Steve Boss's blog

  • Wed
    Dec 06
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    Dec 08
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GREAT TASTE ITALIAN FEST FROM GREEN BUILDING SUPPLY!!!!!

Great Taste Live at GBSFOOD AND FUN AT GREEN BUILDING SUPPLY!

KRUU's Great Taste radio program was LIVE at Green Building Supply on Tuesday, December 5.  Pete DeCicco and Ed Malloy prepared Italian holiday fare.  The dishes were outstanding with bright, distinctive, and light-up-your-mouth flavors.

Ed made the Malloy version of caponata and it was served in a unique style with a dollop of homemade tomato sauce over pasta.  Pete created a root vegetable puree starring celery root, turnips, rutabaga, and parsnips with white wine, lemon, garlic, and a few other flourishes.  Those folks who stayed around for the final flourish enjoyed cannoli with fresh ricotta and cream.

Tune into Fairfield Media Center's video HERE.  Scroll down to the LIVE EVENTS panel on the lower left of the homepage.

The Plant CollectiveTwo terrific cookbooks share the spotlight on this week's show, and they are both integral parts of the culinary world's social conscience.  First up is The Plant Collective, 50 plant-based holiday recipes curated by Fairfield's own Emily Rose Shaw.  The ebook will be available beginning December 1, and proceeds will benefit The Edible Schoolyard Project established more than 20 years ago by the iconic chef Alice Waters.  

I am very excited as Emily has chosen KRUU and Great Taste as the spot to publicly unveil the cover of the book and discuss the details of the project.  As soon as the URL for the book is live I'll add it to this post so you can order copies for holiday gifts.

  • Wed
    Nov 22
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    Nov 24
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Nourished and Zingerman's Bakehouse on Great Taste this Week!

NourishedLia Huber, the author of Nourished:  A Memoir of Food, Faith and Enduring Love, is my guest on the opening segment of this week's show.  Lia has a writing style that engaged me as a reader and I lost myself in the intimate way she shared her story.  There are reicpes in the book, but her focus is the personal journey and how she discovered a practical way to eat well.

You can check out her website The Nourish Evolution here.  Talking with her was one of the highlights of doing the Great Taste show this year.

 

Great Taste LIve-BagelsI was really excited to welcome back Aaron Hall, an amazing baker and owner of The Local Crumb in Mount Vernon.  Aaron bakes bread and bagels for numerous restaurants including Rapid Creek Cidery and is a regular at both the Iowa City and Mount Vernon Farmer's Markets.

His bagels are outstanding, and I know several native New Yorkers who are converts.

On Tuesday, November 7 we spent an hour at Green Building Supply talking and making bagels and had plenty of fun.  It looked like they were not that difficult to make.  You can watch the video on the Fairfield Media Center's YouTube site HERE.

 TUESDAY NIGHT GREAT TASTE WAS LIVE AT GREEN BUILDING SUPPLY

WITH GUESTS  ALURA ANDERSON, COLLEEN BELL, AND DAN GORMAN

MENU:  VEGAN NO QUESO DIP, CHICKPEA TOFU, SALAD GREENS WITH VEGAN RANCH, LIVE FERMENTED PICKLES AND KRAUT, AND FIG DESSERTS!

Chickpea tofuMike Anderson and no queso dipTasting PlatesPickles and KrautThere was a lot going on at the GREAT TASTE LIVE show Tuesday, and it was all vegan.  

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  • Wed
    Sep 20
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    Sep 22
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Vermont, Thailand, and Paris-We Move Around on this Week's Show

Ethan WestI love real maple syrup and maple sugar, and, what's crazy is most consumers, perhaps as high as 7 out of 10, have only tasted the artificial brands that are on every store shelf, and served in most "restaurants."  As our guest and maple syrup maker Ethan West pointed out during our discussion, some manufacturers and eating spots mix a bit of real maple syrup into their corn syrup and artificially-flavored product.  Buyer beware because they can say with a straight face that it contains "real" maple syrup.  CLICK READ MORE!

 

Student Farm/Andrew/KrisLast Saturday Fairfield was a destination on an unusual road tour.  The group comprised Rick Polito, Editor-in-Chief of the Nutrition Business Journal, Bethany Davis, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Foodstate/Megafood, Alan Lewis, Director of Government Affairs and Food and Agriculture Policy at Natural Grocers, and organic aronia berry farmer Andrew Pitz of Sawmill Hollow farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa. They are currently on a five-day trek from western Iowa to Baltimore, MD, probing the complicated relationships between farmers, producers, the natural products industry, and the US government's agricultural policies. Read the article about their experiences in Fairfield here, and listen to my interview with the group, when they stopped by the KRUU studio to chat.  CLICK READ MORE!

  • Wed
    Sep 06
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  • Fri
    Sep 08
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GREAT TASTE PANEER SHOW w/ SABITA SAWHNEY of SABI'S CAFE

Sabita Sawhney Live on Great TasteIt was a fresh cheeselovers paradise at the LIVE Great Taste show Tuesday night.

Green Building Supply hosted the regular first Tuesday of the month broadcast, and Sabita Sawhney demonstrated how to make paneer simply and quickly at home.  But, since she loves to feed everyone, Sabita also prepared marinated paneer, paneer pakoras, paneer parathas, and coriander/mint chutney.  Rose and cardamom lassi with a touch of coconut sugar was on the beverage menu.

Great Taste Live at Green Building Supply

 

This week's show is a rebroadcast of the "DOSA" show Sabita did at GBS on a previous GREAT TASTE LIVE.

Sabita will be LIVE on Tuesday, September 5 at GBS for the "PANEER" show.  We hope to see you there at 7:00 pm.

Chef Sabita Sawhney was my special guest chef.  She made amazing dosas, sambar, and coconut chutney, plus plain and potato paratha.  Make certain to have a pen or pencil nearby when you listen.  Sabita does not cook with recipes, but I tried to coax as much information out of her as possible.

Listen to the "Dosa" show this week broadcast on Wednesday at 7:00 pm and again on Friday at 7:00 am.  Next week's LIVE show at GBS will air on KRUU at 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 6, and Friday at 7:00 am, September 8.

 

Vegetarian Heartland

Why is it that most of the authors I talk with are usually from California or live on the East Coast?  That's something to think about, but this week is the exception.  I get to chat with Shelly Westerhausen, a life-long Midwesterner, and the author of Vegetarian Heartland.  Check out one of the recipes from her book below.

In the second half of the show, I visit with Emily Kaiser Thelin, author of the moving and intimate biography of Paula Wolfert.  Wolfert is someone I have admired for years, and Thelin's biography illuminates the amazing career of this often overlooked and prolific contributor to our modern cooking scene.

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