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.

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Today’s program is all about pairing food and drink. Wine expert Bill Johnston is joined by food aficionado Peter Blackman. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie by Deanna Fox
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With the official start of summer coming on Wednesday, June 21, Deanna Fox is in the studio for this Food Friday to answer your questions about delicious summer pies. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Do lobsters scream when you boil them? Does baking soda take smells out of your refrigerator? Renowned cookbook author Bruce Weinstein is in the studio to debunk these and other culinary myths. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today marks the start of the 15th annual Capital Region PolishFest, so we’re talking Polish food on this edition of Food Friday. Anntonette Alberti, the cultural committee chair of the Polish Fest, Jim Kelly of Chester’s Smokehouse and Barbara Chepaitis of the PolishFest Book Club are in the studio. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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In addition to the ceremonies and parades honoring fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend, many people will be enjoying barbecues. Jasper Alexander of Hattie's Restaurant and Byron Nilsson are in the studio to answer your grilling and barbecue questions. WAMC's Ray Graf.

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Today’s show is all about cheese. University of Vermont Professor Catherine Donnelly is in the studio. She recently won a James Beard Award for encyclopedia work “The Oxford Companion to Cheese.” WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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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. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today for the Flour Hour to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to pancakes and cookies. WAMC’s Ray Graf.

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Today on Food Friday, Mary Kenney of the personal chef service Legal Pantry is in the studio with meal and menu preparation tips for people who are constantly on the go. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy and Donna Damiano join us for Food Friday as we delve into Italian sweets and gelato. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Deviled Eggs
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Today on this Good Friday edition of Food Friday, cooking instructor and food writer Deanna Fox is in the studio with tips on what to do with all those eggs! WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

The number to call is 1-800-348-2551. You can also email your questions to voxpop@wamc.org. 

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Passover is next week and we have just the people in the studio to help you create some delicious dishes for the celebration. Our guests are Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, who competed on the Food Network’s Chopped, and Chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink in Beacon, NY. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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Today we’ll take our taste buds and cookbooks on a trip across the pond to Britain. Mark Graydon and Sean Comiskey of The Olde English Pub and Pantry in Albany are in the studio today. They’ve brought fish and chips, roasted lamb and English beer. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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Despite the cold temperatures and lingering snow, spring officially started on Monday. Soon enough farms across our region will be in full swing. To get us up to speed on farm fresh products, Paul Lacinski and Amy Klippenstein of Sidehill Farm in Hawley, Massachusetts are in the studio.  WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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It’s been one heck of a week. It started with a blizzard and it’s ending with a holiday. To help us celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Kevin Mullen of Rare Form Brewing Company in Troy, NY and George De Piro of Druthers Brewing in Saratoga Springs and Albany, NY are with us. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Today we welcome representatives from three eateries featured in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. They are: Josh Kroner of Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck, Agnes Devereaux of the Village Tearoom in New Paltz and Devon Gilroy of the Corner Restaurant in Tivoli. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week runs through March 19th.   Ray Graf hosts.

Irish bangers and mash
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Today we have brought in Chef Rob Handel and Carol Clement of Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, NY to help us whip up some traditional Irish dishes in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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.

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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
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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
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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. 

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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.

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

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