Would you like to eat local food more often, but aren’t sure what to do with all of those vegetables you get through a CSA share or at a farmer’s market? The Cook Local, Eat Local podcast is for you! Hosted by food blogger (Cooking Chat) and passionate local foodie David Crowley, this show will give you new vegetable recipe ideas and tips for making the most of your seasonal produce. The first season will follow David through the growing season as he plans what to do with the produce in each CSA share, with the help of guests who are savvy cooks who share the passion for seasonal, sustainable eating. You will also meet other guests who are part of the local food system, including farmers, producers of local food and beverage products, and chefs that lean into farm to table cooking.
Indian Flavors for CSA Vegetables
Host David Crowley from Cooking Chat talks to Uma Raghupathi from Simple Sumptuous Cooking. She shared ideas about how Indian flavors and recipes could be used to create tasty dishes featuring this week's CSA farm share vegetable. We cover recipe ideas for broccoli, tomatoes, corn and more.
This episode covers:
How Uma's cooking is rooted in growing up in a village in India. Differences between produce available in India versus Southern California farmers markets. Recipes ideas for broccoli, tomatoes and corn using Indian flavors and techniques. How making Indian food doesn't have to be an all day project. Uma's focus on adapting traditional recipes for vegan cooking.
Delivering Local Food and Reducing Food Waste
Host David Crowley from Cooking Chat talks with Erin Baumgartner, Co-Founder and CEO of Family Dinner, about how this farmers' market delivery service brings great local food to customer's homes. Erin describes how this company seeks to reimagine America's food system, creating efficiencies that reduce food waste while bringing high quality products from local farms and food purveyors to customers.
In this episode, we cover:
The vision behind Family Dinner. Why the current food system generates so much food waste. How Family Dinner uses data to create more efficient connections between food producers and customers. Some examples of the products available through family dinner. Tips for finding great local food in your area. How the pandemic underscored the value of a strong local food system. Ideas for how to turn scraps of vegetables into a quick meal like a frittata, or to save them for making veggie stock.
Yellow Zucchini and Garlic Scapes with Amy Angelli
Host David Crowley from Cooking Chat talks with Amy Angelli from The Copper Table about ideas for what to make with the latest CSA vegetable share pickup of the season. Amy shares recipes and tips for yellow zucchini and rainbow chard, as well as bringing us some knowledge about scapes based on her experience on a local organic farm.
This episode covers:
How growing up around a lot of farms in the Pacific Northwest helped Amy develop an early appreciation for local food. Recipes and tips for yellow zucchini and rainbow chard. What is yellow zucchini? Information about garlic scapes - what they are, and what to do with garlic scapes. Why early fall is such a great time for local food in the Pacific Northwest.
Supporting Local Food Entrepreneurs
In Episode 10, host David Crowley from Cooking Chat and Social Capital Inc. talks with Tamika R. Francis about the interplay of food, culture and identify. She also shares about her plans to support local food entrepreneurs with DutchPot.app.
The intersection of food, culture and identify. How Food & Folklore explores belonging, identify and the immigrant experiences and highlights underrepresented food traditions. A special meal at Tamika's grandfather's farm that planted a seed for her future interest in food. The vibrant local food scene in Portland, Maine. Needs of food entrepreneurs that DutchPot.app is seeking to address. How the idea of social capital and building community connect to Tamika's (and my) interest in food.
Wine for CSA Veggies with Camilla Mann
In this episode, host David Crowley from Cooking Chat talks about recipe ideas for his latest CSA vegetable share of the season with Camilla Mann, along with wine pairing ideas. Camilla talks about how she encourages people to use the local ingredients they have along with how she developed an interest in wine pairing. She also shares about the upcoming Wine Pairing Weekend event.
In this episode we cover:
How Camilla got interested in cooking while living in Rome. Her focus on teaching processes that enable one to easily adapt recipes. Ideas for wine pairings with fresh vegetables. Some local wineries near Monterey, California. Information about tomatillos and how to prepare them. An idea for a recipe with whole fish and tomatillo sauce. Details on the upcoming "CSA challenge" wine pairing weekend event. How a CFA fish share is similar to a CSA vegetable share.
Learning about CSAs with Lacey from Warner Farm
In Episode 8, host David Crowley from Cooking Chat talks about CSA shares with Lacey Arnold from Warner Farm. Lacy provides great background on the benefits of CSAs for farms and consumers alike. She breaks down the specifics of how the Warner Farm CSA works, as well as providing a lot of good general information about how CSAs operate. David has been participating in Warner Farm's CSA for several years, so this was a perfect way to provide more background about CSAs.
This episode covers:
What it means to be an agritainment farm. How the Harvie online system provides for more choice to customers Logistics of how the Warner Farm CSA program works, including a variety of plan options. Different styles of CSA styles, including box CSA, market style CSAs, home delivery and pick your own How you can sign up for Warner Farm’s CSA at any point throughout the season Tips for making the most of a CSA share How freezing and pickling can preserve your CSA produce The suggestion to reach out and talk to your farmers!
So much great info!
I’m obsessed with this podcast! David is such a great interviewer and I walk away from every episode inspired to dig into local produce. I won’t miss a single episode!
Terrific Show for Anyone Who Likes to Cook!
I love this show! As someone who loves to cook and prioritizes eating from local produces, this is such a valuable show. It’s full of terrific practical tips for anyone, but I especially enjoy the show because it also gives an experienced chef new ideas that get me out of my rut.
Love this show
I love this show. The host is really entertaining and the content is pure gold. Keep up the great work, David!