Episode 208: Risotto, Smitten Kitchen Everyday, and Our JoC Potluck

A few of the delicious treats listeners brought to the potuck

Bad news for conscientious home cooking. Hey, Whole Foods shoppers: That free range chicken may be anything but. Ugh, we have bought so much of this chicken. Perhaps it’s time to buy more of our birds from Primal Supply.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, we sing the praises of homemade risottos. This is Marisa’s favorite recipe. Joy loves Cook’s Illustrated’s butternut squash risotto recipe but it’s behind the paywall. Also recommended: The risotto method/recipe described in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

We’re totally smitten with a new cookbook: Deb Pearlman’s Smitten Kitchen Everyday. It has us running to the kitchen. Joy has already cooked this recipe twice with plans to make it a third time this week. It’s true that there are hundreds of terrific recipes on the Smitten Kitchen blog, but we are just fools for beautiful cookbooks and this one is pleasure to read for entertainment and info as well as to just plain cook straight out of.

So, we held our second Joy of Cooking potluck and guess what? It was even more fun than our first. A group of you listeners joined us to dig into so many delicious recipes from the book we probably wouldn’t have found on our on. Dishes included chicken cacciatore, savory leek pie, lentils with sausage, roasted cauliflower with golden raisins, curried rice with fruit and nuts, hacked tempeh, and kale with roasted delicata and pomegranate seeds.

We’re doing it again in January, and if you want in, tell us in the comments below to get on the invite list.

This week, we sing a love song to the soda stream. This one tool makes a big difference when it comes to have delicious nonalcoholic drinks at your finger tips.

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Join the Local Mouthful Joy of Cooking Potluck Club

Next potluck is Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 5 pm! 

Announcing the Local Mouthful Joy of Cooking Potluck Club!

If you’ve listened to the podcast for any length of time, you may have heard us mention our desire to start a cookbook club. We love the idea of gathering with fellow food lovers to share collaborative, homemade meal.

This spring, we’re finally doing it and we’ve decided for at the first year (and perhaps longer), it will be a Joy of Cooking-centric potluck club. Nearly everyone we know has a copy in or near their kitchen and while many of us turn to it for reference, we rarely come even close to scratching its surface.

Our hope is that this potluck club will help us build community, celebrate home cooking, and explore a treasured cookbook. To that end, there won’t be a lot of rules or exclusions. We encourage you to cook from whichever edition you happen to have.

Here in the Philadelphia area, we’ll gather on a quarterly basis to share a meal and our latest favorites from the JOC. For those of you who are further flung, you can still participate by cooking along with us and sharing your successes and frustrations via our Local Mouthful Facebook Group and by starting your own LM/JOC potluck group.

We’ll also be offering up some JOC content on the podcast itself. You can expect interviews with John Becker and Megan Scott (the JOC family members currently working on the next edition of the book), as well as opportunities to test unprinted recipes from that upcoming edition.

If you think you’d like to participate in the LM/JOC potluck club, please use the form below to sign up. We’ll be in touch soon regarding dates!

153: Tonnato Sauce, Summertime Spirits, and Pies

Marisa's blueberry peach pie
Marisa’s blueberry peach pie

Does the Cut Change the Flavor? NPR was interested in how slicing and dicing affects a food’s flavor and so are we.

We talked about tonnato sauce, that wonderful chilled Italian tuna sauce. And here’s the recipe:

Tonnato sauce (Adapted from Joy of Cooking)

Makes 2 cups

  • One 6-ounce can tuna packed in oil, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (homemade preferred!)
  • 5 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Black pepper to taste

Put everything in the blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Do you switch up what spirits you drink in the summer? We do.

Summer pies!  Marisa recently tried and loved this unusual pie dough recipe.

And finally, it’s time for peaches. We especially like those grown at Three Springs Fruit Farm.

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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.)

marisa's cookbook wall
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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