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Des Moines' Hole in the Wall Smokes it at Green Building Supply

Zach Gutweiler and Bruce BalesIt’s thrilling to go along for the ride when the driver knows exactly how to reach the destination.  Cruising along the culinary highway with Chef Zach Gutweiler and his associate, Bruce Bales last week at Green Building Supply was a trip designed with lovers of food in mind.  Every turn featured a different view of the food landscape, each pause in the action for a bit of talk yielded tiny morsels of information easily adapted to the home kitchen, and the different destinations featured surprising flavors coaxed out through the application of creative techniques.

Iowa from Hole in the WallI was already totally sold when Zach said one of his dishes was called “Iowa,” named because its major components are staples of our landscape-corn and corn flour.  After those two ingredients the food map stretched as far away as Japan and Italy including a faux dashi broth, miso, kale pesto and trombocino squash before landing locally again with cultivated oyster mushrooms.  

Always looking to enhance each element, and employing a “nose to tail” philosophy even with vegetables, Zach smoked the mushrooms and squash by wrapping them in scorched corn husks and baked the little packages in the oven.  (Normally Zach would have actually smoked the ingredients, but without a hood to suck up the smoke he had to take a slight detour.)  A non-vegetarian version of the dish was made by using bacon as the smoky component.

Jack Fruit BunGREAT TASTE is “LIVE”  this week, Wednesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm, as we launch a new “Join the Chef” monthly series from the kitchen at Green Building Supply.  Kicking off the series is a young chef, Zach Gutweiler, who creates amazing tastes in a 25 square foot space called Hole in the Wall in Des Moines.  To find out what he is preparing each week check out Hole in the Wall at Gas Lamp on Facebook.

Click "READ MORE" to learn more about the live show at Green Building Supply.

Zach, along with his sous chef, Bruce Bales, will do some shopping at the Wednesday Fairfield Farmers Market prior to the show.  His style combines classic French technique with the daredevil attitude he polished during his professional in-line skating career.  At “the Wall” Zach features as much organic and local produce and meats as possible from numerous farmers around the Capital city.

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Waffles and French Pasta on GREAT TASTE this Week!

Will It WaffleWe're going to break some food boundaries on this week's GREAT TASTE.  My first guest is Daniel Shumski, author of the just-published book, Will it Waffle from Workman Press.  Waffles are one of the weekly favorites at our house, but I guarantee you have never thought of the many creative ways Dan came up with to use a kitchen tool that in mostWinnie Moranville houses ends up collecting dust on a shelf.

In the studio I'll heat up a waffle iron to make one of the recipes from Dan's book. Drop by for a taste of an unorthodox type of waffle.

On the "Iowa Cooks" segment of the show I will visit with Wini Moranville from Des Moines, IA.  Wini's new ebook, The French Pasta Cookbook, was just released. She is the author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook, and in her career as a restaurant reviewer has analyzed the fare of over 750 eating spots.

Great Taste is live at the KRUU studio on Wednesday at 7 central and replays at 7 in the morning on Friday.

the glorious Vegetables of ItalyI’m about to let you in on what is not known to most lovers of asparagus:  you probably could be eating a late harvest of locally grown asparagus right now.  I am.  Most growers only plan for the normal spring asparagus season, but if you follow the advice in this article, another six to eight weeks of eating that divine vegetable can be yours to enjoy.  It may be too late for this year, but now you can plan ahead.

More about vegetables when we visit with Domenica Marchetti, author of the glorious Vegetables Of Italy on the first half of this week’s show.  You can learn more about Domenica by clicking here.  I hope you try the pasta recipe featuring cherry tomatoes from her book.  You can find it at the bottom of the blog post. Click READ MORE to learn about the rest of the show.

Moises Velasquez-ManoffPopping vitamins has never been my thing, but I have plenty of friends who load up every single day and have followed that regime for years.  In talking with them about their supplement intake I’ve never been convinced they really notice tangible results, but, instead, rely on the simple rationalization that “more is better” when it comes to filling the body with “super foods.”  OK, maybe I could buy that, but in the form of a pill?

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Deborah MadisonDeborah Madison’s cookbooks have occupied treasured spots on my bookshelves since 1987 when she wrote The Greens Cook Book along with Edward Espe Brown.  Fast forward 27 years, three James Beard Awards plus many other accolades, and Madison, though not a vegetarian, continues her love affair with vegetables.  

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone came out this past spring, an update to her classic Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone published in 1997.  Last year’s Vegetable Literacy  went far beyond a recipe book as Madison drew on her insights over several decades of cooking, including stints in professional kitchens, and as a gardener, enlightening readers with the interconnected web of relationships within the same botanical family.

Click on "Read More" for recipes from Vegetable Literacy.

Done.-front coverI admit to feeling a bit intimidated before I picked up the studio phone to call James Peterson.  The first of his fifteen books, Sauces, has a permanent spot on the bookshelf in my office.  He's won seven James Beard awards-the highest official honor for food professionals in North America; tying him with Jacques Pépin for top honors in awards earned.  And I had to tell him the interview wouldn't start on time because someone was still in the studio with the red "Recording" light ablaze.

His warm voice and reply of "That's ok," to my predicament melted my nervousness. We finished recording 35 minutes later, but it took me several hours to come down from the thrill of that discussion.  I hope you enjoy our talk, and it inspires you to cook at home a bit more.

Click "Read More" for additional information on my interview with James Peterson.

 

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Ayurvedic Herbs in the Kitchen and Vegan Treats

Dr. Dinesh GyawaliDr. Dinesh Gyawali is an ayurvedic physician trained at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.  He earned a post graduate degree at the same university specializing in medical anthropology.  Currently he is working on his PhD in Human Physiology at MUM studying the effects of ayurvedic herbs on coronary heart disorders. He's kindly agreed to keep the discussion simpler on this week's GREAT TASTE, talking about common procedures that can be used at home for minor ailments.  Also, he'll share the many ways herbs and spices can be used in our daily meals to enhance health. We'll explore cumin, turmeric, tulsi and other culinary botanic delights.

Click READ MORE for information on the second half of the show.

 

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Local Iron Chefs and Art of Cultures-GREAT TASTE this Week!

Iron Chef WinnersSeveral weeks ago I had the honor of being one of the judges at the final of the Iron Chef competition for upper school students enrolled in an advanced culinary course at the Maharishi School for the Age of Enlightenment (MSAE).  The three winners-Overall Victor-Mickey DeAngelis, Most Creative-Brandon Pratherhuff, and Best Presentation-Davin Titus will join me at KRUU along with their teacher, Laurie Baumann. 

The plan is for the competition to go an extra round as each student will bring a dish to the studio.  Really, I am just looking for more to eat from these talented individuals.  True confession-I wasn't expecting to be blown away by the dishes these guys created during the competition, but it happened.  I'll let them share the details about the ingredients they were given, the rules, and what transpired in the heat of our local kitchen stadium.

As their prize for winning, we went to the Lincoln Wine Bar in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and the boys enjoyed the terrific pizzas turned out by owner Matt Steigerwald and his crew.  As an added bonus, Matt and his wife, Michelle, ate dinner with us, and afterwards he took the budding cooks behind the counter to show them the pizza oven.

Click on READ MORE (below right) for information on the second half of the show.

 Lukas VolgerLast time Lukas Volger was on the show we discussed his book, Veggie Burgers Every Which Way.  Since that time Lukas has expanded what now is a mini creative empire. 

He has written another book, Vegetarian Entrees, started a company that makes veggie burgers and sells them through retailers in the northeast like Whole Foods, created a digital quarterly, Feast by Lukas, that is available on the iTunes store, does cooking demos around the country, and even put together Lukas V’s Ultimate Vegetarian Dinner Party MixTape.  The guy’s taste in music is as classy as his burgers.

 

You can read about Lukas in the latest issue of Brooklyn Magazine, but tune in to hear him on GREAT TASTE.  He was kind enough to share the recipe below.  It’s from “Building Blocks”, the latest digital quarterly Feast by Lukas release.  

CLICK READ MORE BELOW FOR THE RECIPE AND INFO ON THE REST OF THE SHOW!

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