The Baking Wizard

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.

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

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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.

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."