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.

 

Carnitine

Mar 14, 2014
Marina Vladivostok

3/16/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg react to a Wall Street Journal article from April 2013, "New Health Worry in Red Meat," by Melinda Beck. (The article reports on the findings of a recent NIH study linking gut bacteria and carnitine to the formation of a metabolite called TMAO.

Hidden World Underfoot: Soil Biodiversity

Mar 7, 2014
European Soil Portal, E.U.

3/9/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon marvel at the diverse population of animals found in soil, and how they languish in microscopic obscurity even while Earth's food web depends on them.

Whole Fruit, Fruit Juice, and Type 2 Diabetes

Feb 28, 2014
Jeff Kubina / Harvard Gazette

March 2nd, 2014: Jon and Greg discuss a study comparing whether fruit juice is as effective at preventing Type 2 diabetes as whole fruit. It's not. In fact, fruit juice consumption is associated with a heightened risk. According to the Harvard School of Public Health:

Candy and Caramelization

Feb 21, 2014
Vegan Baking

February 23rd, 2014: Greg and Jon explore candy-making, caramelization, and the chemistry of cooking with sugar. 

Soufflé Photos

Feb 14, 2014
Alpha from Melbourne

February 16th, 2014: Jon and Greg reveal the secrets to artfully photographing soufflés. (Hint: you'll need a lot of soufflés.)

Gluten, In-Depth

Feb 7, 2014
U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service, Western Regional Research Center

February 9th, 2014: Greg and Jon describe the "magic" of gluten, which gives yeast bread its structure, strength and texture. One of gluten's proteins, gliadin, acts like hooked tennis balls, latching onto another protein, the spring-like glutenin. As bread dough is kneaded, this pair of proteins combines to provide both elastic and plastic qualities; the dough expands and forms long, elastic strands; and, when it's baked, bubbles of carbon dioxide produced by yeast are trapped by the dough's structure.

Gluten-Free, Whether You Need It Or Not

Jan 31, 2014
MRE Depot

February 2nd, 2014: Jon and Greg reiterate their skepticism regarding "gluten-free" marketing by food manufacturers. In the absence of data on the prevalence of non-Celiac gluten sensitivity in the U.S., Greg observes, this condition is: "less a diagnosis than a description." Jon and Greg also discuss the evolutionary relationship between humans and gluten, particularly gliadin, one of gluten's components.

Healthy School Lunches

Jan 24, 2014
Mark A. Hicks, illustrator, for Discovery Education

January 26th, 2014: Greg and Jon summarize an article from the Los Angles Times from January 17th, 2013, titled: "Alliance of big city school districts aims for more healthful meals." Quoting writer Teresa Watanabe:

Farro

Jan 17, 2014
Prairie Heritage Farm, near Power, MT

January 19th, 2014: Jon and Greg discuss farro, a category of ancient, low-gluten wheat first cultivated in the Fertile Crescent. Farro comes in three varieties - most farro imported from Italy to the U.S. is the emmer variety - and several forms, distinguished from one another by how much bran was removed from the grain. (Whole farro requires soaking before cooking.)  Greg suggests using farro as hot breakfast cereal and in soups, salads, side dishes and desserts.

http://mariaspeck.com/

Adding More Vegetables

Jan 10, 2014
University of Hartford

January 12th, 2014: Greg and Jon discuss ways to incorporate more vegetables, raw and cooked, into each meal, by structuring breakfast omelets, main dishes and soups around them.

Oils for Frying and Sauteeing

Jan 3, 2014
James Jordan

January 5th, 2014: Prompted by a 2010 article in the online magazine, Organic Authority, Jon and Greg discuss which oils and fats are best for frying and sauteeing.

Breakfast Cereal

Dec 27, 2013
Smithsonian Magazine

December 29th, 2013: Greg and Jon offer a skeptical review of a June 2012 Smithsonian article by Corby Cummer, titled: "Can Technology Save Breakfast: Cereal Companies, Maligned for Overprocessing, Are Now Using the Same Techniques To Put Some Nature Back in the Bowl."

http://www.thebakingwizard.com/

Duck Breasts

Dec 20, 2013
BBC

December 22nd, 2013: Jon and Greg suggest three ways to cook leftover frozen duck breasts. Greg's easy method: sauté the breasts, then reduce them with wine, spices, butter, mushrooms and herbs. Jon outlines the process of making duck pot pie. Greg grinds the discussion to a conclusion with spiced duck and pork sausage pattees.

http://www.thebakingwizard.com/

Pho, the Nectar of Vietnamese Street Vendors

Dec 13, 2013
Tom Bauer

December 15th, 2013: Greg and Jon paint in broad strokes an adaptation of Mai Pham's recipe for the Vietnamese soup, pho.

Measurements

Dec 6, 2013

December 8th, 2013: Jon and Greg lament a lack of accuracy on food labels, tying the problem to imprecise measuring. Greg recommends looking for nutritional information based on the weight, rather than the volume, of a serving.

http://www.thebakingwizard.com/

Honey: Real, or Adulterated?

Nov 29, 2013

December 1st, 2013: Greg and Jon discuss a November 2011 article in Food Safety News by Andrew Schneider, titled "Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey; Ultra-Filtering Removes Pollen, Hides Honey Origins." According to Schneider, overall, 76% of honey samples bought at U.S.

Butterflied Whole Chicken

Nov 22, 2013
Tom Bauer

November 24th, 2013: Jon and Greg give instructions for roasting a 3-5 pound butterflied whole chicken, basted with herb-garlic-butter paste.

http://www.thebakingwizard.com/

From Greg Patent's March 2010 "Yes, You Can Cook!" Missoulian column:

Roasted Butterflied Chicken

Tart Tatin

Nov 15, 2013

November 17th, 2013: Greg resumes his periodic role as The Baking Wizard, pointing out the sticky spots involved in baking this classic French apple Tart Tatin. Jon reprises his role of Greek Chorus, offering frequent oohs of approval.

Tarte Tatin (adapted from Greg and Dorothy Patent's cookbook, A is for Apple)

Pastry

1 cup (5 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

Focaccia

Nov 8, 2013
Andrew Scrivani

November 10th, 2013: Jon and Greg distinguish the traditional Italian focaccia, which is not unlike pizza crust, from the fluffy stuff Americans call "focaccia bread."  http://www.thebakingwizard.com/

Foods We Hated, Then Loved

Nov 1, 2013

November 3rd, 2013: Greg and Jon reveals the foods that they detested, then came to enjoy: pizza, rhubarb, and organ meats.

Bitter is Sweet for Your Health

Oct 25, 2013

October 27th, 2013: Jon and Greg discuss a recent New York Times opinion piece by Jo Robinson called "Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food," which compares the phytonutrient content of wild plants with that of supermarket produce.

Pineapple, The Tastiest Bromeliad

Oct 18, 2013

October 20th, 2013: Greg and Jon advise how to pick a ripe pineapple, why to stick to the fresh kind, and consideration of the benefits you'll derive from eating it.

Dinnertime: Eating Habits

Oct 11, 2013

October 13th, 2013: This week, Jon and Greg discuss: eating habits; holidays; familial mealtime and cooking patterns; foods pushed on kids;  turkey as an afterthought;  fermentation; drying; salting;  feast-or-famine; and the smell of the school cafeteria. They're calling it "Eating."

Apples and Apple Pie

Oct 4, 2013
Greg Patent

October 6th, 2013: “Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness” ~Jane Austen

Jon and Greg's annual homage to apples includes a discussion of apple pie.

recipe: Classic American Apple Pie (from Greg Patent's website, The Baking Wizard)

Breeding Bacteria on Factory Farms

Sep 27, 2013

September 29th, 2013: Jon and Greg discuss a New York Times piece by Mark Bittman on the practice of giving prophylactic doses of antibiotics to livestock, and how it accelerates the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

You Say Allium, I Say Onion

Sep 20, 2013

September 22nd, 2013: Jon and Greg open with a quote from Julia Child -  "It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions" - then go on to recommend basic tips for cooking onions, specifically for onion ragout.

Take Your Summer Squash and Stuff It

Sep 13, 2013

September 15th, 2013: Whether it's cute and spring-green or three feet long and perfect for batting practice, Greg and Jon have suggestions for how to cook or bake the zucchini left anonymously on your doorstep.

September 1st, 2013: Greg and Jon give free-form instructions for simple tomato sauce, using fresh, flavorful tomatoes of the season. Freeze enough of it and you'll have a delicious key ingredient for recipes all winter.

Peaches and Peach Galette

Aug 23, 2013
The Baking Wizard

August 25th, 2013: Jon and Greg praise the seasonal Montana peach, and Greg explains how to make peach galette, a "sheet of thin, buttery pastry topped with fresh fruit."

http://www.thebakingwizard.com/peach-galette/

Peach Galette

Follow-the-Sun Pickles: Cucumbers With a Tan

Aug 16, 2013

August 18th, 2013: Greg and Jon revisit one of their very first "Food Guys" topics: "Follow-the-Sun Pickles." Cucumbers, spices and liquid are stuffed into a jar, rotated in full sun for eight hours, then stashed in the basement for three days. An example of the nearly-instant gratification of the summer menu.

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