Radio Kitchen

Tuesdays 8:45 am
  • Hosted by Hosted by: Al Spoler and Chef Jerry Pellegrino

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 Waterfront Kitchen offer up-to-date advice on the best in local ingredients, cooking techniques, recipe ideas and gadgets for the kitchen.

Cauliflower

Mar 14, 2016

March 15, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Cauliflower

Late winter is something of a challenging time in the kitchen.   The inspiration and renewal of spring is just days away, and by now many of us have done all we can with root vegetables.  One thing that I've seen around in the market these days is cauliflower, that shy, retiring wall-flower of all vegetables, whose simplicity may be its greatest virtue.

One of my favorite cuisines in the world is Indian cooking.  And here in Maryland we are twice fortunate:  not only does our region produce a full market basket of appropriate ingredients, but there are a lot of ethnic Indian folks around who know a thing or two about curry. 

I have a confession to make, and I'm probably not alone.  It took me well into my life as an adult to learn to like certain vegetables.  I'm talking Brussels sprouts, beets, parsnips and turnips.  I'm sorry, but a lot of us have food aversions we need to get over.  Which is why Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School and I asked our good friend Liz Nuttle of EN Olivier on the show to help us get over the hump.

February 23, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Make Your Own Cheese

Over the course of time I've seen a lot of things in the kitchen.  But few things are as remarkable as the process that transforms plain ordinary milk into cheese.  It's nothing less than alchemy, and Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Schola Cooking School, is working on techniques for doing it yourself at home.    

 February 16, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Beef Wellington  

When I was doing a history tour in Spain last year, we speculated about the origin of that famous dish Beef Wellington.  It seems the  Duke of Wellington became so famous for beating Napoleon that it was inevitable that someone would name a dish after him.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School points out, Beef Wellington is an old-school classic that isn't out of place on a frigid winter evening.  He used to have great success making individual Beef Wellington's for his restaurant.

February 9, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Homemade Pizza
    

One of the frustrations of winter storms is this:  you shovel, shovel, shovel, all day long, and you've more than earned a pizza.  But how are you going to get it?  The roads are miserable and everything's closed. What's a hungry guy supposed to do?  Well Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has been working on Do-It-Yourself pizza.  Courtesy of Jerry and his Schola partner Amy von Lange, here is
a primer for making a first rate pizza at home.

Pot Pies

Feb 2, 2016

February 2, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Pot Pies  

If ever there were a season for comfort food, this is it.  Give me something hot and hearty, homey and familiar, and I'll be a happy boy. And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School can attest, very few dishes answer better in the bleak mind-winter than a pot pie.

January 26, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Shopping Guide for Mid-Winter Sales

Six weeks ago most of us were scurrying around trying to find last minute presents for the holidays.  And now as we wind up January, we are on the cusp of all those wonderful mid-winter sales.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School, you and I think alike on this:  if you were dying to get some upgrades to your kitchen gear, and you didn't get lucky, now is the time to plan for some productive shopping.

Thai Cooking

Jan 19, 2016

January 19, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Thai Cooking

One of the best things about being a hungry American is that we tend to keep a very open mind when it comes to sourcing our recipes.  In many respects, the whole world's our oyster, and we can explore far and wide for ideas on how to feed our families.  In this vein,  Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School, has started focusing on one of the more exotic cuisines in the world: Thai.

January 12, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Cooking with Winter Greens

Last week we talked about making vegetable-based winter stews that could tempt and satisfy the most demanding palate.  This week we want to continue the theme and talk about how to use one of the few local ingredients still in production, and that would be winter greens.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has learned, something amazing happens when these hardy vegetables get exposed to some really cold weather.  They get sweeter and more flavorful!

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