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.
Oprah bought part of Weight Watchers. As Oprah fans and WW alums, we discuss our disappointment at this turn of events.
We talk about the benefits of cooking with sausage. Marisa likes Trader Joe’s garlic chicken sausage and links from Birchrun Hills and Meadow Run farms. Joy loves Italian sausage from Fiorella’s on the Italian Market.
We present the second installment of our series on cooking fats. This time we tackle butter. (Listen to our first segment in this series–all about olive oil–in episode 112.)
Urban Outfitters bought homegrown restaurant group, Vetri. As long time fans of all things Marc Vetri, we speculate on what it all means.
It’s time to cook sweet potatoes. Joy sings the praises of her favorite peanut and sweet potato soup. Marisa explains how to make her easy baked sweet potato chips!
Few simple foods are more vexing to cook than rice for whatever reason. Recently, Marisa tried a new Tiger rice cooker that takes all the guess work out of that job. Joy covets the Instapot, which is a rice cooker/slow cooker/pressure cooker in one. What do you think? Should she get one?
Have you ever been to a food swap? That’s a community event when home cooking fanatics get together to trade some of their stash of good eats for some of yours. Marisa co-organizes one in the Philly area, but if you are interested you can probably find one close to where you are. Find yours (or start one) here.
This episode features an interview with Leanne Brown, whose food-stamp-themed cookbook Good and Cheap has really struck a chord with people in all income brackets. We talked to her at the Philadelphia Free Library’s amazing Culinary Literacy Center.
Finally, we sang the praises of our favorite winter greens.
In advance of every home cook’s favorite holiday, we talked over every aspect of Thanksgiving.
We started, naturally, with planning and strategy–how far out do we start thinking it through? What do we do in advance? What are the key Thanksgiving organization tools?
Appetizers or no appetizers? Should we start with soup? That is the question. One of Joy’s favorite holiday recipes is these Sausage Potato Puffs.
We talked turkey: Both Joy and Marisa ordered their birds via Fair Food Farmstand. (Philly listeners can still pre-order their very own by clicking here.) We also address brining methods (wet or dry?) and whether to roast the turkey whole. One of us stuffs the turkey with stuffing; one of us does not.
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:
Gluten free everything (We found one pasta we loved!)