Episode 125: Resolution Check in and Eating for Well Being

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Marisa’s Meal Plan Chalk Board

What makes for a diet that contributes to good health and makes a person feel great? Marisa and I talk about this surprisingly complicated subject.

One strategy that is key for us both? Meal planning. Marisa has been writing her meal plan on her kitchen chalkboard and posting it on Instagram. (You can follow her instagram here.)

We got a little philosophical about attitudes regarding different ways of eating and the judgment that can invade that conversation.

We talked celebrities and their approaches to diet: Nigella Lawson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen.

Joy ranted about how needless dietary restrictions negatively impact your ability to participate in food culture and connect with others, ultimately diminishing overall quality of life.

We detail our shopping lists for when we want to focus on eating for well being.

Here’s that Michael Ruhlman article we mentioned.

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Episode 124: Winter Stews, The Instant Pot, and Cooking While Sick

 

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Green Chicken Chili at Joy’s House

We talked about the Mast Brothers’ scandal. The Brooklyn-based, bearded chocolate “makers” have been under intense scrutiny for the past month or so. Read all about it.

The cold weather is really here now. We are all about the winter stews and we dish about our favorite recipes. Here’s the black bean, chicken and cashew chicken chili recipe Joy mentioned.

Joy got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and she shares her first experiences cooking with this multi-cooker. Her favorite so far: chicken stock.

Marisa is struggling with a pesky winter cold, and she and Joy talk about the things they cook and eat when they aren’t feeling well. Of course, soups are discussed. Joy looks forward to making Rotisserie Chicken Ramen from our January book club pick, 101 Easy Asian Recipes.

It’s winter. At the store, we’re buying cabbage. And we’re talking again about the many different ways we like to cook and eat it. Marisa provides Joy some coaching for her first batch of kimchi.

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Episode 112: Tacos, Olive Oil, and Tea with Alexis Siemons

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Tea maven Alexis Siemons

 

Something we read: is cabbage the new kale? Smoked, fermented, slow cooked, braised, stuffed and salad-ified. We don’t think cabbage was ever out of the limelight in our kitchens.

Tacos are a many splendored thing, and we talked all aspects of the classic: fillings, shells, salads, toppings. Sometimes we make them at home and sometimes we go out to eat them.

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The first installment in our new series on cooking fats is dedicated to: Olive oil! Marisa went to a tasting seminar this year and lays down some serious know-how about how to taste and choose the extra-virgin kind. Joy tells you her favorite fancy finishing oil.

Rainbow chard–it’s the vegetable Joy loves but cannot remember how to pronounce! We talk about the key to loving this nutrition powerhouse and all the ways we like to cook chard.

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An finally, our echo-y interview with Alexis Siemons. You should go and check out her blog. Do you have a special tea lover in your life? Consider ordering Alexis’ beautiful With Tea journal. It comes wrapped in a vintage handkerchief.

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106: Homemade Pizza, Packing Lunch, Brine Street Picklery

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Thanks for joining us for today’s episode so soon after the long Labor Day weekend!

On this week’s show we reacted to the recent New York Times article, My Dinner with Longevity Expert Dan Buettner

We returned to an already familiar topic for us: Pizza. Specifically, we discuss how to make homemade pizza easy and convenient. Joy explains her “Pizza System” and Marisa tells you how to use pizza night to clean out the crisper and eat more vegetables.

As promised, here’s Joy’s pizza dough recipe taped to her KitchenAid.

Marisa strongly recommends this free online class from Craftsy, Perfect Pizza at Home with Peter Reinhart.

While we were discussing the art and craft of the packed lunch, whether for school or for work, Marisa mentioned one of her favorite ingredients from childhood: Toby’s Tofu Paté.

It’s not available on the East Coast, but Joy found a delicious looking recipe for a homemade version, and she’s going to test it out soon to see if she likes it, too.

Our guest  is PJ Hopkins, of Brine Street Picklery. (If you like things spicy, try their Hoagie Relish.)

In our At the Market segment, we discussed buying local, pastured pork from Philadelphia Cow (and Pig) Share. Joy bought a quarter pig after reading Pig Tales by Barry Estabrook.

It’s a book you might like, too.

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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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