Episode 208: Risotto, Smitten Kitchen Everyday, and Our JoC Potluck

A few of the delicious treats listeners brought to the potuck

Bad news for conscientious home cooking. Hey, Whole Foods shoppers: That free range chicken may be anything but. Ugh, we have bought so much of this chicken. Perhaps it’s time to buy more of our birds from Primal Supply.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we sing the praises of homemade risottos. This is Marisa’s favorite recipe. Joy loves Cook’s Illustrated’s butternut squash risotto recipe but it’s behind the paywall. Also recommended: The risotto method/recipe described in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

We’re totally smitten with a new cookbook: Deb Pearlman’s Smitten Kitchen Everyday. It has us running to the kitchen. Joy has already cooked this recipe twice with plans to make it a third time this week. It’s true that there are hundreds of terrific recipes on the Smitten Kitchen blog, but we are just fools for beautiful cookbooks and this one is pleasure to read for entertainment and info as well as to just plain cook straight out of.

So, we held our second Joy of Cooking potluck and guess what? It was even more fun than our first. A group of you listeners joined us to dig into so many delicious recipes from the book we probably wouldn’t have found on our on. Dishes included chicken cacciatore, savory leek pie, lentils with sausage, roasted cauliflower with golden raisins, curried rice with fruit and nuts, hacked tempeh, and kale with roasted delicata and pomegranate seeds.

We’re doing it again in January, and if you want in, tell us in the comments below to get on the invite list.

This week, we sing a love song to the soda stream. This one tool makes a big difference when it comes to have delicious nonalcoholic drinks at your finger tips.

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Episode 207: Bean Soups, Hardena, Cooking Ahead

Mmmmm …. Muesli

Did you guys know that Oliver Garden does a crazy promotion this time of year? Joy and Marisa discuss the relative merits of the chain restaurant’s “Unlimited Pasta Pass.”

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we’re talking about simple bean soups.

Joy and Marisa have lunch together at the recently refreshed Hardena, a classic Indonesian restaurant in South Philly.

We talk strategies for that all important home cooking habit: Cooking once and eating two or three times.

What we’re loving this week? Muesli.

Bonus link: Funny song parody “My Wife’s on a Healthy Diet.”

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Episode 205: Slow Cooking Season, Eating on Repeat, Breaking Bread Breaking Barriers at RTM

In food news this week: The Baffling Rise of Goop.

What’s for dinner this week? Anything we cook in the slow cooker.

Eating on repeat: Is variety the spice of life or can you eat the same food again and again?

Joy recently wrote about the Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers dinner series that was held for the past year at Reading Terminal Market.

What we’re loving this week? Edamame.

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Episode 204: Turkey Soup, Shopping for Spices, and Recipes that Disappoint

In food news this week, we learned that there is a brand new category of chocolate: ruby chocolate.

What’s for dinner this week? In Marisa’s kitchen, it’s turkey soup.

Joy and Marisa don’t buy all their spices at good gourmet spice purveyors. So where do they shop?

We talk at some length about the heartbreak of well-reviewed recipes that disappoint.

What are we loving this week? Golden raisins, the gateway raisin.

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Episode 203: Vegan Pizza, Vintage Cookbooks, Mom’s Organic Market

In food news this week–Joy and Marisa are on WHYY now. Look for our segments between noon and 3 pm on weekdays. Or you can watch them online at whyy.org/yum.

In our what’s for dinner segment we’re talking options for vegan pizza.

We’re also taking a look at our vintage cookbooks and talking about what we learn from them.

Philadelphia has a shiny new grocery store–Mom’s Organic Market. And guess what? We love it.

Another thing we’re loving this week? Aquafaba mayonnaise.

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Episode 201: Sweet Potato Fritters, Oregon Coast Crabbing, Cholesterol Update

In today’s food news segment, we talk about the recent “Are You a Carboholic?” feature from the NY Times.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, Joy shares a new favorite recipe from Eating Well magazine for Sweet Potato Fritters with Smokey Beans.

Marisa recaps the food highlight of her summer vacation–crabbing on the Oregon coast.

Joy has an update on her quest to lower her cholesterol. If you want more details on what exactly she did, you can read all about it here in a piece she wrote for Prevention.com.

And finally, we declare our love for truffle salt.

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Episode 199: Shore Catch, Costco, and the Fancy Food Show

Hibiscus infusions

In food news this week, we talk about the trend toward increased beef consumption in America.

Marisa talks about a favorite farmers’ market seafood vender, Shore Catch.

Joy has finally shopped at a Costco and she shares her first impressions.

Marisa fills us in on the trends she spied at the recent Fancy Foods Show.

We’re loving hibiscus right about now and we talk about why.

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Episode 198: Summer Chicken Stew, Salad-y Slaws, and Our Joy of Cooking Potluck

A few of the delicious dishes from our recent Joy of Cooking potluck dinner

In food news this week, we discuss The New York Time’s recent decision to put most of its Cooking section content behind a pay wall.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, Joy dishes on a new favorite recipe: Summer Italian Chicken. (Note: Joy de-paleofies this by adding a can of rinsed chick peas and serving it over polenta.)

Marisa is loving a hearty slaw-type salad for this summer’s meals, either as a side or a base for an entree style salad.

Earlier this month, we held a Joy of Cooking themed, Local Mouthful hosted pot luck in Philadelphia for listeners. We had so much fun. And we definitely plan to hold another one again soon. Keep listening for details on how to sign up 🙂

This week in our What We’re Digging segment, we talk about salad chain Sweetgreen.

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194: Dinner Derailed, Better without Booze, Joan Nathan

In food news this week, we talked about the recent scandal over horse meat that went down in Pittsburgh.

You know how much we love home cooking, but sometimes dinner gets derailed for us, too. We talked a little about why and how this happens and how to get back on track.

Regular listeners might remember that Joy took the month of January off from drinking alcohol. Well, she never went back. Feeling secure in her new identity as a nondrinker, she launched a new project: Better without Booze.

Cookbook maven extraordinaire Joan Nathan has a new release: King Solomon’s Table. This is an ambitious cookbook that anyone who loves food will want to get their hands on. Marisa and Joy had the chance to meet Joan and to taste some of the recipes in the book at a recent dinner to celebrate the book at Abe Fisher and we tell you all about it.

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193: Vegan Tacos, Grain Bowls, New Cookbooks

Vegan tacos are just as good as meaty tacos.

In Food News this week, NPR’s The Salt blog asks: How organic is your milk? (Hint: Probably not as organic as you think.)

Joy is on a vegan taco kick. She likes to fold beans, greens, avocado, asparagus and all kinds of other vegetables into her tortillas.

We recap our recent grain bowl class at the Philadelphia Free Library. It was so much fun and everyone feasted on grain bowls. Sound like a good night? Come to our salad class on June 20. Mark your calendar.

We talked about some of the season’s new cookbooks that are calling out to us.

And finally, at the market we’re buying spinach. The big kind, not the baby kind.

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Taco photo by Stephanie via flickr CC

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