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March 2010


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Restaurateur Lidia Bastianich(left) and wine maker Carol Shelton(right).

Women in the culinary world
It's women's history month and on today's show we'll talk to many women who have made accomplishments in the culinary world. We'll visit with restaurateur Lidia Bastianich about changes in Italian cuisine and Carol Shelton reveals what it took to become a female wine maker. We'll also talk to a woman who invented a meatless version of that pork product, scrapple. Later, Dr. Fredrick Douglass Opie on the contributions of African American women. Plus Giuliano Hazan on quick pasta dishes, saving money at the grocery store and news about women's heart health.

This week's featured recipe:
Radish & Greens Soup


Caption: Sara Cain, creator of Vrapple, handing out free samples of Vrapple.

To learn more about Vrapple visit their website: vrapple.com

Check out our fun pics from this year's Scrapplefest.

Want more Scrapple fun, check out Ed Cunningham's piece from Ed Cunningham's Philadelphia.

This week's featured books:

Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy
by Lidia Bastianich

The Classic Italian Cookbook
by Marcella Hazan

Thirty Minute Pasta
by Giuliano Hazan

Starting With Ingredients
by Aliza Green

Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America
by Frederick Douglas Opie

The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half
by Stephanie Nelson

WomenHeart's All Heart Family Cookbook
by Kathy Kastan and Suzanne Banf



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St. Patrick's Show
Slainte! That's Gaelic for cheers... and, yep, it's time to get ready for St. Patrick's Day. We find out about a cut of lamb that is making its way from simple Irish stew to fine dining. Plus think you don't have enough land to grow potatoes? Think again... all you really need is a trash can. Also, how to make authentic Irish breads; we dish up some Irish history; and later get ready to fire up for grilling season. Plus much more...

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoosvanrobin/ / CC BY-SA 2.0

This week's featured recipe:
Lamb Stew

Chef owner Joe McAtee of Honey Restaurant in Doylestown, PA lamb collar with grits. Find out more about Honey Restaurant »

This week's featured books:

The Country Cooking of Ireland
by Coleman Andrew

Starting with Ingredients: Baking: Quintessential Recipes for the Way We Really Bake
by Aliza Green

Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition
by Barbara Lynch

Grow Great Grub
by Gayla Trail

Dad's Awesome Grilling Book
by Bob Sloan



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Spring has sprung
I've lived in many places and, I have to say, no matter where I am, spring is always the best time to be there. And, two holidays that welcome this season are Passover and Easter. We'll discover delicious ways to enjoy spring greens and learn about Easter traditions in Sicily. Arthur Schwartz gives us his opinion on brisket and we'll visit with a New Orleans chef who gives the Seder a Roman Jewish twist. Steve Poses weighs in on homey favorites, plus the unusual history of Milton Hershey and his chocolate town. All that and much more!

This week's featured recipe:
Comfort Brisket

This week's featured books:

Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's extraordinary life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams
by Michael D'Antonio

The Seasons of Sicily
by Natalia Ravida

At Home, A Caterer's Guide to Cooking and Entertaining
by Steve Poses

Cooking With Love
by Ruth Milstein

The Southern Italian Table: Authentic Tastes from Traditional Kitchens
by Arthur Schwartz



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What it takes
to be top chef

Thinking of a career change? If restaurant work comes to mind, we'll talk to Chef Eric Ripert, about what it takes to be at the top of the profession. We'll also visit with a husband and wife who work together on a bagel truck. Terrance Sullivan from Sierra Nevada reveals his career path to craft brewer and Nora Shultz discusses how she began her line of Naturally Nora Baking Mixes. And, the pastry chef of Jean George in New York talks about his mentors. Later, a writer discovers food is more than physical sustenance by creating a blog. And much more!

This week's featured recipes:
Everyone's Favorite Spicy Egg & Potato Salad
Marinated Shrimp and Artichoke Salad

This week's featured books:

On the Line
by Eric Ripert

A Return To Cooking
by Eric Ripert and Michael Ruhlman

Dessert Fourplay
by Johnny Iuzzini

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
by Molly Wizenberg


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