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: 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 #3: 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 #4: Brain Food: Strategies and Recipes for Optimum Brain Health
A neuroscientist who is also a nutritionist, Dr. Lisa Mosconi, shares fascinating research along with strategies and recipes for eating for optimum brain health. Studies are beginning to show that it IS possible to improve memory and prevent cognitive decline—at any age—and it starts with what you eat.
Apr 26 2018
Rank #5: Slow Cooker Apple Butter, Plus Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes (Rebroadcast)
What little things can you do to make the grocery store checkout line move faster? Faith has some tips. And, it’s apple season! Make a super simple apple butter in the slow cooker. Plus, in this favorite from the archive, cookbook author Charlotte Druckman shares recipes for your cast-iron skillet.
Oct 23 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: Remix: Giada De Laurentiis + We Go Corn Crazy
This week: a blended show. Food Network superstar and bestselling cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis speaks from the heart in our first two segments for a show we recorded on location in Madison, CT. Giada shares recipes for Cacio e Pepe, Grilled Scallops with Prosciutto, and Grilled Chicken Involtini. Then, Faith and her food buddies round out the show by going corn crazy. What are you making with fresh corn right now that’s a little out of the ordinary? Share it with us!
Aug 01 2018
Rank #8: 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 #9: How to Grill Like the French, Bargain Red in a Box & Tamales (Rebroadcast)
Grill like the French. In this favorite from the archives, Faith and the gang talk to the author of the eye-popping, mouthwatering cookbook, French Grill. Recipes include Salmon with Tarragon Butter, Grilled Potato Salad, and a decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake (it’s grilled, too, of course!). Plus, thanks to Alex Province, we taste an affordable boxed red wine from France and eat authentic handmade tamales from Tucson, Arizona—they ship! You'll also find out where you can recycle your wine corks in Connecticut.
Jul 17 2019
Rank #10: Nigella Lawson, Plus Faith’s Bourbon-Glazed Peaches
Faith talks to the original domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson about her new book, At My Table. Get Nigella’s recipe for Emergency Brownies! Ring summer in with Faith’s Bourbon-Glazed Peaches and an easy summer watermelon cocktail. Alex Province encourages you to snip aromatic herbs and grab the most bulbous wine glass you own for his Spanish Gin and Tonic. Plus, the gang sips two value wines that go with everything on the grill. One is a fruity rosé, the other a Malbec we’re brazenly putting on ice.
Jun 20 2018
Rank #11: 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 #12: Lidia’s American Dream: Special Fall Fundraising Remix
Lidia Bastianich’s excellent memoir, My American Dream, is out in paperback. Listen back to Faith’s intimate conversation with Lidia, support Connecticut Public Radio with your pledge, and we’ll send you Lidia’s memoir as our thanks. Get ready to be inspired!
Oct 11 2019
Rank #13: Recipes & Ideas for a Hygge Life
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 new book, 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?
Mar 01 2018
Rank #14: Local Hot Spots + Recipes that Celebrate New England (Rebroadcast)
The gang shares more restaurant hot spots (shout-outs to Old Wethersfield Country Store, Taste of China, ON20, Heirloom, Pierre's, Forbidden City Bistro, and more!) And Alex Province introduces Saumur, a lovely French white wine under $20. Fresh, with the right amount of acidity, it somehow worked with short ribs. Plus, Boston-based chef Matt Jennings joins the party to talk about his new cookbook celebrating New England, Homegrown. Get Matt’s recipes for Milk-Braised Chicken with Spiced Rice, Short Ribs with Moxie Beans, and a phenomenal Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate-Orange Glaze.
Jan 23 2019
Rank #15: Brain Food: Strategies and Recipes for Optimum Brain Health (Rebroadcast)
This week, we’re revisiting Faith’s conversation with neuroscientist and nutritionist, Dr. Lisa Mosconi. Dr. Mosconi shares fascinating research along with strategies and recipes for eating for optimum brain health. Studies are beginning to show that it IS possible to improve memory and prevent cognitive decline—at any age—and it starts with what you eat.
Dec 12 2018
Rank #16: 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 #17: Best Burgers in CT & Beyond
What makes burgers so irresistible? Faith and the gang muse over the perfect burger, from the nuances in beef, to the ratio of toppings, to the types of buns. Burger love abounds. We’ll share your regional recommendations and talk to Josh Welch, a cattle farmer who also co-owns Graze Burgers, a farm-to-bun burger restaurant in Westerly, Rhode Island. Faith asks the executive chef of 1000 North (one of Michael Jordan’s restaurants) exactly what’s in the best burger she’s ever had, and we’ll share the new vintage of a red wine that pairs as well with burgers as French fries.
Mar 14 2019
Rank #18: Party with us on The Elm City Party Bike! (Rebroadcast)
All aboard! Colin Caplan takes Faith and The Food Schmooze® gang on a cocktail crawl through the streets of New Haven on The Elm City Party Bike. In this favorite from the archive, revelers (and peddlers) stop at Olea and BAR for appetizers, cocktails, pizza, and mico-brewed beer. It was the MOST fun! We toast our ride with an under-$20 sparkler that’s as delicious as Prosecco. After the ride, we head back in the studio to talk root vegetables and fall roasts.
Oct 30 2019
Rank #19: Summer Berries in Easy Desserts, Salads & More (Rebroadcast)
Fresh berries make fantastic easy desserts, drinks, and entrees. Add berries to pan sauces and salads, use them with store-bought dough and frozen puff pastry dough to make quick mouthwatering desserts. Chef, blogger, and the author of Pure Delicious, Heather Christo, joins the party from Seattle to share her sweet and savory ways with blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Think: interesting salads, flavor-packed salsas, and a gorgeous lemon blueberry coffee cake. Plus, Alex Province pours a $20 sparkling rosé. It's a bottle of pure joy.
Aug 07 2019
Rank #20: Healthy Pasta (Special Fundraising Show)
Sexy, skinny, smart. You immediately think pasta, right? You will after this special edition of the show. Lidia Bastianich's children, Joe Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali, join the party for a discussion of their book, Healthy Pasta.
Feb 09 2018