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Random Thu Feb 02 2012

While We Are On the Subject of Super Bowl . . .

There's going to be a lot of crying on Sunday when one team loses. That we know. But there's going to be more crying beforehand, and it won't be because Kelly Clarkson screwed up the Star Spangled Banner or Madonna failed to bring back "Like a Virgin" during her half-time show. It's going to be because of onions.

Super Bowl is a weekend of endless variations on pulled pork, chili, messy dips, you name it, that all in some form or the other involve the use of onions. And we all know what happens when it comes to onion cutting - tears. It's caused by a substance known as propanethial sulfoxide, (yes, I know, yawn), which is similar to sulfuric acid and it occurs when your knife slices into the onion and disrupts all its membranes and things. (I hope I would give off the same deadly substance as well if someone tried to shank me).

Instead of crying your way through it, take a tip from the movie The Help and stick a matchstick in your mouth, unlit of course. Seriously, I've done it. It works. (And don't worry Chicago, you don't have to be a Southerner to try this little trick). Once you've mastered it you just might find yourself running over to The Chopping Block to work on your knife skills. And can you just image how cool you'll look brandishing a chef's knife with a matchstick sticking out your mouth come Sunday.

Or you can be like this guy and get all MacGyver on it.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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