Episode 234: Meal Planning Special with Jess Dang of Cooksmarts

Jess Dang, founder of Cook Smarts

Today, we break from our usual format to share a full episode dedicated to one of our favorite topics: Meal planning.

We have an interview with Jess Dang, founder of the fabulous Cook Smarts meal planning service.

Also, we have a special gift for you. We made a meal planning workbook for your information and inspiration. Would you like to download this PDF? Join our mailing list to get your free download.

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Episode 233: Quesadillas, Salad Dressing, and Sue Miller

In food news this week: The Inquirer recently published an epic piece on the Mexican community of South Philadelphia. It’s part restaurant guide and part commentary on how the community of more than 20,000 Mexicans is endangered by the crackdowns by ICE. 

In our What’s for Dinner segment this week, we’re talking about making quesadillas–with little to no cheese.

Joy got a tip via Instagram about adding nutritional yeast–a lot of nutritional yeast–to salad dressing and she’s running with it. And on the topic of this wonder ingredient, here’s that cashew “cheese” sauce recipe Joy mentioned.

Marisa sits down for an interview with Sue Miller, cheesemaker extraordinaire and co-founder of the cheese buying club, Collective Creamery.

And in What We’re Loving this week, it’s all about pistachio stuffed prunes.

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Episode 232: Irish Vegetable Soups, Frosty Coffee, and Sonja Overhiser

In food news this week, we chew over a recent story from BBC.com about the role food plays in diplomacy.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we return to Ireland for the scoop on how to make the delicious Irish vegetable soup Marisa enjoyed on vacation. She shares the secret foolproof formula.

The week we have an interview with Sonja Overhiser. You may already be familiar with her and her husband’s popular blog, A Couple Cooks, or their terrific new vegetarian cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking.

And finally, what are we loving this week? Fantes’ coffee granita.

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Episode 231: Homemade Burritos, Flatbread Pizza, Ireland

Flatbread aka “Cheaters” Pizza

In food news this week, Eater Philly compiled a list of iconic Philadelphia dishes. Joy and Marisa discuss.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we return to the important topic of homemade burritos.

Also for dinner recently: Flatbread pizza. It sounds better than saying “cheaters pizza,” which is what you could call it when you substitute packaged naan for a homemade dough but it still tastes good.

Marisa has just returned from a vacation to Ireland, and she shares some of her many glorious food highlights from the trip.

What are we loving this week? Mary Berry’s Classics.

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Episode 230: Smoked Salmon Pasta, Chinese Soul Food, and Alana Chernila

Today’s guest, Alana Chernila

This week in food news, we discuss how tariffs affect farmers, via NPR.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, Marisa talks about the smoked salmon pasta dish she whipped up.

In our How’d You Make That segment, we talk through Baby Bok Choy with Chicken, a recipe from Chinese Soul Food.

We’ve got an interview with Alana Chernila about her book Eating from the Ground Up.

What are we loving this week? Heaven Body Golden Wheat nonalcoholic beer from Wellbeing Brewing.

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Episode 229: Fallback Foods, Extra Crispy Veggies, and Food Judging

Extra-crispy roasted broccoli

In food news this week: Blue Apron is heading to retail stores. Story via SpecialtyFoodNews.com.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we explore our “fallback foods,” those dishes we make when we just don’t know what else to cook.

Joy shares her new technique for extra crispy roasted vegetables.

Marisa describes her recent experience serving as a food judge for the Sofi awards (Sofi stands for specialty outstanding food innovation).

What are we loving this week? White balsamic vinegar.

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Episode 228: Side Dish Kits, Seafood Cakes, Potluck Pick

In this lengthy Grubstreet piece, Mark Bittman and David L. Katz answer every food question the readers and editors of Grub Street could think of.

What’s for dinner this week? Urban Roots side dish kits.

In our How’d You Make That segment, Marisa and Joy talk over the fine art of fishcakes.

We’ve chosen a theme for the next year of Local Mouthful Cookbook Club Potlucks: The books of Deborah Madison.

As for what we’re loving: It’s dish gloves.

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Episode 227: Vegan Lasagna, Pickled Onions, The One Bottle Cocktail

Maggie Hoffman, author One Bottle Cocktail

This week in food news, we talk about an article on Mother Nature Network about non-alcoholic cocktails. Joy is interviewed in it!

What’s for dinner? Vegan lasagna from America’s Test Kitchen Vegan for Everybody cookbook.

How do you make quick pickled onions? Marisa walks you through it.

This week, we’ve got an interview with Maggie Hoffman, author of The One Bottle Cocktail.

What we’re loving this week? The Netflix show, Nailed It.

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Episode 226: Vegetable Sides, Chimichurri, and Reem Kassis

In food this week news, Disney is trying to add vegetarian options.

What’s for dinner this week? Marisa is loving the simple vegetable side dishes from Alana Chernila’s new book, Eating from the Ground Up.

In our How’d You Make That segment, we talk you through our favorite sauce of the moment: Chimichurri.

We’ve got an interview with author Reem Kasiss of The Palestinian Table. Interested in that dinner at Zahav we discussed? Get your tickets here.

And finally, in What We’re Loving, Joy talks about Whole Food’s 365 Brand Woven Wheat crackers.

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Episode 225: Cleaning out the Freezer, Vegetable Spreads, and Emotional Labor

One of Joy’s freezer finds (Photo by Marisa)

In food news this week, Bloomberg reports that Walmart is getting into the prepared meals and meal kit biz. We were shocked to learn this stat: 80% of Americans don’t know what they’re having for dinner tonight.

What’s for dinner this week? Whatever we find as we eat down our freezers. It’s time to clean them out.

In our How’d You Make That segment, Marisa shares her technique for making vegetable spreads–a particularly delicious way to eat your veggies.

The emotional labor of running the home kitchen is kinda getting to Joy this week. Do you struggle with this at times, too?

And finally, in what we’re loving, we celebrate Baba’s Brew fizzy camomile-honey kombucha. It’s really good stuff.

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