Episode 109: Winter Squash, Slow Cookers, and ReAnimator Coffee

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Finally, there’s a fall feeling in the air here in Philadelphia, and today’s episode covers some seasonally appropriate topics. But first, we chat about the fact that recalls on organic food seem to be up, according to this story in the New York Times.

At last, we are ready for some wonderful winter squash!!! We’ve got ideas for hubbard, red kuri, acorn, butternut and our very favorite: delicata. Look how many delicatas Joy bought this Sunday:

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We also dusted off our slow cookers, the perfect appliance for many cool-weather classics, like stews. But we use them (Marisa owns four!) for all kinds of things, especially beans, whole chickens, sweet potatoes, chicken thighs, steel cut oats, caramelized onions. We love it all.

Mark Capriotti co-owner of ReAnimator Coffee, tells us all about his business and explains “relationship coffee.”

Finally, Marisa unraveled the alluring mystery of Italian Prune Plums.

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3 thoughts on “Episode 109: Winter Squash, Slow Cookers, and ReAnimator Coffee”

  1. you mentioned doing chicken thighs in the crock pot – are they boneless or bone in, and what about the skin? i’ve often wanted to do this, but need direction 🙂

    1. When I do thighs in the slow cooker, I go for boneless, skinless thighs. I put a couple pounds into the slow cooker, along with some kind of sauce, broth, or vegetable puree (my favorite thing to do is to combine a can of tomatoes, half an onion, a few garlic cloves, and some fresh cilantro in the blender and blend until it’s a chunky puree. Makes delicious pulled chicken for chili and tacos). Then just cook until the chicken is tender.

    2. Chicken thighs are terrific in the slow cooker in all their forms. I like to do boneless skinless thighs in a tomato, onion, chipotle sauce for tacos. (I shred up the meat before serving.) Bone in skin on thighs are also terrific with a little broth or wine or both. I do discard the skin because it obviously doesn’t crisp up in the slow cooker! Boneless thighs will cook faster while bone in guys take longer. Experiment and report back!

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