Steve Boss's blog

  • Wed
    Feb 09
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Feb 11
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Molto Vegas-A Rebroadcast from the Great Taste Archives

NOTE:  This show is a rebroadcast.  Enoteca San Marco is now Otto-same ownership and same great food.  It's my "go to" spot in Vegas.  Zach and Doug are still running the food show with Chris Vaughn as Chef di Cucina at Otto.  Josef Helphinstine is with another restaurant.

Fried artichokesGelato and fruits

Zach Allen the culinary director of Molto Vegas, Doug Taylor executive pastry chef of Molto Vegas, and Josef Helphinstine Service Director of Enoteca San Marco join us on this week's Great Taste. We're talkin' about Slow Food that beats the odds every time. Don't miss our dose of traditional Italian with a Batali (Mario Batali) twist or How to Survive in Vegas without Sacrificing your Palate or Wallet!

We'll be cooking Italiano in the studio with a little informal lingua Italiana thrown in for fun. Don't miss out on the next Great Taste "live in the studio" with the Indian Hills culinary crew.

  • Wed
    Jan 26
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Jan 28
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm

GREAT TASTE Teams Up with INDIAN HILLS CULINARY STUDENTS

Mixed vegetable salad at Osteria in PhladelphiaSo what’s up on Great Taste this week? We’ll get the pleasure of tasting the culinary delights that Ben Froah and several other students from Indian Hills will create in the studio.  One of our favorite simple pasta dishes is on the menu-pasta e fagioli.  This is a dish you really want to have as part of your kitchen skill set.  Ben and the gang are bringing their knives, too.  We’ll learn a bit about knife care and skills including how to do both a brunoise and julienne cut.  Have your knife, cutting board, and a carrot and potato ready!

For the past three weeks I’ve been putting some miles on and adding the pounds as well.  It does take some sacrifice being a road warrior who feels a great responsibility to his listeners.  I conducted research in Philadelphia, Westchester County, New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Chicago, and I am pleased to report that there is some fine food to be had in each of those cities.  If there is one criticism to be leveled at my research it is that many of the spots I visit are places I’ve told you about before.

  • Wed
    Jan 19
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Jan 21
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Great Taste visits Paris-Well, we talk about it!

Croissants Cole Porter's simple, but lovely song sung by Frank Sinatra is ringing in my ears while I write this post:
I love paris in the spring time
I love paris in the fall
I love paris in the summer when it sizzles
I love paris in the winter when it drizzles
I love paris every moment
Every moment of the year
I love paris, why oh why do I love paris
Because my love is here

We love the FOOD in Paris,  No surprise there.  Maybe you are planning a trip this year to that amazing city or possibly only dreaming of going.  Either way, you'll enjoy hearing the recent food exploits of Lonnie and Valerie Gamble during our next show. They returned a couple of weeks ago from a month's stay with Valerie's mom and shared their thoughts on how to eat well and not spend a fortune while talking with Kathy and me.

DON'T FORGET-THIS IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION SO THAT MEANS WE WON'T BE COOKING IN THE KRUU STUDIO.

We're recreating the hip scene of the "beat generation" as GREAT TASTE  presents poetry, java and simple food with every element served up in the KRUU coffee house.  Drop into a couch to listen if you are close by or pour yourself a steaming cup in the confines of your own cozy quarters. 

  • Wed
    Jan 05
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Jan 07
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Food-Best of 2010 in Cookbooks

Strawberry Crepe The Art of Mexican CookingIt's hard to imagine what could top wandering New York's finest culinary bookstore where over 13,000 titles make stomachs gurgle and mouths water daily.  We're doing the next best thing which is talking with Matt Sartwell, manager of Kitchen Arts and Letters in Manhattan.  For more than 25 years the store has been a destination for chefs, authors, "foodies," and anyone interested in finding the right food book.  Its owner, Nock Wacksman, even has a strong Iowa connection.  He and his wife have been food judges at the Iowa State Fair for seven years.  Matt, who was an editor at Penguin Books before becoming a fixture at the store, will help us explore the best cookbooks of 2010, some current trends among publishers and the purchasing public plus discuss what books speak most clearly to different culinary interests.

 

  • Wed
    Dec 29
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Dec 31
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Foodies-Back Off on the next Great Taste!

chocolate pieedible table pieceThis week's show comes with a homework assignment.  Please read "Foodie Fatigue" by Christopher Borrelli prior to the show and be prepared to both laugh and do some head scratching.  The article appeared in the December 27 online edition of the Chicago Tribune and was forwarded to me by Great Taste listener Tom Kroupa.

Borrelli, who characterizes himself as "part of the problem," will spend some time on the phone with us from Chicago discussing his take on the frenzy surrounding many aspects of current food culture. 

  • Wed
    Dec 22
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Dec 24
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

It's a GREAT TASTE Holiday Party!

Mexican chocolateKalona Organics egg nogA festive hour of GREAT TASTE will charm your ears on this week's holiday show.  We'll talk party food and, of course, enjoy some too. Come by the studio, bring your favorite holiday fare and spend an hour enjoying the tastes of the season. 

I'm bringing one of my absolute favorite finds of the year-organic egg nog made in Kalona.  It's extraordinary.  Also, a cold night deserves some delicious hot chocolate so we'll make a Mexican version.

Kathy should be back in time from Florida to add the genuine "hostess" advice necessary to make your family and friends gathering a great success.

Join us at the studio-7:00 PM CST for a very merry Great Taste..  If the location isn't convenient, catch the stream at kruufm.com live or the rebroadcast streaming Friday at 7 AM CST.

  • Wed
    Dec 15
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Dec 17
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Chef Gordon Rader "Studio Chat" on GREAT TASTE

Chef Gordon Rader and students

Click here to listen to show archive.

Being around Chef Gordon Rader, Program Director for Culinary Arts at Indian Hills Community College, is always a multi-faceted experience.  He is self-deprecating in a way that makes others feel at ease.  That's why he is a master at communication because once he has your attention, he holds it through a quiet sense of command that is backed by years of knowledge and experience.  During the past four years he has begun to change the culinary landscape of SE Iowa through his commitment to training top-level chefs in the college's French-technique based program.  But that is really only the smallest part of what he's accomplishing.  By opening the minds of young people to various cultures and culinary traditions, expanding the school's outreach through exchanges with Spanish educators, supporting local farmers, and various other initiatives, Chef Rader is one of the driving forces behind a regional culinary vision and culture that will provide support for the birth of numerous artisanal products, new restaurants, and specialty food shops.  We'll talk about his students, a recent trip to Spain and his favorite holiday foods during his studio visit.

  • Wed
    Dec 01
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Dec 03
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Wine, Pizza and Latkes? Where else but on GREAT TASTE!

Steve Siegel making pizzaThe studio is going to be hopping on the next edition of GREAT TASTE.  We'll celebrate the first night of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah by cooking latkes.  Latkes are one of my favorite foods.  Actually, I've never met a potato in any form that didn't look like it was begging for me to taste it.  But, there are latkes and there are latkes.  Those folks who think they can be baked and still bring honor to the name are dead wrong.  We'll be frying them up.  Stop by if you are around the studio or make them at home along with us.  Here's what you need to have prepared ahead of time-grated potatoes, minced shallot or onion, peanut oil or extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and a frying pan.  We'll put everything together.  Click the link for an excellent article to read that gives you the real info on making the best potato latkes.

  • Wed
    Nov 24
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Nov 26
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

It's a GREAT TASTE Thanksgiving!

Turkey in the dock


The show this week features a look at the wide variety of dishes that can make up a modern  Thanksgiving table.  We have guests galore starting off the hour with Jeanne Sauvage, author of The Art of Gluten-Free Baking blog.  Jeanne has been baking gluten-free for over 10 years, and will help you make a gluten-free dressing for the turkey and simplify the art of preparing a pan gravy. 


How about a raw foods holiday banquet?  Joining us again from the already snowbound state of Minnesota is Susan Powers, creator of rawmazing.com, and author of Rawmazing Desserts and Rawmazing Holidays 2010.  Susan's ever-evolving raw food philosophy might surprise you.

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