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Archived Shows
September 2010


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Midnight Snacking
Picture this...it's after midnight, you can't sleep and the refrigerator is calling. Or, like many chefs, you've just finished a long shift at work and deserve some down time before hitting the hay. Chef Coleman asks his colleagues just that - what do you enjoy eating in those wee hours of the morning-- what's your favorite midnight snack? Some folks might surprise you! We'll also talk with Corrine Trang about Asian noodle recipes -- good for any time of the day. Plus, the history of one of our favorite snacks, the potato chip. Later, artisan cheese from Vermont, and cuisine from the land of the midnight sun. And, a nutritionist weighs in on the midnight snack habit and you'll be surprised to hear what she has to say.

Credit: "Midnight snacking...Nigella Lawson style..." photo by flickr user myDefinition

This week's featured recipe:
Strawberry Ice Cream

This week's featured books:

Noodles Every Day: Delicious Recipes From Ramen to Rice Sticks
by Corrine Trang

Six Hundred and Sixty Curries
by Raghavan Iyer

Crunch: the History of the Great American Potato Chip
by Dick Birhans

The Widow Clicquot
by Tilar Mazzeo

The Foie Gras Wars
Mark Caro

Atlas of American Artisan Cheese
by Jeff Roberts

All Heart Family Cookbook
by Suzanne Banfield and Kathy Kastan

Kitchen of Light
by Andreas Viestad



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Raiders of the Pantry
On today's show we're raiding the pantry! We'll learn everything from the pantry's history to organizing and stocking your own larder. And we'll examine the foods that we eat when we are by ourselves. News from the almond groves. Plus how to stock a heart-healthy pantry, tips to make healthy grains a habit, and much more.

This week's featured recipe:
Gingered Jalapeno Orange Cranberry Relish

This week's featured books:

The Pantry: Its History and Modern Uses
by Catherine Seiberling Pond

A Twist of the Wrist
by Nancy Silverton

The Ultimate Cookbook: 900 Recipes Thousands of Ideas
by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough

Gentlemen, Start Your Ovens
by Tucker Shaw

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant
by Jenni Ferrari Adler

Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart: Lifestyle Guide
by Bonnie Sanders Polin

Whole Grains Every Day Every Way
by Lorna Sass



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It's back to school and time to start thinking about those school lunches! Chef Todd Gray of Equinox restaurant in DC stops by to talk about his work with First Lady Michelle Obama's Chef's Move to Schools initiative. While many of us puzzle over what to put in those lunch boxes, we talk to someone about packing for a trip to Mars! We'll also meet up with an unusual crab from Grenada and, later, a taste of Lebanese cuisine. Also, Mary Ann Esposito on healthy cooking at home, and we meet the wild creator of Bonny Doon wine.

Lari continues her conversation
with Randall Grahm:


Related links:
More on Randall Grahm and his book, Been Doon So Long
More information on the Greensgrow Farm Local Initiative for Food Education

This week's featured recipe:
Chicken Cobb Salad Wraps

This week's featured books:

Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites: Quick and Delicious Recipes from an Italian Kitchen by Mary Ann Esposito

Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology by Randall Grahm

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

The Spice Necklace by Ann Vanderhoof

Classic Lebanese Cuisine: 170 Fresh and Healthy Mediterranean Favorites by Kamal Al-Faqih


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America Eats
So, you're on a picnic this weekend. Take a look at the table. We have so many different influences on our cuisine. On today's show we'll take a look at what America eats. Josh Ozersky, our Mr. Cutlets, says there's one food that is categorically American -- the hamburger. And if it is grass fed and raised on the prairie, then even more so! Discover an unpublished WPA project with Pat Willard as she traces the meals and foodways of this writers project. Examining the history of alcohol left us with a question -- what about the music of prohibition?! Elisabeth Perez-Luna talks -- and takes a listen -- with Dr. Guthrie Ramsey. Plus much more.

This week's featured recipe:
Southwestern Turkey Burger

This week's featured books:

The Hamburger by Josh Ozersky, read more Josh Ozersky at: nymag.com/daily/food/

America Eats

America Eats: On the Road with the WPA by Pat Willard

America Eats America Eats

Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home by Lise Funderburg

The Prairie Table Cookbook by Bill Kurtis

Prairie Girl's Guide to Life by Jennifer Worick

Drink: A Cultural History of the Alcohol by Iain Gately

A Short History of the American Stomach by Fred Kaufman


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