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.

Mazzone Hospitality

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 Jaime Ortiz of Mazzone Hospitality—the culinary whiz behind popular establishments like the Glen Sanders Mansion in Schenectady, The Lodge in Saratoga, and 677 Prime in Albany.

CIA

Ted Russin of the Culinary Institute of America joins Ray in the studio to talk about the emerging field of culinary science, from molecular gastronomy to the science of food systems.

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.

Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Each week for Food Friday, we go to a different part of the WAMC listening area to find the best spots to grab a bite. 

In New York's Dutchess County
From the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Food Friday Recipe: Berry Shortcake

Jun 19, 2014
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Dale-Ila Riggs and Don Miles are the owners of The Berry Patch in Stephentown, New York. Dale-Ila is president of the New York State Berry Growers Association. She can be heard on Food Friday!

Food Friday Tips: Strawberry Picking

Jun 18, 2014

  Dale-Ila Riggs is owner of The Berry Patch in Stephentown, New York, and is president of the New York State Berry Growers Association. She can be heard on Food Friday!

For the best flavor, pick fully ripe fruit.  A strawberry with a white tip may turn red after picking but it will not get sweeter.

Miss Sydney's

Summer is upon us, and it's time to fire up the grill. We're joined today on the Vox Pop by grilling expert Jeremy Stanton of The Meat Market in Great Barrington and marinade expert AJ Jayapal of Miss Sydney's Secret Family Recipes.

Miss Sydney's

  Hear Chef AJ Jayapal, owner of Miss Sydney's Secret Family Recipes, on Food Friday!

Ingredients:

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We talk a lot about food here on Food Friday, but today we turn our attention to beverages. We are going to learn all about the fascinating process of distilling and spirits. We are joined today by John Curtain and Matthew Jager, the founders of the Albany Distilling Company, as well as Alejandro De Peral, founder of the Nine Pin Ciderworks, a craft cidery in Albany.

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Are you planning a wedding or other major celebration in the near future? Sick of the boring old steak, chicken or fish options that you get to eat at such events? We have two guests in the studio today who can offer a more fun, offbeat perspective on food fit for large, formal gatherings. Brandon Snooks of The Wandering Dago food truck is here, as well as Kim Klopstock of Lily and the Rose in Saratoga Springs. 

Happy Food Friday! The studio today is very fragrant. We’re getting a whiff of the sometimes smoky, sometimes stinky smell of cheese! 

Tune into Food Friday this week, when Diane Whitten of the Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension will join us to talk about growing your own food, and cooking with what you find at farmers markets. This recipe is from her cookbook, Farmers' Market Favorite Recipes.

Ingredients

2 pounds tomatoes (about 3 cups)

1 large onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound ground beef (optional)

Thinking of growing some veggies in your garden? Want to know how to cook with what you grow and what you find at the farmers’ market? You’re in luck. We have some folks who can answer your questions. 

Tune into Food Friday this week, when Diane Whitten of the Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension will join us to talk about growing your own food, and cooking with what you find at farmers markets. This recipe is from her cookbook, Farmers' Market Favorite Recipes.

Ingredients

½ cup buttermilk

1½ cups packed brown sugar

1 egg

2/3 cup oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2½  cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Happy Food Friday folks! Spring has sprung, maybe? It’s time for the spring harvest—berries, rhubarb, asparagus and more! 

Food Friday Recipe: Summer Fruit Johnnycake

May 1, 2014
Rhubarb Johnnycake
Black-Eyed Suzie's

Tune into Food Friday this week, when Cheryl Paff, owner of Black-Eyed Suzie's traveling food stand in the Hudson Valley, will join us for a discussion of the spring harvest. 

This recipe is adaptable to whatever fruit you find at the farmers’ market and it’s made with Wild Hive Farm’s wonderful corn flour which is also gluten free.

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Food Friday Recipe: Chef Ewald's Spaetzle

Apr 28, 2014

From Maassman's Restaurant at Blackhead Mountain Lodge & Country Club and featured on Food Friday.

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  We’re half-way to Oktoberfest, so we’re breaking out the schnitzel and beer with two experts on the food and drink of Germany: George DiPiero of Druthers Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, and Ed Maassmann of Blackhead Mountain Lodge and Country Club in Round Top, New York.

Brunch
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Holidays are about food, and weekends are about brunch right? We have two very special guests on the show today to talk about serving delicious brunch. Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts is here, and so is Chef Dale Miller of Master Chef Consulting

Food Friday Recipe: Braised Lila's Lamb

Apr 18, 2014
Braised lamb
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Tune in to Food Friday this week, when Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, will join us in the studio to talk about Easter brunch!

Food Friday Recipe: Eggs Benedict "Strata Style"

Apr 18, 2014

  Tune in to Food Friday this week, when Chef Dale Miller of Master Chef Consulting Group will join us in the studio to talk about brunch!

Strata

6 English muffins, split, lightly toasted and buttered

12 slices Canadian bacon, lightly fried on each side

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons shallot, minced

4 cups milk

8 large eggs                

½ teaspoon nutmeg

3 teaspoons lemon zest

Tune in to Food Friday this week, when Chef Dale Miller of Master Chef Consulting Group will join us in the studio to talk about brunch!

Streusel Topping (Can be made a week in advance and kept refrigerated)

¼ pound butter, cut into small dice
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
¼ cup all purpose flour
½ cup pecans, finely chopped

Pepperoni Pizza
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  When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…it’s Food Friday! 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.

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Wouldn’t it be great if your kids could make you dinner? Terrapin Restaurant Chef Josh Kroner and Mamatoga Magazine Editor Jenny Witte join us in the studio on Food Friday to talk about fun and unique ways to cook with children, and how to engage them in the culinary process.

Food Friday: Tips for Cooking with Kids

Apr 3, 2014
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Tune in to Food Friday this week, when Jenny Witte, creater of Mamatoga.com and Mamatoga Magazine, will join us in the studio to talk about cooking with kids!

Food Friday Recipe: Lasagna with Fresh Veggies

Apr 3, 2014
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Tune in to Food Friday this week, when Chef Josh Kroner of Terrapin in Rhinebeck, New York, will join us in the studio to talk about cooking with kids!

Each month, Terrapin hosts a Kids Taste and Talk, where Chef Kroner invites kids, ages 8-12, to join him for a discussion of food and fun with cooking. This recipe was featured at February's event.

Lasagna with Fresh Veggies

  It’s Food Friday again, and we’re going across the world to explore the heart-healthy cuisine of the Middle East. We’re here today with Julie Ann Sageer, a.k.a. Julie Taboulie, an Emmy-nominated, Finger Lakes-based chef who specializes in Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine.  

Food Friday Recipe: Tastebud-Tantalizing "Taboulie"

Mar 27, 2014
Julie Taboulie

Tune in to Food Friday this week, when Emmy-nominated Chef Julie Taboulie will join us in the studio to talk about Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine!

Tastebud-Tantalizing "Taboulie"بولى

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Are you hungry? Look no further than the curb, because the food trucks have pulled up! Today’s show is all about delicious food that comes from the trucks you see around the region. We’re here with Kathy Lloyd, owner of How We Roll and Tim Taney, chef and owner of Slidin’ Dirty.

On this edition of  Food Friday we welcomed sommelier Dominick Purnomo, co-owner of  Yono's Restaurant and dp An American Brasserie, Claire and Sandy Pogue , owners of Epicurean Bistro and Wine Bar and Suzy Konecky, cheese maker at Cricket Creek Farm.   The panel answered your questions about wine, cheese and the perfect pairings of the two! 

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