Episode 232: Irish Vegetable Soups, Frosty Coffee, and Sonja Overhiser

In food news this week, we chew over a recent story from BBC.com about the role food plays in diplomacy.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we return to Ireland for the scoop on how to make the delicious Irish vegetable soup Marisa enjoyed on vacation. She shares the secret foolproof formula.

The week we have an interview with Sonja Overhiser. You may already be familiar with her and her husband’s popular blog, A Couple Cooks, or their terrific new vegetarian cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking.

And finally, what are we loving this week? Fantes’ coffee granita.

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Episode 231: Homemade Burritos, Flatbread Pizza, Ireland

Flatbread aka “Cheaters” Pizza

In food news this week, Eater Philly compiled a list of iconic Philadelphia dishes. Joy and Marisa discuss.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we return to the important topic of homemade burritos.

Also for dinner recently: Flatbread pizza. It sounds better than saying “cheaters pizza,” which is what you could call it when you substitute packaged naan for a homemade dough but it still tastes good.

Marisa has just returned from a vacation to Ireland, and she shares some of her many glorious food highlights from the trip.

What are we loving this week? Mary Berry’s Classics.

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Episode 230: Smoked Salmon Pasta, Chinese Soul Food, and Alana Chernila

Today’s guest, Alana Chernila

This week in food news, we discuss how tariffs affect farmers, via NPR.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, Marisa talks about the smoked salmon pasta dish she whipped up.

In our How’d You Make That segment, we talk through Baby Bok Choy with Chicken, a recipe from Chinese Soul Food.

We’ve got an interview with Alana Chernila about her book Eating from the Ground Up.

What are we loving this week? Heaven Body Golden Wheat nonalcoholic beer from Wellbeing Brewing.

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Episode 229: Fallback Foods, Extra Crispy Veggies, and Food Judging

Extra-crispy roasted broccoli

In food news this week: Blue Apron is heading to retail stores. Story via SpecialtyFoodNews.com.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we explore our “fallback foods,” those dishes we make when we just don’t know what else to cook.

Joy shares her new technique for extra crispy roasted vegetables.

Marisa describes her recent experience serving as a food judge for the Sofi awards (Sofi stands for specialty outstanding food innovation).

What are we loving this week? White balsamic vinegar.

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Episode 224: Alt Pastas, Tofu Frittata, and Dig Inn

 

Photo courtesy of Dig Inn

Home cooking

In food news this week, we discuss a controversy swirling around a conference we just attended: The International Association of Culinary Professionals presented one of its top cookbook honors to a book co-written by the organizations CEO. The award was rescinded and IACP is rewriting the rules and regs.

In our “What’s for Dinner” segment this week, we’re talking alternative pastas, including those made from chickpea and lentil flours.

In “How’d You Make That?” Joy walks you through cooking up a tofu frittata.

Also related to our recent trip to New York to attend the IACP conference: We got to eat at one of our very favorite fast casual restaurants, Dig Inn. Our veggie-packed meals from Dig Inn helped Marisa cross the finish line for her next book and the both of us power up for the session we led at the conference. We wish this small chain would come to Philly next! On the plus side, we brought home inspiration for our own home cooking.

This week in “What We’re Loving” we sing a love song for split peas.

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Episode 222: Cooking with Odds & Ends, Marmalade Nuts, and Cholesterol

We heart Mycopolitan Mushrooms!

In food news this week: Our local butcher start-up Primal Supply is opening a brick and mortar store. They’ve launched a kickstarter to help them build it out–can you help?

And our What’s for Dinner segment we discuss the fine are of cooking with odds and ends to pull a meal together use up the recipe remnants.

In our How’d You Make That segment, Marisa describes her technique for making marmalade nuts.

Joy’s got a health update: Her follow-up blood work is in, and she’s brought her numbers down to an optimal level. Diet is powerful, friends.

What are we loving this week? Mycopolitan mushrooms. Snap them up this Saturday at the final Winterfare Market at the Bok Building if you’re in the Philadelphia area.

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Episode 219: Farro Casserole, Banana Bread, and Recipe Writing Pitfalls

In food news this week, Saveur has laid off a number of staffers, including editor-in-chief Adam Sachs.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, Marisa talks about farro casserole.

Joy tried out King Arthur Flour’s recipe of the year–whole grain banana bread. 

We talk about the dark side of recipes development: When recipes go awry.

And this week, we are loving sprouted wheat english muffins.

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Episode 218: Baked Flautas, Seared Broccoli, Joy’s First Year Alcohol Free

Baked flauta with avocado salad

In Food News this week, we talked about the mainstreaming of nonalcoholic drinks at restaurants and bars. See this recent story on Thrillist.

In our What’s For Dinner segment, we’re dishing up baked flautas. These baked flautas.

Marisa walks us through her favorite technique for making restaurant-style seared broccoli at home.

Joy, who once cooked practically every night with a glass of wine, just celebrated her one year anniversary of breaking up with alcohol.

What we’re loving this week–Waterloo Sparkling Water.

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Episode 213: Lighter Leftovers, Why We Eat What We Eat, Soup

How exactly did kale become a thing? A new podcast we like explains it all.

The food news this week is news about us: We’re going to be at Fantes on December 10 sometime between noon and 3 pm selling books and saying hi. Come see us! You could get some holiday shopping done at the same time.

Remember when Joy told you last week she was aiming for a lower cholesterol Thanksgiving? Well, it worked out. And she’s still enjoying the lightened up leftovers–no stomach aches! Here’s the stuffing recipe that convinced her you don’t actually need a stick of butter to make stuffing.

If you like our podcast, we have another to suggest. Why We Eat What We Eat by Gimlet Creative. We know it’s a sponsored podcast. But guess what? We love it anyway. If you just want to dabble, go with the episodes about kale and pot lucks. Those were our favorites.

This week we taught our sold-out soup class at the Philadelphia Free Library’s Center for Culinary Literacy and for that reason and many others we have soup on the brain. This time, we’re talking about our class as well as how we break out of a soup rut.

In our What We’re Loving segment, we return to the subject of vegan ricotta and other feel-good recipes we are pulling together for our forthcoming Resolution Recipes ebook. (Coming soon!)

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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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