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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

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!

January 5, 2016 - Radio Kitchen - Vegetable Stews

During the coldest days of the year we all start to crave a big steaming kettle of stew.  Ordinarily I would think of a beef stew as being my go-to dinner idea, but with a little thought you can actually come up with vegetable-based stews that are equally satisfying.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School points out, the trick is finding ingredients that can fill and satisfy.

December 29, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Winter Desserts
 

We're in the middle of the holidays and I'm willing to bet that more than a few of us are bending our diets a bit.  This time of year, it's tough to pass up those wonderful desserts that folks make for us.  So if you feel like indulging a little bit (because you can work it off later) Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has a few ideas.  And it all centers on making a pie.

December 22, 2015 - Radio Kitchen -  Kerry Dunnington:  Holiday Appetizers

With Christmas breathing down our necks, quite a few of us are undoubtedly sweating out the final details of a holiday party.  Coming up with just the right appetizers can be tough, so we invited our good friend Kerry Dunnington on the show to help us out.  Kerry is the author of "This Book Cooks" and is a staunch locavore.

With the holiday season approaching, we have to give a thought or two the question of little gifts we can take to a party with us.  And since Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has been doing quite a bit of work lately with his classes at Schola on baking bread, I thought I'd get some advice from him.

December 8, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Brussels Sprouts

When it comes to green vegetables, and I eat a lot of them, I have a list of my big 4.  Broccoli, green beans, asparagus and Brussels sprouts are on my vegetable Mt. Rushmore, but I needed to ask Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School how I could broaden my technique.  So he gave me a few new ideas.

December 1, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Apple Desserts Other Than Pies

 If you've been shopping at our local markets lately, you might have noticed that we still have a lot of apples coming in.  This is great, and because our local farmers know how to keep the apples fresh, you'll still have them for some time to come.  But as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has said, there's lot  more you can do with apples beyond apple pie.

November 24, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Thanksgiving Sides: Part Two

Just a couple more days until the biggest meal of the year and I imagine more than a few folks are sweating it out:  what am I going to put on the table next to the turkey?  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School observes, there are a lot of great options still available at this late hour.

November 17, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Thanksgiving Sides

 I'm sure that home cooks all over Maryland are diligently poring over cookbooks looking for some fresh ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Early  autumn is a great time to go shopping for fresh local produce, and Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Scola Cooking School, I think we ought to give you a few ideas to work with.

While searching the web, I came across a video by one of my favorite TV chefs, Alton Brown.  He gave us a quick lesson in constructing a good casserole, and we jotted it down.

Okra

Nov 10, 2015

November 10, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Okra

A few weeks ago I was having dinner at the Ambassador Dining Room, Baltimore's premier Indian restaurant.  Our meal started out with two vegetable appetizers, including a fabulous squash dish that featured okra.  It was wonderful, and it made me wonder, why doesn't everybody love okra?

November 3, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Liberty Delight Farm

As I prowl up and down the aisles of my favorite markets, I start to cook up ideas for the week's coming dinners.  In this season of squash and beets and cabbage, I keep turning to pork as my protein of choice.  One of my all-time favorite meat guys paid a visit to Radio Kitchen:  Shane Hughes of Liberty Delight Farms.

With Halloween coming up, it's a good and responsible idea to see if you can't tempt your kids with some nice home-made treats that may be a little more healthy than some of the store-bought sweets they crave.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has come up with a list of ideas for treats that will delight your kids.

October 20, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Autumn Spices for Autumn Food

I would say that Autumn is in full swing right now, and this is a great time to be planning your meals based on what you find at the market.  Part of the fun of shopping is having plans for all the food you bring home, and part of planning a dish is knowing how to properly season it.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School says, there seems to be an entire family of spices that seem custom made for the fall.  Here is a list of these marvelous spices and the foods and other spices they work well with.   Many of these spices are not in themselves sweet, but they work very well with sugars.

An Autumn Menu

Oct 13, 2015

October 13, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - An Autumn Menu

As anyone who has visited a farmers market these last few weeks can see, it's Cornucopia Time.  I've been strolling through the farm stands, taking notes, filling my shopping bag, and going home to look up ideas in my library of cookbooks.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School points out, it's child's play to come up with a nice menu for dinner these days.

October 6, 2015 - Radio Kitchen -Tomato Canning and Sauce Making

As Radio Kitchen begins its 14th year, we are pleased to announce that we are going to keep on doin' what we've been doin', and that is talking about the rich bounty of Maryland farms... and how to use it.  So let's start by giving our listeners some tips on how to capture the goodness of all those gorgeous tomatoes out there.

DIY Pickles

Sep 29, 2015

September 29, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - DIY Pickles

Summer officially ended last week, and although our local farms are going to be in production for quite some time, it's not too soon to start thinking about what to do with all of that produce.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School, as I was strolling around the market last weekend, I noticed a guy who was selling pickles.  It got me thinking.

Apples

Sep 22, 2015

September 22, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Apples

There used to be a sweet little tradition in these parts:  if you wanted to get in good with your school teacher, your gave her an apple every day.  Nice idea, but if the poor teacher comes to work every day and finds a plain old Red Delicious apple on here desk, she might get a little cranky.  As Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School has observed, the enterprising elementary school kid can do a lot better than that these days.  Here are some locally produced apples that have caught Jerry's eye.

September 15, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - This Book Cooks

We have a strong heritage of cooking here in Chesapeake Bay country, and I like nothing more than seeing a new cook book come along that brings all of our traditions and all of our locally grown food into one volume.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School knows, that's exactly what our guest today has done.

Buy for Thai

Sep 8, 2015

September 8, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Buy for Thai

One of the best aspects of the Maryland market basket is that it can support not only our indigenous cuisine, it can support cooking traditions from around the world.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School knows, peppers do amazingly well here in Maryland, and that suggests something:  Thai cooking.

Melons

Sep 1, 2015

September 1, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Melons

It's hard to imagine a Maryland summer without melons.  This state, especially the Eastern Shore, is perfect for growing them.  We're all used to the wonderful cantaloupes and watermelons, but there are a whole lot more available now that you may not have tried.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School can testify the folks out there are in for a tasty treat.

August 25, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Al's Market Report

If you love local produce, this is the Happy Season.  You'll never see greater abundance as you'll see now, and every year our Maryland farmers are working hard to bring exciting new food to the market.  Here's an idea of what's out there that will give you a fun day at the market.

August 18, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Onions in All Their Variety

Of all the varieties of produce that are grown in Maryland, one of them happens to be ubiquitous world-wide.  And that's the onion.  I've tried and tried, but I can't think of any cuisine anywhere that doesn't rely on this most savory of vegetables.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School agrees, there seems to be a special onion for every conceivable use.

Timpano

Aug 11, 2015

August 11, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Timpano

In 1996, a movie came out that captured my imagination.  "The Big Night" told the story of two young Italian brothers who wanted to make their little New York restaurant a temple to classic Italian cooking.  To promote their cuisine, they plan for a special dinner featuring a special dish:  the timpano.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School can bear witness that yours truly figured out how to tackle this wonderful dish.

Corn Season

Aug 4, 2015

August 4, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Corn Season

In case you haven't noticed, we'd better point out that Maryland sweet corn is in the market in a very big way.  Keeping in mind that whatever kind of weather we get during a summer, it's always good for at least some kind of crop... this has been a great year for corn.  It just doesn't get any better than this for corn lovers. Here are some of Jerry's thoughts on corn, plus recipes for flavored butters that will add to your pleasure.

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