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 206: One-pot Pasta, When to Splurge, Here Come the Holidays

Marisa’s tomato jam is a treasure.

 

This week in food news, an unsettling new study. Only 10% of Americans like to cook.

In our What’s for Dinner segment–the allure of one-pot pastas. (Joy thinks this was the recipe that started the craze.)

So let’s say you are trying to beat your cholesterol into submission by passing on saturated fats. How do you decide when to splurge? This is a hard question.

Yes, it’s still hot outside. But no it is not too soon to start planning for the holiday seasons. In fact, there are things you could start making ahead … right now.

What are we loving this week? Marisa’s marvelous tomato jam.

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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 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 202: Polenta, Punch, and Cooking Inspiration

We’ve covered it before and this probably won’t be the last time: More details on Amazon’s price drops at Whole Foods.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we’re dishing on the many splendored thing that is polenta.

Joy’s latest zero-proof beverage crush is old fashioned homemade punch.

We’ve got some deep thoughts on cooking inspiration to share this week. (We’d love you to share your own in the comments here.)

What are we loving this week? The amazing chia seed.

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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 200: Local Mouthful Turns 2

This week, it’s our 100th episode and our second podcast birthday so we’re celebrating with a look back.

We cover what has changed in the last two years of our home cooking and what has stayed the same, our most used cookbooks, and review and update some of our most memorable segments.

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Episode 196: Burmese Curry, Diet and Cholesterol, and The Joy of Cooking

Now that Joy is a teetotaler, she is eagle eyed for stories about the health consequences of alcohol. Some new research suggests that moderate drinking  may not be healthy after all.

In our What’s for Dinner segment this week, we talk about the Burmese Curry with Okra and Egg recipe from Burma Superstar.

Joy recently got a physical and the cholesterol news is not good. We talk about the mysterious relationship between diet and heart health.

Marisa interviews John Becker and Meghan Scott, part of the team working on the newest edition of The Joy of Cooking.

At the market this week, we are snapping up the summer squash.

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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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