The Baking Wizard

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.

Corny Ideas

Sep 6, 2013

September 8th, 2013: If an abundance of corn on the cob has left you indifferent to one of summer's highlights, Jon and Greg are ready with suggestions: cornbread, tamale pie, corn soufflé, corn chowder, and corn in salads.

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."