Small VictoriesInterviews either click or they don't.  Luckily, most of the time, they flow smoothly.  Some times they flow like they could go on forever.

It was a real pleasure talking with Julia Turshen, and I actually discovered the "why" near the end of our discussion.  Sorry, I can't give the revelation away, but I hope you'll listen and find out for yourself.

Julia has co-authored cookbooks, many for top-notch chefs and cooks like Mario Batali and Dana Cowin, and even the actor, Gwyneth Paltrow.  She even hosted her own radio show for a time, Radio Cherry Bombe, on the Heritage Radio Network.  Small Victories is her first cookbook, and it is an intimately personal tome full of stories that accompany each recipe.

I think you could make a case that Biodynamic farming has been around in one form or another since man began cultivating plants.  It was formalized in the 1920's as a part of the anthroposophical philosophy founded by the Austrian philosopher, writer, and esotericist Rudolf Steiner.   

The biodynamic approach continues to grow in popularity, and, for example, this week the 1,033 acre King Estate Winery in Eugene, Oregon, announced it will soon become the largest biodynamic vineyard in the United States.

Robert KarpRobert Karp is the Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association, and a long-time food activist.  He was one of the cofounders of the Ames Farmers Market, and a former executive director of Practical Farmers of Iowa.  Our discussion assisted me in gaining a better understanding of the holistic nature of biodynamics, and I know you will find his insights stimulating.



Author & Pie Baker Beth HowardDe-stress holiday baking! Ignore rules & focus on what's in front of you. So says Beth Howard, the author and adventure traveler who taught pie baking classes and ran the Pitch Fork Pie Stand inside the Eldon, Iowa farmhouse made famous by artist Grant Wood. Beth's iconoclastic pie-deology enlivens her book, MS. AMERICAN PIE: BUTTERY GOOD PIE RECIPES AND BOLD TALES FROM THE AMERICAN GOTHIC HOUSE.

eth made pies for Steven Speilberg (coconut cream), Dick Van Dyke (strawberry rhubarb), and Barbara Streisand (lemon meringue). She gave pie away and taught pie baking classes in the grieving community of Newtown, Connecticut. Although Beth's closed the pie stand and moved out of the Gothic House, she still believes in the healing power of pie. You will, too, if you read her books or listen to this rebroadcast episode.

Andy LoRusso, the Singing Chef, is the author of the best selling cookbook, Sing and Cook Italian. Mr. LoRusso is also a recording artist and celebrity chef. He has cooked and performed the world over.

Dr. Scott Terry is a licensed therapist and the Director of the Ardent Counseling Center in Chicago, Illionois. Dr. Terry also offers counseling services in Iowa.


  • Wed
    Jun 18
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  • Fri
    Jun 20
    7:00 am -
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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.

  • Wed
    Oct 10
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  • Fri
    Oct 12
    7:00 am -
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Home Cooks on Great Taste - Wednesday It's LIVE at Hy-Vee

last gasp of summerAs I think back on all the wonderful meals I've had in the past few days, I am exceedingly thankful for having the opportunity to enjoy local produce grown by committed farmers.  Sweet peppers, purple beans, eggplant, summer squash, and tomatoes all found their way to the table.  With a flourish of flavor, the colorful, fresh vegetables of summer said "so long for awhile" as fall snuck up on us.

A crisp couple of nights threw a knockout punch to the tomatoes and squash, but that white kiss also sweetened up the chard and kale.  The story is pretty routine, but always new in some ways.  This season the chill forced my daughter and son-in-law to pick many green tomatoes that are now beckoning to me from inside their jars where they are transforming into pickled tomatoes.  That caused my mind to race backwards a few decades and see a vision of rows of pickled green tomatoes sitting on shelves in the basement after my mother transformed them.  I can still taste their complex sourness replete with the flavors of dill, garlic, and other pickling spices.

Mariel HemingwayAs the granddaughter of illustrious author, Ernest Hemingway, Mariel was always destined to be well-known and publicly recognized. However, at the young age of 13, Mariel became famous in her own right when she made her silver screen debut in “Lipstick”. Four years later her work in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” earned her an Oscar nomination. She has since made 30 films and numerous television appearances in series and as a host of several environmental and humanitarian documentaries.

Now at the age of 47, Mariel is the mother of two daughters, Dree 21 and Langley 19 and a caretaker of anywhere from 2 to 6 delightful dogs at a time. For over 20 years, she has been pursuing her passion for yoga and health and is now seen as a voice of holistic and balanced health and well- being. As part of that role she has leads wellness retreats all over America, sharing her insights about movement, silence, nutrition, and home.


Italian Cooking Class with fresh and local ingredients and a game with our "live" audience so don't miss the next GREAT TASTE on Wednesday from 7-8 PM!!!!

Kathy and Steve were "At Home" doing a full evening of cooking Italian-antipasti, primi, secondo, contorno, insalata, and dessert (dolce). Join the fun and if you miss us the rebro is from 7-8 AM on Friday. The pics-up top is amazing produce (already!) from a local greenhouse and underneath is Spinach Trieste style. Follow Great Taste on Facebook and become a fan-


Wallace Farms

Kathy and Steve are going to turn out their own strange twist on Risotto/Paella cooked in the studio during the show, and you are invited to taste the results. Listen and then come by the KRUU studios for a bite when you hear the dinner bell ring. Don't forget to bring a tiny plate or bowl plus your own utensils. We're only supplying the food!

Also, special guest, Nick Wallace of Wallace Farms fills us in on what it takes to run an organic cattle operation in Iowa.

It's Great Taste tonight from 7-8 pm and you are the special guests!