Episode 233: Quesadillas, Salad Dressing, and Sue Miller

In food news this week: The Inquirer recently published an epic piece on the Mexican community of South Philadelphia. It’s part restaurant guide and part commentary on how the community of more than 20,000 Mexicans is endangered by the crackdowns by ICE. 

In our What’s for Dinner segment this week, we’re talking about making quesadillas–with little to no cheese.

Joy got a tip via Instagram about adding nutritional yeast–a lot of nutritional yeast–to salad dressing and she’s running with it. And on the topic of this wonder ingredient, here’s that cashew “cheese” sauce recipe Joy mentioned.

Marisa sits down for an interview with Sue Miller, cheesemaker extraordinaire and co-founder of the cheese buying club, Collective Creamery.

And in What We’re Loving this week, it’s all about pistachio stuffed prunes.

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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 228: Side Dish Kits, Seafood Cakes, Potluck Pick

In this lengthy Grubstreet piece, Mark Bittman and David L. Katz answer every food question the readers and editors of Grub Street could think of.

What’s for dinner this week? Urban Roots side dish kits.

In our How’d You Make That segment, Marisa and Joy talk over the fine art of fishcakes.

We’ve chosen a theme for the next year of Local Mouthful Cookbook Club Potlucks: The books of Deborah Madison.

As for what we’re loving: It’s dish gloves.

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Episode 226: Vegetable Sides, Chimichurri, and Reem Kassis

In food this week news, Disney is trying to add vegetarian options.

What’s for dinner this week? Marisa is loving the simple vegetable side dishes from Alana Chernila’s new book, Eating from the Ground Up.

In our How’d You Make That segment, we talk you through our favorite sauce of the moment: Chimichurri.

We’ve got an interview with author Reem Kasiss of The Palestinian Table. Interested in that dinner at Zahav we discussed? Get your tickets here.

And finally, in What We’re Loving, Joy talks about Whole Food’s 365 Brand Woven Wheat crackers.

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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 223: Simple Soups, Hummus Toppings, Mid-Winter Cooking

Not Joy, not Marisa, not soup. But we like this sweat shirt.

What’s cooking in this episode?

In food news this week, we recap a New York Times story about how a drought in India, which happens to be the largest chickpea producer in the world, is affecting hummus prices in Britain and potentially elsewhere.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we’re talking through our recent simple soups and wondering where you get your soup making inspiration.

We talk you through how to make toppings to crown your hummus and why you’d ever want to do such a thing.

In the Mid-Atlantic region at least, the local produce situation is grim. It is the deep dead of winter, after all. We talk about some of the ways we try to sidestep a seasonal cooking slump.

And in What We’re Loving, Marisa gives a seal of approval to West End Cuisine Mediterranean style chicken skewers from Costco. 

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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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