Episode 135: Stuffed Cabbage, Maureen Petrosky, and The Indian Family Kitchen

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Homemade (and rad) stuffed cabbage from Joy’s kitchen

In the food news: Starbucks is intentionally shorting its customers and now they are suing. Read all about it.

Remember how we once told you neither of us has ever made stuffed cabbage? Well, Joy fixed that. She made a terrific version from the excellent cookbook Whole Grains for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff and she shared it with Marisa. We both recommend this recipe to the stuff-cabbage-curious.

We compared notes on cooking from The Indian Family Kitchen by Anjali Pathak, our March Cookbook Club pick. Next up for the Cookbook Club: The Silver Palate Cookbook.

We have Marisa’s interview with the lovely author, food stylist, and TV personality Maureen Petrosky. She keeps her own bees!

At the market we’re stocking on shallots, as usual. We talk about why we love this often overlooked allium.

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Episode 132: Saint Patty’s Day Food, Louisa Shafia, March Cookbook Club Pick

Our March Cookbook Club pick!
Our March Cookbook Club pick!

Marisa’s favorite discount grocery chain Aldi is ramping up its organic offerings.

Saint Patty’s Day is not exactly the foodiest holiday on the calendar but we talk it over nonetheless. We cover corned beef and cabbage as well as Irish potatoes–the candy kind.

Our cookbook pick for March: The Indian Family Kitchen. But it’s not what you probably expect!

We have Joy’s interview with Louisa Shafia, the author of last month’s cookbook club pick–The New Persian Kitchen.

At the market right now: Beets. They are somewhat unpopular with certain people but we love them.

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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 105: Kitchen Shortcuts, Our Favorite Cookbooks, Fermentation

This week's guest, Amanda Feifer
This week’s guest, Amanda Feifer

Did you know that Chipotle recently unseated Subway as America’s favorite “healthy” fast food chain? In this week’s episode, we discussed the Business Insider article that explained this passing of the torch and shared our own thoughts on the two restaurants.

One of our favorite Philly-based fast casual spots is Farmer’s Keep. (Correction: this is the restaurant’s name, not “Farmer’s Table” as Joy said in the podcast.)

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A segment of Marisa’s cookbook library. We told you it was a lot!

The cookbooks we discuss as our longtime loves are:

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Joy of Cooking 

We’d love for you to share your own go-to cookbooks in the comments here.

Our guest today was Amanda Feifer. Check out her blog, Phickle.com, and preorder her book, Ferment Your Vegetables.

In our discussion of tomatoes, Marisa mentioned her tomato jam recipe which is definitely something you should make if you have a lot of tomatoes on your hands.

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Episode 104: Cooking for the Week, Unsung Restaurants, Sarah Grey

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Entertaining was a theme this week–and we weighed in on The Kitchn’s 5 Ways to be the Best Dinner Guest Ever. (Sound advice here, but we don’t agree with everything in that piece!)

On the heels of Adam Robert’s recent Amateur Gourmet blog post titled OK I Lied: It Sucks to Cook After Work, we discussed our favorite strategy for making it not suck: Cooking once and eating all week. (One of our favorite sources of inspiration here is An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace)

We chatted about our favorite local unsung restaurants and sources for surprisingly great take out though–we freely admit that sometimes we just don’t want to cook either.

It was our pleasure to talk to Sarah Grey, who wrote about her Friday Night Meatballs events for Serious Eats and watched the story go viral last year. (Since we recorded this episode, we learned the piece was selected for the 2015 edition of Best Food Writing. Congratulations, Sarah!)

And finally we discussed cooking with ground beef. We were choosing local, grass-fed, small-scale ground beef even before this week’s bad news about ground beef.

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