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February 2010


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Candy conversation
The candy conversation hearts are in stores, chocolate ads are everywhere and that means St. Valentines' Day must be around the corner. On today's show, we've got some ideas for romantic entertaining - from breakfast in bed to authentic Portuguese dishes. Also, Maureen Petrosky on those two Valentine favorites... wine and chocolate. Later, how the empty nest syndrome changes the family dinner table; the joy of the oyster; casting vegetables in a starring role and much more.

This week's featured recipes:
Abraham Lincoln's Scalloped Oysters

Also, be sure to check out the blog of Chef Amanda Cohen, owner of Dirt Candy.

Want more ideas? Download 2 recipes for cake doughnuts.

Photo credit: "Reprinted from the book THE CRAFT OF BAKING by Karen DeMasco & Mindy Fox. Copyright © 2009 by Karen DeMasco & Mindy Fox. Photographs copyright © 2009 by Ellen Silverman. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc."

This week's featured books:

Sex Death and Oysters
by Robb Walsh

The Craft of Baking
by Karen DeMasco

The New Portuguese Table
by David Leite

The Wine Club: A Month to Month Guide to Learning about Wine With Friends
by Maureen Petrosky



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Mardis Gras
It's time for boeuf gras and with some gris gris we'll all toss a coin at the flambeaux and have beaucoup bon temps. That means we'll have the last meat meal before lent and have a good time at the parade - it's Mardi Gras! Tory McPhail, executive chef of the celebrated Commander's Palace supports the Gulf Coast shrimp industry and shares some delicious recipes. Later, a project to rescue recipes that were lost in Katrina and Lolis Eric Elie gives us the history of that signature New Orleans dish of the season, King Cake. Plus, the art of restoring an urban house and Tom Moon's music to cure the winter blues. Let's pass a good time, cher!

Watch Joe Brown cook his lean version of gumbo. Look for healthy tips from chefs Jose Garces and Jim Coleman, too.

This week's featured recipes:
Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya
Mardi Gras Shrimp Gumbo

Tom Moon's Play List for Beating the Winter Blues
4 stages of beating the winter blues

  • Acceptance:
    track 4. Cold Shot: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
  • Managing it:
    track 5. Hoochie Coochie Man: Muddy Waters
  • Dreaming of warmth:
    track 6. Aquerela do Brazil: Elis Regina
  • looking forward:
    track 7. Professor Longhair: Mardi Gras in New Orleans

This week's featured books:

1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die
by Tom Moon

Cooking Up a Storm Recipes Lost and Found from the Times Picayune of New Orleans
by Judy Walker and Marcelle Bienvenu

Restoring a House in The City
by Ingrid Abramovitch

Dam Good Sweet: Desserts To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style
by David Guas

Smokestack Lightening: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country
by Lolis Eric Elie



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Swimsuit Season
This is Chef's Table's swimsuit edition. Good thing it's radio! On today's show we'll give you all the information you need to lose weight... and still have some fun. We'll talk to a former food industry insider on how we are tempted to consume more than we should. Later, we'll hear how the internet can be a major tool in weight loss and a registered dietician explains those confusing food labels. We're all encouraged to eat more fish so we'll get some tips on how to cook it at home. Our sommelier, Maureen Petrosky, offers expert advice on pairing wine with vegetarian fare. Plus, you gotta have a little chocolate in your life so make it be the good stuff. And much more...

This week's featured recipe:
Seared Mahi Mahi with Orange and Fennel, Polenta and Fried Leeks

This week's featured books:

Stuffed: An Insider's Look At Who's Really Making America Fat
by Hank Cardello

The Flat Belly Diet
by Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass

Fish Without a Doubt
by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore

The Wine Club: A Month By Month Guide To Learning About Wine with Friends
by Maureen Petrosky

Whole Grains For Busy People
by Lorna Sass

Discover Chocolate: The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Tasting And Enjoying Fine Chocolate
by Clay Gordon



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Epicurean, Gourmand, Connoisseur, Foodie
Whatever your definition is of what makes a foodie, well, we all do have to eat! On today's Chef's Table we'll talk to people who are passionate about food — including a teen who has mastered cooking sous vide. A physician takes a look at foods that can help us heal. Plus, one man's crusade to make buttermilk the beverage of choice. Dave Lieberman discovers the ten foods you should really incorporate into your diet and one woman's almost definitive guide to the 50 things every foodie should try.

This week's featured recipe:
Buttermilk Pie

Here are 5 of Pim Techamuanvivit's 50 things every foodie should do, or at least try, once in her (his) life.

  1. Go native
  2. Eat a whole roasted turbot on the Basque coast of Spain
  3. Eat a fugu
  4. Give up trying to like something you hate
  5. Try a durian

Want to try all 50 things? Download the full list »

Plus, here's Dave Lieberman's and Anahad O'Connor's 10 Things You Need to Eat

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Avocados
  3. Beets
  4. Spinach
  5. Quinoa
  6. Lentils
  7. Cabbage
  8. Super Fish
  9. Nuts
  10. Berries

This week's featured books:

Foodie Handbook: The Almost Definitive Guide To Gastronomy
by Pim Techamuanvivit

Endangered Recipes
by Lari Robling

Drinking Buttermilk: A Eulogy for an American Pastime
by Peter Rice

Lucid Food
by Louisa Shafia

Eating Animals
Johnathan Safran Foer

The 10 Things You Need to Eat
by Dave Lieberman and Anahad O'Connor



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