Episode 185: Roast Chicken, The Philly Farm & Food Fest, and Louisville

Roast Chicken
Marisa’s roast chicken set up

In food news this week, we talked about a story published at The Ringer about the “Rise and Fall of Food Writing” What irked us most about it is its failure to even mention the very kind of food writing we do–home cooking and recipes!

What’s for dinner? In our kitchens, roast chicken. How do you make yours?

Have you bought your tickets to the Philly Farm & Food Fest on April 8? If not what are you waiting for? Come take in the event and find us to say hi. We’ll both be on hand.

We are both freshly back from a conference in Louisville, KY. And we have some food highlights to share.

And finally, at the Market, Joy is buying ice cream. A lot of ice cream.

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Episode 184: Leftover Pasta, St. Patty’s Day Cooking, Seasoning 101

A good frozen food item, from Ikea

In our Food News segment this week, we talked about this article from the Washington Post that suggests frozen food is a good way to fight food waste. Agree or disagree?

In What’s for Dinner, we share a tip inspired by a facebook comment from fellow food writer Sherri Brooks Vinton turns leftover pasta into something you actually want to eat.

Saint Patty’s day is coming. Marisa shares inspiration from her recent trip to the Emerald Isle to help you plan your menu.

After teaching our soup class at the Philadelphia Free Library, we realized that the use of salt of something new cooks really struggle to figure out. So we bring you this segment: Seasoning 101.

Joy usually passes on packaged or frozen food, but she’s discovered a favorite convenience food while waiting in line at Ikea: gronsaksbullar.

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Episode 183: Pasta Frittata, Vegetables, and Kitchen Tables

Joy’s leftover pasta frittata

In the food news: Did you just have a feeling that eating more fruits, vegetables boosts psychological well-being in just 2 week? Well, now there’s research to back that common-sense hunch up.

What’s for dinner this week? Leftover pasta frittata.

Picking up on the topic of eating more vegetables, we talked about strategies for eating as many as you can when you’re eating at restaurants.

Joy’s kitchen renovation is provoking deep thoughts on the symbolic meaning of the kitchen table. Julia Child had one, and now Joy wants one too. But can she live without an island? These are big questions.

At the market this week: Unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Episode 182: Broth-y Soups, Papaya Salads, and Potluck Clubs

Marisa’s latest baking find.

In food news this week, we learned that one Whole Foods in New York City now features a vegetable butcher who will slice and dice your produce according to your whims in the store.

Marisa has seen the light about homemade stocks, thanks to some brothy soups she’s been making lately. The stock has been the star of the show!

During her exile from her under-construction kitchen, Joy ate most of the papaya salads at restaurants around Philadelphia and she shares her favorites. (The version at Bottles & Banh Mi was her favorite.)

We are thinking about starting up a potluck club. Are you in the Philly area? Would you want to be a member? Tell us in the comments.

And finally, at the market, we are stocking up on locally grown and milled flour. Specifically Daisy Flour.

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Episode 181: Stromboli, Malted Milk Powder, and Healthy Recipe Makeovers

Today in food news, we keep it local and talk about a new restaurant in Philly, Rooster Soup Company.

In our What’s for Dinner segment we talk about stromboli, both restaurant and homemade.

We talk about the wonderful and versatile ingredient, malted milk powder.

We explore the questionable wisdom of giving classic dishes “healthy” makeovers.

And finally, at the market we found Mini Shokichi Squash.

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Episode 180: Empanadas, Soup Dumplings, Heather Thomason

Primal Supply Meats’ Heather Thomason in her natural environment …

In food news, did you know that Alice Waters and Jacques Pepin kind of hate Top Chef? (We like the show but they make some strong points!)

In our What’s for Dinner segment, this week we’re talking empanadas.

Given it’s the dead of winter, we are trying to eat plenty of soup dumplings. We share our favorite spots to slurp them here in Philly.

We sat down with Heather Thomason of Primal Supply Meats to talk about local meat, butchery, and running an old-fashioned kind of business in the internet age.

At the market this week, we’re buying one of our many favorite winter citrus fruits: grapefruits.

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Episode 179: Cabbage Pad Thai, Feeding New Parents, and Valentine’s Day eats

Valentine’s Day is coming. We suggest a homemade meal–like pizza.

Quick reminder: We’re teaching a cooking class about making soup at the Philadelphia Free Library’s Center for Culinary Literacy on February 22 at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 and you can get them here.

In food news this week we talked about an NPR report that revealed Americans don’t care what scientists think about GMOs.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, Marisa shares a new favorite recipe for cabbage pad thai.

We talked about the kind of things that a good to make for brand new parents and a pretty neat online tool for organizing the process–Meal Train.

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week. What will you be eating?

And finally, at the market we are buying Brussels sprouts.

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Episode 178: Faux Meat, A Soup-Making Session, and author Stephanie Weaver

Our guest’s new book about healing headaches

This week, the news we discuss is about our podcast. Local Mouthful is now also an FM radio show. In Philadelphia and Camden, you can hear us every Wednesday at 6:30 pm on WPPM 106.5 FM. It’s Philly CAM’s radio station. Philly CAM is a wonderful community access media center with a radio studio, a TV studio and tons of affordable classes to learn how to make your own media. (Joy learned a lot about radio making and audio editing in a class there last winter.) Check it out!

We talked about “plant based burgers” including one hot new product that Joy and Marisa taste-tested.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook without a recipe? We’re teaching an improvisation Soup Class at the Philadelphia Free Library’s Center for Culinary Literacy on February 22 at 6 pm. In this hands-on session, we’ll teach you a few adaptable formulas so you can make soup with whatever you have on hand. And we’ll enjoy the fruits our labor together! Tickets are $15 and you can get them here.

We have an interview with Stephanie Weaver, author of The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health

And finally, at the market, we are stocking up on apples.

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Episode 177: Carrot Ginger Dressing, Make Good Baked Goods, and Cooking Secrets of Adulthood

We need to get our hands on this book …

In food news this week, we really enjoyed the New York Time’s profile of Ruby Tandoh “Ruby Tandoh Just Wants You to Eat What You Love” (Ruby was the GBBO 2013 runner up.) We especially liked her views around “clean eating.”

What’s for dinner this week? All kinds of stuff slathered in carrot ginger dressing.

The latest in Joy’s renovation saga involves neighbors complaining about the noise. Joy made them a “make good baked good.” Joy made her neighbors her mom’s nut bread, recipe below. Marisa favors this applesauce loaf for such occasions. What quick goodies do you all make to say “thank you” or “I’m sorry”?

Friend-of-the show Kristin Donnelly blog a list of her top “Cooking Secrets of Adulthood.” Naturally we wanted to weigh in with our own. (What are yours?)

And finally, at the market, we are buying raw nuts. (Use them in nut bread!)

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Nut Bread

Makes five 3-by-5 inch mini-loaves

1¼ cups whole milk

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2½ cups all-purpose flour

3½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat five 3-by-5 inch loaf pans with oil or nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, sugar, egg, and vegetable oil. Stir well to blend. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk well.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the nuts, and then divide evenly among the prepared baking pans.

Transfer to the oven and bake until the loaves are light golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Episode 176: White Beans, The Great American Bake Off, and Cooking without a Kitchen

We heart the baking show, both the British and American versions!

In the food news, an op-ed in the New York Times urges us to go cold turkey on sugar for a month. Would you do it?

What’s for dinner this week? We’re thinking white beans. In soups, spreads, salads, etc.

Have you guys been watching the Great American Baking Show? We have (and we love it.)

Joy is a bit stressed about the coming weeks because she will need to cook without a kitchen in her new house for a while. (Any tips for her, gang?)

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