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.

  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

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!

Strawberry shortcake
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Usually when we have this very special guest on the show, we talk about pie. Not today folks. Pie day has come and gone. It’s time for summer desserts now! Food and agriculture writer Deanna Fox is here today to talk about the delicious sweets you can make and enjoy during the warmest season, at which she greatly excels. 

Beth Linsky of Beth's Farm Kitchen in Stuyvesant, New York, and Dale Ila-Riggs of The Berry Patch join us to talk about the bounty of berry season!

Food Friday Recipe: Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

Jun 17, 2016

Hear Beth Linsky of Beth's Farm Kitchen on Food Friday!

Makes 4 servings 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes 

Hear Beth Linsky of Beth's Farm Kitchen on Food Friday!

Makes 9-12 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 -1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 to 12 ounces strawberry jam
2/3 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling


Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to English muffins, pancakes and crepes. 

  Memorial Day marks the start of many of the region’s farmer’s markets – or at least the start of their outdoor markets. Today we have brought in Chef Rob Handel of the Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, New York, as well as the farm’s owner, Carol Clement. They’re going to walk us through how to make the most of a trip to your local farmer’s market.

Hali Bey Ramdene

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

You probably know him best as a beloved Newschannel 13 meteorologist.  But there is much more to Jason Gough than just the weather.  He's been cooking since he was 10 years old and has spent time as cook and bartender. His new project is called Wine About The Weather,  a TV program that takes us to great New York wineries, and talks about pairing wine with food and the weather. 

Donna Williams, founder and owner of the Field Goods produce subscription service joins us on Food Friday to answer your questions about spring produce and wellness. 

Port wine
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Today we are on with a dynamic duo–Mary Vaughn of Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington and Amy Mendes of Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, talking about wine and cocktail pairing. 

Our region boasts some of the finest chefs and restaurateurs 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 Hugh Piney and John Lekic. They’re the owners and operators of Le Express Bistro and Bar, and food truck, based in Poughkeepsie.

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 Eric Bolton, executive chef at The Century House in Latham, New York. 

Cornbread in cast iron pan
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  A cast iron pan is a versatile piece of cookery. You can use it in the oven, on the stove and on the grill. And it also has purported health benefits, like the fact that it’s chemical free, you don’t have to use as much oil to cook things in it, and it can even add a little iron boost to your food. Food and agriculture writer Deanna Fox joins us today to answer your questions about using cast iron cookware. 

Cast-Iron Cornbread

Apr 8, 2016
Corn bread in cast iron pan
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Listen to Deanna Fox talk about this recipe and answer your questions on Food Friday!


1¼ cups cornmeal

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 1/3 cups milk

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup (one stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled (with one tablespoon reserved)

Food Friday: Jewish Cuisine

Apr 1, 2016
Jewish Cuisine
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Today we talk about the elements of Jewish cuisine! Rabbi Matt Cutler of Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady is with us in the studio today, as is Peter Kopcha, the organizer of the synagogue’s annual Jewish Food Festival

Food Friday: Bruce & Mark

Mar 25, 2016
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
Bruce Weinstein/Mark Scarbrough

Renowned cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough join us to talk about cooking, throwing parties and more. 

Craig Gravina, founder of the Albany Ale Project, joins us in the studio for a discussion of beer and beer history.

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Chefs Mark Graham, Brian Bowden 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.

Food Friday Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake

Mar 4, 2016
Flourless chocolate cake
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Hear Matthew White and Chef Serge Madikians on Food Friday!


4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter

3/4 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line bottom with a round of wax paper and butter paper.

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Matthew White, owner of the Hillsdale General Store and the HGS Home Chef cooking school and Chef Serge Madikians of Serevan in Amenia, New York, join us for a discussion of food and home-cooking.

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, and thus a vegan diet is plant-based.Some would say that is limiting, but not Theresa “Sam” Houghton. She’s a wellness consultant and founder of The Quantum Vegan blog. She’s here to answer your questions about all the delicious food options fit for a vegan. 

We have one of our region’s finest cheesemakers here with us today to answer your questions. Making it, serving it, eating it, pairing it--you ask about it, and Max Breiteneicher of Grace Hill Farm in Cummington, Massachusetts, will answer. 

Mardi Gras King Cake
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This past Tuesday, the French Quarter of New Orleans lit up the night for Mardi Gras. It makes you hungry just thinking about it. We’re going to get deep into Americana today with chef Ric Orlando of New World Bistro in Albany and New World Home Cooking in Saugerties.

Pepperoni Pizza
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It's pizza time! Rocco DeFazio, owner of DeFazio's Pizzeria in Troy is here to answer your questions.

Oven at Black Forest Flammkuchen
Black Forest Flammkuchen

Today we are on with Chef Andrew Chase, owner and chef at The Flammerie in Kinderhook, and the Black Forest Flammkuchen food truck in the Hudson Valley.