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Exploding Pumpkins, Good Wurst & Too-Safe Diners

What’s available at area farmers markets and Chuck’s new wurst love affair. We talk about the 2-star review of Madurai Mes, taste test some of Becker Vineyards’ double-gold winners and let you know about the peanut hummus that will be your new obsession. We also give you the recipe for the perfect fall transition cocktail with tequila and cherry juice and we get all ranty about diners who want to try a new place and then order the same old thing.


Poor Manners, Good Fats & Pellet Smokers

Everything you need to know about all the cooking fats, how pellet grills and smokers are going mainstream and the 2-star review of downtown ramen restaurant Kimura. We also taste test some pork jerky, talk about the new sauce we’re obsessed with, how to make 2 spanish tapas hors d'oeuvres - on a stick. And we get all ranty about the horror of rude tablemates in restaurants.


Oktoberfest, Tailgating & Coffee Squatters

We are cooking with beer in honor of Oktoberfest and drinking beer while cooking in honor of tailgate season. We also talk about the new barbecue restaurant to earn a high rating on a dining review, taste test some hemp food products, talk about the new book of worldly pancake recipes that we’re obsessed with, and how to update the classic gin and tonic for fall. And then we rant away about those obnoxious coffee shop squatters hooked on free WiFi and caffeine.


Put That in Your Pit & Smoke It

The cooking crew makes the most of extra space on the smoker, plus we get greasy with a half dozen recipes for oven-baked chicken wings to feed that football crowd. Also, we test a new line of pimiento cheese snack packs and see what's happening at one of San Antonio's most popular pizzerias.


Spicer's Gone, But The Show Must Go On

While Emily Spicer is away, the boys will play on today's episode of the TasteCast Podcast. Topics include edible plants native to Texas, five sandwiches we're loving right now, a "Cheetos" taste test, and discussion of when a restaurant should close, and when it should stay open. Read more at https://www.expressnews.com/food/.


Peanuts, Yes. Autumn, No.

Simple holiday weekend recipes, what’s new in the world of ovens and what are the features you really need. We also talk about Boudro’s 1.5-star review, some big barbecue news, the new spice blend we’re obsessed with, a great peanuty snack to pair with cocktails, and we rant and lament that no, in fact, fall is not just around the corner for us here in San Antonio.


Steak Sauce, Sandwiches & Jazz

We talk about how to elevate your steak game with creative sauces. We also tell you the 5 sandwiches in downtown SA that you should be eating now and why Hot Joy was knocked down to 1 star in a re-review. We taste test some Thindulgent cookies, talk about the espresso we’re obsessed with, give you the recipe for Smoked Salmon Bites with Lemon-Dill Creme Fraiche and we get all ranty about bad music at restaurants.


Hatch, Jerks & Food Holidays

We talk about all things Hatch chile and why you should be grilling your breakfast. We also talk about the two-star review for the Jerk Shack, the new mom-and-pop liquor store in Alamo Heights we’ve fallen in love with, tell you how to add tea to 2 summery cocktails and we get all ranty about the absolute insanity of national food holidays. Read more at https://www.expressnews.com/food/.


Primo Picks, Pollos & Plans

Get your summer melons out the fruit salad and onto your dinner plate. We’ll also give you the top 5 pollos spots in San Antonio, we taste test the products from the 4 S.A. finalists in HEB’s annual state contest, we share the burger we’re obsessed with right now, the marinated olives we can’t get enough of and we get all ranty about men who can’t plan for dinner.


Steamer Meals, Watermelon Drinks & Gen-Xer Eateries

The Taste Team discusses easy, steamed one-pot meals with big flavors that get dinner on the table with little heat and little fuss. Then we go big with beef ribs, we talk about the 1-star review of Koi Kawa, the vanilla salt we are craving right now, 2 watermelon cocktails to brighten up your summer and we get ranty about long waits at restaurants.


Ice Cream, Rosé & Pollos Asados

Today we talk about fancy-pants ice cream floats, the 5 sandwiches you should be eating right now, the 2 ½ star review of Chama Gaucha. We tell you about the new pollos asados joint that should be on your radar, our new Italian ice obsession, updating your caprese salad for a party -- and we complain loudly about the rude guests who like to ruin dinner parties. Read more at https://www.expressnews.com/food/.


Corn, PB&J and Buffets

All the chilled, no-heat ways to use the season’s bounty of corn, why you should be bathing your ribs and chicken wings in peanut butter and jelly - yes, for reals.The 1-star review of San Antonio favorite India Oven, the new restaurant going into the old Casbeers spot on Blanco, the new fruit that’s about to become your summer obsession, an herby salsa verde you will want to slather on everything and we rail loud and proud against buffets! Read more at https://www.expressnews.com/food/.


Fruit Drinks, Fruit Crisps & Smoky Fruits

Today we’ll talk about pineapple drinks - most without any booze - and what happens when you add fruit to a smoker. We’ll also talk about the zero-star review of downtown’s Hoppin’ John, the closure of San Antonio’s best bar, the cutest food-related kids book and we get all ranty about buns that don’t hold their own against stuffed sandwiches and burgers - like an elephant squeezed into skinny jeans.


Hot Dogs, Flavored Smoke & 4th of July

In addition to sharing with you 4 summer-tastic recipes, we’re going to talk about the best hot dogs to grill this summer, and we’ll tell you how to flavor your smoke to boost your cookout. Cured is the latest restaurant to join the 3-star club and we’ll tell you why. We’ll talk about the legal troubles facing the chef and co-owner of San Antonio’s best restaurant, and we get all ranty about competitive hot dog eating.


Dust off the Bundt, S.A.'s Frozen Treats & Slim Jim's 2.0

Today we’re going to show you why you dust off your Bundt pan and get it ready to werk, you better werk. We’ll also get our chill on with some of the best frozen treats in San Antonio, we’ll talk about the zero-star review of the Winchester in Alamo Heights - ouch - we’ll try some newfangled Slim Jim’s and we get all ranty and ravey about exposed feet in restaurants.


Funky Fruits, Fast Food & Fried Tacos

Today we’ll be talking about all those funky fruits you see at the grocery store. Which ones are good and what the heck do you do with them? We’ll also talk about the Taste Team’s Fantasy Fast Food Draft and why Rebelle in the St. Anthony is now the finest seafood restaurant in San Antonio. We’ll taste test from Voh-je chocolates, give you the not-so-happy lowdown on Big Lou’s Burgers and BBQ. We talk about the little kitchen gadget you can’t live without, tell you how to make Cheesy Dill...


Special Episode - The 2018 Fast Food Draft

In this week's special episode, in honor of the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft, the Taste Team picks their favorite fast food items to compete head to head in a drive thru-friendly, non-dessert high calorie showdown. Visit https://www.expressnews.com/food/ for the exciting conclusion.


BBQ-Loving Dads & Sons & Rest in Peace, Anthony Bourdain

Today we’ll talk about two pro BBQ dads who are passing on their love of the cue to their sons. We’ll also talk about the 5 sandwiches to eat right now, the 1-star dining review of Acu Bistro Bar near the Dominion, our cravings for spicy Sichuan peanuts, three summer cocktails with ginger beer and we get all ranty about calories on menus. Who needs that guilt trip?


Peaches, BBQ & Pooches on the Patio

Today we’ll talk about the Hill Country’s bumper crop of peaches this summer and what to do with all that fresh goodness. We’ll also talk about the 10 commercial sauces recommended by Chuck Blount and how to customize them. We’ll look at Mike’s sad country song of a review of Texas 46 BBQ in Spring Branch, taste Lick’s latest ice cream flavors, we’ll give you tips for how to add more acid to your cooking, how much we love the shakshuka a Moshe’s and we get all ranty about pooches on the...