Italy

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    Dec 06
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    Dec 08
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GREAT TASTE ITALIAN FEST FROM GREEN BUILDING SUPPLY!!!!!

Great Taste Live at GBSFOOD AND FUN AT GREEN BUILDING SUPPLY!

KRUU's Great Taste radio program was LIVE at Green Building Supply on Tuesday, December 5.  Pete DeCicco and Ed Malloy prepared Italian holiday fare.  The dishes were outstanding with bright, distinctive, and light-up-your-mouth flavors.

Ed made the Malloy version of caponata and it was served in a unique style with a dollop of homemade tomato sauce over pasta.  Pete created a root vegetable puree starring celery root, turnips, rutabaga, and parsnips with white wine, lemon, garlic, and a few other flourishes.  Those folks who stayed around for the final flourish enjoyed cannoli with fresh ricotta and cream.

Tune into Fairfield Media Center's video HERE.  Scroll down to the LIVE EVENTS panel on the lower left of the homepage.

Cooks at Italian Fest-GTTofu meatballs

Great Taste was live on Tuesday at Green Building Supply with guests Liliana Rosano, Ed Malloy, and Pete DeCicco.

Ed and Pete were amazing.  Pete's grilled eggplant parmigianno with loads of other veggies was super tasty and pleasingly light.  His tofu meatballs, laden with fresh herbs, and some other flavor enhancers like Spike and Bragg's liquid aminos were partnered with Ed's famous red sauce.  I'm not saying you wouldn't have noticed the meat was missing, but they were great-a definite crowd pleaser in a vegetarian-friendly atmosphere.

 Also, the crew made penne with chickpeas, kale, and the red sauce.  Dessert featured strawberries and ice cream with traditional balsamic vinegar.

There were plenty of fun moments, some liberties taken that may have caused lovers of Italian cusine to wither, but I was impressed with the results and dedication to craft exhibited by Pete and Ed.  

Luckily, we also had Liliana around to explain what is happening on the culinary scene in Italy and with Italian chefs in New York.

Catch the Great Taste radio show on KRUU Wednesday night or Friday morning.  You can find the video (soon if it is not up yet) on the Fairfield Media Center's YouTube channel.

Chef Tom GrayZagat ratings rely on three criteria for judging restaurants-food, decor, and service.  Each of those categories are critically important, and, in general, work as a reliable guideline for diners who want to take the pulse of a specific dining spot.

 

Depending on my mood, how much time I have, and whether I have a friend in the area who has already run restaurant interference for me, I’ll check Zagat, Chef’s Feed, Yelp (be very careful there), Slow Food,  and Eater in the hopes of uncovering the perfect location to fulfill my inner hunger for a special experience.

 

  • Wed
    Jul 08
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    Jul 10
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Slow Money and Italian Fusion on Great Taste this Week!

Priyanka JayashankarOn the KRUU airwaves and streaming Wednesday, July 8 at 7 pm I talk with ISU's Priyanka Jayashankar, co-author of the paper, "Slow Money in an Age of Fiduciary Capitalism."  We'll discuss the nature of the slow money model, and how its investment principles are driven not only by traditional monetary goals, but the potential environmental and social benefits of the specific opportunity.  Can "slow money" spearhead the transformation of commercial agriculture to a more sustainable model?  Find out what Priyanka discovered, and its application to local and global food economies.   

Pete CiCicco-Green Building SupplyOur monthly live show at Green Building Supply took place Tuesday, July 7 with Pete DeCicco, presenting his own mash-up of ethnic cuisine-Italian mixed with a bit of ayurvedic seasonal influences-in a self-described abstract art experience full of spontaneity, chaos, and fun.

Harnessing his Italian DNA, Pete found some early local tomatoes for his summer tomato sauce-a gravy brimming with fresh garlic, basil, rosemary, oregano, fennel, the highly-prized fennel pollen, and other fresh ingredients, along with a unique addition of coriander seed.  Also, on the menu was a vegetarian stew with cannelini beans and mixed greens followed by a just-harvested combination of tender salad greens dressed with a tasty mix of olive oil, rice vinegar, dijon mustard, and nutritional yeast.  

Listen in to learn what drives Pete's cooking passion (you really missed tasting the love if you weren't there for the live show). Also, a big thanks to Everybody's Whole Foods for the terrific ingredients we use on every live show.

  • Wed
    Feb 11
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    Feb 13
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Author Andie Mitchell and Part Two with Nick Trombetta

Cover-It Was Me All AlongAndi Mitchell, the author of the blog “Can You Stay for Dinner,” and the new book, It Was Me All Along kicks off this week’s show.  Andie’s book is the story of how she lost half her body weight, and learned that her life’s journey encompasses much more than the single issue of weight.  Her book is written in a straightforward style, and chronicles how her love of food also became her vehicle of choice to mask her emotional struggles.  It’s a look at how one woman took control of her life, achieved the immediate goal of weight loss, and applied that knowledge to become a mindful eater, and, in addition, grew to become cognizant of the many other complex issues that comprise our lives on this planet. 

Andie’s story is inspiring so I hope you’ll take the time to listen.  You can watch an interview with Andie on Good Morning America here.

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  • Wed
    Feb 04
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    Feb 06
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Deli Man-The Documentary and LA Chef Nick Trombetta

Nick TrombettaLA personal chef, Nick Trombetta, joined us for a LIVE Great Taste Tuesday night at Green Building Supply.  Nick put his Italian heritage into play showing us how to make rosemary focaccia and a perfect dish for a cold winter night, creamy polenta with three cheeses, shitake mushrooms, and bok choy.  I would be remiss if I didn't state that I'm not certain I have ever tasted and enjoyed a better polenta dish.  All the flavors married together for a sparkling taste experience that highlighted a very light and nuance touch with ingredients that can be extremely heavy.

You can listen to part one of the show with Nick at 7:00 pm Wednesday and the replay is at 7:00 am on Friday.  Part two airs on Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00 pm and again on Friday, February 13 at 7:00 am.  Don't forget:  Great Taste is LIVE and FREE with a cooking demo the first Tuesday of every month brought to you by Everybody's Whole Foods and Green Building Supply.

You can watch the entire show with Nick here, courtesy of Jason Strong and Fairfield Media Center.

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the glorious Vegetables of ItalyI’m about to let you in on what is not known to most lovers of asparagus:  you probably could be eating a late harvest of locally grown asparagus right now.  I am.  Most growers only plan for the normal spring asparagus season, but if you follow the advice in this article, another six to eight weeks of eating that divine vegetable can be yours to enjoy.  It may be too late for this year, but now you can plan ahead.

More about vegetables when we visit with Domenica Marchetti, author of the glorious Vegetables Of Italy on the first half of this week’s show.  You can learn more about Domenica by clicking here.  I hope you try the pasta recipe featuring cherry tomatoes from her book.  You can find it at the bottom of the blog post. Click READ MORE to learn about the rest of the show.

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    Apr 23
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    Apr 25
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Live at Hy-Vee with Chef Matt Steigerwald and SOFIA on the KRUU Stream

Chef Matt SteigerwaldGreat Taste this week is an encore broadcast featuring Matt Steigerwald. Matt is one of the most talented chefs I know, and it's a gift to have him on the Iowa food scene. He closed the Lincoln Cafe in December, but the Lincoln Wine Bar in Mount Vernon is open and serves some of the best pizza anywhere. Last Saturday night I saw at least 15 folks from Fairfield there. Enjoy the broadcast.

Next week a visit with Heli Claire Witherspoon who works at Tartine in San Francisco. Put Tartine on your “must eat there" list if you are in the Bay Area.

This Wednesday our show features Chef Matt Steigerwald of the Lincoln Cafe in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  Many folks believe Matt has the best restaurant in the state.  I would not miss this one-in the Club Room at Hy-Vee, 7:00 pm sharp.

Claudia Mueller, publisher of The Iowa Source, will be there, along with Nina Benjamin, who wrote an article about Matt for the Source's March issue.

Kicking off the show is Emily Rose Shaw presenting part 2 of her "Ode to Spring Greens."  I almost forgot to mention that Matt's making Harissa cauliflower with local greens, as a nod to Emily's presentation, and a Charred eggplant falafel with goat cheese lemon yoghurt.

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    Oct 23
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  • Fri
    Oct 25
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GISELLA ISIDORI Cooks and Talks ITALY!

NO LIVE SHOW THIS WEEK! | ON THE KRUU STREAM

This episode of Great Taste is dedicated to Jerry Deprey.  Thanks for hanging out with us.  We're going to miss you.

Gisella Isidori and Kelli KuenzlerThe amazing Gisella Isidori returned to the Club Room last week.  As always, she brought with her the collective knowledge of Italian culture and cuisine, pouring it out during every encounter in a never-ending flow in exchanges always full of surprises. And she did surprise me several times. 

Gisella/Kelli/SavannahDuring the show Gisella was assisted by Indian Hills Culinary Arts students Savannah Strode and Kellie Kuenzler.  She had nothing but praise for their perfect rendering of her recipes into food reality-Halloween panini, pumpkin soup, grape mostarda, roasted chestnuts, and pollo schiachiatta.

(A few recipes are at the end of the post.) 

Also, Emily Rose Shaw, our health coach, gave us an inside look at the Blue Zone initiative, and Tom Allen provided the musical entertainment.

LIVE Show-Hy-Vee Club Room-7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 16

The live show will feel a bGisella on Great Tasteit empty this week and in succeeding weeks because of the passing Sunday of Jerry Deprey.  Every week, with rare exceptions, Jerry was in the front row, usually with his son Jason.  He always met me with a smile and handshake before the show, and expressed how much he enjoyed the experience (and food) after each program concluded.  Thank you, Jerry, for hanging out with us.  I hope your Red Sox make it to the World Series. 

The amazing Gisella Isidori returns to the Club Room this week.  As always, she brings with her the collective knowledge of Italian culture and cuisine, pouring it out during every encounter in a never-ending flow in exchanges always full of surprises. 

I write this blog post pleasantly full after making a dish tonight-riso sconcho (dialect)- she recalled from her childhood  in Valtellina, about as far north as you can go in the Lombardia region of Italy before crossing into Switzerland. 

"My grandmother used to make this.  Maybe it's been 20 years or more since I've thought about it," mused Gisella.