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SPECIAL NOTE:  GREAT TASTE IS LIVE AT HY-VEE ON THURSDAY AT 7:00 PM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chef Sam AuenFor this week only our live show is on Thursday.  If you are local, make certain to grab a seat as our special guest is Chef Sam Auen of Tacopacalypse in Des Moines. Sam is bringing his special brand of zaniness to the Hy-Vee kitchen for "fun with tacos" where we'll get a jump on Cinco de Mayo.  I've eaten at Sam's place, and love his take on south of the border food.  It's not your usual taco, and you'll get a chance to hear what makes Sam cook, plus taste the results.

Amour SpreadsOn the streaming show side tonight (Wednesday) we're replaying one of my favorite episodes.  Also, check out our health coach, Emily Shaw, talking about the magic of beans.

Don't you just love serendipitous moments?  I'm sitting at the counter facing the kitchen at Pago in Salt Lake City, and getting ready to enjoy a meal fixed by Phelix Gardner, one of my favorite chefs.  A couple walks in and is seated next to me.  Since I'm such a shy guy, I start talking to them immediately.  If they have in mind a romantic night out, my take is they should have asked to sit at a table for two.  Anyway, we make some small talk.  Phelix comes over with my first plate-two pieces of grilled bread, two cheeses, one jam and one marmalade.  "The jam and marmalade were made by the couple sitting next to you," he says with a grin.

Homemade JamsGet ready for music and food on this week's GREAT TASTE live from Hy-Vee on Wednesday, August 22 at 7:00 pm.  The opening number is "Canning some Jam" with Indian Hills culinary students, Curt Goudey and Sara Valentine.  Curt leads off with apple butter, followed by Sara on the freshest local fruit.

The harmony they create segues into our next two performances conducted by Rob Ferguson.  In a dramatic solo, Rob, the genius behind the melodious Cruzers sandwich will serve some of those super food laden delightsJim Kerwin for us to sample.  For his second number, he has a new pizza crust made with high-powered grains, and with the help of a quartet from the audience we're going to top them with plenty of fresh vitamin-rich delights.  Rob's making his second  journey to Fairfield in hopes of building a Cruzers' manufacturing plant here.

To keep the mood just right, perhaps a little pizzicato-style music?  World class bass fiddler Jim Kerwin, who has played with mandolin king David Grisman for 28 years, will be weaving his musical magic, along with classical guitarist Tom Allen. Jim has played with the likes of Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, Yo-Yo Ma, Vassar Clements, Mark O'Connor, Edgar Meyer, and also on six Grammy-nominated records. But I'll bet he's never played second fiddle to fresh-made jams and pizzas on what we humbly refer to as the most delicious 60 minutes on the radio. Jim performs in concert at Cafe Paradiso Thursday night at 8pm.

  • Wed
    Apr 25
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    Apr 27
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Spreading Amour on the Next GREAT TASTE!

Amour Jams and MarmaladesDon't you just love serendipitous moments?  I'm sitting at the counter facing the kitchen at Pago in Salt Lake City, and getting ready to enjoy a meal fixed by Phelix Gardner, one of my favorite chefs.  A couple walks in and is seated next to me.  Since I'm such a shy guy, I start talking to them immediately.  If they have in mind a romantic night out, my take is they should have asked to sit at a table for two.  Anyway, we make some small talk.  Phelix comes over with my first plate-two pieces of grilled bread, two cheeses, one jam and one marmalade.  "The jam and marmalade were made by the couple sitting next to you," he says with a grin.

Now, our conversation really begins in earnest, and it gains traction after I taste their creations.  John and Casee Francis are artists.  Interestingly, not just in the kitchen, but as landscape gardeners, and John is a four-time National Old-Time Fiddle Contest Champion.