The Food Guys

From favorite seasonal recipes, to the roots of our food traditions, to the politics of food, Jon and Greg illuminate the wonderful world of food each Sunday, in this 10 minute program produced by Montana Public Radio.

Greg Patent won the Pillsbury bakeoff when he was 19 years old. His cookbook, "Baking in America," won the 2003 James Beard Award for best baking book of the year. Jon Jackson is a mystery writer and jazz music expert with a passion for great food. The Food Guys have also been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

Chili: A Class Of Food All By Itself

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"Every chili turns out different," observes Jon Jackson, Food Guy and fan of both the hot pepper and the famous dish. Chili, that versatile outlet for creativity and leftovers, can go in a million directions - as long as it contains chilis, cumin, and an aromatic base.

Is The Food Industry Making People Fat?

Jan 29, 2016
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Jon Jackson and Greg Patent get through six of the ten items on blogger and historian Juan Cole's list, "Top Ten Ways Corporate Food is Making Us Fat and Threatening Our Food Supplies."

Remedy The Winter Grays And Blues With Winter Greens

Jan 22, 2016
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Kale, chard, collards, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, available in grocery stores in Montana all winter, can help bridge the season's yawning Vegetable Gap.

'The Food Guys' Talk Stews, Beer And Wine

Jan 17, 2016
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Recently, The Food Guys have discussed braising, stocks, and soups. This time, Jon Jackson and Greg Patent cover the waterfront of stews, the chunkier, more substantial versions of soups. Like soup, a stew recipe can be an open-ended exercise in creativity and imagination.

Who's Who In Winter Soups

Jan 10, 2016
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"When you hear the word "soup," you probably think of a nice hot tomato soup," says Food Guy, Jon Jackson. Or chicken soup, cream of mushroom, or beef barley; The Food Guys have no trouble name-dropping their favorite winter soups.

Stocks: Liquid Gold In Your Kitchen

Jan 3, 2016
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"One of the staples of cooking is the stock," says Food Guy, Jon Jackson.  "You can buy high-quality organic, low-sodium or unsalted stocks and broths, but if you've got leftover bones or discarded vegetables, it's easy to combine them into a stock."

Recipe: Hazelnut Streusel Sweet Potato Pie

Dec 27, 2015
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Hazelnut Streusel Sweet Potato Pie

Greg Patent writes:

Sweet potato pies were very popular with 19th century cooks. Here's one with a terrific hazelnut streusel topping that is a great contrast to the smooth, creamy filling. This is one of the pies I make for Thanksgiving. Make it anytime sweet potatoes are in season.

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Emily Dickinson's Black Cake

Greg Patent writes:

The poet Emily Dickinson prided herself on her skill as a cook, and she was extremely proud of her black cake. This is a scaled-down version of her recipe, which was quadruple this one, and baked in a milk pail.

Pillsbury Bake-Off Prizewinner: Spicy Apple Twists

Dec 13, 2015

Spicy Apple Twists

This recipe won the Grand Prize and $25,000 for Dorothy De Vault in 1958, at the 10th Pillsbury Bake-Off, the same Bake-Off that included 19-year-old contestant, Greg Patent. It’s a simple recipe of pastry strips wound around apple wedges and baked.

Recipe: Apricot-Coconut Walnut Bars

Dec 6, 2015

In the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1958, 19-year-old Greg Patent was one of ten Junior contestants in the 10th Pillsbury Bake-Off. Greg's entry: a highly adapted version of that old standby, the oatmeal date cookie.

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