Episode 119: Casseroles, Edible Gifts, Holiday Drinks

Marisa’s Tomato Jam from Three Springs Fruit Farm is just one suggestion from this episode’s gift guide. Photo courtesy of Albert Yee.

Chris Kimball is out at Cook’s Illustrated and Dana Cowin has moved on from Food & Wine. We try to make sense of these seismic shifts in food media.

We also talk over the topic of classic casseroles. You don’t actually need a can of condensed soup to make one!

Here are our picks for our favorite store-bought edible holiday gifts:

We also chat about our favorite festive holiday drinks.

Marisa schools Joy about Fromage Blanc.

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Episode 118: Oprah, Weight Watchers, Sausage, Butter

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After one week off for Thanksgiving, we’re back!

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!

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Episode 117: Vegetarian Dinners, Homemade Food Gifts, and Annelies Zijderveld

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Annelies Zijderveld, author of Steeped

We talk about the pressure to reinvent Thanksgiving. People like what they like.

Joy talks about how she has snapped out of her weeknight cooking slump. It’s vegetarian dinners. Two recipes in particular have floated her boat. Specifically Shredded Tofu and Shiitake Stir Fry and Trini Chana and Aloo. Marisa hearts Martha Rose Shulman for vegetarian recipe inspiration.

Marisa describes the adorable homemade food gift her father gives annually. (You will definitely want to steal this idea.) She also describes how to make homemade kahlua. Want more ideas? Check out Food Gift Love by Maggie Battista.

Annelies Zijderveld fills us in on cooking with tea and her terrific cookbook, Steeped.

We wrap up with a conversation about local cranberries.

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Episode 116: Rice, Food Swaps, and Leanne Brown

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Leanne Brown, author of Good and Cheap

Recently, the food world learned that Mark Bittman, longtime scribe for the New York Times, was leaving journalism to join a tech start up, and now we know what it is. He’s now with vegan meal kit service, Purple Carrot. Joy and Marisa discuss.

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.

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Episode 115: All About Thanksgiving

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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.

We review all the sides we must have–some from childhood, some we’ve adopted later in our lives. Marisa is especially fond of these vanilla mashed sweet potatoes from the blog 101 Cookbooks. Joy swears by the Cook’s Illustrated Classic Bread Stuffing for a Crowd.

Gravy. Like everyone, we love gravy. Joy makes Mark Bittman’s Make Ahead Turkey Gravy every year.

Check out Marisa’s astounding canned cranberry fake out recipe for the people in your lives who can’t kick the can.

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Episode 114: Apples, Sauces, and Erica Strauss

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In today’s show we kicked off with some apple talk, covering our favorite apple varieties. We also discussed using apples in salad as well as cooking and baking with this fall fruit, too.

We shared our strategies for when kitchen inspiration fails us–which it often does.

Here’s that meatloaf recipe Joy mentioned and a link to the wonderful cookbook Mastering Sauces by Susan Voland that Marisa has been enjoying.

Here’s the “Yummy Sauce” Alana Chernila that Marisa mentioned.

This episode’s interview was with writer Erica Strauss of the blog Northwest Edible Life and book The Hands-On Home.

And finally, we talked about the virtues of eggs for dinner.

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Episode 113: Travel Special!

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An amazing double cheeseburger with a heap of homemade pickles from Pullman in Iowa City

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:

  • Meat sticks
  • Gluten free everything (We found one pasta we loved!)
  • Paleo baked goods (Should these even exist?)
  • Broccoli leaves/greens
  • Fermented things
  • Coffee kombucha
  • Camel milk (Yes, we tasted it.)
  • Crickets (Just one of us tasted it.)
  • Sea snacks
  • Bone broths (Really good ones!)
  • Jack fruit as meat substitutes

During her recent visit to Pittsburgh, Marisa fell in love with the Beans & Greens at Legends of the North Shore. She liked it so much that when she returned, she scoured the internet to find the recipe for this surprising dish. Here’s the recipe Marisa found.

She also enjoyed Max’s Allegheny Tavern and Pamela’s Diner, both for breakfast.

In Iowa City, Joy love the double cheese burger at Pullman’s Bar & Diner and her rye old fashioned at Clinton Street Social Club. Another highlight was Devotay‘s crispy poached egg.

Joy had an unplanned layover in the Atlanta airport, but enjoying a midday meal at One Flew South (highly recommended: the lentil soup) made the mishap all better.

Remember: We’re going to record our Thanksgiving episode soon so send us your questions ASAP. The comment section right here is a good place to leave them.

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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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Episode 111: Pumpkin Spice, Nonstick Cookware, Making Dinner with Molly Watson

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Food writer and cookbook author, Molly Watson

It’s October now, and pumpkins are on our brains (and our tables) this episode.

Starbucks added real pumpkin puree to its pumpkin spice lattes. We discuss. Did you know there’s such a thing as pumpkin spice Oreos?

Fall = potluck season. We talk about our past potluck experience (Marisa’s, extensive; Joy’s less so), favorite dishes, and the unspoken rules and regs of the potluck table.

Nonstick cookware. Yes or no? We are both users of teflon, though our feelings are indeed mixed. To get Marisa’s specific brand recommendation, well, you’ll need to listen to the show 🙂

Marisa visited food writer and cookbook author Molly Watson in San Francisco and the pair talked about her time in the Sunset test kitchen, solving the “dinner problem” with Munchery, and her story about home cooking that will appear in this year’s Best Food Writing. We love her latest book Greens & Grains.

At her farmer’s market, Marisa is scooping up all the heirloom type pumpkins while Joy cooks with pumpkin out of the can. Here’s that Ruth Reichl pumpkin recipe we talk about.

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Episode 110: Vegetable Soups, Kitchen Towels, Carolyn Alburger

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Today’s guest: Carolyn Alburger, Eater.com’s cities editor

Did you know there’s a nifty, new Thermapen? And it costs a hefty $99? Russ Parsons sung its praises in the LA Times and it made us want to talk about all the kitchen thermometers we’ve ever used.

Soup’s on! Fall is here and we both love to make it. In today’s show, we talk all about our favorite vegetable soups, sneaky vegan subs for dairy, and all the good garnishes.

Kitchen towels are another theme we tackled today. It was a surprisingly animated and opinionated conversation!

For our interview, we talked to Carolyn Alburger, Eater.com’s cities editor. She dished with us on food trends across the country and told us about Eater’s “Future Week.” You should  follow her on twitter.

We wrapped the show up with some talk about mushrooms–exotic ones, to be precise.

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