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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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Dreamy, Creamy Vanilla Crème Fraîche

Here two great ways to flatter the just-in local rhubarb and strawberries and all of the summer fruits to come.

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Ketchup's Korean Cousin

If you look up ketchup on Wikipedia, the first thing it’s described as is a “table sauce,” and that perfectly describes the new line of gochujang sauces from the folks who make Mother-In-Law’s Kimchi.

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A Shockingly Good New Vegan Mayo

Last winter, I had the opportunity to visit my very first food lab—Hampton Creek Foods in San Francisco—where they were putting the finishing touches on their new egg-free mayonnaise, Just Mayo.

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A Snappy Dog

The long, thin hot dogs have natural casings, with a great snap when you bite into them.

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A Great Date

Chewy, not-too-sweet Medjool dates

Like a chewy candy on their own, Medjool dates are awesome for stuffing, or for slicing, slivering or chopping to add a hint of sweetness to desserts or savory dishes.

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The Chestnut's Stunt Double

Japanese Sweet Potato

For years, you could only find dark reddish/purple-skinned Japanese sweet potatoes at Japanese markets, but these beauties have finally started turning up at natural food stores and farmers’ markets at this time of year. Read more >

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Embracing a Brassica

Kohlrabi

This is a great time of year to get to know kohlrabi, a delicious, versatile and usually neglected vegetable that’s popular throughout northern Europe and southern India. It’s definitely one of the stranger-looking members of the now über-popular brassica family (which includes broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, cauliflower and brussels sprouts), with a large, bulbous root and protruding long-stemmed leaves. Read more >

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A Deeper, Darker Sugar

F&W food editors apply their incredible cooking knowledge to explaining what to do with a variety of interesting ingredients.

If you’re looking to amp up the flavor of anything you make with brown sugar, give muscovado sugar a try. This deeply flavored unrefined brown sugar made from reduced cane juice is super-dark and moist, with a strong molasses flavor that is almost coffee-like. The sugar comes from the island of Mauritius, where the sugarcane is grown in volcanic soil; India Tree is most widely available brand. Muscovado is especially good in richly flavored baked goods, like gingerbreads, bran muffins, oatmeal cookies and brownies; in desserts like Bananas Foster, coffee pudding or flan; in rum-based cocktails, and also in barbecue sauces and sweet dry rubs for pork. Here are a couple of recipes to try it in—a delicious gingerbread from the awesome Hi-Rise Bread Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and my favorite quickie barbecue recipe that can be made with pork or beef, in which I substitute muscovado for the molasses that’s called for: BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Five-Vegetable Slaw.

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A New Foray into Pop Culture

F&W food editors apply their incredible cooking knowledge to explaining what to do with a variety of interesting ingredients.

I usually pop my popcorn on the stove because Jiffy Pop doesn’t taste as good as it did when I was 12, and I’ve been disappointed with all of the microwave brands I’ve tried—until now. It’s not just the environmentally friendly packaging or the GMO-free ingredients that go into a bag of Quinn Popcorn, it’s the light, fresh, clean-tasting popcorn and the fun flavorings it comes with that have made me a convert. The Hickory Smoked Cheddar (which reminds me of the Doritos I adore!) and the Lemon & Sea Salt are my favorites so far, but there are seven varieties available. The bags are perfect for snacking on at home or for sneaking into the movie theater. The popcorn would also make the perfect garnish on one of our favorite seasonal soups: Butternut-Squash Soup with Popcorn and Sage. quinnpopcorn.com

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Apple Pie for Breakfast, PB&J Porridge and More New Takes on Hot Grain Cereals

Mashed Banana & Whole-Grain Porridge recipe

Thanks to new flash-freezing technology, excellent precooked whole grains like barley, quinoa and wheat berries are super fast to make for a healthy breakfast. Read more >

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Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

Run with chefs and wine experts in the Celebrity Chef 5K and dance all night at Gail Simmons’ Last Bite Dessert Party during the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 20-22.