Episode 169: Choosing Sides, Dish Drainers, and Holiday Food Traditions


We just didn’t feel like talking about the news this time, so we talked about one of our favorite cookbooks by Tara Mataraza Desmond, Choosing Sides.

Then we discussed those ever-more-frequent times when we eat dinner for breakfast.

We talked about the role of a dish drainer in the kitchen. (Or not, Joy doesn’t have one; Marisa is devoted to hers.)

We did a segment on holiday food traditions, including Joy’s mom’s intergenerational nut bread. (Recipe follows)

At the market, we are buying celery.

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Nut Bread

Recipe courtesy of Joy’s mom, Judy Manning

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, 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.

5 thoughts on “Episode 169: Choosing Sides, Dish Drainers, and Holiday Food Traditions”

  1. NO wood or knives in dishwasher. I usually hand wash large items, that gives me more room in the dishwasher for everyday dishes. Thanks for the “add” to food in jars FB page. Great idea.

  2. I also never put wooden spoons or knives in the dishwasher. I really just use it for dishes, glasses & stainless cutlery. A big holiday tradition for me is making homemade filled chocolate bars for family. But we’re moving so it’s so not happening this year!
    Love the podcast! It always makes me excited to be in the kitchen.

    1. Hi, Anna. First of all, I love to hear the podcast makes you excited to be in your your kitchen. That’s a big reason why we do what we do 🙂 Your chocolate bars sound amazing, but I hear you. I’m about to move too. Hopefully you are going to get a kitchen upgrade in the process as well.

  3. I cannot handle a dish drainer as I feel like it’s just something else to keep clean and take up space. 🙂
    I love Marisa’s mom’s rule of nothing on Christmas Eve that generates leftovers. 🙂
    I love holiday traditions. We always have a special baked good on Christmas morning (pumpkin bread or something similar to the nut bread above.) I usually surprise my family the morning of so they like coming down and not knowing what to expect!
    Thanks for the recipe – I am excited to try it – and it looks so light only 3 tablespoons of oil!

  4. I put my wooden spoons in the dishwasher, but I also oil them. And only monsters put colored Pyrex in the dishwasher. 😉

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