Food Guys

Sunday 11:52 AM - 12:00 PM, Thursday 4:54 PM

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

The Food Guys have also been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

The theme song for "The Food Guys," is a Cole Porter song, "Sunday Morning Breakfast Time," played and sung by Porter himself.

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Marcona Almonds

Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans) provide significant health benefits. In addition to good fats, they contain high quantities of vitamins, minerals and fiber. The Food Guys recommend eating a quarter cup of tree nuts each day, but they also recognize that prices can fluctuate depending on the environmental conditions and global market.

Apricot Jam

Winter is coming. Are you ready? The Food Guys recommend preserving the last of the autumn bounty by making jam, pickling, and dehydrating fruits and vegetables — even meat. It's easier than you think. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

You Can't Beat A Babka, Especially If It's Apple

Oct 2, 2016
Babka, a Polish sweet yeast cake
Flickr user, Matt Baume (CC-BY-2.0)

After hearing 'cherry babka' mentioned in a play, Greg Patent was intrigued. Could there be an apple version as well? He looked through all of his cook books, and when he couldn't find any, Patent decided to invent one. From Greg and Dorothy Patent's 1999 book, "A Is for Apple," here's how to make apple babka.

Apples: A Munch Is More Than Bliss

Sep 25, 2016
Apple bounty

Food Guy Jon Jackson waxes poetic about apples while Greg Patent discusses varieties to try this fall. Patent recommends that pie makers combine different types of apples. A mix of taste and texture will create a more interesting pie.

From Cake To Tart, Zucchini Has A Place At The Table

Sep 19, 2016
Herbed Zucchini, Summer Squash and Ricotta Tart
Flicker user, Teeny Tiny Kitchen (CC-BY-2.0)

An abundance of zucchini can leave gardeners and cooks overwhelmed at the end of summer. Stories abound of neighbors dropping off excess zucchini late at night, but the Food Guys recommend getting creative. From sautéed side dishes to chocolate cake, zucchini is highly versatile. Greg suggests the zucchini cheese tart recipe below.

Asian Green Beans: Getting Your Black Soy Sauce On

Sep 11, 2016
Flicker user, insatiablemunch (CC-BY-2.0)

Jon and Greg a share pet peeve: undercooked green beans in restaurants. "I think they wave a match near them to pretend to warm them up," says Greg. He prefers beans cooked just enough to bring out their flavor, but not so much as to create what Jon calls "the sodden cabbage effect."  Greg recommends basil pesto or miso as flavoring for blanched or sautéed green beans. Jon wonders where the strings in stringbeans have gone.

Recipe: Swedish Apple Pudding

Sep 4, 2016
Flickr user, Patrick Truby (CC-BY-2.0)

Late-summer apples have a thin skin and a gossamer flavor. They don't enjoy the endless shelf life of autumn's "storage" apples, but if you refrigerate them, you can easily pile up enough to make a big batch of  applesauce - or the following recipe. From Greg Patent's 2007 book, "A Baker's Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes from America's Rich Immigrant Heritage," here's how to make Missoulian Jody Anderson's recipe for Swedish Apple Pudding, an applesauce topped with a layer of sponge cake.

Three No-Cook Summer Sauces

Aug 28, 2016
Katrin Gilger (CC-BY-2.0)

The Food Guys are on a roll talking about no-cook foods that suit the heat of summer. This week, they recommend three types of sauces: pesto, vinagrettes, and mayonnaise.

Recipe For Rustic Fruit Galettes

Aug 19, 2016
Flickr user, Chip Smith (CC BY-NC 2.0)

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”
― Alice Walker.

During the "peach time" of summer, Food Guy Greg Patent loves raw peaches, either unadorned or served with crème fraiche or crème Anglaise. He's also partial to peach galette, a simple, rustic French tart. Recipes for peach galette, crème fraiche and crème Anglaise follow.

Summer Salads: Go Mediterranean

Aug 15, 2016
Flickr user, amrufn (CC-BY-2.0)

In summer, if you're trying to avoid heating up your kitchen, dinner salads can be a staple. Classic Niçoise salad has tomatoes, capers, green beans, hard-boiled eggs and cucumber over a bed of lettuce, and with the addition of some canned salmon or tuna, it turns into a meal. Greek salad's hallmarks include chopped ham, red onion, feta cheese, Greek olives and hard-boiled eggs, but as Jon points out, "you don't have to get carried away with adhering to some recipe." Be resourceful and creative.