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07-15-18 Small Bites Radio

07-15-18

https://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-87/

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07-15-18

https://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-87/

LIVE this Sunday, July 15th at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio is another stellar lineup. We welcome Melissa Coleman the author of “The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques” from Oxmoor House Books Time Inc. Books. Melissa Coleman is a home cook and baker, designer, wife, mother, and cozy minimalist. Her popular blog, The Fauxmartha, was named a HuffPost Top 10 Food Blog and was selected as a Better Homes & Gardens Top 10 Baking Blog nominee and a SAVEUR Magazine Blog Awards Style & Design finalist. After spending three decades bouncing around the states, she’s happily planted under the snow banks of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Kevin, and tiny sous chef, Hallie. Melissa cooks with the rhythm of the week—simple, modern, and mostly vegetarian on weekdays and slow and classic with a heavy dose of brunch on the weekend. She is in the process of decorating The Fauxhouse, their modern, city farmhouse. The Minimalist Kitchen is her first book. The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques is a cookbook, but more importantly, it’s a framework for creating a minimalist kitchen, a kitchen pared down to the essentials so you can create more. This framework will touch everything in your kitchen from your ingredients, tools, pantry, to your cooking techniques, meal planning, and shopping habits. Once the framework is in place, you can make 100+ wholesome, mix and match recipes. You’ll find Blueberry-Orange Breakfast Rolls, Banana-Coconut Baked Oatmeal, White Wine Spring Pasta, BBQ Black Bean and Quick Slaw Tacos, Crispy Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Chickpea Tikka Masala, Stovetop Mac and Cheese, and Two-Bowl Carrot Cupcakes.

Then we are happy to have join us Chef Todd Richards the author of “SOUL: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes” from Southern Living. Todd Richards is a self-taught chef who paid his dues in numerous restaurant kitchens before becoming an executive chef who garnered national attention. He has two James Beard Foundation nominations for Best Chef in the Southeast, was an Iron Chef America Cuisine competitor, and was named one of “Four New Chefs to Watch” by Esquire magazine. He is the owner/chef of Richards’ Southern Fried at Krog Street Market in Atlanta, Georgia. Black American chefs and cooks are often typecast as the experts of only one cuisine—soul food, but Todd Richards’ food is anything but stereotypical. Taste his Hot-Chicken-Style Country-Fried Lamb Steak or Blueberry-Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken Thighs as evidence. While his dishes are rooted in family and the American cuisine known as soul food, he doesn’t let his heritage restrain him. The message of Soul is that cooks can honor tradition yet be liberated to explore. Todd Richards celebrates the restorative wonders of a classic pot of Collard Greens with Ham Hocks, yet doesn’t shy away from building upon that foundational recipe with his Collard Green Ramen, a reinterpretation that incorporates far-flung flavors of cultural influences and exemplifies culinary evolution. Page after page, in more than 150 recipes and stunning photos, Todd shares his creativity and passion to highlight what soul food can be for a new generation of cooks. Whether you’re new to Southern and soul food or call the South your home, Soul will encourage you to not only step outside of the box, but to boldly walk away from it. The chapters in Soul are organized by featured ingredients: Collards, Onions, Berries, Lamb, Seafood, Corn, Tomatoes, Melons, Stone Fruit, Eggs and Poultry, Pork and Beef, Beans and Rice, and Roots. Each one begins with a traditional recipe and progresses alongside Richards’ exploration of flavor combinations and techniques.

Then Philadelphia has a visitor coming soon Wildfire Radio’s Small Bites Live with Tracey Medeiros. Tracey Medeiros is the author of “The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook: 125 Organic and Farm-to-Fork Recipes from the Green Mountain State” from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., Inc. and it is a 2018 Readable Feast Cookbook Awards Finalist. Tracey will be in town Saturday, July 21st teaching a cooking class at Audrey Claire Taichman‘s COOK. Also, she writes The Farmhouse Kitchen: A Guide to Eating Local column for Edible Green Mountains magazine and is also a freelance food writer, food stylist, and recipe developer and tester. She is often seen on various television cooking segments preparing one of her favorite recipes while sharing helpful culinary tips with the viewing audience. Tracey travels regionally as a guest speaker and cooking instructor, emphasizing her commitment to the sustainable food movement by using locally produced fresh ingredients to create dishes that are healthy and delicious. The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook honors the state’s mission to connect with its local organic farmlands and the farmers who nurture and care for them. It also serves as a guide for eating organically and Non-GMO Project in Vermont. The book celebrates the region’s esteemed organic food producers, farmers, cheesemakers, dairy farmers, and the chefs who partner with them to create delicious, innovative, organic, and non-GMO recipes.

We are thrilled to welcome our next guests Corey and Sara Meyer of Little Bird will be on the show as well. Little Bird Kitchen makes candied jalapeno chocolates, syrup and powder. Everything is hot and sweet, with the heat coming at the end. Each product is handcrafted and uses high-quality ingredients such as local, fresh jalapenos, premium Belgian Chocolates and non-GMO cane sugar. Sara Meyer, a former TV sound technician, needed to balance out taking care of the twins and a demanding job so she started a food blog and began testing recipes. After figuring out how to make husband and co-founder Corey Meyer’s favorite- chocolate covered orange peels- she began candying everything in the kitchen, including leftover jalapeños, even after Corey said, “you’re nuts.” After bringing them to work and having co-workers request to purchase them, Sara headed home and said, “I think we have a business.” Candied jalapeños are front and center in each recipe. Each product is handcrafted and uses high-quality ingredients such as local, fresh jalapeños, premium Belgian chocolate and non-GMO cane sugar. All Little Bird Kitchen products are kosher certified (dairy and pareve) and never use any preservatives. “We’ve noticed consumers are going out of their comfort zones and starting to explore new flavor profiles. One of the categories they turn to is spicy and Little Bird Kitchen is at the forefront of this trend. Whether it’s munching on our Fire Bites or utilizing the Fire Syrup as a marinade, we give users the option to control how much heat they get in their snack or meal,” said Sara and Corey Meyer, co-founders of Little Bird Kitchen. “Although we stumbled upon candied jalapeños, we stuck with it because it allows other flavor profiles to come through before the heat comes at the end.” Little Bird Kitchen’s candied jalapeños bring an elevation in flavor to whatever you are eating.

Finally we have Revital Shiri-Horowitz author of “It’s Just Your Imagination: Growing Up with a Narcissistic Mother – Insights of a Personal Journey” from Horowitz Publishing. Revital Shiri-Horowitz is an experienced author and presenter to communities and audiences around the world. Using her own life story and excerpts of her novels, Revital Shiri-Horowitz generates a warm and uplifting experience for the listener. Revital Shiri-Horowitz was born and raised in Israel. As a kid, she wrote poetry and short stories. She’s been writing in her journal almost every day since she was nine years old, and up to the time she met her husband, but never imagined that one day she would become a published author in more than one language, and in so many countries, and continents. Revital went on to earn a BA in Hebrew Literature and Geography from Tel Aviv University USA – AFTAU, an MA in Geography from אוניברסיטת חיפה – University Of Haifa, and an MA in Hebrew Literature from Tel Aviv University. She was an assistant professor of Geography in Haifa and Tel Aviv Universities, and has been an editor for Hebrew-language books. Shiri-Horowitz published three books and won two awards. Her first book “Daughters of Iraq” came out it 2007 and won an award from “The Iraqi Jewish Heritage Center”, her second book “Hope to See You Soon” came out in 2014 speaks about immigrants always divided between two homelands, and her third book “It`s Just Your Imagination” won the “Pinnacle Book Achievement Award” for a self-help book.

Last, but certainly not least, we will have in studio Tim Monk of Gloucester Citynj famed MONKMAN’S BBQ to tell us about what he has been up to and his new creation BBQ Egg Rolls. We can’t wait!!

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo is out and about with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world so be sure to catch him on QVC selling the high quality Copper Chef products and getting ready for his new show Regional Eats.

You say you STILL NEED MORE!!! Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist and appeared on Season 17 of FOX Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars, and Chef Barbie was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light will delight us with her tip of the week, and a joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling with his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange available to order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated LIVE Sundays on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, distributed by satellite through the Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, and TryThisDish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world! Also repeats of our shows are available to be listened to daily on the above platforms 5:30pm-6:30pm and on Mondays at 10am on Wildfire Radio, and as usual the newest episodes are available the following day on iTunes and PlayerFM.

https://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-87/

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Beautiful Banff Eats 2018 – Banff, Alberta Canada

Beautiful Banff Eats 2018 – Banff, Alberta Canada

This is a must destination for any traveler. So beautiful!!!

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The Bison Restaurant – Banff, Alberta Canada

What a wonderful meal from start to finish. Highly recommend eating here. Had the meat and cheese with local cured meats, cheeses, house preserves, pickles, escargot with bone marrow, bacon lardon, gruyere, gremolata, garlic bread, bison short ribs with bacon lardon, mushrooms, baby potatoes, root vegetables, bison sausage, and Alberta raised Bison ribeye that was phenomenal .

 

The Maple Leaf Grill and Lounge – Banff, Alberta Canada

Another amazing meal here. Had the French Onion Soup with rich beef broth, swiss cheese, house focaccia croutons, and fresh herbs, followed by a so yummy cast iron seared scallops with house cured pork belly, maple poached pear, and butter sauce, then a delicious Coastal Seafood Platter with east coast lobster tail, snow crab, crispy calamari, mussels, pacific shrimp, beurre blanc, seasonal vegetables, baby reds, butter and lemons, and topped it all off with a Trio of Crème Brulee with baileys, maple syrup, and chocolate raspberry.

 

Park Distillery Restaurant + Bar – Banff, Alberta Canada

This is such a cool and hip place that was a joy to visit and had really tasty food and a distillery on site that makes gin. I enjoyed their adult beverage of Cascade made with Park Alpine Dry Gin, lime juice, fruit puree, mint, and simple syrup, then had their salmon and cod chowder with cream, potatoes, corn, peppers, fennel, and house made biscuit, the pork fingers which is bbq pulled pork covered with panko, rosemary, salt, and maple rye, and mustard, and the Rotisserie chicken and chips, with smashed potato, drippins gravy, and a grilled lemon.

 

Silver Dragon – Banff, Alberta Canada

This was a pleasant surprise of a tasty and affordable meal with friendly and good service. Had the wonton soup, spring roll, and lemon chicken with fried rice

 

Cows – Banff, Alberta Canada

Who doesn’t love ice cream? A truly delectable vanilla milkshake.

 

Northern Lights Café – Banff, Alberta Canada

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An extremely affordable and tasty prime rib, roasted potato and veggie mix, fresh baked chocolate chip cookie, and slice of apple pie.

 

Lake Agnes Tea House – Banff, Alberta Canada

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After a truly picturesque and breathtakingly beautiful hike up the mountain you reach this quaint little tea house in front of a lake. No electricity indoors so not good picture taking, but a great selection and variety of teas to relax and get your energy back for your hike back down.

 

Larkspur Lounge – Banff, Alberta Canada

A relaxed setting with nice views. Had to eat here Canadian Baked Brie that wa Phyllo Wrapped Brie Served with Fresh Crouton, Roast Garlic, Fresh Strawberries, Rhubarb & Candied Ginger Compote, and then had the Larkspur Alberta AAA Steak & Frites which is Maple Glazed 7oz New York Strip, French Fries, Garlic Herb French Bread, Onion Ring Garnish, and Red Wine Veal Reduction.

Trappixx Caribbean Restaurant – Cherry Hill, NJ

Trappixx Caribbean Restaurant – Cherry Hill, NJ

The service was great with the hostess/server being from Jamaica. Pictured is Beef Patty, Jerk Chicken platter, and Oxtail platter. Food was yummy.

Quaker City Shrubs – Assembly Rooftop Lounge – Philadelphia, PA

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(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfood.com written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

Happy Summer everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve joined you “Around Town”, but I’ve returned to take part in a special event that occurred on Wednesday evening, June 27th at Assembly Rooftop Lounge. This modern outdoor hotspot is located atop the Logan Hotel, looking down on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Logan Square for a fantastic panoramic view of this part of Philadelphia. Quaker City Shrubs is a new line of sparkling adult beverages, all featuring apple cider vinegar as the most prominent ingredient. Diageo, the international beverage manufacturer, partnered with the folks at Quaker City Mercantile to create this fresh concept and brand, and I had the pleasure of sampling the wares… There are three main flavors of the Quaker City Shrubs – grapefruit, blackberry and apple. Mercantile founder Steven Grasse was searching for the perfect summer drink, that also was a healthier alternative to the similar refreshments that have higher calorie and sugar content. The drinks contain just 90 calories with a 4% ABV, and three grams of sugar. While perfectly refreshing and enjoyable on their own, they also serve as great additions to any cocktail, as we sampled during the event. Quaker City Shrubs are available at your local grocers such as Wegman’s and Whole Foods, as well as at Total Wine and More stores throughout the region.  Enjoy, stay cool, and I’ll see you again “around town”…

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06-24-18 Small Bites Radio Show

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06-24-18

https://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-86/

06-24-18

https://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-86/

LIVE this Sunday, June 24rd at 635pm Small Bites on Wildfire Radio is going VEGAN. Small Bites Radio’s resident Vegan Chef Christina Martin of Cooking To Nourish will be in studio for some fun and food talk hosting the show since Derek is away on vacation.

We all know eating Vegan is good for your health, but did you know that it can look good on your body as well. To talk more about how, we are thrilled to welcome Michelle Schwegmann the Co-Founder of The Herbivore Clothing Company. Michelle Schwegmann and Josh Hooten founded The Herbivore Clothing Company in 2002 with hopes of spreading a positive message about animal rights and environmentalism. They have travelled to events all over the country tabling, speaking, and giving cooking demos to promote kinder and more sustainable lifestyles. At home in Portland their store in southeast is a hub for vegans, and the vegan-curious as well as travelers from all over the planet visiting the world’s only vegan mini-mall. They use Herbivore as a way to help fundraise and promote countless organizations by donating their products, time, and design work. In 2015 they wrote Eat Like You Give A Damn, a cookbook and vegan how-to guide to help those just starting out navigate their new cruelty-free life. They have 2 rescued dogs and one vegan-since-birth daughter, Ruby.

So how do you make Vegan food tasty so darn tasty? We will also be joined by Chef AJ of EatUnprocessed.com and host of TV show Healthy Living with Chef AJ on FoodyTV to chat about this. Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-exclusive diet for over 40 years. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from an obese junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body.  Her latest bestselling book The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss: A Revolutionary Approach to Conquer Cravings, Overcome Food Addiction and Lose Weight Without Going Hungry has received glowing endorsement by many luminaries in the plant based movement. Based in Los Angeles, Chef AJ teaches a monthly sold-out seminar featuring cooking instruction, nutritional science and song parodies, all delivered with comedic panache. Never content to leave her audience with mere “just do it” advice, she teaches how to create meals to transform their health, how to deal with cravings and food addiction and addresses the emotional side of eating. She is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and the body that they deserve. Chef AJ was the Executive Pastry Chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles where she was famous for her sugar, oil, salt and gluten free desserts which use the fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the whole fruit. Chef AJ is also creator of Healthy Taste of LA and the YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian,. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol.’

So you know where to buy fancy Vegan clothes and eat Vegan food, so now where should you go to hang with other likeminded people and have lots of fun? Well we have Kendra Arnold and Marisa Sweeney to talk about New Jersey VegFest. Kendra has been vegan for 15 years and vegetarian for even longer. Living a healthy, happy lifestyle and bringing people together is a huge motivator for her and she is a founder of Bike & Walk Morristown and is a dedicated lover of delicious vegan food and drink as well as host of Vegan Booster Club: a podcast featuring our vendors and their growing vegan businesses and organizer for New Jersey VegFest & Sprout Everywhere Events. Marisa is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 2009. Owner and Creator of the New Jersey VegFest, The Garden State’s Official Vegan Food Festival and Owner of Be Well a wellness center in Morristown that houses a team of integrative health and wellness practitioners that was established in 2012 growing the vegan movement one community at a time. The New Jersey VegFest and Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival will feature 200 vendors, inspiring speakers, a 10k & 5k on the boardwalk, live music, cooking demos and much more, all right on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. On July 13th there will be a vegan food truck festival at the Showboat Hotel. Then July 14th at Showboat Atlantic City they have Robert F. Diggs aka The RZA of the world-renowned Wu-Tang Clan, Scott Jurek an Ultrarunner, Lauren Ornelas of Food Empowerment Project, author Bryant Terry, Erika Boyd of Detroit Vegan Soul, and Party with Honey Labronx. Over 200 food and product vendors will be on the former casino floor of the Showboat Atlantic City. There will be food, fashion, products, and non-profits. There will be plenty of seating so you can relax and enjoy your food, along with live music, chef demos and more. This is festival you can spend the day at or you can eat, head out to the boardwalk and beach and come back and hang out with us again. For more info go to:

https://njvegfest.com/atlantic-city-vegan-food-festival/

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo is out and about with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world so be sure to catch him on QVC selling the high quality Copper Chef products and getting ready for his new show Regional Eats.

You say you STILL NEED MORE!!! Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist and appeared on Season 17 of FOX Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars, and Chef Barbie was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light will delight us with her tip of the week, and a joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling with his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange available to order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated LIVE Sundays on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, distributed by satellite through the Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, and TryThisDish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world! Also repeats of our shows are available to be listened to daily on the above platforms 5:30pm-6:30pm and on Mondays at 10am on Wildfire Radio, and as usual the newest episodes are available the following day on iTunes and PlayerFM.

https://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-86/

Arctic Scoop (East Passyunk Ave) – Philadelphia, PA

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Arctic Scoop (East Passyunk Ave) – Philadelphia, PA

Pictured is Lychee Rose Ice Cream with fresh strawberries topped with condensed milk drizzle. It was YUMMY!

Dippy’s Custard & Ice Cream – Mantua, NJ

Dippy’s Custard & Ice Cream – Mantua, NJ

I really enjoyed my visit here. Awesome selection of ice cream, nice atmosphere, and friendly service. Had a 2 scoop salted caramel ice cream on a waffle cone.