Food Friday

Whet your palate on Food Friday from 2-3 PM,  as a wide variety of experts from around the region will answer questions about food, drink, and how to throw the best gatherings around.

Food Friday will focus on topics like seasonal veggies, quick and easy recipes, the homegrown movement, creating the perfect cheeseboard, juicing, mixology, and so much more. Supplemented by an interactive website, listeners and online viewers will also be able to get our weekly recipes, restaurant updates, restaurant week postings and reviews, and share their tips with others.

A Moroccan dish from Tara Kitchen
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Today we welcome back Aneesa Waheed of TARA Kitchen in Schenectady, New York which specializes in Moroccan food. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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Most kitchens are loaded with appliances to help you cook and bake. But are you getting the biggest bang for your buck? Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are back in the studio to answer your questions about blenders, slow cookers and more. Ray Graf hosts.

Ric Orlando
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Now, it is a bit early for this, but because we felt like celebrating our record one-day fund drive earlier this week, today we are doing Mardi Gras! The celebration has many notable elements and among them is the unique food of Louisiana. We’ve got just the man for the job. Chef Ric Orlando is in the studio.

Butternut Squash Lasagna
Kitchen Sink Food & Drink

Today we are taking a taste of some locally-sourced treats. Chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink in Beacon, New York is in the studio and he’s brought some dishes and drinks that incorporate ingredients found right in our region. Brian ran a food truck in Washington, DC before opening Kitchen Sink, which was voted Best New Restaurant by Hudson Valley Magazine readers in 2016.

Smoked Ring Kielbasa
chesterssmokehouse.com

Today we welcome Jim Kelly and Ken Altarac of Chester's Smokehouse in Albany, NY to Food Friday. They are here to answer your questions about the best methods and recipes for smoked meat, cheese and more. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Chef Ric Orlando splits a coconut
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Chef Ric Orlando is in the studio to tell us how we can brighten up our meals during the winter when the area's fruits and vegetables are not in season.

Shortbread rounds
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Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today for the final Food Friday and last Vox Pop show of 2016 to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to pancakes and cookies.

We’re taking you down south today, where the grits are tender, the buttermilk is flowing and everything tastes better fried. Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant is here with us and we’re going to get you drooling for some classic southern food. His new book is called: The Hattie’s Restaurant CookBook, Classic Southern and Louisiana Recipes. It features more than 100 recipes from crawfish boil to Cajun coleslaw.

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Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy join us in the studio to talk about the culinary traditions associated with Christmas Eve and Italian food.

It's always a treat when Deanna Fox stops by Studio A. It's an even bigger thrill when she brings PIE!  In the spirit of the holiday season, today's program is all about pie. Call with your question for this famous  pie expert. Ray Graf hosts. 

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Anchovies... olives.... liver... Brussels sprouts. Cooking writer and instructor Byron Nilsson joins Ray Graf to talk about foods we hate and how we learn to hate them.  

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Today we learn all about the art and science of pickling and fermentation with Chef Rob Handel of the Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, New York. Ray Graf hosts.

A Moroccan dish from Tara Kitchen
TaraKitchen.com

We learn all about Moroccan food with first time guest Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen in Schenectady. Ray Graf hosts. 

Pepperoni Pizza
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We celebrate the rapid (and successful) completion of our Fall Fund Drive with a pizza and beer party, welcoming back Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio's Pizzeria and George De Piro of Druthers Brewery and Restaurant. Ray Graf hosts.

Food Friday hall of famer Deanna Fox is back to talk about the finer points of braising and roasting. Deanna is a food and agriculture writer and cooking instructor. Her work is best known locally in the Times Union, All Over Albany, and Vox Media. More can be found at www.foxonfood.com, on Facebook as Fox on Food, or on Twitter and Instagram @DeannaNFox.

Chef Serge Madikians of Serevan in Amenia, New York joins us. Also on the program is Naomi Duguid. Naomi is a writer, photographer, teacher, cook, and world traveler whose cookbooks have won a combined 14 cookbook awards. Her latest book, Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan, was released last month.  Ray Graf hosts.

Today we learn all about the "superfood" that is fermented cabbage, as we welcome author Kyla Titus. Kyla is  the author of  Secrets from the Cabbage Cove, a book that shows how you can benefit from the tiny microorganisms, better known as “probiotics,” by  making fermented cabbage – easily and painlessly in your own home—whether you live a city apartment, a suburban home, a rural farm or a cottage in the woods. Ray Graf hosts. 

Linda Kindlon, mixes up some delicious goodies
bakeforyou.com

You know her from her Food Friday appearances with pop-up restaurateurs, "Three Chefs and a Baker."  This time, Linda Kindlon makes a solo appearance to talk about cookies and baking! Linda is the driving force behind Bake For You in Albany, NY - and she really knows her way around a cookie.   Ray Graf hosts. 

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
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Do lobsters scream when you boil them? Does baking soda take smells out of your fridge? These are common culinary myths. We have two renowned authors and dinner party extraordinaires in the studio today to help us bust a few of these myths. Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are back. They’re going to answer your questions. 

Our region boasts some of the finest chefs in the country. And we want to get to know as many of them as possible here on Food Friday. Today we are on with Chef Terrance Brennan. He’s a master chef, and the former owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Picholine in Manhattan. What are his favorite things to cook? What’s in his fridge? We’re going to find out.

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Please pass the salt! How about a little pepper? We’re going to talk about the art of seasoning food today, and how it can enhance your culinary experience. Tony Carlotto and Darby Weigel are the proprietors of Rolling Rock Farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and they produce a line of garlic salts they sell regionwide.

Chef Nicholas Armstrong
Rascals

  Our region boasts some of the finest chefs in the country. And we want to get to know as many of them as possible here on Food Friday. Today we are on with Chef Nicholas Armstrong. He’s the culinary mind behind Rascals steakhouse in Albany. He is particularly skilled at the art of plating and presenting food. 

It’s happy hour here on Food Friday. We’re going to delve into the wonderful world of cocktails, distilling and spirits. We have some connoisseurs of liquid intelligence in the studio. John Fischer, professor at the Culinary Institute of America is here, as is Gable Erenzo, the proprietor of the Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery in Gardiner, New York.

Hot dog with ketchup and onion
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Hot dog, have we got a show for you today, all about that great summer delight—the cooked sausage we call the hot dog. Since it’s the height of summer and you’re likely to enjoy a hot dog one of these dog days at a ballpark, backyard BBQ or from a street cart, we’ve brought in a fellow who can tell you a few things about this delicious culinary pastime. Keith Dorman, owner of Snap Dog, is here.

Miss Sydney's

It’s the height of summer! Which means the odds are great that you’ve fired up that grill recently. Whether you’re throwing a BBQ for family and friends or looking for a quick, easy and delicious way to cook a meal, there are a few tricks to barbecuing that you should learn. Here to help with that is cooking instructor and writer Byron Nilsson.

  It’s time for another beer edition of Food Friday, and we have Greg Chanese of the Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park, New York, in the studio. We’re going to talk local brews and how to enjoy them.

Chef Mike Niccoli of Restaurant Navona in Albany joins us to answer your questions about cooking and fine dining.

Hali Bey Ramdene
TheKitchn.com

Food Editor Hali Bey Ramdene of TheKitchn joins us to answer your questions about cooking.

I scream. You scream. We all scream for….you guessed it, ice cream! This sweet treat is a hallmark of summer, and universally enjoyed the world over in many different flavors, colors and forms. From soft-serve to gelato, black cherry to death by chocolate, we’ll have you screaming for ice cream by the end of this show. 'A La Mode' cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough join us !

Chef John Winnek of the The Cooking School @ Market Bistro joins us to answer your questions!

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