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.

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.

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