Cooking By Ear
Summary: We're an audio cooking show. Cook along in real time and by the end of the episode, you'll have a dish made. Join our iconic guest in their kitchen with host and chef Cal Peternell as your guide!
Writer and author Ijeoma Oluo (So You Want To Talk About Race) makes pasta puttanesca and shares how she and her family got creative with food while growing up poor. We go deep on her Internet-breaking essay, how to teach kids resistance, and, yup, how to talk about race. But for real. Full recipe and ingredients at cookingbyearpodcast.com
Chef Reem Assil (Dyafa, Reem’s California) experiments with a new ‘Palestinian soul food’ recipe — sweet potato style muhammara. She discusses the controversial mural of activist Rasmea Odeh in her first restaurant, how she bakes her man’oushe with activism, and how to make Palestinian food visible against the whitewashing of Middle Eastern food. Full recipe and ingredients at cookingbyearpodcast.com
We head to the Masumoto Peach Farm to make a Grand Aioli with Mas, Nikiko, and Marcy Masumoto and discuss intergenerational farming, California’s haunting history of Japanese internment camps, and the social power of testimony.
Comedian, actor, and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bob the Drag Queen, makes vegan Carrot Almond Soup and Ajo Blanco while discussing the art of drag, the importance of trans representation in media, and his obsession with Bob Ross. Full recipe and ingredients at cookingbyearpodcast.com
Queen of Bounce music Big Freedia teaches us her signature Booty Poppin’ Potatoes, all while coming up with a new hook for a future hit song, straight from her kitchen in New Orleans. MAKES 4-5 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS -1 MEDIUM YELLOW ONION, CHOPPED -2 STALKS CELERY, CHOPPED -2 GREEN ONIONS, CHOPPED -1/4 CUP COOKING OIL, OLIVE OR VEGETABLE -SALT -DRY SPICE (TONY CHACHERE'S SEASONED SALT OR SIMILAR. OR MAKE YOUR OWN WITH SALT, PEPPER, PAPRIKA, AND GARLIC) -1 POUND ANDOUILLE SAUSAGES, SLICED (ABOUT 4 SAUSAGES) -1 1/2 POUNDS YELLOW POTATOES, PEELED OR NOT, SLICED (YELLOW FINNS, YUKON GOLDS, ETC) -PAPRIKA -3 SPRIGS PARSLEY, CHOPPED -RICE, A HANDFUL PER PERSON TOOLS: -RICE COOKER OR POT FOR BOILING RICE AND COLANDER TO DRAIN -KNIFE -CUTTING BOARD -BIG SKILLLET -SPOON FOR STIRRING
Academy Award-Winning screenwriter and director Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways, About Schmidt, The Descendants, Downsizing) makes a vegetable gratin and discusses a pivotal moment in his life when he left the movie industry briefly to become an intern at Chez Panisse. BECHAMEL INGREDIENTS: -2 cups milk -4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) -3 tablespoons all-pupose flour CELERY GRATIN INGREDIENTS: -1 head celery -Fresh thyme and/or tarragon -Salt and pepper TOOLS: -2 medium saucepans -Whisk -Cup measure -Tablespoon measure -Wooden spoon or rubber spatula -Knife -Cutting board -Big mixing bowl -Casserole or other oven-going vessel (cast iron skillet can work)
Director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala, Queen of Katwe) teaches us her signature chai and makes fattoush while discussing everything from quelling anxiety to the partition between India and Pakistan. Cook along as you listen: FATTOUSH INGREDIENTS: -1 smallish tomato -1 small clove garlic -Salt and pepper -Juice of half a lemon -1teaspoon red wine vinegar -3 tablespoons nice olive oil -1/2 cup parsley leaves -1/2 cup mint leaves -5 scallions, roots trimmed off -1 basket cherry tomatoes -1 large cucumber -1 small bell pepper or 8-10 shishito peppers -arugula / purslane / or other salad greens -sumac (for pretty red color, lemony flavor and, it's not poisonous) -3 or 4 whole wheat pita breads CHAI INGREDIENTS: -whole milk (about 2 cups) -fresh ginger stalk (an inch or more) -5 cardamom pods -loose leaf black tea (make sure you have a sieve to strain), or a couple-three tea bags -water! Tools: salad spinner (for washing and drying greens and herbs) cutting board knife vegetable peeler cheese grater with big holes small bowl for dressing big bowl for salad spoon
2018 Whiting Award-winning poet Tommy Pico author of IRL, Nature Poem and Junk (forthcoming in 2018) cracks an egg for the first time in his life (!!!) to make a frittata perfect for “the morning after.” We discuss everything from hookups to the role of food in control on the Viejas Reservation he grew up on. COOK ALONG AS YOU LISTEN. YOU'LL NEED: Ingredients: 1 big bunch of chard Cooking oil, olive or vegetable Salt 2-3 cups of leftover spaghetti (preferably with some remnants of red sauce) 6 eggs Ground black pepper 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese TOOLS: Big bowl to wash chard in (and a colander to drain it) Cast iron skillet or another non-stick skillet Whisk Large plate (large enough to serve as a cover for your pan) Cheese grater Medium mixing bowl Wooden spoon or spatula Tongs
Academy Award-Winning Actor and Producer Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Fargo, Olive Kitteridge, Almost Famous) makes asparagus risotto and discusses the creative process fueling her long, badass career. If you're cooking along while you listen, you'll need the following to make your dish: Ingredients: 1 bunch asparagus 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 big handfuls chanterelle mushrooms (or morels, porcini, or cultivated mushrooms) Salt 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons) 1 yellow onion, diced 2 cups short-grained Italian rice (like carnaroli or arborio) 3/4 cup dry white wine 3 - 4 sprigs thyme, leaves picked off stems and chopped 6 cups homemade chicken stock or water (avoid store-bought chicken stock) 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese Tools: vegetable peeler knife cutting board stove big spoon slotted spoon ladle smallish saucepan skillet blender food processor, or mortar and pestle cheese grater timer
A little taste of what's to come on this season of Cooking By Ear. Subscribe to be the first to get our episodes when we officially launch in April.