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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Episode 187: Homemade burritos, Passover sides, and Carrots

In food news this week, we talked about the shuttering of Lucky Peach magazine.

What’s for dinner? Homemade burritos.

Passover is coming. Marisa tells us about her favorite side dishes.

We have a guest this week–Ann Karlen is with us to give us the inside scoop on this Saturday’s Philly Farm & Food Fest.

At the market, we’re buying carrots lately.

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Episode 186: Unrestricted Dinners, Bagel Thursdays at Essen Bakery, and Baby Kale

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, and capers on a fresh bagel at Essen Bakery

In food news this week, we discuss a recent NPR’s The Salt piece that addresses the difficulty of shopping for sustainable seafood, even with the help of all those guides.

Next up: Dinner, unrestricted. As Marisa’s husband shifts away from a low-carb eating style, she is free to add some grains glorious grains to their shared dinners.

Joy shares one of her current obsessions: Bagel Thursday at Essen Bakery in South Philly.

We also talk about meatloaf–there’s a new meatloaf cookbook, A Meatloaf in Every Pot, and a whole lot of opinions on the subject of this humble foodstuff. (Here’s a link to Joy’s favorite meatloaf recipe.)

At the market this week, we are buying some baby kale.

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Episode 184: Leftover Pasta, St. Patty’s Day Cooking, Seasoning 101

A good frozen food item, from Ikea

In our Food News segment this week, we talked about this article from the Washington Post that suggests frozen food is a good way to fight food waste. Agree or disagree?

In What’s for Dinner, we share a tip inspired by a facebook comment from fellow food writer Sherri Brooks Vinton turns leftover pasta into something you actually want to eat.

Saint Patty’s day is coming. Marisa shares inspiration from her recent trip to the Emerald Isle to help you plan your menu.

After teaching our soup class at the Philadelphia Free Library, we realized that the use of salt of something new cooks really struggle to figure out. So we bring you this segment: Seasoning 101.

Joy usually passes on packaged or frozen food, but she’s discovered a favorite convenience food while waiting in line at Ikea: gronsaksbullar.

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Episode 181: Stromboli, Malted Milk Powder, and Healthy Recipe Makeovers

Today in food news, we keep it local and talk about a new restaurant in Philly, Rooster Soup Company.

In our What’s for Dinner segment we talk about stromboli, both restaurant and homemade.

We talk about the wonderful and versatile ingredient, malted milk powder.

We explore the questionable wisdom of giving classic dishes “healthy” makeovers.

And finally, at the market we found Mini Shokichi Squash.

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Episode 180: Empanadas, Soup Dumplings, Heather Thomason

Primal Supply Meats’ Heather Thomason in her natural environment …

In food news, did you know that Alice Waters and Jacques Pepin kind of hate Top Chef? (We like the show but they make some strong points!)

In our What’s for Dinner segment, this week we’re talking empanadas.

Given it’s the dead of winter, we are trying to eat plenty of soup dumplings. We share our favorite spots to slurp them here in Philly.

We sat down with Heather Thomason of Primal Supply Meats to talk about local meat, butchery, and running an old-fashioned kind of business in the internet age.

At the market this week, we’re buying one of our many favorite winter citrus fruits: grapefruits.

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Episode 177: Carrot Ginger Dressing, Make Good Baked Goods, and Cooking Secrets of Adulthood

We need to get our hands on this book …

In food news this week, we really enjoyed the New York Time’s profile of Ruby Tandoh “Ruby Tandoh Just Wants You to Eat What You Love” (Ruby was the GBBO 2013 runner up.) We especially liked her views around “clean eating.”

What’s for dinner this week? All kinds of stuff slathered in carrot ginger dressing.

The latest in Joy’s renovation saga involves neighbors complaining about the noise. Joy made them a “make good baked good.” Joy made her neighbors her mom’s nut bread, recipe below. Marisa favors this applesauce loaf for such occasions. What quick goodies do you all make to say “thank you” or “I’m sorry”?

Friend-of-the show Kristin Donnelly blog a list of her top “Cooking Secrets of Adulthood.” Naturally we wanted to weigh in with our own. (What are yours?)

And finally, at the market, we are buying raw nuts. (Use them in nut bread!)

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Nut Bread

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 or pecans, 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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Episode 174: Cooking Resolutions and Challenges for 2017

Two loves of Marisa’s life: Her husband, Scott, and kale.

In food news this week, we talked about the potential bursting of America’s restaurant bubble.

Since it’s January we also talked challenges.

Marisa is running the Master Challenge over at Food in Jars. (Check it out.) And epicurious.com doing a month-long home cooking challenge they are calling #Cook90.

We shared our 2017 cooking goals with you in this episode. (Please let us yours!)

And finally we went to the market for the ultimate January ingredient: Kale.

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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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Episode 165: Parmesan casseroles, Election Night Eats, and “Stuff Every Cook Should Know”

Joy's new book--a great gift!
Joy’s new book–a great gift!

This week in food news: The Funfetti Explosion (a topic near and dear to Marisa’s heart.)

What is for dinner? One night recently at Joy’s place it was Cauliflower Parmesan. And wow was it delicious.

We are less than one week out from election night. Marisa is having a pot luck (she’s thinking mac-n-cheese might be comforting enough for the occasion). Joy is in favor of sparkling wine. Too much sparkling wine. (What will you guys be eating/drinking? Tell us in the comments here.)

Joy’s latest book is now out: Stuff Every Cook Should Know. We think it’s the ideal stocking stuffer for people just starting to cook, whether they are recent college grads or people further along in their lives just now getting into the home kitchen.

This week at the market, we’re hitting up Mancuso’s Cheese Shop in South Philly for Italian specialities and fresh ricotta and mozzarella.

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