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Seasoned is a radio program and podcast from Connecticut Public about the passionate people who grow and cook our food. Host Robyn Doyon-Aitken and a team of contributors and producers shine a light on local food makers, restaurants, and farms from every corner of the state. They also talk with nationally known food writers and cookbook authors to bring you the stories and inspiration behind their books and recipes. Go to CTPublic.org/food to see our featured recipes and videos and sign up for our monthly newsletter, 'Full Plate'. For more, visit ctpublic.org/seasoned

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Seasoned is a radio program and podcast from Connecticut Public about the passionate people who grow and cook our food. Host Robyn Doyon-Aitken and a team of contributors and producers shine a light on local food makers, restaurants, and farms from every corner of the state. They also talk with nationally known food writers and cookbook authors to bring you the stories and inspiration behind their books and recipes. Go to CTPublic.org/food to see our featured recipes and videos and sign up for our monthly newsletter, 'Full Plate'. For more, visit ctpublic.org/seasoned

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Recipes and stories from The Great British Baking Show's Janusz Domagala

6/12/2024
Janusz Domagala is one of your favorite bakers from The Great British Bake Off, or The Great British Baking Show, as it’s known here in the U.S. We were cheering for him right through to the semi-finals of Season 13 in 2022. This hour, Janusz talks about his debut cookbook, Baking with Pride. Plus, he describes the joy of baking in the Bake Off tent, the importance of showing up as his authentic self, and how some of the recipes in his book honor LGBTQ+ history. Plus, we talk with a Middletown teacher about her very cool summer gig. Valerie Zimmer and her 7-year-old step-daughter, Mia, are giving Mr. Softee a run for his money this summer. GUESTS: Janusz Domagala: Beloved former contestant on The Great British Bake Off and the author of Baking with Pride. (@januszbakes) Valerie Zimmer and Mia: Valerie is the owner of Mama Mia's Ice Cream Truck and a student engagement specialist at Beman Middle School in Middletown, Conn. Mia is Valerie's stepdaughter and the inspiration for the ice cream truck (she's also the ice cream truck "boss." (@mamamiasicecreamtruck) on Facebook FEATURED RECIPES: World Pride Cake Date Night Brownies Polish Honey Cake This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, Tagan Engel, and Meg Fitzgerald, with help from Sabrina Herrera, Francesca Fontanez, Katherine Jimenez, and Martha Castillo on Social. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:25

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Chrissy Tracey’s debut cookbook, plus The Chicken Chick, Kathy Shea Mormino

6/5/2024
Vegan chef Chrissy Tracey sits down with producer Tagan Engel to talk about the basics of foraging and how to incorporate wild plants and mushrooms into delicious meals. They discuss recipes for "lobster" rolls, Chrissy's riff on strawberry Pop Tarts, bagel sandwiches with carrot lox, and herby drinks from Chrissy's debut book, Forage & Feast. Plus, backyard chicken keeping expert Kathy Shea Mormino describes realities of caring for the only pet that gives us food, backyard chickens. Interested in keeping chickens? Listen to this episode first. Chrissy Tracey: Food content creator and author of Forage & Feast (@eatwithchrissyy) on Instagram Kathy Shea Mormino: (aka The Chicken Chick): Founder of The Chicken Chick, a platform to connect, educate, and share an appreciation for keeping chickens as pets with chicken enthusiasts worldwide. She’s the author of The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens: Simple Steps For Healthy, Happy Hens. Kathy is @TheChickenChick) on Facebook and (@thechickenchick) on Instagram. FEATURED RECIPES: Strawberry Knotweed Toaster Tarts Wild Mint Mojitos Lobster Mushroom Rolls This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, Meg Fitzgerald and Sabrina Herrera. Our Social team also includes Francesca Fontanez, Martha Castillo and Janae Spinato. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:51:28

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Priya Krishna, plus a gardening crash course and fresh food in Hartford

5/15/2024
We begin the show by talking with (pinch us!) food writer and reporter Priya Krishna of the New York Times. She shares some of the stories behind her new book, Priya’s Kitchen Adventures. It’s a cookbook for kids! And, Priya talks about some of her most meaningful reporting for the Times to date: her video series On the Job, where she shines a light on the unseen workers of New York City’s food scene. Priya also previews Chefs!, the Connecticut Forum’s live, unscripted panel discussion taking place at The Bushnell on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 PM. Priya’s fellow panelists are Marcus Samuelsson and Gail Simmons, and the event is moderated by Sam Sifton. Go to CT Public's website for a chance to win free tickets to the event or buy your tickets directly from The Connecticut Forum. Also this hour, Azeem (Blessings) Kareem and Sarah Rose Kareem of Samad Gardens Initiative describe how they teach newbie gardeners and farmers how to grow food for themselves and their communities. You’ll learn how to connect with Nature by growing vegetables, greens, and herbs in recycled egg cartons, milk jugs or buckets. Plus, you’ve heard of CSAs. What does it mean to be a “CSA grocery store?” We talk with Jocelyn Cerda (below), founder of Mercado Popular. Jocelyn is on a mission to work with BIPOC growers and makers to connect the Hartford community with fresh, healthy, local food. GUESTS: Priya Krishna: Food writer and contributor to the New York Times. She’s the author or co-author of several books, including Cooking at Home (with David Chang) and Indian-ish with her mother, Ritu. Her latest book is Priya’s Kitchen Adventures. (@priyakrishna) on Instagram Azeem (Blessings) Kareem and Sarah Rose Kareem: Founders of Samad Gardens Initiative, Bloomfield, Conn. (@samadgardensinitiative) on Facebook and (@samadgardensinitiative) on Instagram Jocelyn Cerda: Owner of Mercado Popular, Hartford, Conn. (@mercadopopct) on Facebook and (@mercadopopct) on Instagram FEATURED RECIPES: Watermelon Agua Fresca Dahi Bahalla, Nana-Style LEARN MORE: Read/Listen: Azeem (Blessings) and Sarah Rose Kareem were profiled in Connecticut Public’s series: BIPOC farmers in Conn. may be small in number, but they have plenty of stories to tell Watch: Sarah Rose Kareem demo: How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar Extract Watch: Sarah Rose and Azeem (Blessings) Kareem demo: How to Make Fermented Plant Juice Learn: Sign up for a Samad Gardens Initiative gardening class or find teas Learn: Fruition Seeds - Free Container Gardening Course (and many other resources on their website for new and seasoned growers) Learn: Sarah Rose and Azeem (Blessings) recommend Nigel Palmers book The Regenerative Growers Guide to Garden Amendments to new and aspiring growers Plan: Consult a Biodynamic Calendar to learn which tasks to do when and how to sync your growing with lunar and planetary influences. This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Katrice Claudio, Stephanie Stender, and Meg Fitzgerald. Our Social team includes Sabrina Herrera, Francesca Fontanez, Martha Castillo, Katherine Jimenez and Janae Spinato. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:52:24

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The scoop on Connecticut’s best local ice cream shops

4/29/2024
This hour, we get the scoop on some of the state’s best ice cream shops from two people devoted to local ice cream. We talk with Craig Behun, the ice cream lover behind the Instagram @cticecreamtour and Shahan Kukreja of Micro Creamery. Since 2015, Craig’s been posting about his adventures trying ice cream shops all over the state. And Shahan takes the micro brewery concept and applies it to ice cream. You’ll find more than 70 local ice cream flavors in the shop. Plus, Sweet Claude’s in Cheshire is an ice cream shop we love; get to know its owner Kelly Anne Pearce. And finally, Dr. Steve Zinn, UConn professor in the Department of Animal Science, talks about the cows we have to thank for the milk used in the excellent ice cream served at the UConn Dairy Bar (@uconndairybar). GUESTS: Craig Behun:@cticecreamtourShahan Kukreja:Micro Creamery@microcreameryofctKelly Anne Pearce:Sweet Claude’s@sweet_claudesDr. Steve Zinn: Your Picks: Thank you to everyone who shared ice cream shop recommendations with us! We compiled all your shout outs here, including every shop that was mentioned during our round table discussion with Craig and Shahan. This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, and Meg Fitzgerald, with help from Sabrina Herrera on Social. It originally aired September 21, 2023. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:46:08

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Seasoned celebrates Earth Day with a farmer, cook and beekeeper

4/17/2024
Organic horticulturist and farmer, Renée Giroux, of Earth’s Palate Farm in Warren talks about her approach to organic farming, Korean natural farming and Shumei farming, and shares her experiences as a young farmer working with Sal Gilberte of Gilbertie's Organics and the late chef, David Bouley in New York. Renée also explains the role small family farms play in offsetting climate change, and she talks about the ways the NW CT Food Hub connects farmers with customers like schools, chefs and food pantries. And, cook and recipe developer Susan Spungen (above) will get you excited about spring cooking. Fun fact: Susan was the culinary consultant on the films Julie & Julia, It's Complicated and Eat, Pray, Love. She’s the author of the cookbook, Veg Forward. Plus, Karyn Bigelow (below), the founder of Beekeeping While Black, a virtual platform for building a community for Black Beekeepers in the U.S., talks about her beekeeping experience and what motivated her to start the platform. Karyn also describes the mental health benefits of engaging with nature and beekeeping. GUESTS: Renée Giroux: Organic horticulturist and farmer, co-owner of Earth’s Palate Farm in Warren, Conn. (@nourishingplants) (@warrengrown) Susan Spungen: Author of Veg Forward: Super-Delicious Recipes that Put Produce at the Center of Your Plate. (@susanspungen) Karyn Bigelow: founder of Beekeeping While Black. (@Beekeeping.While.Black) FEATURED RECIPES: Bucatini with Pea Pesto, Ricotta and Shaved Asparagus Sugar Snap, Cabbage, and Radish Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing Strawberry Tartlets with Goat Cheese Filling This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Katrice Claudio, Stephanie Stender, and Meg Fitzgerald. Sabrina Herrera, Francesca Fontanez, Martha Castillo, Katherine Jimenez and Janae Spinato are our Social team. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:50:33

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Seasoned celebrates National Library Week

4/4/2024
This week on Seasoned, we’re talking with people connected to our state’s libraries who mix their work with a passion for food, drink and community. The downtown branch of the Hartford Public Library may be closed for renovations, but that hasn’t stopped Andréa Hawkins and Doug Barber from opening up a coffee shop on the light-filled first floor of the library. They talk with us about how the shop fosters community. And, pairing wine with cheese and charcuterie is too obvious. What wine might pair with Virginia Woolf’s Orlando? How about Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina? Shannon Barillari, of the Russell Library in Middletown, talks with us about how she pairs wine with books. Plus, how does Youth Services Librarian Kristen Slepecki get kids excited about the library's Teen Test Kitchen program? "I bribe them with food," she says. "Sugary treats are, for sure, the way to go." We talk with Kristen and Christine Michaud, the Durham Library's director, about the intrinsic value of the library's Cookbook Club, which is part book discussion, part pot luck. Also, some city and town libraries in our state have what's called a Library of Things. Home cooks, ask your librarian if you can borrow a Barbie cake pan, cookie cutters, an air fryer, rice cooker or pizza oven! Bridget Quinn, President and CEO and Head Librarian at the Hartford Public Library describes the awesomeness of the Library of Things. GUESTS: Andréa Hawkins and Doug Barber: Co-owners of Berkins on Main, the coffee shop on the first floor of the Hartford Public Library. They also own Berkins Blend Cafe in Glastonbury, Conn. Shannon Barillari: Head of Digital and Emerging Technologies, Russell Library, Middletown, Conn. Christine Michaud: Director of the Durham Public Library and the leader of the library’s Cookbook Club. Kristen Slepecki: Youth Services and Teen Librarian at the Durham Public Library. She runs the Teen Test Kitchen program, where teenagers participate in fun taste tests and make edible experiments. Bridget Quinn: President and CEO, and Head Librarian, of the Hartford Public Library. Interested in the book and wine pairings Shannon Barallari suggests? The Guest by Emma Cline - Bajta Kerouac by Ann Charters - Château Redortier, Beaumes de Venise Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Chateau Thivin (producer) Cote de Brouilly (one of the twelve appellations in Beaujolais) – Les sept vignes T. R. The Last Romantic by H.W. Brands (Teddy Roosevelt Biography) - Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Orlando by Virginia Woolf - Bodet-Herold Crémant de Lorie Physis This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Katrice Claudio, Stephanie Stender, Tagan Engel, and Meg Fitzgerald. Scout Raimondo is our intern. Sabrina Herrera, Francesca Fontanez, Martha Castillo, Katherine Jimenez and Janae Spinato are our Social team. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Seasoned heads to the forest for local maple syrup

3/20/2024
It’s maple syrup season! We visit The Independent Day School in Middlefield where students learn the art and science of maple syrup-making starting in kindergarten. Science teacher Xander Lowry is our guide as we tap trees, gather sap, split wood and make syrup with local students. Students in third, fifth and eighth grades describe what they love about the process and the ways making maple syrup brings the community together. And, when Seasoned spoke to James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Pocknett this past summer, she told us that the maple syrup coming out of the Mashantucket Sugar Shack was “the best in all the land.” Of course, that made us want to see, smell and taste for ourselves. Producer Tagan Engel takes a walk in the forest to visit the maple sugar operation guided by Jeremy Whipple, a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and executive director of the Tribal Department of Agriculture. Jeremy is the project manager of the Mashantucket Sugar Shack. Jeremy explains maple syrup’s significance to members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and how he and his team make the Pequot Maple Syrup–using modern technology while drawing on hundreds of years of ancestral tradition–at the Mashantucket Sugar Shack. Plus, Tagan shares a recipe for Maple Rosemary Glazed Pecans. GUESTS: Xander Lowry: Science teacher at The Independent Day School in Middlefield, Conn. (@theindependentdayschool) (with special thanks to Jim Rumberger, Director of Facilities at The Independent Day School) Third, Fifth and Eighth Grade Students from The Independent Day School Jeremy Whipple: Executive director of the Tribal Department of Agriculture and the project manager of the Mashantucket Sugar Shack. Learn more about how the Pequot Maple Syrup is made. This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, and Meg Fitzgerald. Sabrina Herrera, Francesca Fontanez, Martha Castillo and Janae Spinato are our Social team. Our interns are Scout Raimondo and Shanice Rhule. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Hungry for more? Subscribe to the Full Plate newsletter for show updates, gardening tips and recipes from cookbooks we love. And, visit our dedicated Food page for more seasonal recipes and food news. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Local food influencers on their impact, social media, and their communities

3/6/2024
This week on Seasoned, we talk with content creators in the food space. Kat Ashmore is the chef (and "Hungry Lady") behind Kat Can Cook on Instagram and TikTok. We’ll talk with her about her first cookbook, just out! Big Bites: Wholesome, Comforting Recipes That Are Big on Flavor, Nourishment, and Fun. And if you're a #ctfoodie, you likely follow David Milton's @thedamgram and @thedamtok for new restaurant alerts and to get David's picks for "the best" everything from empanadas to chicken sandwiches to mochi donuts and ice cream. (We appreciate his "3 Meals for under $20 series, too). David makes videos on-site that make people hungry and he uses his platforms to uplift the people and places making delicious things all over our state. Producer Katrice Claudio talks with David about how and why he shines his light (literally) on the mom-and-pops you love and shares the videos with his thousands of fans and followers. Plus, producer Tagan Engel visits a brand new coffee shop in New Haven called MOTW Coffee and Pastries. Its larger organization, Muslims of the World, began on Instagram with a mission around illuminating "the lives of Muslim individuals through their own stories. This digital space blossomed into a haven, celebrating resilience, faith, and the shared humanity that binds us all." Tagan speaks with the sibling co-owners about the shop and their specialty: traditional Yemeni chai. GUESTS: Kat Ashmore: author of Big Bites: Wholesome, Comforting Recipes That Are Big on Flavor, Nourishment, and Fun (@katcancook) (Kat on TikTok) David Milton: Content creator behind @thedamgram and @thedamtok. Usama Aslam, Bilal Aslam and Zainab Aslam: Sibling co-owners of MOTW Coffee and Pastries in New Haven, Conn. (@MOTW.Coffee) Featured Recipes: Chimichurri Meatballs Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Salted Maple Frosting Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Katrice Claudio, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender and Meg Fitzgerald. Scout Raimondo is our intern. Sabrina Herrera, Francesca Fontanez and Shanice Rhule are our Social team. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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How to savor chocolate, plus bars you can feel good about buying

2/12/2024
This week on Seasoned, we’re spending the hour talking about—and tasting—chocolate. We'll get a history lesson and follow cacao's journey from a bitter drink for wealthy Aztecs to the delicious thing it is today. Plus, if you care about where your food comes from and how it impacts the people who grow and harvest it, as well as the planet, we're recommending four chocolate bars that are certified organic, Fair Trade and Fair for Life. First, you’ll meet Benoit Racquet of BE Chocolat in Fairfield. This master chocolatier is not just making artisan chocolates, he’s designing a tasting experience. And, we talk with food historian Ramin Ganeshram about the evolution of cacao and chocolate. "So these individuals working with cacao for this world market—for colonizers, for their enslavers and those who'd indentured them—were skilled artisans," Ramin said, "they were agriculturalists, they were food scientists, and people I think don't realize that." Finally, in between bites, Tagan Engel and Westport chocolatier Aarti Khosla recommend ethically made store-bought bars you can feel good about buying. It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it. Tagan prefers a tall, thin Theo, and both agree it has a good snap. One of Aarti's top picks is from Tony's Chocolonely, one of the original chocolate makers working toward a 100% exploitation free chocolate. GUESTS: Benoit Racquet: Master chocolatier and co-founder of BE Chocolat in Fairfield, Conn. Ramin Ganeshram: Executive Director of the Westport Museum for History & Culture. She’s also a food historian, a professionally trained chef, a journalist and the author of the book, The General’s Cook, a novel which tells the story of Hercules Posey, the chef enslaved by President George Washington. Aarti Khosla: Chocolatier/owner of Le Rouge Chocolates by Aarti in Westport, Conn. Chocolate bars you can feel good about buying Tagan and Aarti tasted the following bars during their segment. All are readily available at markets or pharmacies and sell for between $3.00-$6.00. AlterEco (Brown Butter Dark, Organic, Fair Trade) Theo (Cherry Almond, Organic, Fair for Life) Tony’s Chocolonely (Caramel Sea Salt, Fair Trade, Traceable Cocoa Beans) Divine (85% Exquisitely Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar, Fair Trade, Ghanian farmer co-owned) Learn More: Visit the Slave Free Chocolate website. The Fine Chocolate Industry Association is working on a glossary to help define the terms used for ethical and sustainable chocolate. This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, Meg Fitzgerald, and Sabrina Herrera. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:57:30

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The art of dining alone

1/31/2024
We all have different opinions on dining alone. Some people relish the experience. Others would rather eat a bowl of bees than feel vulnerable at a table for one. . .perhaps thinking to themselves - are people judging me? This hour, producer Katrice Claudio reflects on solo dining and how it can actually be a way to connect — with yourself, and others. Katrice talks with writer Alissa Wilkinson. She’s a movie critic for The New York Times, and the author of the book, Salty: Lessons on Eating, Drinking, and Living from Revolutionary Women. A year ago, Alissa wrote an article for Vox called “The Glories of Dining Out Alone.” Alissa explains some of the history of dining alone, the stigma people may still feel, and takeaways for solo-diners. . . so you might feel a little more confident if taking yourself out to dinner is part of your self-care. Katrice also talks with local bartender Anna Konya about her experiences observing and interacting with lots of solo diners grabbing a meal at the bar. Plus, get to know the New York City photographer behind the book, Dining Alone: In the Company of Solitude. Aside from its portraits of solo-diners, the book is an interesting visual history of restaurants spanning 35 years. GUESTS: Alissa Wilkinson: Writer and a movie critic for The New York Times. She’s the author of the book, Salty: Lessons on Eating, Drinking, and Living from Revolutionary Women, and she wrote an article for Vox called “The Glories of Dining Out Alone.” Anna Konya: Writer, experienced bartender and cultural commentator. Find Anna's writing at Daily Nutmeg (@theflowingcup) Nancy Scherl: Fine art photographer. Her book is Dining Alone: In the Company of Solitude, (published by Daylight Books). This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Katrice Claudio, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Meg Fitzgerald, and Sabrina Herrera. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:50:40

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Seasoned explores olive oil, plus chef JJ Johnson’s ‘The Simple Art of Rice’

1/17/2024
Olive oil is a thing of beauty—and essential in so much of our cooking. Olive oil sommelier Tassos Kyriakides teaches us how to better appreciate olive oil – both for its flavor and its health and ecological benefits. And, producer Meg Dalton reports on one Connecticut organization using Palestinian olive oil to educate the community about the region. We’ll also hear from Wafa Shami, a Palestinian food blogger, about the importance of olive trees. Plus, we talk with James Beard Award-winning chef JJ Johnson about his new book, The Simple Art of Rice. GUESTS: Tassos Kyriakides: Certified Olive Oil Sommelier and Assistant Professor of the Yale School of Public Health Ghoufran Allababidi: President of the Tree of Life Educational Fund (@TreeofLifeEducationalFund) Rebecca Crosby: Board member of Tree of Life and a retired pastor of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Wafa Shami: Food blogger behind Palestine in a Dish and author of several children’s books, including Olive Harvest in Palestine. (@palistineinadish) JJ Johnson: James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and the founder of FieldTrip in New York City, a trio of restaurants focused around rice. His latest book is The Simple Art of Rice: Recipes from Around the World for the Heart of Your Table with Danica Novgorodoff (@chefjj) (@novgorodoff) (@fieldtripusa) Learn More: Education in a Bottle Wafa Shami’s recipe for Chicken Musakhan Featured Recipes from The Simple Art of Rice: Seafood Paella Filipino Adobo Bibimbap with Pickled Vegetables This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Katrice Claudio, Stephanie Stender, Meg Fitzgerald, and Sabrina Herrera. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:56:58

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Local voices: Highlights from our favorite Seasoned conversations of 2023

1/3/2024
Before we go full-speed ahead on 2024, this week on Seasoned, we’re listening back to some of our favorite conversations of 2023. You'll hear moments from our episode celebrating local restaurants that have stood the test of time, an Indigenous chef who made James Beard Award history, chefs we’re cheering for (always!) and people supporting their communities through food and farming. GUESTS: Frank “Wayne” Stone: Owner of the Glenwood Drive-In in Hamden, Conn. (@Glenwooddrivein) Kelly Ciccone: Daughter of Wayne and owner of Kelly’s Cone Connection in Hamden, Conn. (@kellysconeconnection) Joan Paul: Co-owner of The Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn. (@griswoldinn) Aaron Sarwar: Manager of Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan in West Hartford, Conn. (@shishkebabhouse) Angela Sarwar: Assistant Manager of Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan in West Hartford, Conn. Damon “Daye” Sawyer: Executive chef and co-owner of 29 Markle Ct. in Bridgeport, Conn. Reneé Touponce: Executive Chef at Oyster Club and The Port of Call in Mystic, Conn. (@reneetouponce) Rachel Sayet: Indigenous educator and member of the Mohegan Tribe Sherry Pocknett: James Beard Award-winning chef/owner of Sly Fox DenToo. Kristianna Smith and Mike Saraceno: Curators and cultivators of a pick-what-you-need garden in New Britain, Conn. (@ourgardennb) Richard Myers: Horticulturist/farmer and co-founder of Park City Harvest in Bridgeport, Conn. (@park.city.harvest.llc) (@park_harvest) Shawn Joseph: Horticulturist/farmer and co-founder of Park City Harvest in Bridgeport, Conn. Full episodes: CT restaurants that have stood the test of time, plus John Kanell’s ‘Preppy Kitchen’ Georgia O’Keeffe’s recipe collection, local chef Damon Sawyer, plus Prince Abou’s Butchery Chef Reneé Touponce’s innovative approach to seafood, local clam shacks, and fish hunter Valentine Thomas Chefs Sherry Pocknett and 'Diasporican' author Illyanna Maisonet make James Beard Award history A gutsy talk about fermented food. Plus, big plans for Small State Chef Rahanna Bisseret Martinez + a personal approach to community gardening The farmers behind Park City Harvest, plus CT Wine Country This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, Meg Fitzgerald, and Sabrina Herrera. (Emily Charash was a producer on the full episode of CT Restaurants that have stood the test of time) Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Holiday cookie traditions, plus Roya Shariat and Gita Sadeh’s ‘Maman and Me’

12/18/2023
Roya Shariat and her mother, Gita Sadeh are co-authors of the new cookbook, Maman and Me: Recipes from Our Iranian American Family. You’ve likely seen Gita on Roya’s TikTok and Instagram, where she’s famous for flipping the most gorgeous tahdigs and picking the right-sized container for leftovers 100% of the time (there are some nail-biters and you will root for her ‘til the end). In our conversation, Roya explains why it was important for her to document her mother’s recipes in a book, and together, they talk about the ways their culture is so deeply rooted in food and feeding one another. Plus, some Connecticut residents talk about a cookie that’s special to them, either because of a cultural tradition, holiday or just because they love it. You’ll hear about treasured alfajores, anisette cookies, gingerbread, rugelach, Norwegian krumkake, and more. We also learn about the cookies (and the bakers) of Sanctuary Kitchen in New Haven. GUESTS: Roya Shariat and Gita Sadeh: Co-authors of Maman and Me: Recipes from Our Iranian American Family (@mamanandme) (@royashariat) GUEST COOKIE CONTRIBUTORS: Joyce Thompsen Biolzi and Janice Papuga: Mother and daughter. Special cookie - Norwegian krumkake Leyla Dam Jenkins: Owner of Lorca Coffee Bar in Stamford, Conn. Special cookie - alfajores Lori Dalton: Mom of Seasoned’s Director of Storytelling. Special cookie – Italian anisette Ramin Ganeshram: Executive Director of Westport Museum for History & Culture. Special cookie - gingerbread Noah Baerman: Jazz musician and educator. Special cookie - chocolate chip Parvine Toorawa: Chef and baker at Sanctuary Kitchen. Special cookie - naankataj Azar Ahmed: Chef at Sanctuary Kitchen. Special cookie - kaak juz hind Rawaa Ghazi: Program Associate at Sanctuary Kitchen in New Haven, Conn. Special cookie - ma'amoul Tagan Engel: Producer of Seasoned. Special cookie – rugelach and Lego® gingerbread (adapted from Tartine's soft gingerbread) FEATURED RECIPES: Soft Almond Flour Cookies (Toots) Crispy Egg Yolk and Walnut Cookies (Noon Tokhmorghi) Sweet Yogurt Fritters (Noon Masti) Tagan's Rugelach Tagan's Lego Gingerbread Cookies This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, and Meg Fitzgerald, with help from our Social team Sabrina Herrera and Francesca Fontanez. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:51:39

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Real talk about diet culture from the ‘Food, We Need to Talk’ authors

12/12/2023
This week on Seasoned, real talk from the authors of the podcast—and now book—Food, We Need to Talk: The Science-Based, Humor-Laced Last Word on Eating, Diet, and Making Peace with Your Body. Juna Gjata and Dr. Eddie Phillips join producer Katrice Claudio to unpack ideas about diet culture, weight loss and what it means to be healthy. GUESTS: Juna Gjata: Co-host of the podcast and co-author of the book, Food, We Need to Talk. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in cognitive neuroscience. (@theofficialjuna) (@foodweneedtotalk) Dr. Edward Phillips: Co-host of the podcast and co-author of the book, Food, We Need to Talk. He is Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, and the founder and director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Katrice Claudio, Stephanie Stender, Tagan Engel, Meg Fitzgerald, and Sabrina Herrera. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:42

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Bake smarter—and with confidence, plus exploring connections between Judaism and farming

12/5/2023
Don’t you just love a good secret? Here’s one: baking isn’t any harder than cooking. You don’t have to stress about preciseness, food science or perfection. Samantha Seneviratne is a baker, a contributor to the New York Times, and the host of Everyday Cooking on Magnolia Network. She’s also a James Beard Award-nominated cookbook author and her latest book is Bake Smart: Sweets and Secrets from My Oven to Yours. We talk with Sam about her book and get her to spill those secrets so you can bake with confidence. Plus, producer Tagan Engel talks with Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh about the work being done at the Adamah campus of the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT. Programs, immersive retreats, and fellowships at the center aim to help people better understand and experience the connection between Judaism, agriculture and the Earth. GUESTS: Samantha Seneviratne: Author of Bake Smart: Sweets and Secrets from My Oven to Yours. Get info about the book/baking event at Byrd's Books happening on December 10. (@samanthaseneviratne) Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh: Managing Director of Education Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, an Adamah campus in Falls Village, Conn. (@adamah) Jaimie Sadeh: Art therapist. Jaimie joined to talk about cooking latkes and other traditional foods to celebrate Hanukkah FEATURED RECIPES: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Tagan Engel's Ultimate Latkes This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, Meg Fitzgerald, and Sabrina Herrera. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Talkin’ turkey with local chefs, plus the gift of Buffalo Creek squash

11/20/2023
This hour, chef Raquel Rivera, a cooking teacher and owner of A Pinch of Salt, and Jason Sobocinski, a local food entrepreneur, share tips for cooking a Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixins’. And intern Lateshia Peters talks with her mom Nicole Lewis about why their Thanksgiving meal is centered around the food of her Grenadian heritage. Think: Caribbean-spiced salmon, fry-bakes, and cocoa tea. Plus, producer Tagan Engel speaks with Hi’ilei Hobart, a professor of Native and Indigenous Studies at Yale, and Rebecca Salazar, a student seed keeper with the Yale Native American Cultural Center and the Yale Sustainable Food Project. They spoke at the Yale farm about their adventure this year - growing and saving seeds of the special Haudenosaunee Buffalo Creek squash. These two indigenous women also speak to the importance they feel in connecting with indigenous and ancestral foods such as the three sisters: beans, corn and squash - to counter the challenges of colonization. GUESTS: Raquel Rivera: Chef/owner of A Pinch of Salt Jason Sobocinski: Co-owner/partner of Caseus Provisions in Wallingford, Crispy Melty by Caseus, Olmo Bagels, Ordinary and Haven Hot Chicken in New Haven, Mystic Cheese Company in Groton and Black Hog Brewing Company in Oxford. Lateshia Peters and Nicole Lewis: Lateshia is a CT Public Intern and Nicole is her mom. Hi’ilei Hobart: Assistant Professor of Native and Indigenous Studies in the program of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. Also author of Cooling the Tropics and editor of Food Ways Hawaii. Rebecca Salazar: Undergrad studying Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale. Rebecca is a Seed Keeper and Programs Liaison between the Native American Cultural Center - (NACC) and the Yale Sustainable Food Program (YSFP). This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, Meg Fitzgerald, and Sabrina Herrera. Special thanks to the Yale Sustainable Food Program and to Fafa­­­­­­ Van Ha, Lazarus Fellow at the Yale Sustainable Food Program for contributing to the Buffalo Creek squash segment. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:57:44

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50 Pies, 50 States: A baker gets to know the US through pie

11/1/2023
Stacey Mei Yan Fong dreamed up the most delicious way to learn more about the United States, her chosen home. We talk with Stacey about her first cookbook, 50 Pies, 50 States; the immigration story that inspired it; and the pure joy that pie brings. Stacey created the 50 Pies, 50 States project while applying for permanent residency in the United States. She researched each state, developed a pie recipe inspired by the state, and dedicated the pie to a friend or special person connected to that state. Some pies are wild and wonderful—Nevada’s “All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Pie” and Minnesota’s “Corn Dog-Hotdish Pie with Savory Funnel-Cake Topping” are examples (there are a few state-fair-inspired pies as well). And some pies highlight a state’s fun facts. Did you know that the snickerdoodle is Connecticut's state cookie? Stacey details the backstories behind her unique pies and gives home bakers tips for baking great pies, whether they’re dedicated to someone or just made to share and spread joy. Plus, we spotlight a story Where We Live explored about the surprising connection between baking powder and our state. Patrick Skahill hosts a conversation with food historian Linda Civitello. GUESTS: Stacey Mei Yan Fong:50 Pies, 50 States: An Immigrant’s Love Letter to the United States Through Pie@50pies50StatesWhere We Live Linda Civitello:Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking FEATURED RECIPES: Connecticut: Snickerdoodle Pie Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie Pie New Hampshire: Maple Pumpkin Pie with Painted Birch Tree Crust This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Meg Dalton, Stephanie Stender, Tagan Engel, Katrice Claudio, Meg Fitzgerald and Sabrina Herrera. Special thanks to Patrick Skahill and Katie Pellico. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Yewande Komolafe’s ‘Everyday Lagos,’ plus Bridgeport’s Green Village Initiative

10/24/2023
In this hour of Seasoned, you’ll get to know Brooklyn-based writer, recipe developer, and food stylist Yewande Komolafe. In her work for The New York Times and elsewhere, she’s a champion for West African cuisine. Producer Tagan Engel talks with Yewande about her first book, My Everyday Lagos: Nigerian Cooking at Home and in the Diaspora. Then Tagan brings us a story from Reservoir Community Farm in Bridgeport — where Green Village Initiative is feeding its community and empowering the next generation of urban gardeners and farmers. GUESTS: Yewande Komolafe: My Everyday Lagos: Nigerian Cooking at Home and in the Diaspora. @yewande_komolafeGreen Village Initiative:chef Raquel Riverainfo about Harvest Fest@greenvillageinitiative FEATURED RECIPES: Sinasir Swallows – Pounded Method Ègúsí Soup This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Stephanie Stender, Katrice Claudio, Meg Fitzgerald and Sabrina Herrera. Our interns are Lateshia Peters and Joey Morgan. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Chef Rahanna Bisseret Martinez + a personal approach to community gardening

10/11/2023
Rahanna Bisseret Martinez was a contestant on Top Chef Junior, and she’s cooked at some of the best restaurants in the world, including Dominique Ansel Bakery, Chez Panisse, Broken Spanish, Emeril's and Tartine Bakery. Rahanna is the author of the cookbook, Flavor + Us. And she’s still in college! Producers Katrice Claudio and Tagan Engel talk with Rahanna about her book, her busy life and her love of food from all over the world. And, we meet a New Britain family who turned their lawn into a pick-what-you-need garden for their community. GUESTS: Rahanna Bisseret Martinez: Chef and author of Flavor + Us: Cooking for Everyone (@rahanna.bisseret.martinez) Kristianna Smith and Mike Saraceno: Curators and cultivators of a take-what-you-need garden in New Britain, Conn. (@ourgardennb) You can donate books to the garden's book box through Possible Futures. FEATURED RECIPES: Concha Scones Dry-Fried Green Beans Tie-Dye Berry Paletas LEARN MORE: Listen to Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm talk with Khalilah Brown-Dean about how Black Americans are reclaiming their relationship with nature on an episode of Disrupted. This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Meg Dalton, Katrice Claudio, Stephanie Stender, Meg Fitzgerald, Tagan Engel and Sabrina Herrera. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:17

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Building community through coffee

10/4/2023
This week on Seasoned, we’re thinking about ways coffee spurs connection and builds community. You’ll hear stories about two very different coffee experiences. Producer Katrice Claudio talks with Elijah Hilliman, the co-founder of Semilla Cafe + Studio in Hartford. Semilla is a coffee shop, but it’s also a neighborhood living room serving as a creative space “rooted in intention and reclamation” for Connecticut’s BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities. Plus, Producer Tagan Engel attends an Eritrean coffee ceremony hosted by her dear friend Farha Abubaker. We get to know Farha and the traditions behind each part of the ceremony. And, listeners shout-out J. René Coffee Roasters for both the excellent coffee and the mission behind its sister coffee bar, Victus Coffee. Listen to our interview with owner and coffee expert, J. René Martinez. GUESTS: Elijah Hilliman: Co-owner of Semilla Cafe + Studio Farha Abubaker: Formerly a chef and journalist, currently a teacher in New Haven, Conn. LEARN MORE: Read Ayannah Brown's story, MAROON Series by Semilla Café + Studio in Hartford is generating a new scene of CT music artists. The song at the close of our first segment was "Real Small Change" by local jazz and R&B quartet, Mixed Company. This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Meg Dalton, Tagan Engel, Katrice Claudio, Stephanie Stender, Meg Fitzgerald and Sabrina Herrera. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email: seasoned@ctpublic.org. Seasoned is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:59