Real People. Real Kitchens. Real Food.
Now That's a Mouthful  Podcast

Real People. Real Kitchens. Real Food.<br><i>Now That's a Mouthful</i>  Podcast

Now That's A Mouthful is a crowd-sourced podcast about life, love, and what's for dinner. We talk about our shared experience of cooking in each episode so that it's filled with ideas and information, stories and helpful hints, all designed to make your experience in any kitchen a better one!  Our community of recipe testers drive each podcast’s content, as they cook and comment their way through our specially curated list of recipes and cookbooks.

Join Chef Donna Desfor and Cherie Krause, as they guide you into your kitchen, through a variety of new and different recipes, and serve up deliciously entertaining chatter that helps you navigate the often crazy world of food, beverages - of all kinds, and entertaining.

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Season 3 Podcasts

Episode 49: Readying Our Larder

A well-stocked larder can inspire you, and improve your ability to cook creatively and efficiently in the kitchen. We share tips on creating a well-stocked larder to give you confidence and flexibility to create meals on the fly or tackle a new recipe when you land on it. The episode helps you know how to take the ingredients at hand and combine them in a sure, confident and delicious way. Take a listen…

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Episode 48: Balancing Life, Love and What’s For Dinner

Today’s home-cook overcomes a lot just to be able to get into the kitchen and cook. We share ideas to juggle and balance “life, love, and what’s for dinner ©”. Regain a sense of control around cooking and a renewed sense of purpose and joy to step into your home kitchen and cook for those you love. Take a listen…

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Episode 47: Redefining the Home Cook: Balance to Our Lives & Feeding Our Souls

Redefining the home cook is our Season 3 theme as we take a closer look at home cooking. There’s renewed effort to bring balance back to our lives, step back into the kitchen, find joy in cooking for ourselves and our loved ones. We feed our souls when we break free from the rules that don’t make sense for us in the kitchen! All season long we’ll be talking about this balance between “life, love and what’s for dinner©”. Take a listen…

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Season 2 Podcasts

Bonus Episode: Recipe Roundup #5

We talk about what worked and what didn’t in the books and recipes we cooked from in this last bonus-episode of Season 2 – something we call a “recipe round-up”. We found these to be solid recipes for weeknights and for entertaining, and we also learned a few ideas of how to take flavor the component parts and re-assemble them to create a whole different dish. Everything is on the table and our testers hold nothing back! Take a listen…

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Bonus Episode: The Gracious Guest

Learn the proper etiquette of being a guest from the moment the invitation arrives to the thank you that follows… Inspired by our entertaining episode Episode 44 – Open Your Door; It’s Enough Part 1 and Part 2. When all is said and done, gracious is how you should be thought of when people think of you as a guest at their social gatherings. Besides being appropriate, behaving civilized in an otherwise uncivilized world, will get you far. And when it’s time for another party, most likely get you invited back Take a listen…

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Bonus Episode: Recipe Roundup #4

We take a look at the books and recipes we cooked from in this bonus-episode – something we call a “recipe round-up”. Everything is on the table and our testers hold nothing back! Not all of these recipes challenged us, in fact some were just downright spectacular. But, there were some that we thought made us work a little too hard to achieve the desired results. And that’s what makes the whole Recipe Testing Process worth its salt. We learn a lot, ask a lot of questions and, as usual, our testers have a lot to say about what we were cooking! You can find these recipes and more on Now That’s A Mouthful Recipes Page. Take a listen…

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Bonus Episode: Ask Chef Donna

Chef Donna answers the questions that so many of our listeners have asked over the course of Season 2. In each episode, we answer a lot of questions, but now Cherie takes all the other questions listeners have been asking and puts Chef Donna to task. Chef Donna happily shares her knowledge and love of cooking. There’s a lot to learn in this jam-packed episode! Take a listen…

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Episode 46: Our Holy Grail Quest for the Perfect Bite.

Wrapping up 16 weeks of cooking and shared experiences in our kitchens. We’ve cooked across all different cultures, cuisines and dietary platforms, and we never stopped talking about what we’ve learned and how we’ve changed the way we think about food and set it out on our tables, not just for ourselves, but for our family and friends. We look back at what we all brought to the table; what we learned, how we learned it and what we take away as we look forward to Season 3 of Now That’s A Mouthful podcast. Take a listen…

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Episode 45: Cooking Across Generations

Cooking across the generations and what it means to learn from each other sharing family food traditions, modernizing those traditions and understanding how we not only learn to cook but how we share our mutual love for food, family and gathering people around our table. We’re talking with Cherie, her mom and her daughter: 3 generations gathered at the table to talk about how they learned their cherished recipes and traditions. We about how each learned to cook, what they learned from each other, and what each brings back to the family kitchen – when they’re together, and when they’re cooking for their own families or friends. We uncover the relationships not only amongst mothers and daughters, but also appreciate their relationships with food and their desire to share it. Take a listen…

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Episode 44 Part 2: Open Your Door; It’s Enough.

Part 2 of our 2-Part Series on Entertaining and how to be successful when opening your doors and inviting friends and family together for a meal. In this part, we talk about the many different approaches to entertaining – both formal and casual, and how to organize, plan and be ready for your guests when they arrive. We give you tips to sail effortlessly through the party, with recipes and menu ideas that come from the people behind our podcast, our Recipe Testers. In Part 1 of this episode, we share our tips to enjoy being a host and create memorable moments. Take a listen…

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Episode 44 Part 1: Open Your Door; It’s Enough.

Part 1 of a 2 part series on how to be successful when opening your doors and inviting friends and family together for a meal. We help with tips to enjoy being a host and creating memorable moments. We’ll help you overcome the fear of entertaining and tackle the obstacles about who to invite, what to cook, and how not to lose your mind or your friends in the process. Take a listen…

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Episode 43: The Importance Of Cheese

Learn about cheese as an ingredient, how to cook with it successfully and add it to recipes when you want to go rogue. Cheese is important both as the popular appetizer or snack, and as a way to enhance flavor and create texture in home-cooking. We talk about its importance in food production, and learn how it can affect digestion. Learn how to create a classic cheese board that reflects your style. And discover the recipes we talk about. Take a listen…

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Episode 42: Our Love For Cultural Cuisine

Different cultures influence on our modern food scene, and not just in restaurants. We talk about how different cultures bring uniqueness to the American table and our ever-changing palate – in our grocery stores and in the books we cook from. We look at how food traditions arrive here, and the food culture they create. Then we talk about how we change these recipes to suit the American kitchen and culture, while still trying to preserve the flavors, foods and stories that they tell. Take a listen…

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Episode 41: Where We Find Our Food

A compelling discussion about where our food comes from, the stigma, mis-information, and judgments attached to food at their different points of sale. We talk about the choices we make about our food, and open the door to a clearer understanding about what we’re buying where we buy our food. We talk about the different sources and resources for buying food. We talk to 2 artisan food makers about what it means to create food. We talk sustainability, utility and resourcefulness NOT as a division between what’s right or wrong, but as a tool to allow each of us to make a choice that’s meaningful in the context of our own lives and needs. Take a listen…

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Episode 40: Dietary Platforms and Food Allergies: Satisfying Everyone At Our Table

Learning to cook to cook to new or different dietary platforms including vegan, gluten free, grain free, dairy free and, even food allergies satisfies everyone at our table. Still, we have to re-learn to cook outside our comfort zone. You can still cook tasty food regardless of who you’re cooking for; the ultimate goal is to create good food and keep everyone safe around your table. Take a listen…

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Bonus Episode: Breadcrumbs. When Burnt is Okay.

Breadcrumbs! That’s right. There’s a lot more to those tasty toasted bits of bread. Learn how to use those bits and ends of leftover bread, and change up a whole lotta recipes. You’ll learn to use your scraps of leftover bread to add a level of flavor and texture to food and recipes, and you’ll learn to master the art of burnt, a trending technique that adds flavor and depth to your food. Who knew there were so many uses for those pieces of leftover bread? We’re talking breadcrumbs and when burnt is okay. Listen in ….

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Episode 39: The Virtues Of Low ABVs: The Food and Wine / Spirit / Beer Affinity

Choices – and a lot of them – are trending in the world of spirits, especially, low abvs (alcohol by volume). So is the craft cocktail, the small batch craft beers and small producer wine clubs. Just as with our food, these beverages are both ingredients and taste amplifiers. How do they work? And how do they enhance or create new and better food experiences. Take a listen…

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Episode 38: Our Home-made Kitchen: Shortcuts That Keep Us Cooking.

We’re talking about being a home cook and what that means in today’s fast-paced, over-scheduled and social media-frenzied world. We’ll talk about the challenges and obstacles we face as home cooks, and offer tips on how to wrap home cooking into our daily lives without adding additional stress or pressure. Finally, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite shortcuts that keep us in the kitchen and cooking and loving what we do. Take a listen…

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Bonus Episode: Recipe Roundup #3

We challenged ourselves with some fairly straight forward cooking this round, things you’d expect to be easy and produce excellent results. Most of the recipes we tackled were pretty straight forward using common ingredients, many from our home-pantry. While all of the recipes rated well enough to land on Now That’s A Mouthful Recipes Page, that didn’t mean they weren’t without issue. We learned a lot, asked a lot of questions and, as usual, our testers had a lot to say about what we were cooking! Take a listen…

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Episode 37: What’s In A Name?

Do recipe names deliver what they promise? Are pictures truly worth 1000 words? And what really entices us to choose a recipe, make it, and ultimately like it? The name of a recipe is similar to the saying, we eat with our eyes first! We talk about whether the name of a recipe influences us in our choices, first to cook it, and then to actually like it. Listen in…

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Episode 36 Part 2: Baking Basics

In Part II we learn how to work in the baker’s home kitchen and achieve picture perfect results, how our testing community fared with the recipes and what we learned from the books they came from. We talk about how authors help us with details and their textbook-like introductions so we can succeed. Listen in…

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Episode 36 Part 1: Baking Basics

Baking Basics Part I helps home cooks with any skill set level the playing field when it comes to baking.  We talk through the fundamentals of baking and setting up a baker’s home kitchen.  We talk with Rose Levy Beranbaum of The Cake Bible and now Rose’s Baking Basics and hear her tips and insights.  You’ll learn the right things to do with what you have on hand so you can be a successful home baker! Join us…

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Episode 35: The Purpose Of All-Purpose Seasonings

The reason to have salt and pepper, seasoning blends – and salt free blends, in our cooking repertoire. You’ve never heard salt and pepper talked about like this, and when we wrap you’ll know just how important this dynamic duo is to our experience of taste and flavor. Listen in…

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Episode 34: Going Rogue: Taming our Tendency to Tweak

Recipes are written for a specific purpose by cookbook authors, and we learn their techniques and understand their voice when we cook their recipes. So why are we forever changing and tweaking recipes? We’ll talk about the reasons to follow a recipe, and the reasons to jump off and go rogue! Join our conversation.

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Bonus Episode: Recipe Roundup S2 #2

We dive into a diverse set of cookbooks and recipes our Recipe Testers took on to see what worked and what we did to improve upon them. Listen in.

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Episode 33: What’s The Coop On Chicken

We’re changing up the way we think about and use chicken in our daily home-kitchen food repertoire. Explore what we know about chicken, and how to keep those chicken recipes relevant in our changing food culture so we can enjoy them time and time again. It’s the “coop” on chicken! Join in the conversation with us.

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Episode 32: Our Ever-Changing Tastes

Taste and our taste memories influence whether we seek out new and different tastes or stay in our safe-flavor lane. The combination of flavor and memory has an influence on our expectation when it comes to food and food choices. Join the conversation with us.

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Bonus Episode: Recipe Roundup S2 #1

We discuss the first few books and recipes our testing community faced at the beginning of Season 2. All the recipes rated high enough to find a spot on Now That’s A Mouthful Recipes Page, but that didn’t mean they weren’t without issue. Listen in.

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Episode 31: How We Learn To Cook

We all learn to cook in unique and different ways. Our recipe testing community shares how they learn, and what they’ve learned from the recipe testing experience.
It’s a fun conversation worth having.

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Bonus Episode: All About Lemons

The squeeze of a lemon is as good as a dash of salt to bring out the flavor of just about any food. There are endless uses for the wonderful lemon in the home kitchen.

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Episode 30: What We Bring To The Table

We all bring something unique, different, and important to the table.  And it’s worth talking about.

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Season 1 Podcasts

Episode 29: A Look At What We’ve Done!

As we wrap our first season of Now That’s a Mouthful, we take a look back and revisit some of the best cooking experiences, recipes and learning that this podcast gave us.

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Episode 28: Back Pocket Recipes

Everyone has, or should have, a handful of “back pocket” recipes.  These are the recipes that are tried and true in your kitchen; these are the recipes that consistently cook-up great and taste delicious.  We’ve found a few new recipes that our testing community loved that just might be worthy of “back pocket” status!

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Episode 27: Recipe Roundup #6

It took 7 months but we finally hit upon an all-star line-up of recipes!  We tested 15 new recipes from 5 very different cookbooks and all but one recipe rated 4.0 or higher.  We even had our first 5-star rated recipe.  We loved every minute in the kitchen this month but that didn’t stop our testers from asking questions and trying different ways of doing things.

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Episode 26: Making Caramel

We’ve cooked caramel three times with three very different approaches.  Is there an easy or foolproof way to make caramel?

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Episode 25: Gluten-free, Vegan, and Food Allergies, oh my!

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan and the whole host of dietary preferences along with common food allergies can send any one into meltdown.  Whether you eat within specific dietary parameters by choice or by need, today’s modern kitchen is (and possibly should be) more ready than you think to handle a variety of eating and dietary parameters.

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Episode 24: Recipe Roundup #5

The good recipes and the bad recipes both teach, inspire, and help you focus on the ultimate goal – being a better cook in your kitchen.  This month our testing community – you might say – had their share of both.

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Episode 23: Shortcuts and Streamlining

There are lots of ways to shortcut a recipe that help you save time, and maybe even streamline your prep.  We just don’t want to sacrifice flavor or the end result by doing that.  We’ve got some ideas, tips and even ingredients to share that will help short cut recipes so you can still have those delicious meals but in less time.

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Episode 22: (Not So) Extreme Baking

For some, baking is as easy as… pie!  For others, (like me) we’re lucky if we have something that’s edible!  We tackled a couple of cookbooks that promise fabulous results – both with cookies and with cakes and brownies.  For the most part, we nailed it.

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Episode 21: Breakfast for Dinner

This month’s group of recipes tackles some pretty tough baking recipes – long and complex with magnificent results.  We took a look at different ways to use matzo as an ingredient and then looked at cultural cuisine through two VERY different lenses. First, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem melting pot of fusion flavors and blogger Robyn Stone’s quick easy spins on Southern home-cooking classics.  All of these recipes easily passed our muster, though not all without quite a bit of commentary from our testing community.

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Episode 20: Recipe Roundup #4

This month’s group of recipes tackles some pretty tough baking recipes – long and complex with magnificent results.  We took a look at different ways to use matzo as an ingredient and then looked at cultural cuisine through two VERY different lenses. First, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem melting pot of fusion flavors and blogger Robyn Stone’s quick easy spins on Southern home-cooking classics.  All of these recipes easily passed our muster, though not all without quite a bit of commentary from our testing community.

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Episode 19: What’s on your counter

We talk about kitchen gadgets almost every week, but what about our small electrics?  There are so many!  And, so many that do the same or similar job… or do they?  We’ll look at hand mixers and stand mixers and food processor and blenders.  Do we need them all?  Where do we store all this stuff?  And, how do they save us time?

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Episode 18: Flavorful Fat!

Fat is the vehicle to get flavor across our taste buds.  We tested a lot of recipes with bacon and bacon fat is one of the most flavorful fats out there.  Learn what you can do with this delicious fat, how to clarify it so you can keep it on hand!

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Episode 17: Mise en place

Mise en place or “everything in its place” is the first step to any recipe – get everything out and measured and ready to go.  This helps set you up for success in the cooking process.  There are other benefits to mise en place, too.  Learn what they are what our testers have to say about working through a recipe.

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Episode 16: Recipe Roundup #3

We cooked from a book designed to help ANYONE become a better cook and from a book intending to change the way we think about cooking in our homes.  Then, we tackled some small-batch desserts that had most of our testers saying… this is small batch?!  We learned a lot, asked a lot of questions and, as usual, our testers had a lot to say about what we were cooking!

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Episode 15: Balancing Flavors (Sweet)

There are some tastes and flavors that we seem to gravitate toward and want to include in our food whether they’re included in the recipe or not.  This episode we’ll focus on the taste of sweet:  where we miss it, where we want to add it, and how to do it to keep all the flavors in balance.

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Episode 14: Cast Iron Cooking

One of the most versatile pans in our kitchen is cast iron.  As much as they are versatile and functional, many of them have stories and history attached.  Do you have one?  Where did you get it?  What do you cook in it?

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Episode 13: Simple Recipes

Who says recipes have to be long and wordy?  Some of our most delicious meals are those that don’t require a lot of ingredients or a lot of effort.  We cooked three very simple recipes from a very simple little cookbook with great results!

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Episode 12: Miso and its Many Uses

Miso – as an ingredient – frequently appears in recipes, and yet it seems to be an ingredient a lot of people haven’t cooked with.  Miso isn’t a new or newly popularized ingredient, though we have had trouble finding it.  Learn where to look for miso, and get some great tips and recipes on what to do with that miso once you have it.

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Episode 11: Recipe Roundup #2

We cooked from a range of cookbooks this round.  We learned a lot, asked a lot of questions and had a lot to say about what we were cooking!

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Episode 10: So you want a little sauce with that?

Sauce-making is as easy as adding a little water and some herbs to a pan.  Really?  Yes, Really.  We’ve got one great recipe to share that makes its own sauce in the pot, and a couple of great ideas how to turn those brown bits in the bottom of your pan into a delicious little pan sauce.  Just like a pro.

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Episode 9: Finding New Ingredients

It seems in today’s modern recipes, we’re required to make more than just one trip to more than just one grocery store or market.  What are these strange and difficult to find ingredients?  And how are we supposed to know where to find them if we don’t know what they are???

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Episode 8: Investment Cooking

From bread doughs and pasta doughs to roasts and braises; to breaking down fresh ingredients so we can cook them up; slow-cooking and sous vide…, some of our recipes require a lot of our time.  What makes a cook want to invest so much time on a recipe, or for that matter, in the kitchen?  Is the investment ultimately worth it?

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Episode 7: Working with Dough

We used a lot of dough in our testing – for breads, for buns, and for dumplings, like pierogis!  Some testers had trouble, and some did not.  Whether you are a seasoned veteran or making your first attempt at a homemade dough, there’s a lot to think about.  So how do we level the playing field and give ourselves the best chance for success when our recipe calls on us to make a dough?

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Episode 6: Main Course Salads

Time for clean, healthy eating and our testing roster was filled with 4 different salads. This got us wondering: what really makes a great salad?

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Episode 5: Recipe Roundup #1

Our testing community has been busy cooking from a number of cookbooks and providing insight into their cooking. Each month we recap our testing experience: find out what we are cooking from – what recipes we loved, what we learned and what sent us back into the kitchen in search of answers.

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Episode 4: Kitchen Confidence

How to be more confident in the kitchen.   It’s one thing to cook for yourself…but what about inviting guests over and ensuring every aspect of the meal is the right temperature when it’s time to eat?

Correction: The Veggie Stuffed Flounder Sheet Pan Recipe is contained in SkinnyTaste Fast and Slow.

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Episode 3: The Voice of a Recipe

Based on the feedback we receive from our Testing Community, we’ve noticed that many of our testers are critical of the approach and voice of the recipes. In this episode we discuss who writes cookbooks these days and why they are all so different.

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Episode 2: Kitchen Intuition

If we learned anything from our first round of testing it’s that we LOVE to change or tweak recipes! So we ask, what makes for a good recipe? Are there any recipes that you don’t have to change? Why change it? How do you know to change it? Why write recipes if they’re going to be changed anyway?

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Episode 1: Recipes Within Recipes

In a lot of contemporary recipe writing, component recipes usually appear either as a side bar recipe or a quick addition that you make while the primary recipe cooks. They are the hidden gems of the dish. Typically, these recipes appear as sauces, dressings, seasonings, sides or accompaniments to the primary recipe. But, at least in our testing experience, it’s the component recipes that made us take notice.

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