156: Dinner Special!

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A recent dinner at Joy’s: Whole wheat penne with pork rib ragu, green salad, and wine.

Today we’re concluding our series of meal-themed specials with an episode dedicated to dinner.

Did you miss part 1 (breakfast)? Or part 2 (lunch)? You can find those here, and here.

This special episode covers:

  • Go-to dinners
  • Restaurant dinners
  • Family dinners, now and then
  • Having dinner guests
  • When is dinnertime?
  • Tables, dining and coffee
  • Weekend dinners versus weeknight dinners
  • Cooking with others
  • What we drink with dinner
  • Second helpings
  • Doing the dishes

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155: Cauliflower Pizza, Our First Podcast Birthday, Emily Pastor

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In food news, we talked about reports on what the Olympians are eating in Rio.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, Marisa teaches everyone the secrets to cauliflower crust pizza.

We celebrated our podcast’s first birthday by discussing our favorite topics of the first year.

Marisa interviews Emily Paster, author of the new book Food Swap.

And this week we are buying local peppers and talking about how we love to use them.

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154: Bluefish, Aprons, Iced Coffee

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We read an interesting and disturbing story in the New York Post which was basically highlights from the excellent book, Real Food, Fake Food. Be warned though if you do read it you may never enjoy sushi again.

We extoll the virtues of a favorite local and strong-tasting fish, bluefish.

For two women who spend so much time in the kitchen, we both have trouble wearing an apron to protect our clothes from spatters, but Marisa recently discovered an apron she wants to wear all the time.

We talk about the pleasures of ice coffee, at home and from shops around Philly.

And at the market this week, we are grabbing all the corn.

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153: Tonnato Sauce, Summertime Spirits, and Pies

Marisa's blueberry peach pie
Marisa’s blueberry peach pie

Does the Cut Change the Flavor? NPR was interested in how slicing and dicing affects a food’s flavor and so are we.

We talked about tonnato sauce, that wonderful chilled Italian tuna sauce. And here’s the recipe:

Tonnato sauce (Adapted from Joy of Cooking)

Makes 2 cups

  • One 6-ounce can tuna packed in oil, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (homemade preferred!)
  • 5 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Black pepper to taste

Put everything in the blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Do you switch up what spirits you drink in the summer? We do.

Summer pies!  Marisa recently tried and loved this unusual pie dough recipe.

And finally, it’s time for peaches. We especially like those grown at Three Springs Fruit Farm.

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152: What’s NOT for dinner, Tiny Tools, Cooking for Love

The tiny spatulas Joy didn't know she couldn't live without
The tiny spatulas Joy didn’t know she couldn’t live without

We are suckers for click bait slide shows, like this one from Good Housekeeping that listed the food fad of the year going all the way back to the 70s. We were especially interested in the foods that were faddish the years we were born.

Instead of our usual segment dedicated to what we’ve been cooking lately, we talked about this things we most cooking the most during the summer, when pots of soups are simply unthinkable.

Recently a pair of tiny spatulas changed Joy’s kitchen life quite unexpectedly. So we used it as an excuse to go over all our favorite small but mighty tools.

As recipe developers, we are often cooking for money. We explore how that differs from the reason we got into this line of work in the first place: Cooking for love.

In our At the Market segment, we talked about the good old Italian eggplant.

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151: DNC Dining, Going without the Grocery Store, Tomatoes

Local tomatoes are here!
Local tomatoes are here!

Next week, the democratic national convention will descend on Philadelphia. And all the media outlets want to tell visitors where to eat. We talked over The Washington Post’s picks.

In our What’s for Dinner segment we talked about the merits of a classic Italian pairing, pasta and legumes. Joy is a fan of this recipe.

We went out of our usual subject area a bit to discuss the intersection of food and beauty. It isn’t a very far jump from scrutinizing food labels for artificial ingredients to looking at what’s in your shampoos and lotions, too. This discussion was inspired by one of Joy’s new favorite podcasts, Fat Mascara, which is all about beauty products and not about food at all.

We talk a lot about meal planning, but sometimes we don’t make it to the grocery store. What happens then? We share strategies for living off your pantry, fridge, and freezer supplies.

Tomatoes are starting to pop up at our farmers’ markets, and it’s one of the best things about this time of year.

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150: Google’s 2016 Trend Report

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The Google Food Trend Report notes people like to “travel through taste”

 

Leave it to Google to create a comprehensive report on food trends. The tech leader pulled the top searches that have to do with food between January 2014 and February 2016 to get these results.

Joy and Marisa take a deep dive into this treasure trove of data and ponder what it all means for food lovers and trend setters.

Listen to the episode, check out the report, and then tell us what you think of these trends in comments here. We’d love your 2 cents.

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149: Plant-based Burgers, Meal Kits, and Hot Weather Cooking

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One of the Blue Apron meals that Marisa’s husband Scott made the week they tried it.

This week, we kick things off with a conversation about plant-based burgers that are designed and engineered to mimic meat. Joy had an opportunity to taste one of these burgers recently and didn’t find that it measured up.

Next, we chatted about the meal kit trend and our perspectives on them. Do you subscribe to one? What do you think?

Recommended recipe! In this new occasional segment, we tell you about a new-to-us recipe that we think is worth making. First one up is this marinated celery recipe that Joy has made several times lately.

After that, we shared our methods for keeping cool in the kitchen when the weather gets steamy. Suggestions include. cooking early in the day, heading outside, using your slow cooker, batch cooking, and relying more on ready-made proteins that you can buy at the grocery store and then assemble into a meal.

And finally, in our At The Market section, we dished on summer squash. Make sure to try Marisa’s zucchini butter and zucchini pickles!

148: Fourth of July Cooking

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A summery salad

Happy almost Holiday Weekend, everyone!

This episode is dedicated to all things Fourth of July–grilling, picnics, classic sides, refreshing sips, and patriotic cakes.

We also address food safety, which is always important when combining mayo and the hot sun!

Stay cool out there.

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147: Lunch Special!

Seed crackers, beet hummus, veggies
Seed crackers, beet hummus, veggies

Today we present the second in a series of three special episodes dedicated to mealtimes. You may remember the Breakfast Special.

Today? It’s the Lunch Special. We cover, among other things:

  • Other cultures’ lunch traditions versus ours in the USA
  • Lunch at work versus lunch at home
  • Lunches from when we were kids and for kids
  • #notasaddesklunch #never
  • Packing lunch for our husbands
  • Our current favorite lunches
  • Going out to lunch
  • Weekend lunches

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