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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

October 19, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Simple Soups for Autumn

That cool snap in the air is so welcome after a particularly hot summer.  And it may be my imagination but I think that cool air carries the aroma of cooking food in a way that puts a smile on my face.  This is the time for soup making, ideally a day-long process that puts a keen edge on your appetite.  Here are some of Jerry's ideas for simple soups.

Baking Bread

Oct 11, 2016

October 12, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Baking Bread

After spending a heat-stressed summer in Maryland I'm really in need of some restful, meditative therapy.  And as luck would have it, Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has been practicing an ancient form of therapeutic baking.

Welcome to Radio Kitchen, I'm Al Spoler.  Sometimes we Americans think we're the only people in the world who understand barbecue.  Now I'm not saying we don't get it awesomely right... but there are other places that have pretty strong traditions of their own.

And Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Schola Cooking School, you've been looking into something totally new to me.

September 27, 2016 - Cherry Tomatoes - Radio Kitchen    

All this wonderful weather has been welcome in the farm fields of Maryland.  Much to our delight, tomatoes are still coming in, and that is very good news.  While full-sized tomatoes get most of our attention, we should not forget the little guys.  As Chef Jerry Pellegrino points out, the little guys will be around a lot longer than the full sized tomatoes, which are approaching the end of their season.

Peaches

Sep 21, 2016

September 20, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Peaches

As the summer winds down we are still blessed with peaches, fresh from Maryland orchards.  This year's crop has been delicious, and I can't stop buying them.  And of course, the question is, what do I do with all these peaches.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has some good ideas.

Homemade Pasta

Sep 13, 2016

September  13, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Homemade Pasta

To say that we are living under an avalanche of fresh Maryland tomatoes is quite an understatement.  They are everywhere, and each year we see more and more varieties. 

One way of storing away this abundance is to put up tomato sauce, something we have talked about on this show before. 

And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino, of Schola Cooking School has noted, if we're going to talk about home made tomato sauce, sooner or later we're going to have to talk about home made pasta.

September 6,2016 - Radio Kitchen - What To Do With All That Produce II

Last week we gave you a useful little show chock full of ideas for using all that summer produce that is piling up around us.  And this week we'll do it some more.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School and I think people are probably a little overwhelmed with all the good things that are out there, courtesy of our great Maryland farmers.

August 30, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - What To Do With All That Produce:  Part 1

As the growing season reaches its crescendo in Maryland over the next few weeks, a lot of us will be prowling the markets with hungry eyes.

I for one will often buy now and worry later about how I'm going to use all that great Maryland produce that's out there.  So Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School and I are going to offer a two part series of shows called "What to do with all that produce".  So let's dig in.

First, the produce then the solution.

August 23, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Making Ice Cream

Although I do try to watch what I eat and then eat as healthy as I can, I find that at times during the summer I can't resist a big bowl of ice cream.  So it is with great, if slightly guilty, interest that I try to learn about making ice cream at home.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School, has been studying this.

Summer Salsas

Aug 16, 2016

August 16, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Summer Salsas

During these hot weeks of summer a lot of us pay more attention to the cooking traditions of people who know hot weather, and understand how to thrive in it.  The Latino world is wide and complex, and its influences on our cooking is indisputable.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has learned, quite a few Latino staples have become our staples.  The classic example is salsa.

August 9, 2016 - Cynthia Glover and Spain - Radio Kitchen

When we travel abroad, inevitably we come back with new ideas about what we can do in the kitchen.  So when I learned that one of my friends was traveling on El Camino de Santiago de Campostella in Spain, I had to hear what she ate that impressed her.  Cynthia Glover is a good friend of ours, and one of the most knowledgeable food and travel writers we know.  She also owns Smart Works, a marketing  communications company that caters primarily to culinary clients.       

August 2, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Market Report

It's been a wild and crazy year so far, but we are at the highpoint of the local produce season.  To get an idea of how things have been going since that unexpectedly warm March, we went to my favorite market and talked tomy farmer buddies to get a sense of how things were going.  And we bet you can guess the gist of what we heard.

July 26,2016 - Radio Kitchen - The Seven Spices of Lebanon

A couple weeks ago we talked about the delicious cuisine of Morocco, so we thought we would sail to the other end of the Mediterranean and visit Lebanon.  While we here in Maryland are awash in fresh produce, it might pay to look at a culture that venerates vegetables and knows what to do with them.

July 19, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Rachel Armistead and Summer Sauerkraut

A few weeks ago, when I was in Paris, I checked out Brasserie Lipp, the celebrated Alsatian bistro in Saint Germaine de Pres.  And of course, front and center was their famous choucroute garni... which is French for fancy sauerkraut.  As it happens, we know a lady  from here in Maryland who is a sauerkraut maven:  Rachel Armistead, from a tiny place called The Sweet Farm in Frederick has started a cottage industry making the tangy stuff.

I don't know about you, but my grill is fired up and going like blazes.  Cooking on the grill can be as easy as you want it, or it can be an opportunity for creativity.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School, who is a past master at grilling and a tremendously creative chef is planning to have a lot of fun this summer.

July 5, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Andrea Shreiner:  sushi and local ingredients

What started off as a quirky fad some thirty or so years ago has become a mainstay of how we eat here in Maryland.  Sushi, that captivating cuisine of rice, raw fish and fresh ingredients is here to stay.  We were happy to welcome back the Godmother of Baltimore sushi, her good friend Andrea Shreiner and her buddy, the Godfather of Sushi, Sushi Ed Heinz.

June 28, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - At Work in the Moroccan Kitchen

As the weather begins to heat up here in Baltimore, it might make sense to see how cooks in some other hot climates handle their chores.  One of my favorite cuisines is Moroccan cooking, and Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School, is very interested in this tasty approach to dealing with hot weather.

June 21, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Mulberries with Gwen Kokes

We are in prime time for berries here in Maryland. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, are all here or in the pipeline.  But there is one other berry that does well in Maryland that I have absolutely no cooking experience with, and that is the mulberry.  So we invited Gwen Kokes to school us on this big juicy berry.

June 14, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - French Café Food

Well I've gone and done it again.  I've dashed off to Paris, looking for a mighty fine time, and I found it.  Vickie and I just spent a week there and a lot of time was spent, very pleasantly, in the cafés of Paris.  Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School agrees, there are few more evocative locales than a French café.

May 31, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Cooking With Local Beer

As everybody knows Radio Kitchen is all about local ingredients, which is why it's about time we paid attention to one local product that is getting a lot of love.  And that would be our fine local beers. 

From Heavy Seas to Brewers Art to Stillwater to Union brewing Co. there are a lot of very good beer makers practicing their craft in and around town.

And as Chef Jerry Pelllegrino of Schola Cooking School points out, there are so many varieties of beer out there that a cook can have a field day working with them.

Here are a handful of ideas that have been brewing in Jerry's head.

Spring Lamb

May 24, 2016

May 24, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Lamb

Tradition is an obliging master; pay homage to tradition, and it will reward you with familiar pleasures.  The tradition of Spring Lamb is well-rooted here in Maryland, and with good reason.  By the month of May, the new crop of lamb is available, and ready for the table.  And Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Schola Cooking School, I'm sure that you would agree with me that the grill is a great place to go with lamb.

May 17,2016 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Pickling and Canning

One of the slight frustrations of springtime is that it doesn't go on forever.  So many of our favorite vegetables come and go so quickly that we wish there were a way to, well, preserve the moment.  But Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has got some techniques that allow us to do just that.

Herbs

May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Herbs

Along with asparagus and strawberries, herbs are among the first things to arrive in the market here in Maryland.  A lot of famers are getting a head start on their herbs by starting them under cover in hoop houses, so they are available now, ready to use, or to grow.  And Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Schola Cooking School, this is a delightful way to add accents to your cooking.

May 3, 2015 - Radio Kitchen -  Farmers Market Brunch

With spring firmly established here in Maryland, we're all eager to resume our trips to the market and check out the local produce.  To give your visits an extra sense of immediacy, we'd like to propose a challenge for you:   go shopping, come home and fix a delicious brunch for your family.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has plenty of ideas.

Every spring we feel an obligation to talk about one of the first vegetables to his the market here in Maryland, and that would be asparagus.  And every time we do this show, I worry if we're going to run out of ideas.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has pointed out, it's looks like that's  not going to happen any time soon.

April 19,2016 - Radio Kitchen - Under Pressure                    

The best cooking short cuts are the ones that not only save us time, but improve the flavor of our food.  One such handy technique is one that may be a little under-utilized; and that would be pressure cooking. Although he hates to confess to it,  Chef Jerry Pellegrino came to pressure cooking only recently.  And it has blown his mind.

Leeks

Apr 12, 2016

The first weeks of spring are prime time for the onion family.  Green onions, spring onions, ramps and garlic are all coming in right now.  And so is an oft-overlooked member of the onion family, the leek.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino  of Schola Cooking School will confirm, this is actually a very good ingredient to work with.

Flat Breads

Apr 5, 2016

April 5, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Flat Breads

Baking bread is one of the most enjoyable pastimes that the kitchen offers.  But it's also one of the more intimidating.  All that yeast, a punching down, and fretting about the humidity.  What if there were a kind of bread that side-stepped those issues?  Would you be tempted then?  Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School, has something right up your alley.

March 29, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - The Market Awakens - Market Report

Welcome to Radio Kitchen, I'm Al Spoler.  April, with all its promise of warmth, is just days away, and with April comes the awakening of the local markets around the state. And Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Schola Cooking School, this is the moment we're all waiting for.

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