Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 3:55 pm
Canadians have given us so much, from the BlackBerry, a kind of phone your parents' older friends used to use, to Leslie Hope, the lady who played Kiefer Sutherland's wife in Season 1 of 24. But perhaps towering above all is poutine, which translated from the Quebecois is "stuff poured onto french fries." Usually it's some variation of cheese, meat and gravy, but I was told that in Portland, Ore. (naturally), at a food truck (naturally), you can get peanut butter and jelly on fries. So I went, naturally.
Some refrigerators can let you know when the door is open, or if the milk is past its sell-by date. They make ice at night during less expensive, off-peak energy hours. There are dishwashers that can contact a repairman.
It probably won't be long before you can become Facebook friends with your microwave.
The first microwave oven — the Radarange — weighed 750 pounds and was bought by a Cleveland restaurant in 1947 for $3,000. Later home models had a pull-out box for recipe cards. Paper recipe cards. So quaint.
In the latest installment of NPR's Cook Your Cupboard, New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman sheds a little light on saffron — a spice that has been stumping Lennet Radke in Wisconsin. Radke, who received a little jar in a contest, says she's never really used it. The stuff isn't cheap. And that knowledge alone can stifle experimentation.
The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That's because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer. It's good news for berry lovers, but the bounty might wreck some blueberry growers.
In Richland, Wash., Genoa Blankenship pops open the lid on a box of blueberries. Her three young children struggle to stop wiggling. Blankenship loves the idea of healthy snacks that are easy to take along to soccer practice.
Actually, this was created by Gill's friend Jane, but it comes to us via Gill, so we're putting her name on it. It's a salad that uses up the kinds of things you find in the refrigerator during the summer.
4 large handfuls of baby spinach leaves, washed 8 oz Halloumi cheese, cut into 4 pieces 2 fat cloves of garlic, crushed 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for tossing and drizzling 24 spears of fresh asparagus, trimmed 5 oz chorizo, thinly slice 1/4 cup balsamic syrup salt and freshly ground black pepper
Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 3:04 pm
Fortunately for those of us who are suckers for novelty, every year fruits and vegetables seem to come in more bewitching colors, shapes and flavors. Lately, we've been tickled by the cotton candy grape and the vibrant orange Turkish eggplant.
Coming up next time on the Splendid Table, we take a look at our relationship with hunting this week with Chef Jesse Griffiths author of Afield, A Chef's Guidee to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and fish. Southern chef Bill Smith of Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill joins us for our next installment of The Key 3, the Stern's are at The Polish Villa in Buffalo, NY and we take a look at an unusual find in the wine world, orange wine. That's this week on the Splendid Table, Saturday afternoon at 2pm on 90.5 FM!
Nex time on the Splendid Table, William Sitwell, author of a History of Food in 100 Recipes joins us, we look at the Indian tradition of chutneys with chef Vikas Khanna and check in with film director Wayne Wang about his latest project, a documentary on the life of legendary Chinese restaurateur Cecilia Chiang. That's coming up on the Splendid Table, Saturday afternoon at 2pm, right here on WCBE.
On the next edition of the Splendid Table, novelist Jay McInerney joins with his newest wine book. The Juice, Vinous Veritas, Tracie McMillan author of The American Way of Eating has gone undercover in the American food industry and we look at the vegetarian traditionsin Morocco with Jeff Koehler author of Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes from the Spice- Scented Marketes of Marrakech to the Date-Filled Oasis of Zagora. Listen for the Splendid Table, each Saturday afternoon at 2pm, on 90.5 FM!
Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 7:44 pm
You might think a great benefit of living in Maine is unlimited access to fresh, cheap lobster. Most Mainers, however, probably eat less lobster in a year than tourists here consume in a week. Lobster bakes and boiling lobsters in those tall, speckled pots are grudgingly reserved for when company comes.
When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn't take long for accusations to start flying. A flurry of initial finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Fort Collins, Colo., which housed the same strain of wheat, developed by Monsanto Corp., for about seven years up until late 2011.
In the early to mid-1900s, the islands of Hawaii were a far-away, exotic destination. People who managed to get there often kept mementos of that journey including kitschy menus from Hawaiian fine dining restaurants and hotels like like Trader Vic's and Prince Kuhio's.
Now these old menus are serving a purpose beyond colorful relics from the past. Kyle Van Houtan, an ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says he's found a scientific purpose for the menus.
Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 1:48 pm
Can't we just leave our fruit alone?
Last year, apple farmers were soaking their fruit in grape flavor to make them more attractive to kids. Now, plant breeders in California have created a grape that tastes like — well, spun sugar and air.
That's right, Salties. Say hello to the Cotton Candy grape.
Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 2:44 pm
There are, for eaters of sandwiches, pilgrimages that must be made. In fact, the pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower were on a pilgrimage to try the first day-after-Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich. After that, the next most important pilgrimage may be to the Beacon Drive-In Restaurant in Spartanburg, S.C.
So many people miss out on broccoli rabe because they don't know what to do with it. Pure transformation happens when you grill any vegetable with an edge of bitterness to it, but broccoli rabe (a.k.a. rab, rappini, and others) can really take on a new life on the grill.
Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:55 pm
It started happening about 15 years ago. I'd be paging through a new cookbook or browsing through recipes online, and I'd suddenly stop. "Mmm, buttermilk biscuits. Doesn't that sound good?" I'd bookmark the site or dog-ear the page. The next week I'd see a recipe for waffles — buttermilk waffles, as it happened. What a splendid idea. Out came the yellow stickies.