Daniel Shumski is the best-selling author of “Will It Waffle?” His new book, “How to Instant Pot,” is full of great tips and recipes for using the hottest kitchen gadget in recent memory. At our house, we are obsessed with the Instant Pot. It’s like playing mad scientist with food every night! Dan offered some advice on Instant Pot techniques and shared his favorite Instant Pot eats.
Joey Chestnut is the World Champion of the World when it comes to competitive eating. He recently set the record for most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes (70!) at the July 4th Nathan’s competition, and now he’s participating with Nathan’s in another Guinness World Record attempt. We discussed how he keeps getting better with age, how his training style has evolved as he’s gotten older, and the best way someone seeking to follow in his footsteps should start out.
We always have fun when Barbecue Hall of Famer Steven Raichlen calls in, and this time we talked about smoking, especially the recipes in his new book “Planet Smoke” like smoked nachos, smoked cheesecake and smoked bourbon-bacon apple crisp. Yes, please.
Emily Paster is a food writer and blogger who is also the author of a terrific new book, “Food Swap,” filled with recipes and ideas for making your own pickles, jams, and bread and sharing with a local food community in the form of a “food swap.” We discussed how to get involved in a food swap, how to successfully host a food swap event, and how the DIY canning/jarring movement has participants of all ages (and isn’t the exclusive domain of Logan Square hipsters).
Russell Simmons called into the show to talk about his new book, “The Happy Vegan,” and how small changes in our thoughts and behavior, including a more mindful approach to what we eat, can have both short and long term positive effects on our health, our mood and our planet.
Steve Schirripa of course played Bobby Baccalieri on “The Sopranos.” He’s also a best-selling author, and his latest venture is “Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties.” We talked about the amount of eating that went on during “Sopranos” scenes, how important Sunday dinners were in his Italian household, and why this isn’t just another celebrity pasta sauce.
Steve’s sauces are available in the Chicago area at Strack & Van Til and Ultra Foods locations, and nationwide at unclestevesny.com.
Brigitte Nguyen is an accountant-turned chef who now hosts her own show on Cooking Channel, “From the Kitchens Of…” Brigitte called in with hints & tips on adding new twists to holiday traditions.
Chef Eric recently won Cutthroat Kitchen’s “Superstar Sabotage.” He’s got a brand new show on the National Geographic Channel, “Eric Greenspan Is Hungry.” We had a very entertaining chat about hunting, fishing, hipsters, and grilled cheese sandwiches.
It’s always a great time when Claire Robinson calls in to share menu ideas or her latest cocktail creation. Today, we talked about the “Share A Meal” program, where up to 100,000 meals will be provided for hungry families this season. We also co-create a drink recipe live in front of your very ears!
Alex is regularly seen on Food Network’s hit series “Chopped” and “Iron Chef America.” She called in to share some dessert ideas for the holidays. Alex is a notoriously tough judge on “Chopped,” so it was fun to hear her lighter side and actually make her laugh!