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Chef Wides, along with esteemed guests from the culinary world, dissect topics that range from the complex (the nature of cooking itself) to the deceptively simple (eggplants!). Combining classic culinary know-how, personal experiences, and the occasional victual history lesson, Why We Cook is a great listen for culinary vets and rookies alike.

Chef Wides, along with esteemed guests from the culinary world, dissect topics that range from the complex (the nature of cooking itself) to the deceptively simple (eggplants!). Combining classic culinary know-how, personal experiences, and the occasional victual history lesson, Why We Cook is a great listen for culinary vets and rookies alike.
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Chef Wides, along with esteemed guests from the culinary world, dissect topics that range from the complex (the nature of cooking itself) to the deceptively simple (eggplants!). Combining classic culinary know-how, personal experiences, and the occasional victual history lesson, Why We Cook is a great listen for culinary vets and rookies alike.

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Episode 164: Color Me Freaked Out...

10/11/2016
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There’s nothing left to say. I’ve read every editorial, every FaceBook post, every HuffPo screaming front page rant. I’m done. I’m done with the election, and I’m done even discussing it, or him. He who shall not be named. I had been calling him the apricot barbarian, but you know what? I love apricots, they’re delicious and pretty and when they’re ripe, they smell how I imagine Eden might have smelled, if Eden had been a real place and not just a setting for a fairy tale. Apricots are an...

Duration:00:31:49

Episode 163: Scary Clowns, Apricot-Faced Barbarians, and Gluten; Who Ya Gonna Call?

10/4/2016
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We're all really, really scared these days. Scared for the future, scared for the planet (well, some of us), scared of scary scaring clowns scaring kids, scared of scary clowns pretending to be legit candidates...OMG, so much scariness! And it's not even Halloween yet! But even worse than all that scary stuff...is GLUTEN! Oh no, GLUTEN! The big scary monster lurking in all our most delicious foods, like bread! Well, you all know how I feel about this, that unless you are straight-up legit...

Duration:00:39:40

Episode 162: Let's Get Real...And Sharp. And Blunt!

9/27/2016
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It's special guest day here in the Foodiness Fallout Shelter! My new, once-in-a-while co-host, Emily Peterson, has taken time out from her busy life of cheffing, motherhood, chicken raising and occasional taxidermy to join us down here. You may know Emily from her HRN show, Sharp and Hot, but today we're doing a mini-series within my show, called Sharp and Blunt. Guess who's Blunt? Ha. We have lots of stuff in common and lots of similar food issues, so we're gonna kinda free-form it today,...

Duration:00:40:53

Episode 161: This Foodiness Was Made For Walking!

9/20/2016
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@KarlMeltzer just broke the world record for the being fastest ever finisher of the entire Appalachian Trail, you know the Appalachian train, right? It’s a 2,190 mile hiking trail that runs along the East coast of the US, from Georgia to Maine. Now, I hike, and I’ve done little bitty bits of it, 4-5 miles here and there, on DAY hikes. I see people on the trail, with their huge packs and gaunt faces, and their lingering clouds of BO trailing behind them…and I give them major respect for...

Duration:00:33:12

Episode 160: Welcome back to the Fallout Shelter, now climate controlled by Foodiness!

9/13/2016
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Today, on the season premiere of Let's Get Real!!! Ok, so a couple of changes are afoot here in the Foodiness Fallout Shelter. Well, no, actually the shelter is the same, I barely touched the place over the summer. It looks really great, and the biomass fuel HVAC system I built last winter is working great, too. Biomass is awesome, you guys know about biomass right? It’s using stuff like agricultural waste products to create energy? Like threshed wheat stalks and orange peels and broccoli...

Duration:00:30:57

Episode 159: Cod Worms and Devil Dogs – extended edition

6/21/2016
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Today, on Let's Get Real... It's the extended live version of "Cod Worms and Devil Dogs"! Can't remember what that is? It's the live theater piece I did back in March. This is the extended version, that I performed on Saturday. I worked so hard on this as a live show, that I'm not ready to put it to bed yet. So all you lucky listeners get to hear it today, instead of a regular episode. Live at 1:00 p.m. on www.heritageradionetwork.org as always, and later on letsgetrealshow.com, iTunes and...

Duration:00:29:45

Episode 158: Pollen-Whacked? Maybe You Need a Shot of Lawn-Grass Juice!

6/7/2016
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I’m hiding out down here in the fallout shelter this week. I’m safe here, since we’re so deep underground and we filter our air. I can’t go outside anymore, since I seem to have developed terrible seasonal allergies, all of a sudden. Twice this spring I’ve been hit with weeks of a sore throat, major congestion, coughing. It’s not a cold, I feel fine underneath it all, and I’m convinced that it’s related to climate change. I never had any allergies before, so why now? I think there are...

Duration:00:34:06

Episode 157: Today's Drink Special, is the Saddam Slam!

5/31/2016
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Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, in a very dark, grim place in my past... I waited tables at TGI Friday's. Yes, really. Hard to believe, I know, but I needed a job, I couldn't get hired anywhere else, and a friend got me the job. It was the early 90's, we were in a recession, I was depressed and dumpy looking, and no higher-end restaurant would give me the time of day, so I went the corporate route. For a few months... Suffice it to say, TGI and me...we didn't really, uh, "mesh"?...

Duration:00:34:17

Episode 156: We Hold These Foodiness Truths to be Self-Evident...

5/24/2016
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Here, in corporate Big Food America, we apparently hold certain Foodiness truths to be self-evident, which is that all industrially produced foods are created Equal, that they are endowed by their corporate Creators with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are potentially destroying Life, crushing the Liberty of the small farmer and the pursuit of profitable Happiness for those running the corporations.- Sorry, I’ve been thinking about American holidays, and the 4th is right...

Duration:00:30:31

Episode 155: Babies & Cake

5/17/2016
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So I’ve got babies on the brain. Everywhere I go, everyone I know and see is breeding, birthing, being fruitful and multiplying as if babies were going out of style or were about to be banned or rationed by the government. Brooklyn is baby-breeding central. I miss the old NYC where once you had kids you moved out, fearing for their lives. Not me, of course, I’m too old, that ship has sailed and there’s no turning back into the wind now. Oh sure, so-called well-meaning people say to me, “Oh...

Duration:00:33:48

Episode 154: I’m Not Licking MY Fingers…

5/3/2016
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Today, an ALL-NEW episode of Let's Get Real! Yes, it's a new show, after a long break to develop the new weekly Heritage Radio Network News show, of which I'm the co-anchor! But I'm back, this week with tales of finger-lickin' weirdness. On today's show I revisit my invitation to the BIG Kentucky Fried Chicken event where I was taken way, way down the Foodiness rabbit hole, to the place where the chicken is fried, the slaw is sweet, and @RachelDratch gets hired to demo breading. Yes,...

Duration:00:32:32

Episode 153: Cod Worms

3/29/2016
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I like to write, and I like to talk into a microphone. And I also like to talk in front of a live audience, I’ve discovered. Teaching all those years gave me the confidence to stand up in front of a group and tell a story, even if that story was about kitchen sanitation or pork butchering. I have a lot of stories, after being in this crazy industry for over 20 years, and I wanted to turn them into something entertaining and live, much like this very show, but in front of a live audience....

Duration:00:22:15

Episode 152: To Everything There Is a Season, and a Dry, Crumbly Cookie to Match

3/22/2016
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On this week's episode of Let's Get Real, Erica celebrates the eve of the joyous holiday of Purim, aka "The Jewish Halloween." Among many other reasons, this holiday is exciting because it heralds the coming of spring! Also this week was National Slurpee Day, when 7-Eleven invites customers to bring in their container of choice for a free fill-up – whether it's a cup, an oil drum, or even an inflatable kiddie pool.

Duration:00:30:35

Episode 151: Go West, Young Man, But Don't Forget to Bring Your Insulin

3/15/2016
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On this week's episode of Let's Get Real, Erica waxes nostalgic about the classic film Annie Hall, and its derisive depiction of California health food restaurants in the 1970s. Before arugula and Whole Foods were invented, California pioneered the health and organic food craze, which has become ubiquitous in today's society. However, it seems the glimmering, shimmering bubble of The Golden State may have burst, according to some new statistics which indicate that 55% of the adult...

Duration:00:32:29

Episode 151: Go West, Young Man, But Don’t Forget to Bring Your Insulin

3/15/2016
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On this week’s episode ofLet’s Get Real, Erica waxes nostalgic aboutthe classic filmAnnie Hall,andits derisive depiction of California health food...

Duration:00:32:29

Episode 150: We’re 150, But We Don’t Look a Day Over 100!

3/1/2016
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On this 15oth episode ofLet’s Get Real, host Erica Wides opens with arevelation she had about cooking while swimming, before...

Duration:00:34:03

Episode 149: One of These Things Does Not Belong

2/23/2016
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On this week’s Let’s Get Real, the theme is “one of these things does not belong.” Chef Erica Wides reminisces...

Duration:00:33:52

Episode 147: A Holiday Card Against Humanity

2/9/2016
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Today is February 9, 2016. We are now 39 days into the year. At the end of this week, on...

Duration:00:33:09

Episode 146: What’s On Your Plate?

2/2/2016
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Erica Wides is back for a brand new episode ofLet’s Get Realwith hergood friendKristin Wartman; Let’s Get Real’s resident nutrition...

Duration:00:38:21

Episode 145: You Can’t Make Soup Dumplings with Blue Raspberry Flavored Jello…

1/5/2016
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From Erica Wides: So I had to go to Whole Foods a few days ago, to buy unflavored gelatin. You...

Duration:00:31:56