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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

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.

July 28, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Stuffed Peppers Rioja Style

It always happens:  I go on a trip and I try a wonderful dish and I want to recreate it at home.  In this case I was in Spain, in a lovely restaurant in Salamanca where they served us a dish of red peppers stuffed with shredded beef, smothered in a tangy pepper and tomato sauce.  The menu translated the name of the dish as Stuffed Peppers Rioja Style.

July 21, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Maryland Peaches
    
I'm not quite sure why it is, but I don't think Maryland gets enough credit for its peaches.  This is high season for this wonderfully sweet and versatile fruit.  My favorite farmers, like Dave Hocheimer of Black Rock Orchards, are bringing their peaches to the market by the ton.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School can attest, there's a lot to like when it comes to peaches.

July 14, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Churrasco and Chesapeake Chimichuri

One of the things that I like most about Maryland-grown food is the number of different culinary traditions it supports.  Inspired by a recent trip to Puerto Rico, I went shopping for the ingredients for a well-known Latino specialty, Churrasco.  And Chef Jerry Pellegrino was the beneficiary of my cooking.

Blueberries

Jul 7, 2015

July 7, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Blueberries

One of my favorite fruits is showing up in the market these days.  Those wonderful little blueberries are here, and that puts a smile on my face. A lot of Maryland farms have pick-your-own programs that translate into a wonderful family day in the country.  And one of the first things we come to realize is that there is an enormous number of varieties.  Whichever you discover, the opportunities for delightful summer dishes are the same.

Here's some recipes Jerry came up with.

June 30, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - All those Potatoes

Strolling around the Farmers Market the other day, I was taken by the surprising variety of potatoes available.  It seems there is some sort of heirloom action going on in Spudsville, and that's really good news.  There's nothing like jazzing up and old standby.  Here are some of the potatoes you're going to find.

Cucumbers

Jun 23, 2015

June 23, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Cucumbers  

One food that we are finding in abundance these days is one of the most modest:  the cucumber.  The flavor of a cucumber is so mild that it could stand duty as a metaphor for a quiet, unobtrusive demeanor.  But as is so often the case, the simple little ingredients of life serve as an essential backdrop for the more
flashy components of a dish.  Here are a few ideas that will make use of our Maryland cucumbers.

June 16, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Grilling for Father's Day

One of the most enduring images of American suburban life (Al's background, as it happens) is the Dad of the Family holding court grillside in the backyard.  And for many of us,  there is something near perfect about a fiery grill, a set of tongs, a big hunk of meat and a gaggle of hungry people. So this Father's Day, we thought we'd toss out few ideas for the grill.

June 9, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Strawberry and Rhubarb

This is high season for one of the odder couples in the food universe:  strawberries and rhubarb.  OK, we get the strawberries, but rhubarb is a different matter.  But according to Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen, in many ways this is a marriage made in heaven.

June 2, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Dressings for Spring Salads with Liz Nuttle

These days, if you can't go out and find the makings for a summer salad, you may not have a pulse.  This is high season for delicious locally grown produce to show up in the markets.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen would admit, the fixings are only half of the salad.  We need the dressing too.

So we asked Liz Nuttle, owner of EN Olivier, to swing by with some salad dressing advice.  EN Olivier is one of our favorite stores, with lots of great super premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and other gourmet items.    

 May 26,2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Mushrooms

During the first few weeks of spring, fresh Maryland produce seems to spring up like, well, mushrooms.  In fact this is a great time of the year to go shopping for your favorite fungi.  And we know that cooks all over town are pretty excited about these new arrivals.  What we are finding now are the portobello, criminis, white button, shiitake, and the queen of them all, the woodsy morel.

May 19, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Fish from the Bay

Shopping this time of year for fresh Maryland produce is a pleasure.  Spring brings us broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and tons of herbs and greens. A lot of us are thinking light, and finding a suitable protein for the plate couldn't be easier.  So while we are composing brilliant variations on the theme of spring vegetables, we can dip into the Bay for suitable partners.

Berry Tarts

May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Berry Tarts  

For fruit lovers, spring, in all its fullness, is a fabulous time to go shopping.  One of the real treats of the season are the berries that are quietly rolling into the market.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen attests, there are lots of ways to enjoy fresh berries, and one of the best is to feature them in tarts or pies.    

May 5, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Big City Farms

As supporters of the "buy local movement" have gotten to know the local farmers who grow their food, a curious phenomenon has emerged.  Not all farmers work on farms.  At least classic farms, as we think of them.  One operation that Chef Jerry Pellegrino has know for many years is a great example of "urban farming."

Baby Beets

Apr 28, 2015

April 28, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Baby Beets  

Maryland farmers are turning out some of their best produce at this time of year, when the emphasis seems to be on young and tender.  It's when we see a lot of the "baby" versions of our food, and one of the more interesting is the baby beet.

Spring Onions

Apr 21, 2015

April 21, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Onions

While prowling through the market last weekend, I noticed that there were a lot of wonderful vegetables available that play important supporting roles in our meals.  In fact, the whole family of spring onions offers enterprising cooks a lot to work with.

April 14, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - What to Plant This Year

April brings us the bad news of tax season, and the good news of the return of gardens and farm fields.  Our friends, the Maryland farmers, have spent the winter poring over their seed catalogs, planning on how to best please their customers this year.  And of course, it's not too late for amateurs like us to do the same, and that's exactly what Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen has been doing.

Spring Peas

Apr 6, 2015

April 7, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Peas

Last week we talked about one of the Rites of Spring:  the enjoyment of Spring lamb.  Today we'd like to cover another harbinger of the season, and that would be Spring peas,  the very embodiment of this most tender of seasons.

Spring Lamb

Mar 30, 2015

March 31, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Lamb

Around the world, the arrival of Spring is celebrated in many different ways, but there is a surprising constant in many cultures:  and that would be the enjoyment of Spring Lamb.    But the truth is, around here, these lambs really aren't born in the Spring, and in fact, a true Spring Lamb can be hard to find this early in the year.  

March 24, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Working With Spinach  

I think a lot of us are eagerly awaiting those first warm days of Spring, and the return of the Farmers Markets.  One of the first items to make an appearance every year is spinach.  And that's really good news to cooks all over the place.

DIY Vinegar

Mar 17, 2015

March 17, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - DIY Vinegar

As a wine lover who has a nice cellar, I'm always dreading the time when I open an old bottle and it has, as they say, "turned" to vinegar.  Fortunately, that's a very rare occurrence.   But there are times when we will deliberately try to make our own vinegar.

March 10, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Sweet Potatoes and Yams

As we come out of the winter months, there are still a few things left in the market that were grown last year.  Preeminent among these hardy vegetables would be sweet potatoes.  And notice I said sweet potatoes, and not yams.

March 3, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Winter Soups and Stews With Root Vegetables

In the depths of winter we look to the kitchen as a source of warmth and comfort.  And few things warm us up better than a hearty stew.  And since we have so many good root vegetables available to us, it's easy to concoct a delicious winter stew.

February 24, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Vegetable Curries

Starting late last autumn, I began buying pumpkins and squash, cutting them up into bite-sized chunks and freezing them.  And Chef Jerry Pelligrino of Waterfront Kitchen, one culinary tradition in particular knows exactly what to do with pumpkin and squash... and that would be, make a curry.

February 17, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Cooking With Pickled Vegetables  

Late last autumn we encouraged you to buy up freshly harvested vegetables and preserve them for later use.  Well, winter is here and we ought to tell the people how to cook all those pickled veggies.  So let's look beyond pickled cucumbers and embrace everything from green beans, beets, carrots, cauliflower, radishes to hot little peppers.

February 10, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Even’ Star Farms
                    
When it comes to visiting Maryland farms, one of the biggest surprises I've ever had was seeing the winter fields of Even' Star Farm down in St. Mary's County several years ago.  Even in the middle of winter Even' Star looked like Ireland, it was so green.  And that's why we have invited the owner Brett Grohsgal to talk with.

February 3, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Sally Fallon "Nourishing Broth"
                
Last autumn I had the pleasure of meeting one of Maryland's most successful cookbook authors, Sally Fallon.  We got to talking about her latest project, a cookbook called "Nourishing Broth," and it seemed like a natural topic for our show.  We've talked about the importance of good broths and stocks for cooking, so it was  nice to have an expert on hand.
    

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