Episode 196: Burmese Curry, Diet and Cholesterol, and The Joy of Cooking

Now that Joy is a teetotaler, she is eagle eyed for stories about the health consequences of alcohol. Some new research suggests that moderate drinking  may not be healthy after all.

In our What’s for Dinner segment this week, we talk about the Burmese Curry with Okra and Egg recipe from Burma Superstar.

Joy recently got a physical and the cholesterol news is not good. We talk about the mysterious relationship between diet and heart health.

Marisa interviews John Becker and Meghan Scott, part of the team working on the newest edition of The Joy of Cooking.

At the market this week, we are snapping up the summer squash.

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195: Tofu, Party Menus, and Podcast News

In food news this week: New research out of the University of Copenhagen and University of Reading suggests the way we evaluate the nutritional content of food is all wrong. The study was just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

For dinner this week, we’re cooking up baked marinated tofu.

We’re doing a little housekeeping with a round of updates about this very podcast. We’re taking a summer vacation …. Kind of.  The show will be on an every-other-week schedule till after labor day

That’s because behind the scenes we’re working on something pretty special–more food content from our hearts to your ears. We have ambitious, friends. If you are listening it’s probably because you like this show. We really appreciate your listening and subscribing to the podcast. But if you want to help our project grow there are a couple of things we’d like to ask you to do:

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We talked over good party menus to feed a crowd and our favorite entertaining themes and recipes.

And finally at the market, we are buying cucumbers.

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194: Dinner Derailed, Better without Booze, Joan Nathan

In food news this week, we talked about the recent scandal over horse meat that went down in Pittsburgh.

You know how much we love home cooking, but sometimes dinner gets derailed for us, too. We talked a little about why and how this happens and how to get back on track.

Regular listeners might remember that Joy took the month of January off from drinking alcohol. Well, she never went back. Feeling secure in her new identity as a nondrinker, she launched a new project: Better without Booze.

Cookbook maven extraordinaire Joan Nathan has a new release: King Solomon’s Table. This is an ambitious cookbook that anyone who loves food will want to get their hands on. Marisa and Joy had the chance to meet Joan and to taste some of the recipes in the book at a recent dinner to celebrate the book at Abe Fisher and we tell you all about it.

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193: Vegan Tacos, Grain Bowls, New Cookbooks

Vegan tacos are just as good as meaty tacos.

In Food News this week, NPR’s The Salt blog asks: How organic is your milk? (Hint: Probably not as organic as you think.)

Joy is on a vegan taco kick. She likes to fold beans, greens, avocado, asparagus and all kinds of other vegetables into her tortillas.

We recap our recent grain bowl class at the Philadelphia Free Library. It was so much fun and everyone feasted on grain bowls. Sound like a good night? Come to our salad class on June 20. Mark your calendar.

We talked about some of the season’s new cookbooks that are calling out to us.

And finally, at the market we’re buying spinach. The big kind, not the baby kind.

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Taco photo by Stephanie via flickr CC

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Episode 192: Miso-glazed Salmon, Smoothie Season, Corn Tortillas

A terrific new cookbook by Melissa Clark. Try the miso-glazed salmon!

In food news this week, we discuss a recent study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology that found people who frequently take a turn at small, creative projects (like cooking and baking!) report feeling more relaxed and happier in their everyday lives.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we talk about a dynamite recipe for Miso-Glazed Salmon from the new cookbook, Dinner: Changing the Game.

It’s smoothie time! We talk about our favorite combos for this warm-weather staple.

Joy took at class about tortillas from South Philly Barbarco chefs, and she fills Marisa in on how they make their amazing tortillas from local corn.

At the market this week, we’re buying hot house tomatoes!

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Episode 191: Black Rice, Why Names Matter, Cooking Videos

Hummus, according to Marisa

In food news this week, we high five over the fact that Philadelphia chefs and restaurants finally won their fair share of James Beard awards this year. Congrats Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov, Greg Vernick, and Sam Calagione!

What’s on our dinner tables this week? In Joy’s house, it’s black rice. Here’s a recipe she especially likes that would be a good introduction if you haven’t made it before.

When is a bowl of hummus not hummus? When it doesn’t contain even a single chickpea, at least according to Marisa. Here’s the admittedly tasty sounding not-hummus recipe that got us talking about this.

Do you watch all those short cooking videos on facebook? We do. The thing is, a lot of them just don’t work.

And finally, at the market we are buying pea shoots. So spring-y, fresh, and delicious!

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REPEAT: Birthday Special

In honor of Joy’s and Marisa’s fast-approaching May birthdays, we’ve given ourselves the week off. Enjoy this encore presentation of the Birthday Special we recorded to celebrate last year.

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Episode 190: Bean Salads, Homemade Popcorn, and PF3 Recap

Fresh, hot homemade popcorn!

In food news this week, we enthuse over the fact that the fabulous Headhouse Market will be open year round starting Sunday May 7.

In our “What’s for Dinner” segment we talk about all the ways we make bean salad.

We take a deep dive into the topic of homemade popcorn. (Pretty please stop making the microwavable kind.)

Now that the Philly Farm & Food Fest is over, we talked over some of our favorite tastes of the day, including Jacob’s Raw Kraut and Soom Chocolate Tahini Spread.

At the market this week, we are scooping up baby spinach!

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Episode 189: Fritters, Sprouts, and Shrubs

One of Marisa’s most recent shrubs

Did you hear? According to the New York Times, the hippies have won the plate. (Marisa knew this all along.)

In our what’s for dinner segment this week, we are talking fritters.

We are both pretty excited about making shrubs, which are delicious drinking vinegars made from fruit, sugar and (of course) plenty of tart vinegar. Marisa has been making them for years and Joy has just gotten started. They are easy!

And speaking of all things hippie–Marisa has recently gotten back into the groove of sprouting lentils at home.

At the market this week, we’re stocking up on leeks.

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Episode 188: Freezer Bankruptcy, Easter Treats, and Bowls!

Molly Watson’s new cookbook

A new study from the University of Washington finds that cooking at home is healthier and cheaper than the away-from-home alternatives. (Surprise!)

Joy and Marisa swap ideas about “Freezer Bankruptcy.” Whether this is a good or a bad thing depends on your situation.

Easter is this Sunday. Joy tells you about a few favorite local treats for your Easter basket or table.

We have a conversation with food writer Molly Watson, author of the wonderful new cookbook, Bowls!.

Finally, at the market we are exploring fresh cheeses.

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