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Kysha Harris

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Tap into Harlem Harvest Festival

Fall is finally here, Halloween costume planning is in full movement and Harlem Park to Park’s annual Harlem Harvest Festival is going down this Saturday, celebrating the harvest season.

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Harlem Local Vendor Program expands

Harlem Park to Park and the office of Senator Brian Benjamin hosted a news conference to highlight the success of the inaugural Harlem Local Vendor Program with Whole Foods Market.

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Talking SCHOP! Oh, oh it’s ladies night

…and the feeling was certainly right! Monday night, I along with chef Tiffany Minter and chef Aaliyah Baylor were the first all-female chefs for the Black Chef Series held at Blujeen in Harlem.

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Recipe: Brussels sprout cauliflower gratin

This recipe from Bon Appetit makes the perfect side dish for the holiday table or for a weeknight roast chicken dinner.

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Talking SCHOP! Taste Talks 2017

In 2015, I had my first visit to Taste Talks in Brooklyn and had a terrific time. This year I headed back to see what was on the agenda.

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Talking SCHOP! Getting ready for fall cooking

I know summer is not over just yet, but I can’t help trolling for awesome fall recipes to cook now or for the upcoming holiday spreads.

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Talking SCHOP! Getting open at the U.S. Open

Missing the annual U.S. Open Food Tasting Preview last year was a bummer! I had to settle for a delicious Fuku fried chicken sandwich from concessions and a couple of the signature Honey Deuce Grey Goose cocktails to make up for it.

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NYCHA food entrepreneurs at SummerStage

The Food Business Pathways Program is designed exclusively for NYCHA residents who want to start or grow food businesses.

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Talking SCHOP! by the seafood

OK, so I missed the eclipse (next one in 2024), but I was returning from another fun family vacation in Martha’s Vineyard with my aunt and cousin. The planets do need to align for it to happen, if that counts.

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Talking SCHOP! Leaning back in the Rockaways

Where does the time go? No really, summer is waning. It is August, Halloween decorations are in stores and friends are posting pictures of their children with #backtoschool! I am not ready.

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival 2017

The seventh annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival welcomed more than 15,000 guests Sunday, July 23.

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Talking SCHOP! Miss Lily’s…RE-spect!

When one of your great Cali friends blows into town and asks to get lunch, you quickly assess the day’s responsibilities.

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Talking SCHOP! Support community food

I am so grateful for all of the local farmers this time of year with awesome produce, meats and products. It is the only time I think to go. However, there are other opportunities for city dwellers to get farm fresh produce that always escape my timing.

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Talking SCHOP! Brooklyn keeps on makin' it...

…and I (along with many others) keep on takin’ it.

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Talking SCHOP! Discovering Sahadi’s

was quickly hustling my way across (…up, down?) Atlantic Avenue when I walked by a store I heard of many times. I thought, “Well, I am here, just take a quick lookie-loo,” and into Sahadi’s I went.

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Talking SCHOP! Reunion @ Union Square Café

A tradition might be starting … my birthday and great food.

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Taco time touchdown

Last week was all about broccoli. Thanks for indulging me. I hope you enjoyed it...

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Talking SCHOP! Get ready to EatUp!

The third annual Harlem EatUp! festival is less than one month away! We are preparing our stomachs, ears, eyes and souls for all of the food, music, art and culture Harlem has to offer.

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Recipe: Mushroom-topped roasted asparagus

We mustn’t forget about the side dishes at the holiday table, especially because spring has sprung and all of our favorite vegetables are back and better than before. Here is my recipe for my favorite, roasted asparagus with mushroom breadcrumbs.

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Talking SCHOP! Easter eating

When I see blossoms in Harlem, it makes me feel a certain way.

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The AmNewsFOOD Harlem EatUp! hookup

Do you have a friend, colleague or family member who is just beginning their career as a food maker?

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Talking SCHOP! Get your tickets—2017 Harlem EatUp! is coming

Last week, co-founders Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz announced that ticket sales have begun for the third annual Harlem EatUp! festival taking place May 15-21, 2017.

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Harlem opening: BO’s Bagels

If you are like me and love a good authentic New York City bagel but not the travel to get it, the former street vendor, now brick-and-mortar BO’s Bagels (@BOsBagels, 235 W. 116 St., 917-902-8345, www.bosbagels.com) has you covered.

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Talking SCHOP! Storm Chili Challenge results

Last week, I told you about an impending chili challenge initiated by a friend.

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Talking SCHOP! The Chili Challenge!

I write this the day before the major nor’easter snowstorm is about to blow through, and I have already planned my storm menu.

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I’m So AmNewsFOOD Harlem EatUp! Contest

The third annual Harlem EatUp! festival will be here before we know it, and we continue our search for you, Harlem foodmakers, to participate in this year’s “I’m So AmNewsFOOD” contest.

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Talking SCHOP! Moments of food

My recent trip to Los Angeles was all business … family business.

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Chickpea vegetable stew

I have been putting my slow cooker to work this winter to great results.

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Talking SCHOP! First-class food

Just returning from a trip to Los Angeles with family.

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Talking SCHOP! Dim sum with the sum

She returned to the city she loves and the people who inhabit it.

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A Piece of Velvet for your slice of heaven

Have you been strolling 125th Street and peeped a small sweets shop on the south side between Lenox and Fifth avenues?

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Talking SCHOP! The house pickles built

On one recent night I was home minding my business when my friend, Kate, called to invite me to a tasting.

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Talking Schop! 2016: Gone but not forgotten, part I

What a year, that 2016! She giveth and taketh away. There are the most evident topics, which don’t need addressing here. Suffice it to say, we shall see what the next four years have in store for us. Let’s just vibrate within the pages of AmNewsFOOD for now.

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Gettin’ on the good food foot for 2017

There is no time like the first week of the year to set your intentions and get your affairs in order.

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Talking SCHOP! Holiday respite at Fig & Olive

Happy New Year! You know how the holidays go.

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Farewell Cecil, Hello Minton’s 2017: the redux

After a three-year run, the Afro-Asian-American Harlem eatery, The Cecil, will close as a restaurant at the end of the year and reopen as a private events space while a long-term vision is determined.

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Talking SCHOP! Needed luck in 2017

I hope you enjoyed a merry Christmas with friends and family and your new year’s plan is as lively or sedate as you desire.

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Talking SCHOP! Sticky roasted carrots

Every time I step into a grocery store to shop for my clients is an opportunity to get inspired and create something new on the weekly menu.

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Best Thanksgiving ever!

Kudos to my mom for a truly wonderful Thanksgiving. The invitation, “come and bring containers for leftovers.”

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Talking SCHOP! First Friendsgiving

Did you take my suggestion from last week’s Talking SCHOP! to practice thankfulness during this holiday season, being in the moment, calmly achieving a state of awareness and being grateful for togetherness?

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Talking SCHOP! Fowler & Wells

I’ve had nothing but great meals and experiences at every Tom Colicchio eatery in which I have dined.

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Harlem Harvest Festival Bake-Off winners

I was honored again to judge the annual Bake-Off at the Harlem Park To Park Harlem Harvest Festival held last month on St. Nicholas Avenue between 116th and 117th streets.

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Talking SCHOP! Ribollita

I am still working my autumn cleaning plan of cooking first from my pantry (freezer and refrigerator, too)to purge and make room for new ingredients.

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Tapping into Hop House

A couple of Harlem friends and I decided a “catch up” was desperately needed—nothing too fussy, something local.

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Talking SCHOP! Red Rooster: The cookbook

Last week chef and restauranteur, Marcus Samuelsson, celebrated the release of his latest publication, “The Red Rooster Cookbook.”

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Lemonade: That cool refreshing eatery

Eddie Murphy said it first, and best, when impersonating Elvis in “Delirious,” but the California fast casual eatery chain, Lemonade (@LemonadeLA, www.lemonadela.com), takes “cool” and “refreshing” to a whole new level.

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Talking SCHOP! Convertible. Sun. Fun. Friends. It’s LA! Part II

My first visit back to Los Angeles in nearly eight years was proving to be just what the doctor ordered: sun, fun and friends, plus a convertible for added effect.

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Magpies: Soft-served in LA

My visit to LA was not primarily about food

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Talking SCHOP! Convertible. Sun. Fun. Friends. It’s LA! Part I

When planning the weekend to Austin, Texas, with my crew, I realized I had not been back to Los Angeles in nearly eight years.

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A Forthright brunch

It was a Saturday morning. You can take the women out of the city, but you can’t take the brunch out of the women.

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