Episode 243: Hummus, Date Caramels, and the State of the Summer Kitchen

Food news this week is sad news: Pulitzer winning food critic Jonathan Gold died of pancreatic cancer recently.

In celebration of the publication of Joy’s first piece for the Washington Post’s Voraciously, we revisit a favorite topic: Hummus.

We’ve got an idea for a healthy sweet treat: Date caramels.

We take a moment just to do a mid-summer cooking life check-in. Turns out neither of us is cooking as much as we’d like to be for various reasons.

In what we’re loving, an unexpected pick: Ken’s Steak House Caeser Dressing.

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Episode 240: Tortilla Soup, Chickpea Salad, and the new Trader Joe’s podcast

It’s time for cold brew iced tea

This week, in food news, The Hypocrisy of Eating at Mexican Restaurants, via NPR’s The Salt. 

In our What’s for Dinner Segment, we’ve got tortilla soup.

In How’d You Make That? we’re talking chickpea salad in the style of chicken or tuna salad.

We gave a listen to the Inside Trader Joe’s podcast miniseries and share our differing opinions.

And finally, in What We’re Loving, it’s cold brew iced tea.

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Episode 239: 4th of July Special

In this freewheeling special episode, we talk about all things 4th of July and al fresco eating. Enjoy!

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Episode 238: Chef’d Meal Kits, Cromlets, and Cooking on Vacation.

Edible Philly’s summer issue is here!

In our food news segment, we talk about the redesign of Edible Philly. Check out the new summer issue. Joy’s the editor and Marisa is a contributor. We’re also having a celebratory dinner at Awbury Arboretum. Come hang out!

In our What’s for Dinner segment, Marisa reviews the Weeknight Chicken Pad Thai meal kit from Chef’d.

In our How to Make that segment, Joy tells you about cromlets, a technique she learned on Bon Appetit.

We talk about all the things you should keep in mind when you are preparing to cook at a beach house on vacation.

And finally, in What We’re Loving: smoothies.

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Episode 237: Veggie Burgers, Aldi, and Mujadarrah

 

We like veggie burgers.

In food news this week, we’re still sad about Anthony Bourdain. A lot of the coverage has been excellent, we especially recommend this story that covers mental health and substance abuse in the restaurant world.

In our What’s for Dinner segment we’re talking frozen/prepared veggie burgers.

In our How’d You Make That segment, Marisa tells us all about the lentil and rice pilaf (aka mujadarrah) recipe from The Palestinian Table.

We did a deep dive into the world of Aldi supermarket.

And finally, in What we’re Loving, cashew butter.

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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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