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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.
So many delicious things start with cooking an onion. This week, we celebrate the most essential ingredient in the kitchen. Kate Winslow, author of the book Onions Etcetera, shares recipes and onion wisdom. Plus, Sefra Alexandra–The Seed Huntress–describes her quest to revive the Southport Globe Onion, and historian Ramin Ganeshram peels back the layers of onion history in Westport, Conn.
The next couple of months will be tough for restaurants. Local chefs, Chris Prosperi among others, tell us how the pandemic has impacted their restaurants—and what they need right now. We also talk to the state’s Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the head of the Connecticut Restaurant Association.
Julia Bainbridge, author of Good Drinks, shares recipes for thoughtful nonalcoholic cocktails you’ll want to make whether you’re doing “Dry January” or not. Plus, local juice maker Josephine Joiner (aka Juicy J.) and John Walker, head brewer at Athletic Brewing Co., the state’s only alcohol-free craft beer brewery.
We’re revisiting an episode that originally aired as we were inching ever closer to the holidays. It occurred to us that while many of you are enjoying some time off, you may be using some of that time to bake. This episode is loaded with tips bakers can use any time.
The holidays feel different this year. We’re exploring the ways our holiday food traditions keep us emotionally connected, even when we have to be socially distanced. We share recipes for a swoon-worthy salmon and a sweet coquito. Plus, Dr. Laurie Santos of The Happiness Lab podcast helps us see the joy in a pared-down holiday.
Ina Garten talks with us about her new cookbook, Modern Comfort Food, and shares recipes for Ultimate Beef Stew, Tuscan Turkey Roulade, and Chocolate-Dipped Brown Sugar Shortbread. Think: Milano cookies, but better!
Holidays are a time of joy and gifts . . .and leftovers. This week: YouTube star and cookbook author Sam the Cooking Guy transforms brisket, roast chicken, mashed potatoes, and more into leftovers you actually want to eat. We talk to Sam about his unconventional path to culinary stardom and his new book, Sam the Cooking Guy: Recipes with Intentional Leftovers.
The flour is flyin’ and the oven is a hot 500 degrees! This week, we’re rebroadcasting our 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.
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.