154: Bluefish, Aprons, Iced Coffee

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We read an interesting and disturbing story in the New York Post which was basically highlights from the excellent book, Real Food, Fake Food. Be warned though if you do read it you may never enjoy sushi again.

We extoll the virtues of a favorite local and strong-tasting fish, bluefish.

For two women who spend so much time in the kitchen, we both have trouble wearing an apron to protect our clothes from spatters, but Marisa recently discovered an apron she wants to wear all the time.

We talk about the pleasures of ice coffee, at home and from shops around Philly.

And at the market this week, we are grabbing all the corn.

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Episode 120: Frozen Vegetables, Cooking for Comfort, Chinatown

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Has indie coffee been swallowed up by corporate coffee? According to this recent story in the LA Times it sure has.

Frozen vegetables. Joy shares her favorite (unexpected) frozen vegetables. You will need to listen to this episode to learn the surprising frozen vegetable even restaurant chefs rely on.

We talk about the kinds of food we cook when we need to be comforted or when we need to care for others.

We compare notes on our favorite places (and must-have menu items) in Philadelphia’s Chinatown.

And finally, we talk about the brightest spot of the darkest season of the year: Citrus fruits. Marisa discloses her source for Meyer lemons: The Lemon Ladies.

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Episode 109: Winter Squash, Slow Cookers, and ReAnimator Coffee

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Finally, there’s a fall feeling in the air here in Philadelphia, and today’s episode covers some seasonally appropriate topics. But first, we chat about the fact that recalls on organic food seem to be up, according to this story in the New York Times.

At last, we are ready for some wonderful winter squash!!! We’ve got ideas for hubbard, red kuri, acorn, butternut and our very favorite: delicata. Look how many delicatas Joy bought this Sunday:

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We also dusted off our slow cookers, the perfect appliance for many cool-weather classics, like stews. But we use them (Marisa owns four!) for all kinds of things, especially beans, whole chickens, sweet potatoes, chicken thighs, steel cut oats, caramelized onions. We love it all.

Mark Capriotti co-owner of ReAnimator Coffee, tells us all about his business and explains “relationship coffee.”

Finally, Marisa unraveled the alluring mystery of Italian Prune Plums.

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