food

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Cell Phone Addiction, Sugary Drinks, Nuns Behaving 'Badly' & Endorsements

Chion Wolf

What counts as a bad habit? And who should have the power to save us from one? That's a big part of our discussion today.

This week, addictions were all over the news. New Yorkers are facing a ban on sugary drinks, while California chefs repeal a foie gras ban. A Massachusetts teen is looking at a jail sentence for not being able to put down his cell phone.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:36 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Are American Workers Starving For A Longer Lunch?

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Lunch here at WNPR is both a sad and a joyous affair.

Those people who work on this show have, of course, almost no time for lunch. We mostly eat at our desks, but then so do most of our co-workers, even the ones on very different schedules.

On the happier side, we have established diplomatic relations with a wide network of cheap takeout providers, and it's not uncommon for ace newsman Jeff Cohen to blow a wooden whistle announcing what we call "the lunch train."  (To get on board is to consult that takeout menu and place one's order.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Nose: Sneaking Food Into Movie Theaters, Overpriced Tickets & 'Scream'

Chion Wolf

Today on The Nose, we link together a series of only marginally related stories.

We'll start with the amusing tale of Michael Wolff, a well-known media critic who found himself in a standoff with New York City cops over his attempt to bring his own juice to the movies.He got caught and then turned the whole thing into a Twitter episode.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Keurig Coffee: Revolutionary Invention or Environmental Scourge?

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Twenty years ago, I got interested in those plastic -- usually white plastic -- outdoor chairs. "Resin casual furniture," as they were known in the industry. The most popular design was called a "bucket" chair.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Is It Time To Rethink Guilty Pleasures?

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What is a guilty pleasure?

In seventh grade, I had not quite given up on series books. Specifically, the Rick Brant books which I would say were a lot more satisfying (I guess I can't say they were cooler)  than the Hardy Boy books, all 43 of which I read in fourth grade.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:56 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Just Talkin' About Shad

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It seems clicheed, but here in Connecticut, shad is more than a fish.

First of all, it's our official state fish. Second, it's linked to a peculiar fishing culture that barely exists any more. If you've driven down along the lower Connecticut River, you've probably seen those sad shacks and wondered about them. And the Windsor Shad Derby is still a giant event as is the selection of a Shad Derby Queen.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:59 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Authors of Your Brain on Food and Holy Ghosts

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Does what we eat control our thoughts and feelings? After many studies, a neuroscientist says it's true.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:06 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Food Schmooze: 1,000 Easy Recipes

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Discover restaurants, cookbooks, easy recipes and food trends with Faith and the gang on The Food Schmooze Party.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:32 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Food Schmooze: Salad Days

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A satire about Why French Women Don't Get Fat. Delicious salads for every month of the year from a salad dressing chef—who knew there was one? And useful kitchen tips and tricks.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:10 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Food Schmooze: March 21, 2012

Jonathan McNicol

Discover the dairy and cheese bar that has eyes popping in Bantam, Ct. And learn how you can compete to have a food truck and travel the country in it for The Food Network.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:15 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Food Schmooze: Handheld Pies

Chronicle Books

Join The Food Schmooze party to learn about Connecticut moonshine, the new spirit on the block. And, how to make your own homemade pop tarts for kids and those of you who can't forget them.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:15 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Food Schmooze: Quick & Easy Mexican Cooking

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The Food Schmooze gang gets into quick and easy weeknight Mexican cooking at home. Plus, the new surprising foodie thing at one hotel chain.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:41 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Sorting Through 'Seeds Of Doubt'

Wow. When I decided to do a show on genetically engineered foods, I had no understanding of the bitterness and distrust that exists on both sides of the issue. This is one of those debates in which pretty much everything is contested, from the credentials of the person talking against your points to the language employed in the discussions.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:27 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Food Schmooze: Rose's Heavenly Cakes, And Helen Chen's Easy Asian Noodles

This extraordinary collection of heavenly cake recipes from "Diva of Desserts" Rose Levy Beranbaum, the award-winning author of The Cake Bible, is an essential kitchen companion for anyone who loves to bake. Illustrated throughout with stunning full-color photography, the book's meticulously tested, easy-to-follow recipes are all you need to create spectacularly beautiful cakes in your home kitchen.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:40 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

What Do 'Supertasters' Say About How We Taste Food?

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I cook whenever possible. I experiment a lot with ingredients. But I wouldn't say I had a sharp sense of taste. I'm in the group of "medium tasters" who make up 50 percent of the human eating population.

Lately I've been using pink salt, mainly because a guy at a farmer's market gave me some to try. And I like the look of it. It does seem, even to my unrefined palate, that something a little different happens when I substitute it for more conventional salts.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:42 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Food Schmooze: Chris Prosperi's Chicken Chili, And The Queen Of Indian Cooking,

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Chicken Chilicourtesy of Chris Prosperi

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup chopped green pepper

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 – 12 ounce beer

1 pound chopped cooked chicken

1 can black or navy beans - drained

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:42 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Food Schmooze: Best Bake Sale Cookbook

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Best Bake Sale Cookbook: Cookies for Kids Cancer

Every cookie makes a difference!

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:41 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Food Schmooze: Cake Simple

The Faith Middleton Show
2:51 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Food Schmooze: Authors of Southern Pies and The City Cook

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Get ready food lovers, we have mouth-watering southern pies and recipes for new cooks who need to know what equipment is necessary and how to make the basics in a delicious yet simple way.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:03 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Food Schmooze: Authors Of Falling Off The Bone And Teen Cuisine

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Falling Off the Bone

"As America reluctantly settles into what looks like a long recession, the great Jean Anderson delivers this timely tome about how to cook tough but inexpensive cuts of meat so that they come out meltingly fork-tender. She covers anatomy, history, and technique with her trademark ease and brilliance, and offers over 160 tasty recipes, along with clever suggestions about how to transform the leftovers. You will be inspired. I certainly was."—Sara Moulton, author of Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:58 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Authors of Your Brain on Food and Holy Ghosts

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Does what we eat control our thoughts and feelings? After many studies, a neuroscientist says it's true.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:12 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Food Schmooze: Fireplace Cooking, Plus the Authors of Time for Dinner and Soups +

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It happens to all of us. we get so busy we throw together meals without thinking about health consequences. How to cook fast and healthfully on The Food Schmooze.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:22 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Food Schmooze: Scallops

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Scallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook

Elaine Tammi and Karin A. Tammi

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:02 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Food Schmooze: Cook This Now

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Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make

Melissa Clark, New York Times Dining Section columnist, offers a calendar year's worth of brand-new recipes for cooking with fresh, local ingredients--replete with lively and entertaining stories of feeding her own family and friends.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:53 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Food Schmooze: Jonathan Waxman's Culinary Lesson In Italian Cooking And Chris

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Feel Good Chicken SoupChris Prosperi

2 qt chicken broth

1 quart water

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 tablespoon honey

2 sprigs of fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dry

1 inch piece ginger cut in half

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

4 cups assorted chopped root vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, celery root, etc)

Salt and black pepper to taste

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:44 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Food Schmooze: Holiday Gift Ideas, And The Apple Lover's CookBook

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The Apple Lover's Cookbook

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:04 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Food Schmooze: Sunday Roasts

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Sunday Roasts: A Year's Worth of Mouthwatering Roasts, from Old-Fashioned Pot Roasts to Glorious Turkeys, and Legs of Lamb

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:29 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

The Pledge, Powerball, Political Drama, Siri, & Horse Meat

Chion Wolf, respres, smiely, mike licht, wikimedia

The Pledge of Allegiance is a 20th century creature. It was written at the end of the 19th century by a Christian socialist minister as part of a general push toward American nationalism, with special regard for the flag. I find people all the time who think  it dates back to the founding of the United States. The phrase "under God" was added in the 1950s. There are all kinds of stores about how and why that happened. I think it's fair to sum it up as kind of a Cold War thing. The Soviets were godless. We weren't.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:43 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Food Schmooze: Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy

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Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy: Exceptionally Delicious and Nutritious Freezer-Friendly Recipes You Can Prepare in Advance and Enjoy at a Moment's Notice

Dazzle your dinner table with home-cooked meals every night of the week!

Serve your family the best, most nutritious food AND save time and money with this mega-delicious guide to preparing meals you can fix-and-freeze now and enjoy any night of your crazy-busy week!

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:43 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Food Schmooze: The Brisket Book

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The Brisket Book: A Love Story with Recipes

Food writer, cookbook author, and brisket zealot Stephanie Pierson contends, "Some foods will improve your meal, your mood, your day, your buttered noodles. Brisket will improve your life."

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