Food Schmooze®

On this final edition of my daily show, now in its 36th year on WNPR, I start a new chapter as full-time host and executive producer of the expanded Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® Party. Who doesn't need a little more party?

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Guittard Chocolate Cookbook gives us a piece of heaven with its recipe for chocolate mousse pie featuring a chocolate cookie crust. We think it's a winner for Thanksgiving or anytime. Please check out our 2015 Best Ever Thanksgiving Recipe Kit… and hot tips to help you beat Thanksgiving stress—honestly, they really will…

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Thanksgiving is on the way and our Food Schmooze® Recipe Kit is ready, including Barbara Kafka's Incredible Melting Potatoes… Chris Prosperi's Easy Make-Ahead Turkey and Gravy… Ina Garten's Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes stuffed with glorious things… and mouth-watering Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Pears, Shallots, and Prosciutto, so easy a child could make them! Plus a bargain red wine, a steal at $16, and it goes with everything on your Thanksgiving table… and a delicious Pear-Basil Sour cocktail to ease you into the big day…

Potato Chips!

Oct 20, 2015
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If you like the fun, flavor, the passion of good food and conversation, party with us on this bonus edition of The Food Schmooze®. It is a call-in on that crispy, heaven-sent wafer, the potato chip.

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These sensational pancakes are to-die-for… crispy edges, golden brown, and light as air... and the genius part is that you whip them up in a blender. We like them for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner. They're that good. Even our pancake-hater said these are delicious. This recipe and others appear in the new book Citrus, featuring lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, and clementines.

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Thai basil chicken… joyful chocolate almond bars… no-bake cake… sweet potato and ground turkey shepherd's pie… it's all in the new book The Science of Skinny Cookbook, produced by the scientist Dee McCaffrey, who eliminated synthetic chemicals from her diet and went from obese to slender. Now she offers the recipes that have made her plan a success…

Dinner Solved!

Oct 6, 2015
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Food Schmooze® party guest Katie Workman, author of Dinner Solved!, tells us how to make quick lemony parmesan artichoke dip… prosciutto-wrapped shrimp with smoked paprika… mustard-maple glazed pork loin… spanish lemon-garlic pork chops… chicken in orange-honey soy sauce… and caesar roasted salmon… 

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Thai basil chicken… joyful chocolate almond bars… no-bake cake… sweet potato and ground turkey shepherd's pie… it's all in the new book The Science of Skinny Cookbook, produced by the scientist Dee McCaffrey, who eliminated synthetic chemicals from her diet and went from obese to slender. Now she offers the recipes that have made her plan a success…

Tom Hopkins

His new book is just out, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen… his salmon tostadas are the fastest appetizer around… and don't miss his baked potatoes escargot—stuffed with snails, scallops or shrimp, and a drizzle of buttery garlic sauce…

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Jacques Pépin's apple galette using store-bought pizza dough… the cinnamon toast cocktail from Anthony DeSerio… oven-roasted cranberry compote from Fine Cooking… Ina's parsnip and pear gratin… the easy, dry-brined turkey with extra-crispy skin… and, don't throw away that turkey carcass -- it's really tasty...

We dive into hot topics about wine tasting behavior and the prediction that restaurants will stop using humans up front in favor of full automation… it's close to ready — the new modernist Mohegan Sun “molecular gastronomy” bar and restaurant, Sticks and Stones… the best cheap chef’s knife… an aged rum old fashioned named “Peg Leg” by Anthony DeSerio… how to create a meal using restaurant leftovers by Alex Province… and the new hit, HooDoo Brown Barbeque in Ridgefield, Conn.

Alex Province

Dive into this insanely good and easy recipe for shrimp-stuffed swordfish rolls sprinkled with crisp, lemony breadcrumbs… Our experiment: can we make wine taste better at home by mixing two bottles together? Yes we can!… Linda Giuca gives us ideas for energizing back to work and school snacks…

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It's a thrilling chilled cocktail, the New York Sour, all velvety in the mouth… try a fast and dreamy pasta of fresh tomatoes, garlic, parmesan, and chopped fresh arugula… don't give away the zucchini until you try our recipe for it stuffed with shrimp, feta, and fennel… or grill it using Alex Province's recipe for zucchini slathered with mayo to make it brown and gorgeous…

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Our healthy frozen piña colada is a terrific taste treat thanks to contributor Anthony DeSerio… dirty steak from contributor Alex Province is a "how-to" on cooking steak right on top of the lump charcoal… enjoy our pesto chicken potato salad from scratch or the easy way… and fresh bluefish fillets get the citrus treatment…   

August 19, 2015

Aug 19, 2015
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The sexy, Mexican paloma cocktail pairs tequila and grapefruit juice… we have a shortbread style, gluten-free pie crust… the Bastianiches have an Italian, raw-tomato, pasta sauce—all you do is boil water—oh, boy, is this making use of great fresh tomatoes… and a white Bordeaux under $20 for August cheer…

Chris Prosperi

It's a salad celebration… The BLT... the super fast and easy buffalo chicken… crab Louis… Moroccan chicken with pan-fried, pistachio-crusted goat cheese… salads for all tastes… salads designed to make you happy!

Summer Corn

Aug 5, 2015
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It's a corn celebration… Chris Prosperi's corn cakes… Alex Province's corn salad... garlic bread corn on the cob... corn with bacon, shrimp, avocado, and lime… it goes on and on, featuring one of the greatest gifts of summer… corn!

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Find out what happened when I told the gang producer Jonathan McNicol was going to surprise us with an array of party music and, on the spot, we had to come up with party themes to make your backyard entertaining a blast. Sometimes spontaneity and brainstorming are far better than planning, right? Plus, you're going to want to dance when you hear this one...

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Whether you love to let the juice slide down your arm when you bite into a burger, or you like yours beautifully spiced and topped with truffle cheese, we have a list that represents our collection of crazy-good burgers for carnivores and vegetarians… stuffed burgers… classics with a twist… the crusted smash burger… Everybody loves a burger!

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Celebrate lobster with us as we tell you about the best of New England's lobster shacks… give you the recipe for California-style Jalapeño lobster salad… and Faith brings back her favorite lobster sandwich of bacon, mayo, chives and guacamole—with potato chips, of course…

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Fabulous frozen summer punch from our contributor and bartender Anthony DeSerio… crispy coconut shrimp with tropical rice… mouth-watering Tandoori chicken on the grill… and how to save your clothes, tablecloths and napkins with the best stain remover on the planet

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We've gone global with our burgers, from the Greek take on beef to the Thai pork patty with lime zest, cilantro, chili, and lemongrass… tell the kids we've issued parental orders on toasted marshmallows to make children of all ages happy… and for the 4th of July or any weekend, have fun with our simple red, white, and blue desserts…

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Find out what happened when we tested the trick of using a small inexpensive battery-operated milk frother to improve a glass of wine… we couldn't resist sitting by the water so we headed to Fresh Salt, the restaurant at Connecticut's Saybrook Point Spa… mix together some dry spices and maybe some fresh herbs to boost the flavor of grilled meats and fish in a calorie-friendly way… our guide for this is the man they call Dr. BBQ, author of Flavorize

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Learn to cook the easy way, and start with a fabulous fish on the grill, trout, dressed at the fish market without bones… thanks to design store owner Susan Youngblood of Sag Harbor, we have an amazing pasta recipe from Rome that comes to us from art dealer Pierpaolo Falone, who makes it for his guests; it's easy and you'll want it all the time, as we do… our cocktail guy Anthony DeSerio turns the classic Negroni cocktail into a Sparkling Negroni, the perfect way to start a party… and a delicious, food-friendly white wine under $15!

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Join us for dance music and innovative cocktails you can easily make at home. It's also an invitation. We want to party with you.

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Learn how to cook real Tex-Mex on the grill, and The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook. We have you covered if you're looking for great recipes.

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On the menu… it's easy to make Campari popsicles for your next party… or try our breakfast martini… the featured cookbook, Genius Recipes features cooked forever broccoli that is staggeringly good.

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On the Food Schmooze® menu this time… Faith's new Frozen Dark & Stormy Cocktail, along with Anthony DeSerio's Ginger Beer Piña Colada… our new go-to burger—the 

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Join us for dance music and innovative cocktails you can easily make at home. It's also an invitation. We want to party with you.

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On the Food Schmooze® menu... our resident bartender Anthony DeSerio whips up a great tequila cocktail with fresh beet juice... learn how to make a fresh tuna burger with assistance from the real Paleo expert... Via Carota, the Italian restaurant in NYC you do not want to miss... where to buy simple syrup packets to sweeten iced teas and coffees on the road… a fabulous and affordable Italian red wine.

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