Jerry Pellegrino

Host, Radio Kitchen

Executive Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Corks restaurant is fascinated by food and wine, and the way they work in harmony on the palate.  His understanding of the two goes all the way to the molecular level, drawing on his advanced education in molecular biology.  His cuisine is simple and surprising, pairing unexpected ingredients together to work with Corks' extensive wine offerings.

His restaurant is set in a quaint 1849 rowhouse in Baltimore's Historic Federal Hill and he has transformed it into what Baltimore Magazine called "a miniature utopia for wine lovers".  But wine is just half of the equation. Corks is a restaurant where diners can be swept up in Chef Pellegrino's passion for food and wine and discover the distinctiveness of ingredients and the way they work together.

Chef Pellegrino is a member of the local board for the American Institute of Wine and Food, Vice Chancellor Culinare of the Baltimore Bailliage of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and often featured in cooking segments on local television.  Under his guidance, Corks has been named one of Baltimore's top 65 restaurants every year since opening in 1997 and has been given "The Wine Spectator" award of excellence.

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Radio Kitchen #1308
9:43 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Stuffings

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.

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Radio Kitchen #1307
5:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Puerto Rico Recipes

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.

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Radio Kitchen #1306
9:07 am
Tue November 4, 2014

A Chicken on Every Stove Top

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:

   

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Radio Kitchen #1305
11:19 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Cabbage

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.

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Radio Kitchen #1304
9:53 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Pumpkins: Part 2

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.

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Radio Kitchen #1303
9:24 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Pumpkins: Part 1

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.

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Radio Kitchen #1302
1:27 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Homemade Tomato Soup

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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Radio Kitchen #1301
9:31 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Smart Eating in the Autumn

September 30, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Smart Eating in the Autumn

This is the most bountiful time of the year for local food lovers.  There is an unbelievable assortment of produce out there, and we have a perfect chance to try a lot of new things.  It's hard to go wrong at the market, but  you can make some choices that will set you up for the upcoming holiday season.

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Radio Kitchen #1252
5:30 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Apples for Pie

September 23, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Apples for Pie

September is Apple Month in Maryland, and we have more selections in the market than ever before.  What I love is seeing new varieties come into the market, and I have a little tradition I do every few years involving new breeds of apples...I test them to see which makes the best pie!

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Radio Kitchen #1251
7:18 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Market Report

September 16, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Market Report

Apples are the September specialty crop.

Right about now we are seeing a very detectable transition from summer to autumn, especially in the markets.  On the one hand there is amazing abundance, but on the other some items are going out of season for the year, so you may have to move fast for some of your favorite things.

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