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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Spring Vegetables Have Sprung

May 15, 2016
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Food Guy Jon Jackson poses an observation and a question. "There's a certain period in the spring when you think, 'Is this a period of starvation?' Well, historically, it was. Everything is greening up, yet it's a period of scarcity for food, because plants aren't readily available. We have markets today, so we don't think about that so much. But if you're a cook, you're thinking, "What's coming on? It's springtime and I need something."

Hercules's Payoff: Italian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

May 2, 2016
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Recently, "Food Guys" co-host Greg Patent attended an olive oil competition in Perugia, Italy. The Ercole Olivario is named for Hercules, several of whose mythic labors were aided by the wood of the olive tree.   What are the competition's judges looking for?  "A spiciness, a pungency, a grassiness - and a balance among these qualities."

Six-Pound Chickens, Dull Flavor, and 'Woody Breast'

Apr 12, 2016

"Food Guys" Jon Jackson and Greg Patent recapitulate Kelsey Gee's March 2016 article from The Wall Street Journal: "Bigger Chickens Bring A Tough New Problem: 'Woody Breast.'"

Jon Jackson, who investigated Iowa chicken processing plants in the 1970s, recalls his amazement at the time when he learned that a chicken could grow to market size (3.5 pounds) in 90 days. "Now I'm reading that today's farmers can raise a 3.5 pound chicken in 35 days, using 8 pounds of feed."

Twinkies Never Hurt Them: Great Men Of Junk Food

Apr 4, 2016
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What do Frederick and Louis Rueckheim, Frank W. Epperson, Walter E. Diemer, and James A. Dewar have in common? Each was a junk food genius. To these men we owe the invention of Cracker Jacks, Tootsie Rolls, Popsicles, Dubble Bubble gum, and Twinkies, respectively. "Food Guys" Jon Jackson and Greg Patent survey their favorite childhood treats via Manny Fernandez's 2010 New York Times article titled, "Let Us Now Praise the Great Men of Junk Food."

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According to Mark Twain, “A cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education”. 

"We know everything already about cauliflower and Brussels sprouts; we just steam them and maybe put some butter on them and we're done, right?" asks Jon Jackson of Greg Patent. Greg gamely takes the bait: "I used to only put cauliflower into soups, or cook Brussels sprouts with chestnuts at Thanksgiving. But I've discovered how well they both profit from browning."

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The Food Guys dish up numbers on the smoke points of different cooking fats, guided by a 2010 article by Shilo Urban, "How To Cook With Oils: The Manifesto."

When should you worry about the smoke point of your favorite cooking oil? Mostly when you're frying, says Greg Patent. Once oil is hot enough to start smoking, its flavor and nutritional value break down, and carcinogens begin to form.

Chili: A Class Of Food All By Itself

Feb 5, 2016
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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.