Hot Chocolate Haiku
Hot Chocolate Haiku

For your enjoyment, I offer my off-the-cuff ode to hot chocolate: Cup warms my fingers: Dark and silky, this bitter- sweet winter escape. It’s officially winter. We’re past the holidays. Now we enter the long season of slogging through the biting wind with ice falling from the sky, far from spring’s gentle moments. It’s time to pretend we’re hearty Northerners, even if we don’t feel particularly hearty. My plan for this weekend involves bundling up, embracing the cold spell and raising a steaming mug to welcome the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival.

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Yeah, I Know the Muffin Man

So stop me if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a batch of muffins baking in the oven. One muffin says to another, “Wow! It’s hot in here.” The other muffin says, “Holy shit! A talking muffin!” (Thanks, folks! I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your server.) The muffin man and me, we go waaaay back. I mean, moist, delicious, snack-sized and terribly portable… what’s not to like?

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Williamsburg’s Prettiest Apple Pie and the Discovery of the Hipster/Domesticity Link
Recipes Food blogging Williamsburg’s Prettiest Apple Pie and the Discovery of the Hipster/Domesticity Link

I’m waaay too uncool to be a hipster, but I imagine being one must be a lot of work. I mean, think about the time it takes to do all the trend-spotting, the look-innovating, the show-hopping (so you can be the first to be bored by any given up-and-coming band), the long nights of cheap-beer drinking and naturally, the “I’m so done with all the mainstream bullshit” attitude maintenance. Exhausting, right?

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The Tale of the Newtown Pippin: This Tree (No Longer) Grows In Queens
The Tale of the Newtown Pippin: This Tree (No Longer) Grows In Queens

Map of Newtown, Long Island: designed to exhibit the localities referred to in the Annals of Newtown; From the NYPL Digital Collection Long, long ago, when Queens was field and farm and forest (imagine that!), Newtown Pippin apple trees produced brimming bushel baskets of green-skinned, yellow-fleshed fruit. Celebrated by royalty (Queen Victoria) and 18th-Century movers and shakers (Ben Franklin and Tom Jefferson) alike, informed palates gushed over this “prince of apples” with effusive praise.

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Top ten things to do now that school is out

Top ten things to do now that school is out By G. Decker-Lee Party Play pranks on everybody Eat all the junk you saved up over the school year and go to sleep three hours early and wake up feeling stupid and throw up Beg your parents for another five hours of watching tv Think of one thousand excuses not to do your summer assignments Go to the park and get really wet Ask your parents to give you a bigger allowance Make a book of nasty comments you can use in the upcoming months Hide inside the darkest place inside your house and listen to your parents freak out Make a list of things you should do now that school is out Appropriated from issue 21 of my favorite ‘zine, neighborhoodBoy (Written by LIC elementary school kids.

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You’re a chef, huh?

“SO! What do you do?” It’s informal party-speak for: “I’d like to peek into that window in your soul, if you don’t mind.” My brainiac friends do things like extended magnetohydrodynamic modeling for fusion experiments. That line of work doesn’t leave a lot of room for casual follow-up questions. You need years of intensive physics study to form even a remotely interesting question. If you’re a professional cook, however, your occupation is intellectually accessible.

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Recipes A Passion for Kimchi

Through pure happenstance (or was it fate?), I bumped into an old love today. Having missed my train stop, I ended up walking past my favorite Korean grocer (Hana Food, 534 Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn), and there in the deli case, was my forgotten obsession, flushed with a healthy crimson glow. I clamored stupidly forward and we were reunited in a scene worthy of epic poetry. How could I have lost touch after all the good times we’ve shared?

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Barbeque On the Brain

Let’s talk about Barbeque for a minute here. (And yes, I will use the capital “B” because I consider Barbeque a unification of science, art and anthropology, making it important enough for proper-noun status in my book.) So I’ve got Barbeque on the brain for a few reasons (don’t worry—they say it’s not fatal). The Brooklyn Brewery is hosting their Pigfest this weekend. Blue Smoke is hosting their second-annual Barbeque Block Party darn soon.

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Perennial Favorite Thing: neighborhood Boy

Scenerio: Your Author walks into TEN63, a local joint in LIC, Queens, and sees a small flyer box labeled “neighborhood Boy,” beside another box labeled “how come?” Your Author, of course, is intrigued but determined to purchase cool beverage. While standing in line for said beverage, she sees SMALL BOY enter shop, drop “neighborhood Boy” newspapers into appropriate box, open “how come?” box, and leave. Thus, we discover “neighborhood Boy” – quite possibly the coolest zine ever put out by ten-year-olds.

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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