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Radio Kitchen

Tuesdays 8:45 am
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Every Tuesday morning at 8:45 WYPR listeners are treated to a tasty serving of culinary advice on "Radio Kitchen".

Hosts Al Spoler and Chef Jerry Pellegrino of the Schola Cooking School, offer up-to-date advice on the best in local ingredients, cooking techniques, recipe ideas and gadgets for the kitchen.

Archive Prior to 2014

Baby Beets

Apr 28, 2015

April 28, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Baby Beets  

Maryland farmers are turning out some of their best produce at this time of year, when the emphasis seems to be on young and tender.  It's when we see a lot of the "baby" versions of our food, and one of the more interesting is the baby beet.

Spring Onions

Apr 21, 2015

April 21, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Onions

While prowling through the market last weekend, I noticed that there were a lot of wonderful vegetables available that play important supporting roles in our meals.  In fact, the whole family of spring onions offers enterprising cooks a lot to work with.

April 14, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - What to Plant This Year

April brings us the bad news of tax season, and the good news of the return of gardens and farm fields.  Our friends, the Maryland farmers, have spent the winter poring over their seed catalogs, planning on how to best please their customers this year.  And of course, it's not too late for amateurs like us to do the same, and that's exactly what Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen has been doing.

Spring Peas

Apr 6, 2015

April 7, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Peas

Last week we talked about one of the Rites of Spring:  the enjoyment of Spring lamb.  Today we'd like to cover another harbinger of the season, and that would be Spring peas,  the very embodiment of this most tender of seasons.

Spring Lamb

Mar 30, 2015

March 31, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Lamb

Around the world, the arrival of Spring is celebrated in many different ways, but there is a surprising constant in many cultures:  and that would be the enjoyment of Spring Lamb.    But the truth is, around here, these lambs really aren't born in the Spring, and in fact, a true Spring Lamb can be hard to find this early in the year.  

March 24, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Working With Spinach  

I think a lot of us are eagerly awaiting those first warm days of Spring, and the return of the Farmers Markets.  One of the first items to make an appearance every year is spinach.  And that's really good news to cooks all over the place.

DIY Vinegar

Mar 17, 2015

March 17, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - DIY Vinegar

As a wine lover who has a nice cellar, I'm always dreading the time when I open an old bottle and it has, as they say, "turned" to vinegar.  Fortunately, that's a very rare occurrence.   But there are times when we will deliberately try to make our own vinegar.

March 10, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Sweet Potatoes and Yams

As we come out of the winter months, there are still a few things left in the market that were grown last year.  Preeminent among these hardy vegetables would be sweet potatoes.  And notice I said sweet potatoes, and not yams.

March 3, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Winter Soups and Stews With Root Vegetables

In the depths of winter we look to the kitchen as a source of warmth and comfort.  And few things warm us up better than a hearty stew.  And since we have so many good root vegetables available to us, it's easy to concoct a delicious winter stew.

February 24, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Vegetable Curries

Starting late last autumn, I began buying pumpkins and squash, cutting them up into bite-sized chunks and freezing them.  And Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Waterfront Kitchen, one culinary tradition in particular knows exactly what to do with pumpkin and squash... and that would be, make a curry.

February 17, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Cooking With Pickled Vegetables  

Late last autumn we encouraged you to buy up freshly harvested vegetables and preserve them for later use.  Well, winter is here and we ought to tell the people how to cook all those pickled veggies.  So let's look beyond pickled cucumbers and embrace everything from green beans, beets, carrots, cauliflower, radishes to hot little peppers.

February 10, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Even’ Star Farms
                    
When it comes to visiting Maryland farms, one of the biggest surprises I've ever had was seeing the winter fields of Even' Star Farm down in St. Mary's County several years ago.  Even in the middle of winter Even' Star looked like Ireland, it was so green.  And that's why we have invited the owner Brett Grohsgal to talk with.

February 3, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Sally Fallon "Nourishing Broth"
                
Last autumn I had the pleasure of meeting one of Maryland's most successful cookbook authors, Sally Fallon.  We got to talking about her latest project, a cookbook called "Nourishing Broth," and it seemed like a natural topic for our show.  We've talked about the importance of good broths and stocks for cooking, so it was  nice to have an expert on hand.
    

January 27, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Winter Soups and Stews With Root Vegetables

In the depths of winter we look to the kitchen as a source of warmth and comfort.  And few things warm us up better than a hearty stew.  And since we have so many good root vegetables available to us, it's easy to concoct a delicious winter stew.

Zeke's Coffee

Jan 20, 2015

January 20, 2015 - Radio Kitchen -  Zeke's Coffee

One of Baltimore's biggest success stories has been the wonderful rise to fame of Thomas Rhodes, better known as the founder of Zeke's Coffee.   Thomas is selling Zeke's coffee all over town and has work lined up with local brewers, ice cream makers and restaurants.

Maryland Honey

Jan 12, 2015

January 13, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Maryland Honey

The keeping of bees is an ancient form of agriculture that benefits mankind more than we realize.  Of course we all think of the products of honey and bees wax, but we owe the bees a huge debt of gratitude for pollinating our flowers, our trees and many of our crops.   So we thought it would be fun to have a bee and honey expert join us, Kara Brook and her line of Waxing Kara honeys.

January 6, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Seasonal Eating
    
I think by now we can say that the eat local movement is here to stay and that a lot of us take that to heart.  As we formulate our new year's resolutions, we might want to give a thought to that corollary to local eating, season local eating. We invited one of Baltimore's biggest advocates of seasonal eating, Kerry Dunnington,  to be on our show.  And Kerry has just published a brand new cook book that is a marvelous guide to navigating the Maryland seasons. It's called "Tasting the Season" and it is available on Amazon.com.  Here are a few winter recipes to consider:

December 30, 2014 - Radio Kitchen -  New Year Traditions

In a matter of hours we'll be turning over a new page in our calendars, as we greet the New Year.  January 1st is a momentous day and many people love to observe it with their own New Year's Day Traditions.  Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen is really down with a lot of these traditions that help us start a new year.

Here are a few ideas Jerry has pulled from his archives.

Holiday Drinks

Dec 23, 2014

December 23, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Holiday Drinks

As we get ready to make merry during the holiday season, we here in Maryland are fortunate that a number of people in our agricultural community make it their business to keep us well supplied with seasonal drinks.  Which is why we invited Susan Rayner from Boordy Vineyards to talk to us about some of the lovely things you can do with our own Maryland wines.

December 16, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Christmas Tree Farms       

There are lots of things that Maryland farmers grow during the year, and with one exception, it's all edible.  But come December there is another crop that our farmers offer that may not find a place at your table, but it may be the center of your holiday home.  We're talking about Christmas trees and other holiday decorations that come from our friends down on the farm.

Local Gifts

Dec 9, 2014

December 9, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Local Gifts

As we head into the year's biggest shopping season, a lot of us would like to continue our "buy local" habits.  Fortunately for us, Liz Nuttle of EN Olivier fine oils and vinegars ( 1407 Clarkview Road, 410-823-6457)  has become something of a local food scout.  And we're pleased to say that Liz won a Best of Baltimore award for having the best place to do some quality gourmet shopping.

December 2, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Gift Cook Books

With the holiday season officially underway, we thought we would give our more diligent listeners a few ideas for early shopping.  It should come as no surprise that we here at Radio Kitchen are exposed to quite a few cookbooks, and  to be honest, we think they make great gifts.  Here are some ideas:

November 25, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Thanksgiving  Desserts

Welcome to Radio Kitchen, I'm Al Spoler.  We have the best dinner of the year just a couple days away now, and while many of us have been thinking turkey and trimmings, you'd best think about desserts too, because the folks are expecting them.   And Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Waterfront Kitchen, there's still time to whip up something from scratch that will dazzle and amaze your guests.

November 18, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Thanksgiving Stuffings

With Thanksgiving a week and a half away, it's time to start thinking about some of the elements of the meal.  This is one of the few times during the year that we will most likely serve our principal protein, usually turkey, with stuffing. A lot of people have traditional recipes they follow year after year, but some folks are adventurous.

November 11, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Puerto Rico Recipes

I just got back from a lovely week in Puerto Rico and as always, I kept my eyes open for some interesting new ideas.  It wasn't hard to find a lot of fascinating dishes, including the legendary mufungo.   I tried a few things that will take advantage of the last of our local peppers and onions that are available in the markets.

November 4, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - A Chicken on Every Stove Top

As we wander through the aisles of our produce sections or our farmers markets this time of year, we're left to wonder what we can do with a dwindling amount of fresh produce.  Well we think the answer is to go chicken.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen discovered when his oven went on the fritz that there are a lot of stove top recipes that are perfect for this time of year.  Here are three recipes he developed:

   

Cabbage

Oct 28, 2014

October 28, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Cabbage

As the fertile fields of Maryland start to wind down the 2014 growing season, there are still a few hardy vegetables that are still being harvested.  One of the more interesting is also one of the most humble, and that would be the cabbage.  And thanks to our gallant local farmers, we have a lot of varieties of cabbage to work with.

October 21, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Pumpkins II

Last week we took a look at pumpkins, particularly which varieties are good for cooking. This week we want to bring you up to speed on some of the delicious recipes you can create.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen has pointed out, this is a far more versatile vegetable than most people realize.

October 14, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Pumpkins I

Boy there's a lot of pumpkins out there.  This time of year, everywhere you go, you see big old orange pumpkins laying all over the place.  Now I'm sure that some of these are going to be made into Jack O' Lanterns, but that only accounts for a small percentage. Here's a little guidance on the question of buying pumpkins for cooking.

October 7, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Homemade Tomato Soup

It's been a great year for tomatoes, and I have personally enjoyed some of the best I've ever tasted.  Between tomato sandwiches and assorted salads, I've polished off a lot.  But there's one thing I didn't try... and as I asked around, no one else has either.  How many people do you know who have tried to make home-made tomato soup?

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