Episode 104: Cooking for the Week, Unsung Restaurants, Sarah Grey

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Entertaining was a theme this week–and we weighed in on The Kitchn’s 5 Ways to be the Best Dinner Guest Ever. (Sound advice here, but we don’t agree with everything in that piece!)

On the heels of Adam Robert’s recent Amateur Gourmet blog post titled OK I Lied: It Sucks to Cook After Work, we discussed our favorite strategy for making it not suck: Cooking once and eating all week. (One of our favorite sources of inspiration here is An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace)

We chatted about our favorite local unsung restaurants and sources for surprisingly great take out though–we freely admit that sometimes we just don’t want to cook either.

It was our pleasure to talk to Sarah Grey, who wrote about her Friday Night Meatballs events for Serious Eats and watched the story go viral last year. (Since we recorded this episode, we learned the piece was selected for the 2015 edition of Best Food Writing. Congratulations, Sarah!)

And finally we discussed cooking with ground beef. We were choosing local, grass-fed, small-scale ground beef even before this week’s bad news about ground beef.

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Episode 103: No Cook Meals, Carbs and Your Health, Madame Fromage

Our guest, Tenaya Darlington aka Madame Fromage
Our guest, Tenaya Darlington aka Madame Fromage

First up in episode three, we talked over a recentĀ Washington Post story about the common (and controversial) practice of working in coffee shops. (Do you have opinions? We’d love to hear them in the comments here.)

Marisa explained that she enjoys working at Nook and Good Karma Cafe and shares her tips on being courteous about it. Joy can’t get much writing or editing done in cafes, but she does have a lot of meetings at Chhaya. Share your favorite spots with good coffee and strong wifi in the comments.

Next we tackled no cook meals. Listen for all the great tips, but a couple recipes we mentioned were this one for Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup and this one for Veggie Nori Rolls.

With several recentĀ studies on the topic of carbs and health in the news, we shared our approaches to eating the starchy stuff. It turns out we both love one particular low carb recipe–Green Chicken from Nom Nom Paleo.

This conversation may have backfired: just talking about it made us hungry for our favorite breads (from High Street on Market) and pasta (from Zeppoli restaurant).

Our interview this week features Tenaya Darlington, whose blog Madame Fromage is a cheese-lover’s dream. If you enjoy what she had to say us, buy her first book, Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, and pre-order her second, The Modern Cocktailer.

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