Episode 78: Popcorn

Monday, January 22, 2018
On this week's episode, we chat all about popcorn, how we like to eat it, the long history of popcorn, and the science of the somersaulting popping popcorn kernel. It's going to be tasty! Plus, we help our Food Fight listener help a friend who is starting a new "diet".



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Let's taco 'bout it!


Alton Brown's Eat Your Science Tour and Astro Pop at Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Did you know that popcorn is not genetically modified?
  • The tasty and sweet Cracker Jack was created in the 1890s.
  • Charles C. Cretor created his popcorn popping machine in the 1885, first based on the steam engine. C. Cretors and Company is still owned by the family today.
  • In 1938, Glen Dickson owned several movie theaters and he decided to install popcorn making machines in the theaters and made a LOT of money.
  • Movie theater popcorn can provide a day and a half's allowance of saturated fat according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.


  • Pericarp is the tough outer shell, germ (seed embryo), then the endosperm (has starch). As the heat increases, the water in the endosperm starts to boil/turn into steam and creates pressure, just like your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  • The Slo Mo Guys recorded popcorn popping. So fun!



Run Time: 51 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, IKEA in Draper, Utah!

IKEA Make Room For Organization Event at the Draper IKEA

Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

**We'll be there on January 27 Facebook/Instagram Live-ing the Junk Drawer No More workshop at 10 am MST. Join us for fun giveaways!**

Customers can sign up for IKEA Family online and use the $25 off $150 purchase coupon valid only Jan.27th and 28th 2018. A full list of activities will be available on http://www.ikea.com/us

Some activities will include:
  • Junk Drawer No More! Learn how to easily organize your kitchen junk drawer to find a happy home for those frequently used items that don’t quite fit anywhere else.
  • Linen Closet Rescue! With bulky items such as pillows, blankets and towels filling the shelves, the linen closet can easily become overstuffed and cluttered.  Learn tips and tricks using storage solutions to give your linen closet the makeover it needs.
  • Sampling selected Swedish food itemsFree sampling of selected Swedish food items. $5 off $25 purchase of Swedish Food Market items.
  • Activities for kids & adults
  • IKEA Family offers

Episode 77: Foods for When You're Sick Minisode

Monday, January 15, 2018
This week's show is a mini-episode, because Winter is sick and really wanted to talk about foods that would make her feel better. We talk a little about chicken soup, starving (or is it feeding) a cold, and different herbal remedies that have "properties" that could help with her symptoms.



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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • Sharon had a hit at dinner because of these Roasted Shrimp Enchiladas from the blog Damn Delicious. Yummy! Corn tortillas need a little warming to help them fold/roll better. Sharon changed the jalapeno peppers into chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and used brocooli slaw.
  • Winter loved celebrating Russian Christmas with friends, and may have had 1 1/2 pieces too many of this Napoleon Cake. It was SO seconds and thirds-worthy! You will have to do Google Translate to get the full recipe! By the way, you can get vanilla sugar on Amazon.
  • Winter has been sick this last week, so it got us thinking about the saying "Starve a cold, feed a fever" and what foods are best for making you feel better.
  • The scientific journal Science even had something to say about this adage in 1929.
  • First, make sure to drink fluids and stay hydrated!


  • Chicken soup is hydrating, has many eletrolytes, ingredients are not going to upset the stomach, plus the placebo effect, but there's no conclusive evidence that chicken soup helps you get better.
  • The researchers from Yale did an interesting study feeding or starving animals who are infected with either a bacterial or vial infection. See the article here and a short video regarding what they did in a nutshell.



  • Home remedies such as warm liquids are always best.
  • Ginger, turmeric, honey, oregano, garlic, and other things in your cupboard that have properties that can help make you feel better. We've talked about turmeric tea before.
  • You can make your own homemade cough syrup recipe here (non-alchoholic!). There are plenty of cough drops recipes if you want to mess with a candy thermometer and all, or you can just go out and buy some for a few bucks.

Run Time: 29 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, IKEA in Draper, Utah!

IKEA Make Room For Organization Event at the Draper IKEA

Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

**We'll be there on January 27 Facebook/Instagram Live-ing the Junk Drawer No More workshop at 10 am MST. Join us for fun giveaways!**

Customers can sign up for IKEA Family online and use the $25 off $150 purchase coupon valid only Jan.27th and 28th 2018. A full list of activities will be available on http://www.ikea.com/us

Some activities will include:
  • Junk Drawer No More! Learn how to easily organize your kitchen junk drawer to find a happy home for those frequently used items that don’t quite fit anywhere else.
  • Linen Closet Rescue! With bulky items such as pillows, blankets and towels filling the shelves, the linen closet can easily become overstuffed and cluttered.  Learn tips and tricks using storage solutions to give your linen closet the makeover it needs.
  • Sampling selected Swedish food itemsFree sampling of selected Swedish food items. $5 off $25 purchase of Swedish Food Market items.
  • Activities for kids & adults
  • IKEA Family offers

Episode 76: Kitchen and Pantry Organization Tips

Monday, January 8, 2018
On this week's episode (sponsored by IKEA), we are delving into all our go-to tips for kitchen and pantry organization, from using clear containers to sorting and purging. It's the new year, so let's get organized! Plus, we help some Food Fight parents deal with a rambunctious toddler during dinner time.



Disclosure: Some of the links within these show notes are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a commission, which helps support our show. This commission comes at no additional cost to you, our wonderful listener!

Let's taco 'bout it!





  • Tip #6: Keep paperwork under control on your horizontal spaces. Be vigilant! Get slots for paperwork that needs to be taken care of later. Create a landing strip.
  • Tip #7: Use matching glass containers that are square and rectangular for space. We like these brands. Plus a model of scarcity helps keep your fridge clean.
  • Tip #8: Nest, stack, and file vertically. We love to vertically file our plates. Sharon and Ike use something similar for pots.
  • Tip #9: 80/20 rule applies in the kitchen also. What are you REALLY using and declutter accordingly? We're keeping a few things: Instant Pot, Sous Vide, rice cooker, food processor (Nicki would be proud), but we will definitely be donating to keep the clutter down.
  • Tip #10: Keep your counters clear. It cuts down on your visual clutter and inspires your to cook.
  • Let's clean our your pantry #1: Remove everything and wipe down the pantry.


  • Pantry #2: Sort and purge. By the way, check with your local food pantry to see if they accept expired food or not. Side note: Throw in a little treat when you donate per Jill Robbins.
  • Pantry #3: Categorize things--like with like.
  • Pantry #4: Make it pretty and useful. Clear containers and label it. Sharon loves these IKEA brands, Droppar, Korken, Vardagen, and Sinnerlig.
  • Pantry #5: Put it back in the way you cook. What are fast movers in your pantry?
  • Other tips: Be flexible with where you put things, get rid of packaging (cuts down on visual clutter) and get picky of what food comes into our home (helps with food storage).
  • We help some Food Fight parents deal with a crazy toddler during dinner time.
Run Time: 1 hour 4 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, IKEA in Draper, Utah!

IKEA Make Room For Organization Event at the Draper IKEA

Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Customers can sign up for IKEA Family online and use the $25 off $150 purchase coupon valid only Jan.27th and 28th 2018. A full list of activities will be available on http://www.ikea.com/us

Some activities will include:
  • Junk Drawer No More! Learn how to easily organize your kitchen junk drawer to find a happy home for those frequently used items that don’t quite fit anywhere else.
  • Linen Closet Rescue! With bulky items such as pillows, blankets and towels filling the shelves, the linen closet can easily become overstuffed and cluttered.  Learn tips and tricks using storage solutions to give your linen closet the makeover it needs.
  • Sampling selected Swedish food itemsFree sampling of selected Swedish food items. $5 off $25 purchase of Swedish Food Market items.
  • Activities for kids & adults
  • IKEA Family offers
  • Plus, we'll be there on January 27 Facebook/Instagram Live-ing the Junk Drawer No More workshop at 10 am MST. Join us for fun giveaways!

Episode 75: Food Trends of 2017 & Food Predictions for 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Happy New Year! On this week's episode, we welcome Sharon back and have a lively discussion on what we saw in 2017 that we'd like to see go the way of the dodo, then talk about 2018 food trends we're particularly excited about. Then we talk about food goals that we're going to set for ourselves in 2018. What are you looking forward to in 2018?



Disclosure: Some of the links within these show notes are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a commission, which helps support our show. This commission comes at no additional cost to you, our wonderful listener!

Let's taco 'bout it!

  • You should re-listen to our Christmas Food Traditions episode--it's funny! 
  • Sharon ate all of the things while she was away from the podcast--her favorite thing she had a smoked pork shoulder Ike made on the Big Green Egg.
  • Winter and Lee went to the Italian restaurant Stanza for their anniversary dinner and LOVED it! Surprisingly, the waygu beef entree was a little clumsy and disappointing, but their duck breast entree was the winner of the night. 
  • Winter's top 3 trends that need to die of 2017: Avocado toast everywhere on social media, food videos that are all the same with nobody in them (all the Tasty-style videos), anything unicorn-flavored (I'm looking at you, Starbucks. By the way, you should check out this commercial).
  • Sharon's top 3 trends that need to die of 2017: Designer cupcakes, pumpkin pie spice, and food videos that are too slow (some are good and others are SLOW).




  • Millennial food-influences, such as eating more at home and DIY-ing food, is an exciting trend.
  • Winter is also excited about poke, a Hawaiian chunk salad, coming more on the scene. It's sushi in a bowl!
  • Sharon is excited to see more food styling--it's beautiful and happy and a break from some of the heaviness of of what is happening in the world today. We love the work of Baked by Joanna and LokoKitchen.
  • Sharon's 2018 food goals involve eating more fish and setting a food budget.
  • Winters 2018 food goals involve cooking more herself and justifying all the kitchen gear (such as the Instant Pot, Blendtec Blender, and Hamilton Beach Sous Vide) we have (ala January Cure 2018).
  • What are your food goals for 2018?
  • We help our Food Fight listener figure out how to stomach golden milk. Sharon loves Heidi Swanson's 101 Cookbooks' recipe for turmeric tea. Maybe add honey. Or you can be okay not loving this trend (you be you!).

Run Time: 47 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, IKEA in Draper, Utah!

IKEA Make Room For Organization Event at the Draper IKEA
Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Customers can sign up for IKEA Family online and use the $25 off $150 purchase coupon valid only Jan.27th and 28th 2018. A full list of activities will be available on http://www.ikea.com/us

Some activities will include:
  • Junk Drawer No More! Learn how to easily organize your kitchen junk drawer to find a happy home for those frequently used items that don’t quite fit anywhere else.
  • Linen Closet Rescue! With bulky items such as pillows, blankets and towels filling the shelves, the linen closet can easily become overstuffed and cluttered.  Learn tips and tricks using storage solutions to give your linen closet the makeover it needs.
  • Sampling selected Swedish food itemsFree sampling of selected Swedish food items. $5 off $25 purchase of Swedish Food Market items.
  • Activities for kids & adults
  • IKEA Family offers
  • Plus, we'll be there with a fun kitchen organization activity!

Episode 74: Eggnog Mini-sode with Guest Host, Lee Redd

Monday, December 18, 2017
It's a mini-episode about eggnog, Lee's favorite holiday drink, with the help of our very own Lee while Sharon is out. We hit up a little history, then delve into different types of eggnog that are out there. Yum!



Disclosure: Some of the links within these show notes are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a commission, which helps support our show. This commission comes at no additional cost to you, our wonderful listener!

Let's taco 'bout it!

Run Time: 26 minutes

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