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.

Ingredients

2 cups (1 pint) fresh blueberries

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 cup flour

½ cup sugar

¼ cup honey

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter, melted

Topping:

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

¾ cup boiling water

Directions

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Summer is berry-picking season. Red and juicy, blue and plump, sweet and sour, berries are delicious—and we’re going to talk about picking and preserving them today with Dale-Ila Riggs of The Berry Patch in Stephentown, New York, and Diane Whitten of the Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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Before there were supermarkets and restaurants, human beings had to forage in the wild for food. But even with the modern conveniences we have today, foraging is still happening. We have some expert foragers in the studio with us today, Jim Gop of The Meat Market and Fire Roasted Catering in Great Barrington, Stephen Browning of the Prairie Whale in Great Barrington, and Erhard Wendt of the Williamsville Inn in West Stockbridge.

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Chefs Mark Graham and Mike Niccoli are here, along with baker Linda Kindlon of Bake for You in Albany. They’re the masterminds behind many of the pop-up dinners that are "popping up" around the region.

We’re taking you down south today, where the grits are tender, the buttermilk is flowing and the grills are fired up. Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant is here with us and we’re going to get you drooling for some soul food.

Willa Zhen of the Culinary Institute of America joins us for Food Friday to talk about food holidays, and the anthropology of food. 

Craig Gravina, founder of the Albany Ale Project and brewer Justin Behan of the Green Wolf Brewing Company, join us in the studio.

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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 have a panel of female chefs – Daire Rooney of Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington is here. So are Josephine Proul of Local 111 in Claverack, New York and Amy Loveless of Dream Away Lodge in Beckett, Massachusetts. 

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We have two expert cooking instructors in the studio today. Sharon Masciocco of The Big Table Cooking Company is here, as is Chef Instructor John Winnek of The Market Bistro Cooking School.

Food Friday Recipe: Cheesecake with Granola Crust

Apr 10, 2015

Hear Sandro Gerbini, founder of Gatherer's Granola, on Food Friday!

Cheesecake with Squirrel Bait® Crust

You can serve this warm…..or can refrigerate and serve later….both methods are equally delicious.

Ingredients

Cake

4 (8oz) Package cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 Tbs. Vanilla flavor

1 pint sour cream

4 eggs

Crust

1 ¼ cup finely ground Squirrel Bait®

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