Episode 214: Holiday Food Gifts Special

 

 

This week’s special episode is all about holiday gifts for people who love food.

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Episode 212: Pesto, Thanksgiving, Instant Pot Books

Happy Thanksgiving

Recently the Washington Post published a very sad story titled Why Americans Have Stopped Eating Leftovers. We want to help everyone love their leftovers again!

In this week’s What’s for Dinner segment, we’re talking about how to whip up no-recipe pesto from whatever you have on hand.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone. We go over the menus for what we’re making and serving this year. Here’s that story and recipe about Marisa’s gravy.

Have you seen all those Instant Pot cookbooks? We have a favorite. It’s Daniel Shumski’s How to Instant Pot.

In this week’s What We’re Loving, we talk about gigante beans.

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Episode 211: Winter Greens, Homemade Hummus, Reverse Engineering Restaurant Dishes

The latest version of Joy’s homemade hummus

 

If you are a regular listener, you know we love Melissa Clark’s recipes, both in the NY Times and in her many, many cookbooks. The Cut gave readers the inside scoop on how she makes it happen. (Spoiler alert: she has a dedicated recipe tester.)

Joy has been experimenting with different (read: easier) ways to make the incredible, smooth, creamy, dreamy hummus from the Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking cookbook. Her latest tweak involves the Instant Pot.

As the cold weather descends (which it did very suddenly in Philadelphia), local salad greens typically become a memory. But some local farms are usual greenhouses to produce wonderful, salad friendly produce well into the off season. Joy and Marisa tell you where you can find it at our local markets.

How do you reverse engineer a restaurant dish? Joy and Marisa share their typical process.

In the What We’re Loving segment: Mini whisks.

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Episode 210: The Field Roast Cookbook, A Health Happy Medium, Preground Coffee

The best cup of coffee? The convenient kind.

 

In food news this week, more issues in the seafood section. A troubling AP investigation reveals that salmon from China is being processed by North Korean slave laborers.

At her sister’s urging, Joy found herself cooking from the pages of O Magazine … and everyone really liked the mushroom po’ boy sandwiches that resulted.

Field Roast, the grain meat purveyor known for its delicious faux sausages, has a new cookbook. We read it, but we haven’t cooked from it — yet.

It has now been six month since Joy was diagnosed with high cholesterol. And sometimes she gets so angry at healthy food she wants to throw it against the wall. Is there a happy medium that can be heart-healthy?

What are we loving this week? Marisa is all about pre-ground coffee–for some very persuasive reasons.

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Episode 208: Risotto, Smitten Kitchen Everyday, and Our JoC Potluck

A few of the delicious treats listeners brought to the potuck

Bad news for conscientious home cooking. Hey, Whole Foods shoppers: That free range chicken may be anything but. Ugh, we have bought so much of this chicken. Perhaps it’s time to buy more of our birds from Primal Supply.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we sing the praises of homemade risottos. This is Marisa’s favorite recipe. Joy loves Cook’s Illustrated’s butternut squash risotto recipe but it’s behind the paywall. Also recommended: The risotto method/recipe described in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

We’re totally smitten with a new cookbook: Deb Pearlman’s Smitten Kitchen Everyday. It has us running to the kitchen. Joy has already cooked this recipe twice with plans to make it a third time this week. It’s true that there are hundreds of terrific recipes on the Smitten Kitchen blog, but we are just fools for beautiful cookbooks and this one is pleasure to read for entertainment and info as well as to just plain cook straight out of.

So, we held our second Joy of Cooking potluck and guess what? It was even more fun than our first. A group of you listeners joined us to dig into so many delicious recipes from the book we probably wouldn’t have found on our on. Dishes included chicken cacciatore, savory leek pie, lentils with sausage, roasted cauliflower with golden raisins, curried rice with fruit and nuts, hacked tempeh, and kale with roasted delicata and pomegranate seeds.

We’re doing it again in January, and if you want in, tell us in the comments below to get on the invite list.

This week, we sing a love song to the soda stream. This one tool makes a big difference when it comes to have delicious nonalcoholic drinks at your finger tips.

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Episode 207: Bean Soups, Hardena, Cooking Ahead

Mmmmm …. Muesli

Did you guys know that Oliver Garden does a crazy promotion this time of year? Joy and Marisa discuss the relative merits of the chain restaurant’s “Unlimited Pasta Pass.”

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we’re talking about simple bean soups.

Joy and Marisa have lunch together at the recently refreshed Hardena, a classic Indonesian restaurant in South Philly.

We talk strategies for that all important home cooking habit: Cooking once and eating two or three times.

What we’re loving this week? Muesli.

Bonus link: Funny song parody “My Wife’s on a Healthy Diet.”

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Episode 206: One-pot Pasta, When to Splurge, Here Come the Holidays

Marisa’s tomato jam is a treasure.

 

This week in food news, an unsettling new study. Only 10% of Americans like to cook.

In our What’s for Dinner segment–the allure of one-pot pastas. (Joy thinks this was the recipe that started the craze.)

So let’s say you are trying to beat your cholesterol into submission by passing on saturated fats. How do you decide when to splurge? This is a hard question.

Yes, it’s still hot outside. But no it is not too soon to start planning for the holiday seasons. In fact, there are things you could start making ahead … right now.

What are we loving this week? Marisa’s marvelous tomato jam.

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Episode 204: Turkey Soup, Shopping for Spices, and Recipes that Disappoint

In food news this week, we learned that there is a brand new category of chocolate: ruby chocolate.

What’s for dinner this week? In Marisa’s kitchen, it’s turkey soup.

Joy and Marisa don’t buy all their spices at good gourmet spice purveyors. So where do they shop?

We talk at some length about the heartbreak of well-reviewed recipes that disappoint.

What are we loving this week? Golden raisins, the gateway raisin.

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

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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.

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168: Barbecue Styles, Impulse Buys, Emotional Eating

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In food news this week, we talk about a piece that Joy wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer on the intersection of food and science.

In our what’s for dinner segment, we talked about regional barbecue styles and sauces and some tips for making barbecue inside during the winter months.

Do you succumb to impulse buys at the supermarket? Do you diverge from your list? Do use a list? We talk about why we pick up unplanned items and how to combat it.

Emotional eating. In the wake of the election, some people can’t eat because of the stress. Others turn to food for comfort. We talk about the role of emotional eating and how we try to keep it in check.

At the market this week, we’re buying sweet potatoes.

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