Rank #1: Ina Garten Helps You Cook Like a Pro at Home
New York Times bestselling author and host of Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, returns to The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® to dish about her latest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro. Nobody throws a dinner party like Ina, so along with recipes you know will work, Ina shares all the tips and tricks she’s learned over the years from masters in the food world for feeding and entertaining friends and family. You don’t have to be a chef to create dishes that impress. Cook with confidence! Ina’s got your back. Plus, we share news about local foodie events and sip a $20 Prosecco you’ll want on your holiday table.
Oct 30 2018
Rank #2: Recipes & Ideas for Weeknight Dinners on the Fly
Here’s the scenario: It’s a busy weeknight—you can’t stop at the market on your way home. What are you making for dinner? This week, we’re musing about our favorite weeknight meals pulled together from what’s in the fridge, cabinets, and pantry. Are you well-stocked with rice, beans, canned tomatoes, and spices? Do you have a great tomato sauce you can turn into three different meals? If not, we’ve got a recipe for you! Cookbook author Pam Anderson joins the party with her updated classic, How to Cook Without a Book. Plus, we’re sharing Domaine La Font de Notre Dame, a beautiful $20 red wine from the Rhône region of France. And Faith discovers that One-Ingredient Ice Cream recipe online.
Mar 21 2019
Rank #3: Faith Middleton Food Schmooze Finale + Grilling Expert Jamie Purviance
Faith starts the show with a special announcement and reminisces about favorite past shows and guests. Then, Faith and the gang get grilling tips and techniques from grill master Jamie Purviance. Jamie’s latest book is Weber’s Ultimate Grilling. For newbie grillers, we’ll start with some basics, and work our way up. Think: weeknight steak and chicken recipes, plus a grilled banana split for dessert. Grill tips galore!
Nov 21 2019
Rank #4: Comfort Food + Recipes & Ideas for a Hygge Life (Rebroadcast)
Let’s get cozy! We talk to chef Gunnar Karl Gíslasen and Jody Eddy about how to incorporate the Danish practice of Hygge into our everyday lives. They share recipes and ideas from their cookbook, The Hygge Life, and we share our own most-hygge comfort meals. Think: Sunday red sauce, a cheesy béchamel, Linda Giuca’s Pastina, shepherd’s pie, and a good ol’ fashioned grilled cheese. Plus, we’re bringing Soave back. It’s a crisp Italian white wine we love. You will, too. On Facebook, we’re asking professional and home bartenders: What do you drink at home?
Jan 09 2019
Rank #5: The Instant Pot Bible: Recipes & Strategies for Every Model
You asked for it, and we’ve got it for you: a Food Schmooze® hour dedicated to the Instant Pot sensation. Why have home cooks put their slow cookers aside and jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon? (Even Faith has one now!). Bruce Weinstein, co-author of the blockbuster cookbook, The Instant Pot Bible, explains why Instant Pots have staying power and shares recipes for every size and model of Instant Pot. If you have an Instant Pot, do not miss the chance to get a copy of The Instant Pot Bible and support The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® at the same time. For a gift of $6 a month or a one-time gift of $72 to Connecticut Public Radio, we will send you The Instant Pot Bible. With 350 recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts, you’ll never be at a loss for what to cook in your Instant Pot again. You may even be inspired to get an Instant Pot, if you’re not one of the five million people worldwide who already have one.
Apr 18 2019
Rank #6: Smashed Cheeseburgers, Three Fantastic Wines & More
Alex Province makes smashed cheeseburgers at home for a crowd with a clever hack, and Faith and the gang taste three phenomenal wines (all available in our region!) from the portfolio of Rosenthal Wine Merchants. Plus, neuroscientist Rachel Herz shares findings from her fascinating book, Why You Eat What You Eat. We’re also sharing our thoughts on “massaged kale” and revealing the brand of Basmati rice Cooks Illustrated magazine declares best. This week’s shout-outs: Story and Soil Coffee and Capital Ice Cream. If you haven’t been to the Frog Hollow neighborhood in Hartford to check them out yet, fix that.
Sep 12 2018
Rank #7: Creative Ways with Veggies + The BLT Bloody Mary
Spiral-veggie master Ali Maffucci shares vegetable-centric recipes that go waaay beyond the spiralizer. We’re talking quiche with sliced sweet potato crust, breakfast pizza, and Philly Cheesesteaks in Bell Pepper Cups. Plus, Faith and the gang brainstorm ideas for a gazpacho-like BLT Bloody Mary and sip Stark-Conde's plummy Cabernet from South Africa.
Sep 05 2018
Rank #8: Jacques Pépin is Back! Roast Chicken, Chocolate Treats & More (Rebroadcast)
We're revisiting a favorite from the archive this week: Food Schmooze® favorite Jacques Pepin returns—this time with granddaughter, Shorey, to share recipes from his new cookbook, A Grandfather’s Lessons. Garlicky roast chicken, sausage and potatoes en papillote (so easy!), and homemade chocolate candies. Plus, Mark Raymond shares a rich $10 red wine made with Carmenere grapes. Faith knows exactly what she wants to pair with it: a creamy mushroom sauce on pasta.
Oct 24 2018
Rank #9: How To Cook Italian, The Authentic Way (Rebroadcast)
Italian importer Rolando Beramendi shares recipes from his new cookbook, Autentico, for a simple fennel salad, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Cake and a luscious deconstructed pizza, minus the crust. You’ll want to dig in! Connecticut lawyer Carlo Forzani tells us about his dream to start a vineyard on his family property in Piemonte, Italy, and Alex Province brings us the flavors of the southwest. It’s a fun-packed hour for food lovers.
Sep 26 2018
Rank #10: Riffs on Corned Beef and Cabbage, Plus Melissa Clark [Rebroadcast]
New York Times columnist and food writer extraordinaire Melissa Clark joins the party to share recipes from her new cookbook Dinner: Changing the Game, and Chris Prosperi shares a recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage with a twist. The gang brainstorms additional spins on that St. Patrick’s Day classic and dreams up tasty fillings for baked potatoes. Alex Province introduces us to an organic Burgundy from Rully, and we taste a lactose-free hard cheese from Lithuania. It’s called Dziugas and it’s imported by a Connecticut company.
Aired: March 9, 2017
CONTRIBUTORS AND GUESTS:
• Chris Prosperi — chef/owner, Métro Bis in Simsbury, Conn.
• Alex Province — wine expert
• Mark Raymond — wine expert
• Melissa Clark — author of Dinner: Changing the Game
• “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Justin Timberlake
• “Irish Celebration,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
• “Beans and Cornbread,” Louis Jordan and The Tympany Five
• “Best Friend,” Queen
• “She Sets the City on Fire,” Gavin DeGraw
• “Everybody Eats When They Come to My House,” Cab Calloway
Mar 15 2018
Rank #11: Local Brews from Half Full, Top Food Trucks, David Tanis & More
Faith and the gang muse over the Top 100 food trucks in the country and share info about Stephen Fries's culinary walking tour in New Haven. We sip local beers from Half Full Brewery, and cookbook author David Tanis shares simple recipes for flank steak, stuffed peppers, and perfectly steamed asparagus.
Apr 12 2018
Rank #12: Perfect Mashed Potatoes + Recipes & Ideas for Leftovers (Rebroadcast)
Faith and the gang have ideas for reinventing Thanksgiving leftovers in this favorite from the archive, and Chris Prosperi explains step-by-step how to make perfect mashed potatoes. Plus, food writer and cookbook author Julia Turshen shares recipes—including roast turkey breasts and sheet-pan stuffing—from her book Now & Again.
Nov 13 2019
Rank #13: The Food Schmooze® Celebrates Earth Day 2018
It’s a Food Schmooze® Earth Day celebration! We team up with White Flower Farm to bring you the latest tomatoes to grow, including a savory tomato called “Purple Reign,” a plant called “Raspberry Shortcake” you can grow in a container, and ideas for your window sill herb garden. Want to deter insects and pests the natural way? White Flower Farm nursery manager, Barbara Pierson is on hand with pro tips for keeping everything from deer to mosquitos at bay. Plus, Chris Prosperi shares a recipe for Cucumber-Nasturtium Tea Sandwiches. Bring on the spring bridal and baby showers!
Apr 19 2018
Rank #14: How to Cook Italian, The Authentic Way
Italian importer Rolando Beramendi shares recipes from his new book, Autentico, for Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Cake and a luscious deconstructed pizza, minus the crust. You’ll want to dig in! Connecticut lawyer Carlo Forzani tells us about his dream to start a vineyard on his family property in Piemonte, Italy, and Alex Province brings us the flavors of the southwest. It’s a fun-packed hour for food lovers.
Jun 06 2018
Rank #15: Waste Less Food in 2019: Cooking with Scraps
This week Faith discovers the joy that is a red wine and smoked salmon pairing. It shouldn’t work, but it does. Plus Lindsay-Jean Hard, the author of the excellent cookbook, Cooking with Scraps explains how home cooks can turn peels, cores, rinds, stems, and more into delicious meals. Lindsay-Jean inspires the gang to share their best tips for putting food scraps to good use. Don’t throw those broccoli stems away! Faith also talks to Patrick Byrne, Director of Development at Family Life Education in Hartford. Patrick introduces The Louise Earle Loomis Children’s Wellness Center. The center aims to combat obesity, particularly among minority populations, in the greater Hartford area. Let’s cheer our neighbors on!
Jan 03 2019
Rank #16: Riff on a Corn Carbonara Recipe, Plus Cocktails Across America
This week, Mark Raymond shares his spin on a Spaghetti with Fresh Corn Carbonara recipe (it pairs with a fantastic $10 chardonnay we tested or any dry rosé). Faith and the gang also talk to the author of The OCD Workbook for Kids, a child psychologist who explains the difference between typical picky eating and what could be more complex issues around food and behavior. Plus, Anne Peck-Davis, the author of Cocktails Across America—a book about all-American cocktail culture represented in postcards of the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s—joins the party. If you’re a fan of old postcards or of the classic Sazerac, this show is for you. It's vintage cocktail culture plus a whole lot of fun.
Aug 29 2018
Rank #17: Summer Recipes: Bloody Mary, Citrus Shrimp, Lemon Meringue Pie & Peach Crisp (Rebroadcast)
This week, we invent a Shrimp Cocktail Bloody Mary with two local mixes, sip on a rose and a white wine from France, and share family recipes from Add a Pinch blogger Robyn Stone’s cookbook. Think: Southern classics lightened up—summery Citrus Shrimp, Lemon Meringue Pie with Mile-High Meringue, and a divine Georgia Peach Crisp. Plus, the gang gives shout-outs to locals making good food (and handy kitchen gadgets). We tell you where to eat in Mystic (ah, the views right now!), and Faith describes the best baba ganoush on the East Coast.
Jul 10 2019
Rank #18: The Bad Food Bible, Plus Lemon Drizzle Cake
Our guest, Dr. Aaron Carroll, is a professor at Indiana University’s School of Medicine and contributes to the New York Times at the Upshot blog. He’s a doctor who studies studies and determines the gold-standard studies. What’s the real deal with diet soda, red meat, coffee, and alcohol? The author of The Bad Food Bible shares his mind-blowing findings and puts us all at ease about some of our food choices by weighing the joy experienced vs. the actual risk to our health. Plus, a Star Home Cook shares her recipe for Lemon Drizzle Cake, and Sarah Nuland recommends a favorite NYC restaurant and shares exciting news about the Sherwin B. Nuland Foundation for Palliative Care.
May 15 2019
Rank #19: Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis Shares Recipes & More
Food Network superstar and bestselling cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis speaks from the heart in this fun show recorded on location in Madison, CT. Giada shares recipes for Cacio e Pepe, Grilled Scallops with Prosciutto, and Grilled Chicken Involtini. Plus, Faith shares information about the food and wine trip she's leading this fall through the undiscovered South—Puglia—home to some of Italy’s best food, wine, architecture, art and views.
May 17 2018
Rank #20: Inventive Grilled Cheese Recipes, Cheese Flights + Vacation Pics
You haven’t seen grilled cheese recipes like these before. The sandwiches in Eric Greenspan’s The Great Grilled Cheese Book will blow your mind. Recipes include the Elvis Grilled Cheese, a Mole Melt and more. Plus, we’ll talk to the co-owner of King Andrew Cheese, where they specialize in offering cheese flights. Faith details her experience touring the carriage/cheese cave and eating founders Reeve Andrew and Jessie King’s delicious cheeses from around the world. For our white wine drinkers: Have you tried Vermentino? If you like Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, Calasole is a crisp white wine you’ll want to try. Find out where you can get the best burer in New York. What’s happening on Facebook? Vacation photos! Share your vacation or stay-cation pics with the Food Schmooze® community.
Aug 22 2018