Episode 129: Brunch and Mother's Day [Rebroadcast]

Monday, May 20, 2019
We're rebroadcasting our Hungry Squared podcast episode about Mother's Day and brunch, our favorite meal. 

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Run Time
: 38 minutes

Sponsors: The sponsor of the Hungry Squared podcast is ThermoWorks! We both love our Thermapen MK4 thermometers and Lee loves his Smoke and Smoke Gateway for when we're smoking a brisket. ThermoWorks is having an amazing sale on several of their items, including the infrared IRK-2 Meter and Probe Set. Check it out!

Episode 128: Toy Kitchens and the Easy-Bake Oven

Monday, May 6, 2019
We get into the interesting and dangerous history of toy kitchens, from the tiny cast iron stoves in the 1800s to the current Easy-Bake Oven. Who had one?

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  • Food Nerd Shoutout: Hey Bode! He's going to culinary school next year and we're so grateful you listen to the podcast. 
  • Winter has been binge watching Murder She Wrote (ha ha!).
  • Let's Dig into the Kitchen Drawer: Sharon has been binge watching Queer Eye, and Antony has been going through people's kitchen. It showed the light on how much they appreciate their aprons, specifically by Hedley and Bennett Denver Apron. Ike loves his apron!
  • The website Atlas Obscura has a newsletter called Gastro Obscura, where they wrote about toy kitchens that used to deadly!
  • From the book Little Men, it describes a little toy kitchen that would actually boil water!
  • There are so many tiny versions of cast iron stoves, including this one, this one, and this one. Plus, you can buy one on Amazon for a dollhouse!


  • There were oil and gas stoves, but eventually changed to electric stoves. It's a good thing, because there were many deaths caused by those oil and gas stoves!
  • The Easy-Bake Oven was created in 1963 by toy company Kenner (same company who created the Star Wars figures back in the day). The Easy-Bake Oven ran off of two 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.
  • When Betty Crocker took over, it made it even easier, because all you had to do was add water to the baking mixes in the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven.
  • You could make cookies, brownies, and cakes when they rebranded it to the Easy Bake Oven and Snack Center.
  • Queasy Bake Cookerator was geared towards boys. It's no longer sold--bummer!



  • In 2007, there was a recall of a million of Easy-Bake Ovens, due to kids getting their hands stuck in the front loading door.
  • Sharon wants an Easy-Bake Oven. Who wants to get her one?
  • Introducing Interesting Ingredients: Winter's tangent about split pea soup from the children's book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It's a great book, but it's warped her perception of split pea soup. By the way, here's a couple of episodes based in the Swedish culture here and here. However, with a little squeeze of Johnnys Senap Sotstark (aka Johnny's Hot and Sweet Mustard) stirred in Lee's split pea soup is THE BEST! By the way, it's not that "hot". In fact, I'd say it's not spicy at all! 


Run Time: 45 minutes

Sponsors: The sponsor of the Hungry Squared podcast is ThermoWorks! We both love our Thermapen MK4 thermometers and Lee loves his Smoke and Smoke Gateway for when we're smoking a brisket. ThermoWorks is having an amazing sale on several of their items, including the infrared IRK-2 Meter and Probe Set. Check it out!




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.

Let's taco 'bout it!


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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • 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.

Let's taco 'bout it!



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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • 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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