Episode 111: Pumpkin Spice, Nonstick Cookware, Making Dinner with Molly Watson

Molly Watson
Food writer and cookbook author, Molly Watson

It’s October now, and pumpkins are on our brains (and our tables) this episode.

Starbucks added real pumpkin puree to its pumpkin spice lattes. We discuss. Did you know there’s such a thing as pumpkin spice Oreos?

Fall = potluck season. We talk about our past potluck experience (Marisa’s, extensive; Joy’s less so), favorite dishes, and the unspoken rules and regs of the potluck table.

Nonstick cookware. Yes or no? We are both users of teflon, though our feelings are indeed mixed. To get Marisa’s specific brand recommendation, well, you’ll need to listen to the show ūüôā

Marisa visited food writer and cookbook author Molly Watson in San Francisco and the pair talked about her time in the Sunset¬†test kitchen, solving the “dinner problem” with¬†Munchery, and¬†her story about home cooking that will appear in this year’s Best Food Writing. We love her latest book Greens¬†&¬†Grains.

At her farmer’s¬†market, Marisa is scooping up all the heirloom type pumpkins while Joy cooks with pumpkin out of the can. Here’s that Ruth Reichl pumpkin recipe we talk about.

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Episode 109: Winter Squash, Slow Cookers, and ReAnimator Coffee

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Finally, there’s a fall feeling in the air here in Philadelphia, and today’s episode covers some seasonally appropriate topics. But first, we chat about the fact that recalls on organic food seem to be up,¬†according to this story in the New York Times.

At last, we are ready for some wonderful¬†winter squash!!! We’ve got ideas for hubbard, red kuri, acorn, butternut and our very favorite: delicata. Look how many delicatas Joy bought this Sunday:

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We also dusted off our slow cookers, the perfect appliance for many cool-weather classics, like stews. But we use them (Marisa owns four!) for all kinds of things, especially beans, whole chickens, sweet potatoes, chicken thighs, steel cut oats, caramelized onions. We love it all.

Mark Capriotti co-owner of ReAnimator Coffee, tells us all about his business and explains¬†“relationship coffee.”

Finally, Marisa unraveled the alluring mystery of Italian Prune Plums.

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Episode 108: Whole Grains, Oysters, and Crave Philly

Hope Cohen with her book
Hope Cohen with her cookbook. Scroll down to find out how to win a copy!

Today, we shared our views on this somewhat controversial Q&A with Alton Brown New York Times magazine.

And, to clarify something:¬†¬†Joy said “Kenji” had been nipping at Alton Brown’s heels, without explaining who Kenji is. She meant Kenji Alt-Lopez, the brains behind Serious Eats genius series¬†The Food Lab and the forthcoming book by the same name.

Here’s that fantastic recipe from Eating Well magazine for Barley & Wild Rice Pilaf. (Try it. You’ll like it.)

If you are in Philadelphia, check out the millet muffin at Metropolitan Bakery. (Both of us just love it.) Live someplace else? You could try out this recipe inspired by the muffin.

Also for those of us living in or visiting Philly: go eat raw oysters at Oyster House. We discovered our new oyster crush there, Sweet Amalias, at a recent event.

By the way, what’s your interest in a Local Mouthful oyster club? Tell us in the comments and if enough of you want to eat oysters with us we just may try to set something up.

Our guest today was Hope Cohen, the host of the new two-minute video series, Crave Philly. Check out the first episode, during which Hope will take you inside Spread Bagelry, a Montreal style bakery in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Follow Hope on twitter and instagram @icravephilly.

We also talked about Hope’s book,¬†Fast, Fresh and Simple. And she gave us a copy to give to one of you! (Thanks, Hope!) Win the book¬†by signing up for our newsletter (see the box in the left sidebar).

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Episode 103: No Cook Meals, Carbs and Your Health, Madame Fromage

Our guest, Tenaya Darlington aka Madame Fromage
Our guest, Tenaya Darlington aka Madame Fromage

First up in episode three, we talked over a recent¬†Washington Post story about the common (and controversial) practice of working in coffee shops. (Do you have opinions? We’d love to hear them in the comments here.)

Marisa explained that she enjoys working at Nook and Good Karma Cafe and shares her tips on being courteous about it. Joy can’t get much writing or editing done in cafes, but she does have a lot of meetings at Chhaya. Share your favorite spots with good coffee and strong wifi in the comments.

Next we tackled no cook meals. Listen for all the great tips, but a couple recipes we mentioned were this one for Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup and this one for Veggie Nori Rolls.

With several recent¬†studies on the topic of carbs and health in the news, we shared our approaches to eating the starchy stuff. It turns out we both love one particular low carb recipe–Green Chicken from Nom Nom Paleo.

This conversation may have backfired: just talking about it made us hungry for our favorite breads (from High Street on Market) and pasta (from Zeppoli restaurant).

Our interview this week features Tenaya Darlington, whose blog Madame Fromage is a cheese-lover’s dream. If you enjoy what she had to say us, buy her first book, Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, and pre-order her second, The Modern Cocktailer.

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Episode 102: Entree Salads, Immersion Blenders, and Joe Beddia

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Photo courtesy of Joe Beddia’s instagram, @pizzacamp

Onward to our second episode! Here are some of the things we talked over:

The LA Times published a story about recipes (Is Recipe Testing a Vanishing Art?), which piqued our interest given that we both develop recipes professionally. For the most tested and trustworthy recipes, Joy suggests investing in a Cook’s Illustrated membership, while Marisa likes Smitten Kitchen–especially for the blondies.

We recorded this one in the middle of a heat wave, and no-cook dinners were on both our minds. We swapped tips on entree salads. Here’s more about that shredded salad Marisa mentioned. And here are a few more salad tips (plus a vinaigrette recipe) from Joy.

Here’s the recipe (and video) that helped Joy master¬†making mayonnaise with¬†an immersion blender. (Public service announcement: Always unplug before even thinking about touching those blades!)

We talked to Joe Beddia about how he is feeling in the wake of his Pizzeria Beddia being named best pizza shop in America by Bon Appetit magazine. You will definitely want to hear his tips on making pizza at home.

Marisa sang the praises of local cantaloupes, and here’s her recipe for the jam she described.

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