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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 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

May 27, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Greens and Vinaigrettes: Part One

One of the mainstays of the spring marketplace are salad greens.  These crisp, refreshing components of endless salad variations are among the first local items to arrive every year.  And when we start talking about building salads we should also talk about salad dressings, and in particular vinaigrette.

Primavera

May 19, 2014

May 20, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Primavera

I think in some ways this spring of 2014 is all the more welcome because of the severity of our winter.  For the last few weeks we've been enjoying wonderful weather, warm breezes and the miracle of our gardens coming back to life.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen has observed, this long-awaited season of renewal ought to be celebrated somehow.  

May 13, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - The Herbs of Spring

Since the farmers' markets reopened this spring, one of the easiest things to find has been fresh herbs.  Now, herbs are great because they can be grown under cover, and a little bit of space can yield a lot of product. There are a lot of herbs out there to work with, but we don't always have an idea about what to do with them.

We also don't always have an idea how to preserve them for later use.

Spring Soups

May 5, 2014

April 6, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Soups

Well, we've been to the market and we've seen what's available, and now it's time to come up with some ideas of what to do with all this Springtime food. And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen has observed, there are few better uses than a Springtime soup for all this great produce. Here are a few ideas we've collected:

April 29, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - PICKLING, SALTING, AND BRINING

One of the frustrations of seasonal eating is that we can't always eat as much as we can buy; so the problem is, how can we save it to enjoy it later?  Salting and brining are two ancient techniques of preserving food, but sometimes the flavor changes are so significant that we might do it for the sake of the taste.  Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Waterfront Kitchen has thought a lot about this.

April 22, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - SPRING SALADS AND DRESSINGS

Spring is all about freshness, and the greens and salad fixings we are now seeing in the market are the epitome of that concept.  Salad making is to food what jazz is to music... it's all about inspiration, improvisation and going with the flow.  And so we thought it would be fun to hear a chef riff on this theme, and we invited Chef Ontaria Kirby of Clementine on the show.

Micro-greens

Apr 14, 2014

April 15, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - MICRO-GREENS

When we dine out these days, there's something happening on the plate at good restaurants everywhere that might be easy to miss.  More and more chefs, and home cooks for that matter, are using something called "micro-greens" as ingredients and garnish. Easily mistaken for alfalfa sprouts, micro-greens are created during the infancy of an edible plant.  They usually have a wispy little stem and several small but flavor-packed leaves.  They are very easy to grow, requiring minimal space, and they come in a wide variety.

  April 8, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Potatoes

I'm unusually skeptical about the weather this year, and I wish I could feel more confident that spring truly has arrived.  In many ways this is like the beginning of a new year for us, with all of the springtime produce now in the pipeline.  And one thing I can't get off my mind are those lovely little tender white potatoes that we get this time of year.

April 2, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Welcome, Spring

All right, the calendar page has turned.  It is officially April and it is well past the turn of the seasons, so let's have us some Spring!  The era of root vegetables, God bless 'em, is behind us, and the era of Primavera is at hand.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen knows, cuisines all over the world know how to celebrate the coming of Spring.

 March 25, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Creatures of the Deep   

Last week we talked about dishes from Spain that I hoped I would encounter when I go there next October.  This week we're going to cover some of the favorite foods of its neighbor, Portugal.  If you go online and peruse any Porutguese restaurant menu, you will find numerous references to octopus and squid.  And those of you who are veterans of spring break in Florida will remember another creature of the deep: conch.

Here is Jerry's favorite recipe for octopus, plus two other great recipes.

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