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

A plate of farro, kale, pork chop, and fig compote.
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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146: Zoodles, Summer Getaways, Jennifer McGruther

 

Author Jennifer McGruther
Author Jennifer McGruther

New food website alert: Extra Crispy

Do you zoodle? (Make “noodles” out of zucchini.) Joy is a big fan.

We catch each other up on our first summer getaways of the season.

Marisa chats with Nourished Kitchen author, Jennifer McGruther

Plus, we share ideas for sour cherry season!

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Episode 145: The Fast Casual Kitchen, Pudding, Organized Recipes

Cookware or nutrition supplement?
Cookware or nutrition supplement?

The Wall Street Journal asked, “Can a Pan Add Iron to Your Diet?” And we were all ears for the answer.

You may have noticed that so-called “Fast Casual” restaurants are taking over the world … but can you bring the ideas behind them into your home kitchen? We think so. We’ll tell you how.

This week we sing the praises of an often overlooked dessert classic–pudding.

How do you organize your recipes, both the ones you already love and the ones you want to make? We have some strategies we discuss here.

We’re finally breaking into local cucumber season at the farmers’ market. We’ll tell you how we love to use them.

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Episode 144: Intentional Leftovers, Picnics, and Cookbook Club Changes

A dish of leftover roasted cauliflower with yogurt and toasted cashews.
Repurposed cauliflower leftovers.

For our food news segment, we talked about this piece that ran in the LA Times recently, about recipe testing, test kitchens, and all those recipes floating out there on the internet.

We talked about the art of intentional leftovers. This can be as simple as a pot of soup designed to last a couple of nights, or those nights when you cook some elements that will get transformed in future meals.

With summer nearly here, we shared our picnic tips and confessed that we fantasize about picnicking more often than we actually picnic.

At the start of the year we launched a Cookbook Club and after nearly six months in, we’ve discovered that one book a month is too much for us. From here on out, we’re going to feature one book every two months. This leaves us with just three books left for 2016, which will be My Kitchen in Rome (summer), Vegetable Literacy (fall), Choosing Sides (holidays).

Finally, we talked about strawberries (which are finally in season) and shared some of our favorite things to do with the sweet berries.

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Episode 143: Gnocchi, DIY Meat Grinding, Traveling Dinner Parties

Tis the season for English peas
Tis the season for English peas

During this week’s Food News segment, we took a moment to share some personal news: Local Mouthful won an award! Thank you so much, Rad Girls, for naming us “Storyteller of the Year.

We also talked about the New York Time’s recent story about what happens to Biggest Loser contestants after the show. Unsurprising spoiler: They gain the weight back, and sometimes more.

We discussed the gnocchi in all of its glorious forms. (Joy really likes this ragu over gnocchi.)

To grind or not grind–that is a question we explore on this episode. We talk about when it makes sense to grind your own meat and how to do it even if you don’t own a meat grinder.

Sometimes you host a dinner party at your house; sometimes you take the dinner party on the road. We share strategies for the latter.

Our seasonal ingredient crush of the week is English peas.

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