The Feed Podcast (general)

Chef, Restaurateur and TV Host Rick Bayless joins forces with James Beard Award-winning food journalist Steve Dolinsky, to bring the world of food and drink into your ears and have a little fun in the process.

The Podcasts

As much as you think we’ve moved on from iceberg lettuce, you still see it on every steakhouse menu in the country, as a “wedge” salad. Coming up on this week’s show, a lettuce challenge with the Chef and owner of Restaurant Michael in Winnetka, Illinois, Michael Lachowicz, as both he and Rick attempt to come up with an easy weeknight meal in less than 15 minutes using lettuces, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.

Direct download: Ingredient_Challenge_-_Lettuce.mp3
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This time of year, the fruit is really getting good, especially stone fruits. So we are making the most of late summer’s bounty, with a trio of easy desserts that require little more than a knife, a bowl and a baking dish.

First, Stephanie Hart, owner of Brown Sugar Bakery on Chicago’s South Side joins Rick and Steve to share some of her favorite cobblers.  Then, Ben Shartar, Manager of Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits in Chicago, shares one of their favorite crumbles.  And our intrepid intern, Lynnea Domienik talks with Amy Emberling from Zingerman’s Bakehouse in  Ann Arbor, Michigan about the half crumble, half cake treat, the Buckle.

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From some of the best Cantonese-style barbecued pork and bubble waffles in the world, to the infamous hawker centers preparing fiery pork noodle soups, curried laksa and of course, chicken rice, a taste of the best of both Hong Kong and Singapore.

Steve travels to Asia to eat as much dim sum and barbecued pork as he could in Hong Kong and to taste his way around Singapore, which includes both the gritty, as well as has some of the most exquisite dining rooms in Asia.

Then Rick and Steve enjoy some tasty Cantonese treats you can find without traveling to the other side of the world.

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Coming up on this week’s show: an ingredient challenge with chef Matthias Merges.   He is the owner of Yusho and Billy Sunday here in Chicago and the founder and driving force behind the Folkart Restaurant Group.  Merges joins Rick Bayless to come up with an easy weeknight meal using some eggs bought at a local grocery store, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere and what they each comes up with is so good.

Direct download: Ingredient_Challenge_-_Eggs.mp3
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Coming up on this week’s show, Rick and Steve talk with one of the stars of ABC’s “Modern Family”, Jesse Tyler Ferguson. We’ll talk about his Instagram recipes, eating in L.A. and hitting it out of the park as host of this year’s James Beard Awards.

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Coming up on this week’s show a chat with the authors of two new cookbooks, each with a very different perspective and a different mission. Rick speaks with Jeremy Fox about On Vegetables.  Then, Steve talks kugel and kreplach with Joan Nathan, about her 10th book, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World.

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On this week’s show, a berry challenge with Chef Bruce Sherman of North Pond here in Chicago. His cooking draws upon influences he’s picked up living all over the world. He and Rick Bayless come up with easy weeknight meals using strawberries bought at a farmer’s market, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.

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Coming up on this week’s show, drinking options for July 4th weekend, or any summertime cookout, as we welcome special guests to help us sort through the scenarios. From low alcohol cocktails to juicy red wines that pair well with beef.

We’re talking about what to drink this weekend, as we head into the July 4th festivities in America, but really, anyone can try these creations anytime this summer. Chicago’s top tiki mixologists Paul McGee treats us to a porch pounding, beat the heat, summer low alcohol cocktail.  Then, Craig Perman, owner of Perman Wine Selections in Chicago, joins us to taste rosés and reds, since there will be a fair amount of pork and beef that’s tossed onto backyard grills this weekend.

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For the last 35 years, through different owners and corporate partners, the Editors and Publishers at Food & Wine Magazine have attracted the nation’s top culinary talent every June, with the promise of mountain breezes, stunning scenery and a seriously deep bench of winemakers and producers from around the globe. It’s also very good marketing for a magazine brand. It is commonly referred to as “The Classic” in Aspen, and having attained elder statesman status, it is still a showcase for the magazine’s top talent, as well as a chance to showcase their “Best New Chefs” issue that comes out in July.

Coming up on this week’s show: Why so many food festivals? A reflection from the granddaddy of them all, the Food & Wine Classic at Aspen, as Steve talks to some of the people responsible for putting on one of the nation’s biggest food events of the year, all tucked away, high in the Rockies.

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Father’s Day is this Sunday, so what better way to celebrate dear old dad than cooking a big juicy steak on the bar-b-cue. We are in prime grilling season across the country right now.  Coming up on this week’s show we talk steaks.  

Steve visits a beef distributor on Chicago’s West Side, to learn more about how cattle is processed and aged before it gets to your favorite steakhouse. Then off to one of those steakhouses that actually dry-ages their beef in-house.  Then head back to the test kitchen where Randy Waidner of Demistoks cooks up some choice cuts for from Niman Ranch for Rick and Steve to enjoy.

Direct download: Steaks_on_the_Grill.mp3
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