Blog Posts by Food52

  • Sweet Corn and Black Pepper Ice Cream

    Beth Kirby of Local Milk carries her Southern heritage -- and the ingredients, dishes, and recipes that come with it -- with her wherever she goes. Every other Monday, that place is Food52.

    Today: Sweet corn is begging to be put into dessert. Here's how to make that happen.

    This time of year the corn is so sweet and milky, I can hardly bring myself to do anything to it, even cook it. It's delicious straight off the cob, tossed with nothing more than a little salt and pepper, but growing up, the corn around my grandmother's table was always creamed. I don't really remember it any other way, but as I began cooking for myself, I never creamed corn. I just wanted to let corn be corn. I roasted it, grilled it, and sautéed it -- I did anything but cream it. The fine application of cream to sweet corn lay dormant for years, passed over as old fashioned. My corn was too cool for cream. It hung with hot peppers and lime.

    >>RELATED: Raw Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing.

    Then

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  • Genius Grilled Pork Burgers

    Every week, Food52's Senior Editor Kristen Miglore unearths recipes that are nothing short of genius.

    Today: When rethinking the perfect burger, it's what's inside that counts.

    Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers, from Food52

    There are perfect burgers made of beef, salt, and pepper. This is not one of those burgers. And it takes not a little, but a lot more effort, if you commit to doing it right.

    Oh, you're still here? Good, because this is probably going to be the best burger you've ever had.

    We tend to think about doctoring up burgers from the outside -- with thick strips of bacon, obviously, or themed toppers. But Suzanne Goin, the master of thoughtfully prepared, arrestingly flavorful food, takes perfect burger theory to another level -- by looking first within.

    A burger patty isn't so different from a meatball or crab cake. (You don't just make a ball of meat or a cake of crab -- you flavor it!) Here's how Goin goes about it.

    She starts with ground pork, and essentially lards it with minced bacon and fresh Mexican chorizo,

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  • 10 Fixin's for the Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae

    When you were a child, your parents' legs were tree trunks, crossing the road was scary, and there was nothing in the world more exciting than ice cream. And what could top a sundae bar? So go ahead, return to the unadulterated joys of childhood and build the sundae of your wildest childhood dreams starting from the bottom with the ice cream base, and working all the way up to the cherry on top.

  • $20, 20-Minute Meals: Capellini with Fresh Tomato Pesto + Pecorino

    Every week at Food52, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.

    Today: Tomato sauce is updated for summertime -- and gets a jolt of personality along the way.

    Capellini with Fresh Tomato Pesto + Pecorino

    Capellini is a perfect pasta shape for summer: it cooks quickly and is best with just the whisper of a sauce to avoid a tangled mess on the plate. Pesto, an already beloved summer standby in my house, seemed like the perfect accompaniment -- with a twist, of course! I snagged some fresh tomatoes that were sitting on the counter to give my pesto a different flair from the traditional verdant variety. Twirled with the capellini, this sauce felt like the quickest summery response to a tomato sauce -- with a lot more personality. Next time I might try to switch up the herbs even more by adding a handful of parsley leaves or a few capers.

    Capellini with Fresh Tomato Pesto + Pecorino

    Serves 4

    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup grape tomatoes
    2 garlic cloves,

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  • The 10 Best Things to Eat on Toast

    Toast is great. It's warm, it's crunchy, and you can top it with absolutely anything. Plus, it's one of those multi-functional foods that is appropriate for any occasion -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktail parties, whenever! Here are 10 of our favorite toast-topping recipes.


  • Puffy Pillow Beignets

    It's always more fun to DIY. Every week at Food52, we spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.

    Today: Mandy from Lady and Pups teaches us that tapioca flour makes for the perfect beignet.

    [Editor's note: Tapioca flour can be found in the baking aisle, near the smaller packages of specialty grain and nut flours, and online at Amazon.com.)

    Puffy Pillow Beignets from Food52

    Growing up in Taiwan and Vancouver, I never really understood everyone's fascination with donuts. Then I moved to New York, and everything changed. I was ambushed with a newly found addiction to this godly creature they call Krispy Kreme, which at the time I believed to be the truest form of fried dough.

    >>RELATED: How to make sweet meringue filling for donuts.

    But that was before I visited New Orleans, and sank my teeth into the first French beignet of my previously wasted life. Another window opened. I learned that an entirely different type of perfect donut can exist, even if it is

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  • How to Get Berry Stains Out of Clothes

    Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

    Today: What do boiling water, vinegar, and toothpaste have in common? All of them remove berry stains.

    Blueberries from Food52

    We've waxed poetic about berries before, those devilish beauties that are impossible to resist. We've tried to reform their naughty behavior -- and in some ways, we've succeeded.

    But as every chick flick has taught us, you just can't turn bad boys good. And berries still have one powerful weapon they've been known to employ at any given moment. Beneath their beautiful veneers lies a colorful -- and dare we say fatal -- juice.

    Until now, that is. We're showing you how to remove even the most brutal of berry stains. And to prove it, we've dirtied our own pristine Provisions towel.



    Here's how to fix the mess:

    Immediately after the incident, drop everything you're doing and go treat the stain.

    While the blemish is

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  • No-Grill Summer Dinner Party Mains

    There's a lot of good that comes from grilling in the summer -- it's easy, it always tastes good, and you can get multiple courses out of one method. But that doesn't mean that we should forget about all of the other ways there are to cook things (and not all of us have outdoor cookware). Here are 10 mains to make this summer that celebrate the best flavors of the season, sans grill.

  • Dinner Tonight: Fish Tacos + Grilled Tomatillo and Pineapple Salsa

    Often when we get home on a weeknight, all we want to eat is whatever is most convenient. We're tired from the work day, anticipating whatever tomorrow will bring, and it's all too easy to simply not bother. But the truth is, no matter if it's a Wednesday or a Saturday, dinner in the summer is something to savor. This meal does just that with grilled fish tacos, stuffed with creamy avocado and bright lime and cilantro, plus a smoky and sweet salsa to put on top (or on the side, with chips, of course). The weather is warm, and it's light out until late. Take advantage and pull out your grill.

    The Menu

    Fish Tacos on the Grill by merrill

    Grilled Fish Tacos on the GrillGrilled Fish Tacos on the Grill

    Serves 4

    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 medium sweet onion, peeled, halved and sliced
    1/4-inch thick 1 green pepper, seeded and sliced
    1/4-inch thick salt and pepper
    2 ripe avocados
    A small bunch cilantro, cleaned
    2 limes, cut into wedges
    1 1/2 pound firm-fleshed white fish fillets (tilapia, bass, etc.)
    12 flour tortillas
    Homemade salsa or pico de gallo

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  • 10 Fresh Tomato Recipes to Master

    Summer is a time for many things -- vacations, trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, endless amounts of ice cream. Most importantly, it is tomato time! Nothing tastes like summer quite like a freshly picked, grown-in-your-own-garden, juicy tomato. Roasted, salted, sliced, diced, raw -- you can't go wrong with a fresh tomato. Here are 10 recipes that put everyone's favorite summer fruit at center stage.


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