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Kysha Harris

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Cecil chef delivers

Earlier this month, chef Tai Muhammed of the Cecil hand-delivered some of the 40 meals she prepared for homebound elderly Harlemites as part of the Chefs Deliver for Citymeals program.

Talking SCHOP! Feeling ‘Fancy’ now

After all of these years, I finally made it to the Fancy Food Show at the Javitz Center.

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Summer Sizzles is back!

Lenox Avenue will be on fire Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, for the third annual Summer Sizzles on Lenox, brought to you by Experience: Harlem and Harlem Park to Park.

Talking SCHOP! Return to Eden

As per usual, the Berkshires proved to be a welcome respite from all things city life.

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Eat more pork

Recently, the National Pork Board launched “The Grill Crashers” campaign, an initiative to show consumers how easy it is to cook lean pork recipes this summer.

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Talking SCHOP! The summer special

It seems like we wait forever for the summer months to arrive.

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Talking SCHOP! Boss hog

There’s a relatively new boss in town and just in time to celebrate a long holiday weekend.

Talking SCHOP! Chicago eats

As Frank Sinatra said, “Chicago is my kind of town,” from the people to the sights and, of course, the food.

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A visit to the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distillery

A trip to Kentucky could not be complete without visiting a house of bourbon, if not the whole Kentucky bourbon trail.

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Talking SCHOP! While on vacation

Greetings from Louisville and Chicago!

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem EatUp! Firsts, Part I

It’s done! Fini! Finito! Terminado! The inaugural Harlem EatUp! festival has come to a close. Though the weather was a little touch-and-go at times over the weekend, the show went on and the people showed up.

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AmNewsFOOD winner(s)

Thank you to all who submitted dishes to represent the Amsterdam News and AmNewsFOOD at the first ever Harlem Eat Up (@HarlemEatUp) festival taking place in just one week! Harlem restaurants, cooks and food makers showed what they can do, with some delicious dishes and more.

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Talking SCHOP! A ‘Night Out’ for kids

Last week, more than 1,350 charity-minded New Yorkers gathered at 23 Wall St. for the city’s premier culinary event for a cause, Night Out for No Kid Hungry.

Stomp the boulevard!

Kick off the impending mid-week blues and explode into hump day after a night on Harlem’s Restaurant Row, eating, drinking and laughing in reverence of the fourth annual “Food and Drink Boulevard,” presented by Experience: Harlem and the Frederick Douglas Business Alliance.

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Talking SCHOP! A vintage friendship

This week, Kysha "SCHOPgirl" Harris reviews Chuko in Brooklyn.

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Harlem Earth Day 2015

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the Earth! Yes, we should be doing that every day, but this Saturday, April 25, Harlem Park to Park will present Harlem Earth Day in Morningside Park, noon to 4 p.m.

Talking SCHOP! Miso Mania

Kysha "SCHOPgirl" shares her recipes for Miso Black Cod and Red Miso Hangar Steak.

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New York City Hot Sauce Expo 2015

New York City heats up Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 with High River Sauces’ third annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo (@NYCHotSauceExpo), taking place at the Brooklyn Expo.

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Talking SCHOP! You’re so AmNewsFOOD

The Amsterdam News is excited to be an official media sponsor of the first annual Harlem EatUp! festival (@HarlemEatUp), going down May 14–17.

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A Great Day (for food) in Harlem

Styled to pay homage to the iconic 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem,” Harlem EatUp! Festival's founding sponsor Citi and organizers staged a commemorative photo shoot featuring Harlem chefs and restaurateurs.

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Talking SCHOP! Two-for-one holiday weekend

Kysha "SCHOPgirl" Harris gives a review of Manhattan restaurant Indian Road Cafe.

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… Into Easter

Kysha Harris shares some recipes to try at the dinner table this Easter Sunday.

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Talking SCHOP! Emerging from winter…

Kysha "SCHOPgirl" Harris shares a recipe for an arugula salad.

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Harlem represents at Bone Broth Festival

There are trends when it comes to fashion, technology and most industries. Food is no exception. The latest trend is simple, wholesome and, some would say, homeopathic.

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Talking SCHOP! Harlem-made vegetarian eggrolls

SChopgirl reviews Watkins Health Foods & Juice Bar on west 125th St. in Harlem.

Hurry curry chicken

"SChopgirl" Kysha Harris shares her recipe for a curry chicken dish.

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Talking SCHOP! Pecan + salmon = good!

"SChopgirl" Kysha Harris shares one of her recipes for Salmon with Pecans and Rosemary.

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Beware Killer Bread

Walk quietly and carry a healthy appetite when entering Fairway and be on the lookout for bread, Dave’s Killer Bread (@KillerBread), that is.

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Talking SCHOP! Taking uptown Upland

I see the buds on the trees—spring is right under this snow. Therefore, I am pulling back the reins to do some body “spring cleaning.”

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International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York 2015

It’s time once again for the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York. This premier event, held at the Javitz Center, begins Sunday, March 8, running through Tuesday, March 10.

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Talking SCHOP! LoLo’s: The gathering place

With all of this snow, ice and cold we’ve been having, a quick last-minute island escape would be beyond divine. Thank goodness spring is just around the corner, but if patience is not your strong suit, there’s a ray of sunshine right on West 116th Street filled with all of the trappings of island life called LoLo’s Seafood Shack.

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Chefs do deliver in Harlem

Friends and executive chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud delivered meals to homebound elderly to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Citymeals-on-Wheels’ “Chefs Deliver” program.

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Talking SCHOP! #HarlemOnTheRise

Wednesday, Feb. 18, Harlem Park to Park (@HarlemPark2Park, HP2P) presented the third annual Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference, newly set at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (@SchomburgCenter).

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Restaurant Weeks here and there

If you love to eat and have a list of restaurants you continually tick off as you go, sharpen your pencils, bundle up and get going—the Restaurant Weeks are here!

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Talking SCHOP! Forbidden food

Traif being the Yiddish word for non-kosher, is this little eatery that celebrates pork, shellfish and globally inspired soul food. I say, “Got it,” “Yes” and “Bring it on!”

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Amarula for amour

Are you looking for a little something special to add to your Valentine’s Day cocktail? Something that perhaps might induce that stare, that glimmer in the eye, that je ne sais quoi of your betrothed? The answer lies in Africa’s Marula tree.

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Talking SCHOP! Give ’em the world for Valentine’s Day

Now, if there were only a way to capture that food moment, put it in a box and take it home, you would. Enter Try the World (@TryTheWorld), an online subscription service that brings the flavors of the world to your door.

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2015 Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference

Harlem Park to Park will host its third annual Harlem Hospitality and Culinary Conference Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Talking SCHOP! A Korean silver lining

SChopGirl shares a recipe from David Chang for a roasted pork butt--Korean style.

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The Super Bowl drum (sticks)

Chicken drumsticks are always a hit, and they are perfect for a Super Bowl gathering because of their easy one-hand eating. Here’s a simple, easy and quick recipe.

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Talking SCHOP! A Far East Super Bowl …

No matter the Roman numerals that follow, the Super Bowl proves to be a great American tradition about the convivial experience, the togetherness and, of course, the food.

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Talking SCHOP! Empire Diner dining

Newly refurbished and reopen for business, Empire Diner offers patrons good, simple food and friendly service in a comforting atmosphere.

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Talking SCHOP! Poly-holiday meal

Last year … OK, just last month (does that joke ever get old?) … my college girlfriends got together for our annual holiday meal.

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Talking SCHOP! Visions of 2015 at Lido

There is an old saying that whatever you are doing on New Year’s Eve is a symbol of what your coming year will be.

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Chefs deliver in Harlem

Last week, Chef J.J. Johnson of the Cecil and Minton’s in Harlem brightened the day of 30 homebound elderly New Yorkers by preparing and delivering meals as part of Chefs Deliver for the Citymeals program.

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Talking SCHOP! Barbados: Cook. Eat. Drink. Part II

Last I left you with the setup to what would be a dynamite vacation on the beautiful island of Barbados: a pot of pilau (a rice dish), a fully stocked kitchen and some due diligence in the grocery store.

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Sweet Bazzar

I fell in love with guava while in Tobago in the form of homemade jelly on homemade bread with butter.

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Talking SCHOP! Barbados: Cook. Eat. Drink. Part I

Happy holidays, everyone! Again, I find myself wondering where the time went and reducing the year to simply hot and cold—cold always meaning the end.

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Talking SCHOP! Sides of thanks

I have returned from an awesome respite in the Caribbean.

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Something to wine about

Whether you are going to a Thanksgiving dinner or inviting friends and family over to give thanks, a bottle or two of great wine always enhances the experience. V

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