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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Episode 142: Quesadillas, The Silver Palate Cookbook, Camille Storch

Camille Storch, our guest and author of the blog Wayward Spark
Camille Storch, our guest and author of the blog Wayward Spark

Our news item of the day? The sugar shortage.

In our “What’s for Dinner?” segment we talk about an unrated old reliable: Quesadillas.

We discuss our latest Cookbook Club pick, The Silver Palate Cookbook.

Marisa interviews one of our favorite people, bloggers, and honey purveyors, Camille Storch author of the blog Wayward Spark.

And final we talk about the charms and challenges of a seasonal darling–the fava bean.

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Episode 141: Birthday Special

rainbow birthday cake

Both of us have our birthdays this week! So we wanted to make a special episode on the theme of food and birthdays.

We cover:

  • Childhood birthday favorites
  • All the birthday cakes we’ve ever loved
  • Celebratory restaurant birthdays
  • Pot lucks and other homemade birthdays
  • Take-out birthdays
  • Birthday dinners for two at home
  • Food related birthday gifts (For Joy’s cast iron pan birthday story, you need to go listen to episode 127)

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Episode 140: Stuff on Toast, Teriyaki, Sleeping & Eating

A favorite use for asparagus: breakfast tacos
A favorite use for asparagus: breakfast tacos

Our story of the week is Farm to Fable from the Tampa Bay Times. We talked about one reporter’s attempt to fact check farm-to-table claims on menus. What she found is disturbing.

We sing the praises of “stuff on toast.” You know, like avocado toast and its less trendy cousins.

Marisa explains the West Coast teriyaki restaurant culture.

We talk about how much a good night’s sleep (or lack thereof) matters to the way you eat.

It’s time to eat as much asparagus as you can–we tell you how.

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