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There’s something mysterious and nearly romantic about mushrooms: They seem to spring from the depths of the forest floor – or overnight in one’s yard – unbidden.

Many years ago, Charles Crowther was intrigued by a photo of mushrooms growing on a log: That image birthed an 18-year foray into growing and selling mushrooms.

“I wanted to learn how to grow mushrooms,” said Crowther, then a resident of southwest Tennessee. He began researching how to grow the elusive species. In time, Crowther occasionally sold mushrooms at a farmers market in Jackson, Tennessee.

About seven years ago, after Crowther and his

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Vanilla, as a concept, suffers a bad rep: The word alone implies something safe at best, and boring at worst. Basic, basically. But vanilla as an ingredient is a wondrous thing, ambrosial, floral, warm, and sophisticated. In truth, the essence of vanilla is anything but plain.

“It’s an essential ingredient, adding not just flavor, but also body and soul into a dish,” says Francis Ang, a San Francisco-based pastry chef and owner of the pop-up Pinoy Heritage. Vanilla is, of course, integral to countless pastries and desserts, adding a sense of familiarity to everything from ice cream to sugar cookies.

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Colonie Police on Thursday July 22, 2021, arrested a suspect they say may have been trying to steal cooking oil from a Wolf Road Restaurant garbage bin.

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COLONIE – A Middletown man who appeared to be stealing, or poised to steal, cooking oil from a restaurant’s used oil storage tank early Thursday morning was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor offense, town police said.

At about 1:30 a.m., a Colonie police officer noticed the suspicious activity at the unnamed Wolf Road business and arrested

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Lenin Sepulveda, 34, of Middletown, was arrested by Colonie police for allegedly attempting to steal used cooking oil from a Wolf Road restaurant. (NEWS10)

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Colonie police made an arrest after they spotted a man attempting to steal used cooking oil from a Wolf Road restaurant.

Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, police observed Lenin Sepulveda, of Middletown, in the process of, or about to, steal used cooking oil from a restaurant dumpster. He was charged with Possession of Burglar Tools.

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Police in New York are looking for a group of four lowlifes who attacked and robbed a woman with disabilities.

The NYPD says the sickening attack took place on Tuesday at about 8:15 p.m. at the corner of 8th Avenue and West 151th Street in Harlem.

A 61-year-old female victim was at the corner when four individuals, three women and a man, began a verbal dispute with her. The group then pulled the woman to

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When Nacheaux chef and owner Anthony Brown visited New Orleans for the first time, he went to the tourist staples — Cafe Du Monde, Commander’s Palace. It wasn’t until he visited with his wife, Nacheaux co-owner and Louisiana expat Stephanie Brown, that he got a real feel for the place. “I went to New Orleans twice before I met my wife — I’m not a huge partier, I went for the food — but when my wife brought me there, it was a completely different experience,” he says. “She’s a local, you get treated like family. You have a concern,

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