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Olivia WuOlivia Wu joins us from Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California where she has been cooking for Googlers and educating them about the tastes and traditions of Asian food since December 2007. It's our turn tonight as Olivia will guide Kathy and Pam through the necessary steps to feed hungry studio dwellers.
But wait there's do you pick the right spot to eat Asian food, and what to order when the menu appears.
But wait there's still more....Olivia lets us in on "...the REAL way to eat Asian food."
But wait there's more still....a peek into the Google Food Program, its values, objectives, and effects on Googlers and beyond.
It's the next GREAT TASTE so grab your pencil and paper and listen in on the radio or stream with us.
7-8 PM Wednesday and 7-8 AM Friday

Chef Phelix Gardner (background) Wild Grape bistro kitchenSweet corn risotto, scallops, piquilo pepper w/goat cheese










of the Wild Grape in Salt Lake City

By special listener request we're preparing risotti in the studio. Follow along with Kathy DuBois and Chef Phelix Gardner and you'll learn the techniques necessary to create one of the most satisfying of "comfort" dishes from Northern Italy. Cooking risotto is something that's easily done at home once you understand the process and have the right ingredients at hand.

Get ready to cook south of the border this Wednesday as Rick Bayless joins us from his restaurants in Chicago. Last Wednesday Bayless won Bravo's Top Chef Masters title and the $100,000 prize. All the funds go to his Frontera Farmer Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing capital development funds to farmers serving the Chicago area who are dedicated to local, seasonal and sustainable food production.

Here's the show menu-Guacamole with roasted pumpkin seeds, two salsas, tortilla soup, enchiladas with greens, and a peach dessert. It's regional Mexican cooking in the KRUU studio and lots of kitchen tips from the owner of Topolobombo, Frontera Grill, Frontera Fresca,and the soon-to-open XOCO in Chicago.

After almost three years we FINALLY are getting some professional cooks into our KRUU studio kitchen! Chef Gordon Rader, Program Director and Lead Culinary Instructor at Indian Hills Community College,
takes over the duties of cooking James Moore's dinner, and he's bringing a crew to help: Adam Darland, a recent graduate from the IHCC program and Jon Ulrich one of his current students. The menu includes eggplant parmesan and local greens plus lots of insight into what goes into a culinary education.

Lights, camera, action!! Fairfield Public Access Cable (FPAC) will record this show for future broadcast. We're hoping to video most upcoming episodes of GREAT TASTE so you can doubly enjoy our kitchen antics.

Can a restaurant these days still be so fancy that you cannot request a doggie bag with dignity?

What’s a nice vegetarian to do if Gypsies give her bread smeared with lard?

Don't miss this hour of GREAT TASTE as Robin "Miss Conduct" Abrahams will answer these mystifying questions of food etiquette, and help set your "friends" straight on tipping, splitting checks, what to bring to a party, and many other food conundrums.

From her website: Robin Abrahams writes the popular “Miss Conduct” social advice column for the Boston Globe Sunday magazine. “Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners” (or “MCMom”) is her first book. She blogs six days a week here and at, and conducts online chats twice a month on

We're covering a lot of ground on the next GREAT TASTE-from our local soil to New York's Fancy Food Show, Mexico & more!

Dean Goodale
drops by the studio for an update on the state of local Comunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) efforts.

Torrey Witherspoon
from the AT HOME STORE has some chocolate treats for us to sample plus all the latest product trends she saw in the Big Apple.

Also, some cheeses you MUST taste (we will be doing just that), a Mexican cooking event not-to-be-missed, positive news out of Washington, and lots more....

Wednesday, July 15, 7-8 PM

Friday's rebroadcast 7-8 AM

Wow!  It's summer, it's hot, and who wants to cook?  So let us help you with some easy ideas to make the kitchen a really cool place to hang out.  Kathy will turn the studios into our normal GREAT TASTE festival of food.

Also,  Marissa Markowitz will tell us how to throw a "sustainable" party using local foods, "green" plates, sporks, & more.

Plus some kitchen tips you won't want to miss.  Have your pencil and paper ready or your digital memo recorder.

We're serving up some GREAT TASTES from 7-8 PM on Wednesday and Friday's rebro beginning at 7 AM.

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Kathy's cooking from Vegan Soul Kitchen, and Bryant Terry, its author will spend the hour with us on this week's GREAT TASTE.








Bryant makes Oakland his home, but he spends a great amount of time on the road promoting his healthy style of cooking which is an amalgam of African, Caribbean, and Southern traditions reinterpreted without animal products, and emphasizing local, seasonal, and sustainably-grown food. You can follow him on Twitter @bryantterry. Check out a recent video with him from a Mother Jones interview on You Tube.

Guests, Great food, and lots of info this Wednesday, June 3, 7-8 PM

Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson, is the force behind the La Vida Locavore blog which, she characterizes as "the blog for anyone whose crazy life includes planting, growing,
weeding, fertilizing, raising, picking, harvesting, processing,
cooking, baking, making, serving, buying, selling, distributing,
transporting, composting, organizing around, lobbying about, writing
about, thinking about, talking about, playing with, and eating food!" Her first book, Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It will be published on July 1. She is a Commonweal Institute fellow & member of the Organic Consumers Association policy advisory board.

Francis Thicke owns the organically-certified Radiance Dairy in Fairfield. He'll join us in the studio to discuss the recent New York Times article spotlighting the plight of organic dairy farmers. Francis grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. He earned a Ph.D. in Agronomy/Soil Fertility at the University of Illinois. In 1992, he returned to his farming roots and we are all thankful for that! He is currently seeking the office of Iowa Agriculture Secretary.


Kathy is back and the heat will be on in the studio. Don't miss one second of an action-packed GREAT TASTE.

If you do, the rebro is Friday, June 5 from 7-8 AM.



Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, Flavors of the Riviera, Opera 101 and numerous other books have been written by New Yorker Fred Plotkin. Fred describes himself as a "pleasure activist," and we're thrilled to have him on GREAT TASTE this Wednesday from 7-8 PM.

Don't miss this show for tips on Italian travel, Italian food, and some great insights into the world of opera.

Also, Lenora Boyle gives us a preview of the upcoming "All Things Italian" June Art Walk.

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