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.


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."

Duck Breasts

Dec 20, 2013

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

Roasted Butterflied Chicken

Alpha (CC-BY-2.0)

Food Guy Greg Patent, a.k.a. The Baking Wizard, points out the sticky spots involved in baking this classic French apple Tart Tatin:


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."

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
Flickr user, Anion (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Greg and Jon advise how to pick a ripe pineapple, why to stick to the fresh kind, and how you'll benefit 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.

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."

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.

Food Science, Part 4: Mayonnaise

Aug 9, 2013

August 11th, 2013: Jon and Greg conclude their four-part series on food science - inspired by the writing of Harold McGee - with "Mayonnaise."

December 9th, 2012: Brought to Jon and Greg's attention by food writer Ari LeVaux, rapeseed / canola oil withers under The Food Guys' scrutiny. Its origins as a component in ship lubricant as well as the multi-step refining process it undergoes - and the trans-fats created during that process - are the highlights of its rap sheet.

Food Science, Part 3: Green Color in Salads

Aug 2, 2013

August 4th, 2013: Inspired by the writing of Harold McGee, Jon and Greg continue their four-part series on food science with "Green Color in Salads and Sauces."

Food Science, Part 2: The Searing Truth

Jul 26, 2013

July 28th, 2013: Inspired by the writing of Harold McGee, Jon and Greg continue their four-part series on food science with "The Searing Truth."

July 21st, 2013: Inspired by the writing of Harold McGee, Jon and Greg begin a four-part series on food science with "Basic Food Elements."