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Summer PastaAll Things Italian Street FestivalSaturday, June 18 Fairfield turns red, green and white as we celebrate the best of Italia during the All Things Italian Street Festival.  On Great Taste we honor the food heritage of Italy with a little in-studio cooking done by our resident Sicilian, Kathy DuBois.  Also, we'll tell you about the pastas we'll be making at the At Home Store on Saturday afternoon.  Dick Deangelis, the godfather of the affair, will drop by to fill us in on all the festival details including the dishes that will be available on the piazza.

Micro-brews are continuing to expand their niche in the beer end of beverages.  We have an interesting micro-brewery almost on our doorstep-Peace Tree Brewing Company in Knoxville.  With luck we'll talk to the brewmaster (if his son's little league team loses on Tuesday we're on for sure, if they win there is another game on Wednesday so we have to hope his mobile signal works from the ballpark) and get the crazy story of how with a little smoke and mirrors the company was created and is putting out some delicious brews.

Taiwan Night Market

Shabu Shabu

WHERE & WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 7:30 at the Rukmapura Park Hotel.

Dining Theme: The Streets of Taipei

DETAILS & HOW TO BID: Support solar-powered KRUU-FM and enjoy delicious food and fun in a festive dining atmosphere. Only 40 seats available. Snag one or more simply by sending an email to: greattaste@kruufm.com. The minimum bid per dinner is $30. Check out the menu by clicking Read More below.

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Marion Nestle: E. Coli, MyPlate and More!

DON'T MISS THIS WEEK'S SHOW!

Kathy and I Marion Nestletaped an interview today with Marion Nestle that will air on Wednesday's show at 7:00 PM CDT and replay Friday at 7:00 AM CDT.  The hour is packed with timely information as we discussed the current outbreak of E. coli in Germany, MyPlate, and a host of other issues.  If you are not familiar with Marion, check out her bio (from her website) below.  She has been an outspoken voice in the area of food politics for many years and plays a key role in the "food revolution" along with Michael Pollan, Eric Shlosser, Alice Waters, Fairfield's own Francis Thicke, and many others.

Her blog can be found here.

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    Jun 01
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    Jun 03
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Why Choose a Vegetarian Diet?

Mixed garden veggies and riceIt's almost impossible to pass by any location that features magazines without being bombarded by stories about the latest and greatest dietary triumphs.  From "Seaweed-eating Grandmother loses 175 pounds-Gives Birth to Triplets at 65," to "You can Stay Slim, Smart, and Supple eating 5000 calories/Day," we are obsessed with different types of consumptive behaviors.  With all the attention on food and diet it's even possible to conclude that the information available is easily understood and consumers can make intelligent choices without any problems.  Unfortunately, that doesn't play out in reality since the United States has one of the highest obesity rates in the world among industrialized nations and close to 25% of children and teenagers in this country are either overweight or obese.

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    May 27
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Bloggers to Authors on this week's GREAT TASTE

Ariella Elizabeth-5 days oldAriella Elizabeth Severin is the sole reason last week's GREAT TASTE episode came from our archives.  I can ecstatically report that she is a terrific eater; weighing in at 5 pounds when she left the hospital and tipping the scales two day's later already back to her birth weight of 5 pounds 7 ounces.  As a proud and thankful first-time nonno (grandfather in Italian), I look forward to many meals together as we explore the diverse and delicious world of food.   

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A Snowbird Returns on next week's GREAT TASTE - May 25th

curried veggies with coconut milkice cream sandwichesGREAT TASTE welcomes back co-host Kathy Dubois, who spent the past three months in Florida.  We have her apron ready and are putting her right to work in the studio kitchen so tune in for some delicious dishes.  We recently had the pleasure of enjoying two of her delectable creations (pictured above).

Also, we welcome back Indian Hills Culinary student, Ben Froah.  Ben co-hosted the IHCC segment of Great Taste several times, and has recently returned from his internship at Grinell College.  Two other students, Cedric Figueroa and Heather Wilkening, will join Ben in the studio to share their experiences as interns.  Cedric worked at Eva Longoria and Todd English's Beso in Los Angeles while Heather was baking in Anchorage, Alaska.  It's a night of celebration because on Thursday all three of them will graduate from the culinary program.

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Crème Brûlée from the Iron Chefs at Bloomfield Hich School

Bloomfield High School Students in the IHCC LabCrème brûlée is one dessert I can never pass up when it appears on a menu at a great spot.  The velvety feel of the custard provides a sensual treat for my mouth while the crunch of a perfectly caramelized sugar top adds that fun extra textural dimension.  I think a simple infused vanilla bean flavor is my favorite.  That's, of course, if all the elements come together properly.  There's a lot that can turn the dish into something not quite special, which is why it's always fun to continue the search for the perfect rendition.  Little did I think that journey might add a new chapter in the GREAT TASTE kitchen in our KRUU studio.

Street in TaiwanWe're going somewhere we've never dared venture before on this week's show-Taiwan.  I don't know how you feel, but my normal thinking about Asian restaurants is "I must be missing something."  So many of them serve the same food found on menus that look almost exactly the same, and read like they all came from the same copy machine.  Rumors always abound, from those in the know, that the best Asian food is only a language barrier away in many spots.  I know that to be true, sort of.  Many years ago, my wife and I walked into a spot in San Francisco I had carefully researched prior to beginning our trip.  The place was huge and completely filled.  We were the only Caucasians, the menu was not in any language I could read, and no one admitted that they spoke English.  I said "vegetarian" to our waiter and we had an amazingly satisfying, delicious and unknown meal.  In January I was in the Philly suburbs and spotted a place while cruising online that purported to serve "real" regional Chinese specialties if you ordered off the non-Eng

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What's Up with the Aronia Berry?

Pollinating the aroniaI met this week's guest, Andrew Pitz, several weeks ago at Wheatsfield, the co-op in Ames.  Andrew was promoting his Sawmill Hollow Family Farm's two varieties of aronia berry wine.  Immediately, I was struck by his passion for not only the little purple berry that is packed with high concentrations of anti-oxidants, but his ideas about land stewardship, natural healing, and the importance of sharing that knowledge to enrich both people and planet. While I listened, I tasted the wines which were very pleasing and will especially appeal to folks who don't like the tannic quality inherent in many grape wines. 

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Pollinators and Matzah Brei-Now that's Topic Diversity!

Bees doing some pollinatingTwo kinds of matzah breiWe've got happy shots adorning this week's blog post. The little guy on the left is taking his life's work of pollinating seriously as he checks out the bloom on a Meyer Lemon tree. It's pretty easy to forget about the role that pollinators play in bringing food to our table. The bottom line is that without them most of the vegetables and fruits we eat wouldn't grow. Wanda Sandfire and Sean Johnson have a website you can check out where the critical role of pollination played by a diverse number of insects, animals, and natural forces is explained.  Tune in as they help us understand and explain how we can contribute positively to the pollinator world.

The other happy face is the guy with the two dishes of matzah brei. The Jewish holiday of Passover started Monday evening, and we'll cook up a version of this dish for everyone in the studio to try. My matzah crackers are in the oven right now. My sister gets the nod as the inspiration for making them, but I changed the ingredient contents. We'll check out how they turned out using this very simple method:

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