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.

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 Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

 It wouldn’t be the holidays without a little pie. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, any pie will do. Food and agriculture writer Deanna Fox is here to talk about the fine art of the pie, which has been around since ancient Egyptian times, and originally made popular by the Roman Empire. 

Happy Food Friday folks! Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, but the holidays are just around the corner. Merriment is all around, and much of it centers around dining, spirits and entertainment. Whether you’re planning a small Christmas dinner with the family or a grand holiday ball with all the trimmings, you’ll want to hear what chef Ric Orlando, sommelier Dan Thomas and distiller Chris Weld have to say.

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Some argue it’s the biggest food holiday of the year here in the U.S. We have a panel of Berkshire chefs in the studio with us today, here to talk about cooking and dining for the holidays, and to answer your questions.

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Linda Smith of DiviniTea in Schenectady and Chef Andre Begnaud are in the studio for Food Friday to talk about the rare art of cooking with tea.

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Candy is a staple of Halloween—or any holiday for that matter—and it just wouldn’t be All Hallow’s Eve without it. Candy comes in all shapes and sizes: Gooey, chewy, hard, glazed, chocolate, cherry, you name it, there’s a candy out there that has it. We have three of the finest confectioners in our region in the studio with us today.

  

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 Michael Ballon, owner and executive chef at the Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Our Beer and Brewing experts are back, and they’re ready to talk with you about home brewing, what’s perfect for your Oktoberfest celebration, and explosion of the craft beer industry. 

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Whether you’re looking for a good slice or you want to toss a whole pie, we have some pizza experts on hand to answer your questions about one of the country’s favorite foods. Paul Masiero of Baba Louie’s Pizza in Pittsfield, Great Barrington and Hudson joins us, as well as Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy.

Autumn is officially here, so of course we’re talking about apples! We have two of our region’s finest apple farmers here in the studio today: Peter Ten Eyck of Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, and Ken Migliorelli of Migliorelli Farm in Tivoli.

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We have two experts in the studio today who are masters of cooking with the slow cooker: cookbook author Michele Scicolone, and culinary artist Carole Murko of Heirloom Meals

Food Friday Recipe: Balsalmic Glazed Short Ribs

Sep 19, 2014
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  Listen to cookbook author Michele Scicolone on Food Friday!

A handful of ingredients in the slow cooker turns a tough cut of beef luscious and falling-off-the-bone tender.  Serve the ribs with creamy polenta. 

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 to 5 pounds beef short ribs, well trimmed

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 cup dry red wine

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

"Rotini Yellow Red Green" by Stilfehler

Many of us eat it every day, in many, many different ways. We have two pasta-making geniuses in the studio with us to talk about this wonderful, adaptable food. Chef Jim Rua of Café Capriccio here in Albany is here, as is Chef Dan Smith of John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant in South Egremont, Massachusetts.

At John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant, we make ricotta from scratch using local milk and cream. We also substitute rice flour for wheat flour for this  gluten-free entrée on our menu. Home chefs can substitute store-bought ricotta and wheat flour for a slightly different, yet still delicious version.

Recipe serves 6

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Butternut Squash Preparation

●      1 medium Butternut Squash

●      Kosher Salt

●      2 Tbs. Olive Oil

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We have two food and wine experts in the studio, Chef Mark Graham of Taste, and Sommelier Seaborn Jones of Angelo's 677 Prime

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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 are on with Chef Peter Platt, co-owner and executive chef at the Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Food Friday Recipe: Peach Fruit Leather

Aug 22, 2014

Tune in to Food Friday, where food and agriculture writer and cooking instructor Deanna Fox talks about all the delicious things to cook with peaches!

Ingredients

4 cups peaches, skinned, pitted, and diced

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cloves

Food Friday Recipe : Peach Pie

Aug 22, 2014

Tune in to Food Friday, where food and agriculture writer and cooking instructor Deanna Fox talks about all the delicious things to cook with peaches!

For Pie Crust

Ingredients

2¼ cups pastry flour

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup very cold butter, cut into small pieces

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening

5-7 tablespoons ice water

Directions

Food Friday Recipe: Peach Barbecue Sauce

Aug 22, 2014

Tune in to Food Friday, where food and agriculture writer and cooking instructor Deanna Fox talks about all the delicious things to cook with peaches!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

¾ cup red onion (about one medium) diced

2 jalapeno peppers, minced with seeds*

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons Kosher salt

4 cups peaches, skins removed and pitted, diced

½ cup apple cider vinegar

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A sweet and juicy peach can really hit the spot on a hot summer’s day. The fuzzy fruit peaks at this time of year, so you’ll be seeing lots of peaches in your local grocery store or farmer’s market. And there are lots of delicious things you can do with them, according to our guests, food and agriculture writer Deanna Fox and Julie Vanderlee of Fishkill Farms.

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  Before you grab those picnic baskets and head out to dine al fresco, we have some experts in the studio who will give you great pointers on what to bring and what to serve at your next picnic. 

How do you take your coffee or tea? Flavio Lichtenthal of the No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge and at Tanglewood joins us for Food Friday, along with Kevin Borowsky of The Whistling Kettle in Ballston Spa and Troy, New York.

Food Friday Recipe : Specialty Coffee Drinks

Aug 8, 2014

Hear Flavio Lichtenthal of the No. Six Depot on Food Friday!

Shakerato
Take a shot of espresso, and put it in a cocktail shaker over ice with a little simple syrup. Shake the heck out of it for 30 seconds. Then pour it out and you'll have an icy purist's espresso with a nice frothy head on it. This is a classic Italian recipe, but one can also add a bit of flavor to it with ginger, cardamom or lemon.

Food Friday Recipe : Cold Brew

Aug 8, 2014
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Hear Flavio Lichtenthal of the No. Six Depot on Food Friday!

Cold brew coffee is like compost. Give it time and it just happens. Almost…

First, off what's the big cold brew fuss all about?

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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 two expert foragers in the studio with us today, author Dina Falconi and Jim Gop of The Meat Market and Fire Roasted Catering in Great Barrington.

Food Friday Recipe: Wild Green Pesto

Jul 31, 2014
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Tune in to this week's Food Friday to hear cookbook author Dina Falconi talk about foraging!

It's Alan's birthday! To celebrate, we're putting him in the studio during today's Food Friday, and making him enjoy some delicious birthday cake. We'll be trying four different cakes, and hearing from some very special guests. 

Chef Bruce Mattel of The Culinary Institute of America and Dennis Erlich of Pesca & Co. in Great Barrington join Ray in the studio for a discussion of seafood, and the role it plays in modern American cuisine.

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Char is most often farm-raised and resembles salmon or Steel Head trout. Other salmon and trout species are easily substituted in this recipe however, the cooking times will vary based on the thickness of the filets and/or portions.

This recipe calls for keeping the skin on the fish, as Char has a thin, delicate skin. Other salmon varieties, such as farm-raised Atlantic salmon, may be tastier if the skin is removed prior to cooking. The skin and dark flesh on most salmon varieties may be a bit strong in fish flavor for some palates.

Food Friday Recipe: New England Clam Chowder

Jul 18, 2014
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  The Culinary Institute of America’s rich, creamy version of the American classic. Paired with a salad and bread, it becomes a hearty meal.

Ingredients

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