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Thursday 11:00 PM
SEASONED, a new radio show and podcast, explores our state’s seasonal ingredients and the passionate people who grow and cook our food. Hosted by Connecticut locals, Marysol Castro and Chef Plum, the show shines a light on farmers and food makers from every corner of the state. Inspired by the seasons, each week brings a new crop of stories to tell about food. Marysol Castro is a broadcast journalist and the host of the CTBites podcast, Hot Dish. Chef Plum is a personal chef and caterer based in Newtown, CT. He was the host of Edible Nutmeg on the Road and Restaurant Road Trip, which aired on WTNH.
Fresh ideas for leftovers, a local turkey farmer gives you a new appreciation for the bird you just ate, and we talk to chef Craig Wright about overcoming hardship and giving back to his community. Plus, an etiquette columnist answers questions about celebrating holidays in our new normal.
How do I know when the turkey is done? To stuff or not to stuff? It’s that time again! Chef Brian Kaywork, instructor at The Culinary Institute of America takes your questions about cooking turkey and all the fixins’ for Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll have holiday wine recommendations, too.
Ready to start baking holiday pies? Get pie-making tips from Kate McDermott. Kate has taught thousands of people how to make pie at her popular Pie Camps. Plus, we highlight two new local bakeries you may not have heard of yet. One delivers French cakes and pastries to your door, the other mills its own flour.
Time to start planning your holiday meals! A chef in the U.S. Navy shares lessons learned from cooking hundreds of turkeys over the years. Plus, we visit SONO 1420, a local craft distillery incorporating hemp in their spirits. And Jessica Cote of Birch Hill Tavern shares a recipe for a cozy autumn cocktail you’ll want to sip fireside.
Don’t put those grills away yet! Four-time world barbecue champion Myron Mixon answers listener questions about grilling and smoking meat. Featured recipes include Whole Grilled Barbecue Chicken, Smoked Turkey (Hello, Thanksgiving!), and Easy Backyard Brisket.
When you think of farms, you probably think of red barns and fruit trees. This week on Seasoned: A different kind of farming. We talk to two ocean farmers about growing seafood, and chat with Oyster Club’s Dan Meiser about what makes local oysters so special. Plus, Chef Plum explains how to sear scallops perfectly.
We’re exploring everyone’s favorite morning ritual with the help of a few Coffee Nerds, including René Martinez of J. René Coffee Roasters and Kaitlyn O’Keefe of Redding Roasters. We’re also sharing your shout-outs for the best coffee shops in the state and talking to a coffee historian about how coffee changed the world.
Maneet Chauhan is a James Beard Award winning chef, restaurateur, and a judge on Food Network’s Chopped. In her new cookbook, Chaat, she shares recipes from the kitchens, markets, and railways of India. Marysol Castro and Chef Plum talk to Maneet about her book and her mission to reintroduce home cooks to Indian food.
The flour is flyin’ and the oven is a hot 500 degrees! This week, tips for making pizza from scratch at home, and a conversation with pizza historian Colin Caplan about the families behind the three pizza shops that made New Haven pizza famous: Sally’s, Pepe’s, and Modern. Plus, we check in with local pizza makers around the state.
Where is your favorite local apple orchard? Who makes the best apple cider donuts? Should a tart apple like the Sierra Beauty star in your pie—or should you go for a sweet variety, like Golden Delicious? Amy Traverso, author of The Apple Lover’s Cookbook is our guest. Amy shares apple recipes, apple pie tips, and a savory apple supper.