Episode 127: MSG plus More Food Jokes from SNAP

Monday, April 22, 2019
We talk all about what mono-sodium glutamate is, also known as MSG, how it creates unami in food, and its crazy and racist history in the United States. We also welcome our friends from SNAP conference as they help us tell some more food jokes.

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  • Per Harold McGee, he talks about amino acids and how they contribute to flavor. Glutamic acid contributes to the meaty, savory, brothy, or umami (delicious) flavor.
  • Winter and Lee took a ramen class through Harmon's and they added kombu, aka seaweed, to beef broth, and that added to the umami flavor.
  • In 1908, the scientist Kikunae Ikeda isolated glutamic acid from seaweed or kombu.
  • Inosine monophosphate (IMP) and guanisine mono phosphate (GMP) was also discovered and both contribute to umami.
  • Aji-no-moto started manufacturing large amounts of MSG and was used worldwide.






Run Time: 40 minutes

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Episode 126: Food Jokes Mini Episode from Alt Oasis 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019
We went live this week at Alt Oasis 2019 in Palm Springs, California for a quick all-jokes episode featuring our funny friends Jessica Brooks of @solongsupermom, Abby Mitchell from Hired Hostess Event Co., Trina Finton from Gaming Angels, Amber Renee from Naked Blu Design Studio, Amy Webb from This Little Miggy Stayed Home, and Lisa MacCarthy of All Sorts Creative.

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  • Food Nerd Shoutout: Thanks to the Alt Summit for having Lee and I present at Alt Oasis on podcasting. We had a ton of fun with our workshop and enjoyed featuring our joke-telling friends. Thanks to our friends:


  • Jessica Brooks of @solongsupermom on Instagram, where she wants you to be the mom you should be!
  • Abby Mitchell from Hired Hostess Event Co., where she plans out thoughtful wedding and events.
  • Trina Finton from Gaming Angels, where she talks about everything gaming, and she and her daughter will be launching a podcast in 2 weeks about gaming together under the same title Gaming Angels. 
  • Amber Renee from Naked Blu Design Studio, where she crafts custom invitations and stationary.
  • Lisa MacCarthy of All Sorts Creative where she helps her online influencers launch their own clothing line.
  • Amy Webb from This Little Miggy Stayed Home, a lifestyle and family brand focusing on special needs. Amy also is a newly published children's book called When Charley Met Emma.


Run Time: 5 minutes


Episode 125: Hungry Squared Podcast Update and Some Food News

Monday, March 11, 2019
We give you an update about what's happening and what our episode schedule will be for the next 3 months. Plus, we amuse you with some amusing food news.

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  • Hey friends, we are going to be publishing every couple weeks, because we're getting into conference season and we are BUSY! Please stick with us, because we've got some fun stuff coming up.
  • This guy and his dog survived on Taco Bell hot sauce for 5 days!


  • Clear the FOG, people. Clear the FOG (ew!).
  • Send us an email to says hi! We love getting mail. Send an email to hungrysquared@gmail.com



Run Time: 16 minutes

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Episode 124: Stress Eating and Comfort Foods

Monday, February 18, 2019
Welcome back! We've had some tough times and thus, a lot of emotional eating of comfort foods. We talk about the science and psychology behind emotional eating and how it leads us to eat all the foods that are full of fats, sugars, and carbs. We also try to discuss ways to NOT emotional eat. Plus, we discuss the 10-in-1 Surlatab Ulitmate Silicone Fork and Daiya Shreds (aka vegan cheese).

Let's taco 'bout it!



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  • Food Nerd Shoutout: Did you listen to our episode with Chef Justice Stewart? What a great interview, plus we have his cookbook giveaway! Make sure to enter at his website.
  • Let's Dig into the Kitchen Drawer: Winter received the Surlatab Silicone Ultimate Fork (the 10-in-1 fork) over Christmas, and she likes it and it's been handy, though Lee doesn't think it didn't work well for separating (eggs). Winter's rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Emotional eating can be triggered by stress, which dumps into the body epinephrine (adrenaline). However, if stress is constant, it can dump into the body cortisol, which can ramp up appetite. This can keep this switch on if our stress is constant.


  • Psychologically speaking, emotional eating can be a bad feedback loop. The comfort foods give you a sense of belonging.
  • We listen to Brene Brown (see her TED talks here and here), because she talks about shame, belonging, and true happiness.
  • The research about emotional eating may not be the most accurate according to this article.
  • Brownies! Brownies! Brownies! It's a real place.
  • Tactics for not stress/emotional eating: Sharon forces herself to make the comfort food. Winter is getting into meditation and I'm excited for a friend who is starting a meditation Youtube station. Plus, I made a list of things that helps me relax that is not food-related.


Run Time: 33 minutes

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Episode 123: Sous Vide Cooking with Chef Justice Stewart, Author of Mastering the Art of Sous Vide

Monday, February 4, 2019
Sharon's out this week and Lee joins Winter to interview chef Justice Stewart, author of Mastering the Art of Sous Vide and the blog Gourmet Deconstructed. He talks about how he started out as a construction worker then transitioned to becoming a chef. We get into how he got into the sous vide method of cooking (wild game) and his new cookbook, Mastering the Art of Sous Vide.

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  • Justice is from New York and had been working construction and cooking on the side as a hobby. Then, after helping a friend in his catering company, he was inspired to change his career to cooking.
  • You can find his blog Gourmet Deconstructed here.
  • Sous vide cooking was discovered by a physicist Benjamin Thompson by accident with a mutton shoulder.





Run Time: 46 minutes

Sponsors: The International Sous Vide Association (ISVA) and the 1st Annual Sous Vide Summit are the sponsors of this episode. Join us for the 1st Annual Sous Vide Summit in July 19-21, 2019 in Wilmington, DE (30 minutes from Philadelphia, PA) with other sous vide enthusiasts!


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