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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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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Episode 102: Entree Salads, Immersion Blenders, and Joe Beddia

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Photo courtesy of Joe Beddia’s instagram, @pizzacamp

Onward to our second episode! Here are some of the things we talked over:

The LA Times published a story about recipes (Is Recipe Testing a Vanishing Art?), which piqued our interest given that we both develop recipes professionally. For the most tested and trustworthy recipes, Joy suggests investing in a Cook’s Illustrated membership, while Marisa likes Smitten Kitchen–especially for the blondies.

We recorded this one in the middle of a heat wave, and no-cook dinners were on both our minds. We swapped tips on entree salads. Here’s more about that shredded salad Marisa mentioned. And here are a few more salad tips (plus a vinaigrette recipe) from Joy.

Here’s the recipe (and video) that helped Joy master making mayonnaise with an immersion blender. (Public service announcement: Always unplug before even thinking about touching those blades!)

We talked to Joe Beddia about how he is feeling in the wake of his Pizzeria Beddia being named best pizza shop in America by Bon Appetit magazine. You will definitely want to hear his tips on making pizza at home.

Marisa sang the praises of local cantaloupes, and here’s her recipe for the jam she described.

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Episode 101: Turkey Burgers, Dry July, and Peggy Paul Casella on Homemade Pizza

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Welcome to the first episode of Local Mouthful, a podcast devoted to the food life in Philadelphia and beyond. Here’s what we talked about in this inaugural episode.

Local pizza shop Pizzeria Beddia being named the best pizza in America by Bon Appetit.

Turkey burgers and our love of this dinnertime staple.

Joy’s endeavors to have a “Dry July.”

We had a chat with local food blogger and freelance cookbook editor Peggy Paul Casella, about her blog Thursday Night Pizza.

Finally, we dished about to do with the corn we’re seeing at our area farmers markets.

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