Episode 65: Halloween Candy

Monday, October 16, 2017
On this week's episode, we're getting in the mood for Halloween by talking about the history of Halloween, the origin stories of the Tootsie Roll, Candy Corn, and the term Fun Size, and then we learn about why we all get freaked out about tainted Halloween candy. Then we help our Food Fight listener figure out how to deal with all the Halloween candy coming from grandparents.


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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • Sharon went on a tour at the Waterpocket Distillery, who makes Robber's Roost, a light whiskey, and Oread. You can find them on Instagram here.  Winter and Lee get invited to a lot of little kid activities because of Lucy, so we tried Apple Cider Donuts (yummy!) at the Cross E Ranch, a local pumpkin patch in Utah. Our friends at Donut Kabobs told us how much those donut-making machines cost--it's a lot!
  • By the way, here are some of our previous Halloween costumes:



Guy Fawkes Masks


By Csavvj - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62634197

  • How did the term Fun Size come about? It was the Mars company trying to market their candy for Halloween in 1968! It started out with Snickers, Milky Way, and Three Musketeers. The Curtiss Candy Company, who market Baby Ruth and Butterfinger, started using the term also, and Mars sued them and lost.
  • We blame Ann Landers and Dear Abby for perpetuating the fear of tainted candy. 
  • Watch this clip that Seinfeld does on Halloween--hilarious!
  • We help our Food Fight listener figure out how to navigate all the candy during Halloween, especially coming from the grandparents. 

Run Time: 59 minutes

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Episode 64: Truffles

Monday, October 9, 2017
And we're back! On this week's episode, we talk about the mysterious and prized truffle, the fungus, not the chocolate kind. We talk all about how you find them, why they are so prized, and how to use them. We also sympathize with our Food Fight listener about feeling like a barbarian at fancy dinner parties.



Homemade pasta and freshly shaved black truffles in Italy

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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • We took a week off because of crazy scheduling, so we're back! Sharon discusses how much she likes the POY's tikka masala and how she has plans to make this. Winter tells her story about how Lee spotted Kevin Costner in Park City, which led them to eating at Bistro 412. It was yummy!
  • Sharon mentions that the Flavor Bible's description of truffles is loud in a subtle way.
  • You need a trained dog to hunt out truffles, since a sow was outlawed in 1985. 
  • Listen to this great Planet Money podcast episode on a truffle dealer in New York City, with Daniel Pashman of the Sporkful Podcast.
  • Lastly, we help our Food Fight Listener as she prepares for a "fancy" dinner party, and we can totally relate.

Run Time: 53 minutes

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Episode 61: Food Myths

Monday, September 11, 2017
On this week's episode, we are busting food myths left and right, including whether you should rinse your chicken before using it, drinking 8 glasses of water everyday, and if salt decreases the boiling point. So many myths busted! Plus, we help our Food Fight listener organize her freezer for the sake of toaster waffles.


Nightcap to help you sleep?

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Wash your chicken?

  • Food Myth #3: You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Myth! This started in 1945 US Food and Nutrition Board came out and said you need 2.5 liters of water a day, but everyone ignored the following sentence that said you could get a lot of the needed water through prepared foods.
  • Food Myth #4: An alcoholic nightcap will help you sleep better. Myth! Alcohol can make you get to sleep faster, but beyond that, this is a myth! In fact, you are going to mess up your sleeping pattern according to studies at the Henry Ford Health Systems.
  • Food Myth #5: Salt will lower the boiling point and make your water boil faster. Myth! Salt actually causes boiling point elevation. However, when salt is added when it's close to boiling, the salt provides many more nucleation sites for bubbles, so it appears to help water boil faster.
  • Our Food Fight listener is struggling with no room in the freezer. Remember, the life changing magic of tidying up! And cook and shop your own fridge and freezer. Also, use bins for organization.

Run Time: 47 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, Ikea!



It's Annual Swedish Crayfish Party time!

Our sponsor for this week's episode is the Draper Utah IKEA (67 West IKEA Way, Draper, Ut 84020). IKEA Draper and other participating IKEA stores are having their special end-of-summer celebration: the Annual Swedish Crayfish Party on Friday, September 15, 2017.

There will be drinks, crayfish, desserts, and lots of traditional Swedish food. Plus, we will be hosting a fun crayfish/crawfish inspired-quiz with fun prizes. We hope to see you there!

Ask a Restaurant co-worker for more details and to purchase your tickets. Seating is limited. IKEA Family members get special pricing, so sign up in store or on the IKEA store app.

Episode 60: Apples

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
On this week's episode, we are celebrating the arrival of autumn (and mourning the passing of summer) by talking about apples. We cover the long history of apples, then we talk about what makes an apple crispy, and what different types of apples there are and which ones are good for eating and which ones are good for dessert! Plus, we help our Food Fight listener send off her daughter to college with some good recipes that are healthy and quick and inexpensive.


Apples, apples!

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Let's taco 'bout it!

Zucchini (and other gourd) Races


Apple pie!


Run Time: 52 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, Ikea!


It's Annual Swedish Crayfish Party time!


Our sponsor for this week's episode is the Draper Utah IKEA (67 West IKEA Way, Draper, Ut 84020). IKEA Draper and other participating IKEA stores are having their special end-of-summer celebration: the Annual Swedish Crayfish Party on Friday, September 15, 2017.

There will be drinks, crayfish, desserts, and lots of traditional Swedish food. Plus, we will be hosting a fun crayfish/crawfish inspired-quiz with fun prizes. We hope to see you there!

Ask a Restaurant co-worker for more details and to purchase your tickets. Seating is limited. IKEA Family members get special pricing, so sign up in store or on the IKEA store app.


Episode 59: Survival Food from Hardtack to MREs

Monday, August 28, 2017
On this week's episode and in light of current events, we get into survival food, starting with its history from hardtack and pemmican. Then we move on to the current Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and how those were developed to what they are today. Plus, we chat about making sure your water supply is good. We then also cast our vote for a question posed to us about pineapple on pizza during our Food Fight segment.


In case of emergency...

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Let's taco 'bout it!


Not hardtack, but you get the picture


Safe drinking water

Run Time: 55 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, Ikea!



It's Annual Swedish Crayfish Party time!


Our sponsor for this week's episode is the Draper Utah IKEA (67 West IKEA Way, Draper, Ut 84020). IKEA Draper and other participating IKEA stores are having their special end-of-summer celebration: the Annual Swedish Crayfish Party on Friday, September 15, 2017.

There will be drinks, crayfish, desserts, and lots of traditional Swedish food. Plus, we will be hosting a fun crayfish/crawfish inspired-quiz with fun prizes. We hope to see you there!

Ask a Restaurant co-worker for more details and to purchase your tickets. Seating is limited. IKEA Family members get special pricing, so sign up in store or on the IKEA store app!

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