miss food things from LA besides In-N-Out and amazing Mexican food (though I of course miss those things). I miss getting sushi in Little Tokyo. I miss sandwiches from Bay Cities in Santa Monica. And I miss getting a greasy delicious Victory Dog outside the Coliseum. Bacon-wrapped goodness, after the jump.

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