Episode 186: Unrestricted Dinners, Bagel Thursdays at Essen Bakery, and Baby Kale

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, and capers on a fresh bagel at Essen Bakery

In food news this week, we discuss a recent NPR’s The Salt piece that addresses the difficulty of shopping for sustainable seafood, even with the help of all those guides.

Next up: Dinner, unrestricted. As Marisa’s husband shifts away from a low-carb eating style, she is free to add some grains glorious grains to their shared dinners.

Joy shares one of her current obsessions: Bagel Thursday at Essen Bakery in South Philly.

We also talk about meatloaf–there’s a new meatloaf cookbook, A Meatloaf in Every Pot, and a whole lot of opinions on the subject of this humble foodstuff. (Here’s a link to Joy’s favorite meatloaf recipe.)

At the market this week, we are buying some baby kale.

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Episode 185: Roast Chicken, The Philly Farm & Food Fest, and Louisville

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Marisa’s roast chicken set up

In food news this week, we talked about a story published at The Ringer about the “Rise and Fall of Food Writing” What irked us most about it is its failure to even mention the very kind of food writing we do–home cooking and recipes!

What’s for dinner? In our kitchens, roast chicken. How do you make yours?

Have you bought your tickets to the Philly Farm & Food Fest on April 8? If not what are you waiting for? Come take in the event and find us to say hi. We’ll both be on hand.

We are both freshly back from a conference in Louisville, KY. And we have some food highlights to share.

And finally, at the Market, Joy is buying ice cream. A lot of ice cream.

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Episode 183: Pasta Frittata, Vegetables, and Kitchen Tables

Joy’s leftover pasta frittata

In the food news: Did you just have a feeling that eating more fruits, vegetables boosts psychological well-being in just 2 week? Well, now there’s research to back that common-sense hunch up.

What’s for dinner this week? Leftover pasta frittata.

Picking up on the topic of eating more vegetables, we talked about strategies for eating as many as you can when you’re eating at restaurants.

Joy’s kitchen renovation is provoking deep thoughts on the symbolic meaning of the kitchen table. Julia Child had one, and now Joy wants one too. But can she live without an island? These are big questions.

At the market this week: Unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Episode 163: Breaded Chicken, Restaurants, Garlic

Quince!
Quince!

A story on the website New Food Economy covered “big food’s” incursion into plant-based foods. Tyson Foods–a major player of the factory farming game–has invested in alt-meat maker Beyond Meat (whose product we talked about back in episode 149

In our what’s for dinner segment, we talk about an all time classic: breaded chicken cutlets.

Dining out–reports from Talula’s Daily, Charlie Was a Sinner, Double Knot, and Mission Taqueria.

We dive deep into the stinking rose–garlic.

At the market this week, we’re buying quince.

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156: Dinner Special!

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A recent dinner at Joy’s: Whole wheat penne with pork rib ragu, green salad, and wine.

Today we’re concluding our series of meal-themed specials with an episode dedicated to dinner.

Did you miss part 1 (breakfast)? Or part 2 (lunch)? You can find those here, and here.

This special episode covers:

  • Go-to dinners
  • Restaurant dinners
  • Family dinners, now and then
  • Having dinner guests
  • When is dinnertime?
  • Tables, dining and coffee
  • Weekend dinners versus weeknight dinners
  • Cooking with others
  • What we drink with dinner
  • Second helpings
  • Doing the dishes

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151: DNC Dining, Going without the Grocery Store, Tomatoes

Local tomatoes are here!
Local tomatoes are here!

Next week, the democratic national convention will descend on Philadelphia. And all the media outlets want to tell visitors where to eat. We talked over The Washington Post’s picks.

In our What’s for Dinner segment we talked about the merits of a classic Italian pairing, pasta and legumes. Joy is a fan of this recipe.

We went out of our usual subject area a bit to discuss the intersection of food and beauty. It isn’t a very far jump from scrutinizing food labels for artificial ingredients to looking at what’s in your shampoos and lotions, too. This discussion was inspired by one of Joy’s new favorite podcasts, Fat Mascara, which is all about beauty products and not about food at all.

We talk a lot about meal planning, but sometimes we don’t make it to the grocery store. What happens then? We share strategies for living off your pantry, fridge, and freezer supplies.

Tomatoes are starting to pop up at our farmers’ markets, and it’s one of the best things about this time of year.

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Episode 128: Curries, New Orleans, and Kristina Erfe Pines

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Spoonful magazine editor, Kristina Erfe Pines

First We Feast published a story about problems with the food media and we had points of agreement and disagreement.

Homemade curry. Joy took a class about Cambodian curry paste and made her own with a mortar and pestle. She talks all about her experience and about the benefits of fresh, homemade curry pastes in general.

Marisa went to New Orleans for the first time–she talks about her food and drink favorites there. She also explains the food company Zatarain’s (who hosted the press trip she was on) influence on the food culture there. She ate at Justin Devillier’s restaurant Le Petite Grocery and had a celebrity sighting there.

Joy interviewed Kristina Erfe Pines about her beautiful new lifestyle magazine, Spoonful. She told us all about the first Spoonful community event that will take place here in Philadelphia. And she teases some topics that readers will see in Spoonful’s summer issue.

What are we buying at the market this week? PA grown Bluefoot mushrooms.

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Episode 122: Year End Special!

happy new year!

In this extended special episode, Joy and Marisa review all their favorite food things from 2015, including restaurants, recipes, cookbooks, gadgets, blogs and websites, podcasts, and more.

We want you to listen to the episode, so we are not making a list of everything here, although Joy did say she’d provide a link to the Nom Nom Paleo Cracklin’ Chicken recipe, so here you go. If you want more information about anything we talked out, say so in the comments here and we will help you out 🙂

We hope you have an auspicious and delicious New Year! Happy 2016.

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Episode 120: Frozen Vegetables, Cooking for Comfort, Chinatown

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Has indie coffee been swallowed up by corporate coffee? According to this recent story in the LA Times it sure has.

Frozen vegetables. Joy shares her favorite (unexpected) frozen vegetables. You will need to listen to this episode to learn the surprising frozen vegetable even restaurant chefs rely on.

We talk about the kinds of food we cook when we need to be comforted or when we need to care for others.

We compare notes on our favorite places (and must-have menu items) in Philadelphia’s Chinatown.

And finally, we talk about the brightest spot of the darkest season of the year: Citrus fruits. Marisa discloses her source for Meyer lemons: The Lemon Ladies.

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Episode 113: Travel Special!

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An amazing double cheeseburger with a heap of homemade pickles from Pullman in Iowa City

In this special episode we set aside our usual format to talk about three recent travel destinations.

Last month, we visited the annual Natural Products Expo East together. Marisa had been before, but it was Joy’s first time to this enormous industry-only trade show. You’ll need to listen to the episode for our specific favorite items there, but here are some of the broad trends we saw there and dissect in this episode:

  • Meat sticks
  • Gluten free everything (We found one pasta we loved!)
  • Paleo baked goods (Should these even exist?)
  • Broccoli leaves/greens
  • Fermented things
  • Coffee kombucha
  • Camel milk (Yes, we tasted it.)
  • Crickets (Just one of us tasted it.)
  • Sea snacks
  • Bone broths (Really good ones!)
  • Jack fruit as meat substitutes

During her recent visit to Pittsburgh, Marisa fell in love with the Beans & Greens at Legends of the North Shore. She liked it so much that when she returned, she scoured the internet to find the recipe for this surprising dish. Here’s the recipe Marisa found.

She also enjoyed Max’s Allegheny Tavern and Pamela’s Diner, both for breakfast.

In Iowa City, Joy love the double cheese burger at Pullman’s Bar & Diner and her rye old fashioned at Clinton Street Social Club. Another highlight was Devotay‘s crispy poached egg.

Joy had an unplanned layover in the Atlanta airport, but enjoying a midday meal at One Flew South (highly recommended: the lentil soup) made the mishap all better.

Remember: We’re going to record our Thanksgiving episode soon so send us your questions ASAP. The comment section right here is a good place to leave them.

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