14 episodes

If food makes you feel happy, comforted, and loved, this show is for you. Whether or not you know how to cook, Dear Food speaks directly to your soul. Join Ashley Chaney, a veteran Host and Producer in Hollywood, as she fills up your plate with conversations about the foods that make us FEEL something. You’ll be transported to kitchens around the world, to hear first the stories behind our favorite dishes.

Each episode is dedicated to a different food, and we span the globe with variety. This show is not just for foodies and culinary experts. If you’ve ever eaten food, and especially if it’s your favorite thing to talk about, subscribe to the show today!

Dear Food Ashley Chaney

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

If food makes you feel happy, comforted, and loved, this show is for you. Whether or not you know how to cook, Dear Food speaks directly to your soul. Join Ashley Chaney, a veteran Host and Producer in Hollywood, as she fills up your plate with conversations about the foods that make us FEEL something. You’ll be transported to kitchens around the world, to hear first the stories behind our favorite dishes.

Each episode is dedicated to a different food, and we span the globe with variety. This show is not just for foodies and culinary experts. If you’ve ever eaten food, and especially if it’s your favorite thing to talk about, subscribe to the show today!

    Not Another Cooking Show: Stephen Cusato aims to empower home cooks

    Not Another Cooking Show: Stephen Cusato aims to empower home cooks

    Stephen Cusato learns with eyes, and cooks with his heart. He created ‘Not Another Cooking Show’, the popular YouTube (and now TikTok) cooking show, to reach the Home Chefs out there. Some of his biggest hits are his smash burger, any my personal favorite, key lime pie. He’s as passionate about the cooking of his dishes, as he is the production of his show. We geek out a little bit on film stuff in this episode, as well as things like imposter syndrome, and the constant battle creators face with themselves. Stephen is a New Yorker with STRONG opinions about the U.S. food landscape, and lots of other things actually .. like which fast food chain makes the best burger.
    What’s in this episode:
    What makes Not Another Cooking Show … well, not another cooking show?  How he scripts his videos for different platforms  Growing up Italian American in New York  His first taste memory is not totally surprising, Chicken Parmesan Unique New York food memories (say that 3 times fast)  How Iron Chef Japan shaped his career  What it means to cook with the seasons  How farmers markets inspire his menus  What inspires Not Another Cooking Show recipes  The right way to cook a steak - hint, you’re not using enough salt.  The pressures of being a full time content creator  Some cool film tips and trick Stephen used for his show A lively debate about In-N-Out Links from the show: 
    Stephen on Instagram: @TheFoodFreakk Not Another Cooking Show on TikTok  Not Another Cooking Show on YouTube Be on the Show
    Tell us your food stories!  The first time you remember tasting food, your dream dinner, or just a food that you can’t stop thinking about. Call in to leave us a voicemail at 626-709-6551 or send your messages to dearfoodpodcast@gmail.com 
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    • 27 min
    Soul Mate Search: Buddy Stringer is cooking until he finds true love. Is that you?

    Soul Mate Search: Buddy Stringer is cooking until he finds true love. Is that you?

    Buddy Stringer is looking for love, on TikTok of all places. He’s cooking for his future soulmate and making videos of each recipe. The internet has fallen in love with him, but he still hasn’t found "the one." We’re talking with Buddy to find out what exactly he’s looking for in a partner, and how food plays a critical role in his search.  
    What’s in this episode:
    Buddy explains his mission to find his soulmate through food  The recipe for his famous ‘Buddy Buns’, or so we call it. It’s the unnamed dish that shot him to TikTok fame An update on Buddy’s dating life right now  What the future looks like for Buddy - in love and work The qualities Buddy is looking for in his soulmate  His ideal first date  What your choice in a charcuterie board says about you  Does eating spicy food make you a better lover?  A new cocktail for you to try: Mezcal Old Fashioned What is the first dish Buddy wants to make for his soulmate How Buddy’s son influences his dating life and the one rule he enforces with his son The one food Buddy has never eaten! Recipe for Buddy Buns: 
    ½ pound ground Italian sausage  ½ white onion 2 to 3 cups of finely chopped spinach 8 oz cream cheese  (preferably flavored) ½ cup  sharp  cheddar cheese  Pre-made puff pastry Directions:
    Brown sausage and  set aside  Mix remaining ingredients on medium bowl  Cut 5x5 inch  squares of puff pastry  Drop  2 tbsp  of mixture  onto squares  Gather the corners up top, and twist to make a little bun shape Place in the oven at 350 for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown  Links from the show: 
    Buddy’s most viewed Tik Tok  The  "Shark Coochie Board" Meme  Buddy on Instagram: @BitesWithBuddy Be on the Show
    Tell us your food stories!  The first time you remember tasting food, your dream dinner, or just a food that you can’t stop thinking about. Call in to leave us a voicemail at 626-709-6551 or send your messages to dearfoodpodcast@gmail.com 
    Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE on Apple Podcasts,  and share this episode with a friend! It makes a huge difference for us independent podcasters like me. 

    • 38 min
    SURVEY SAYS! A Mini Episode with Ashley

    SURVEY SAYS! A Mini Episode with Ashley

    After 10 episodes, it’s time to check in! What do you think of the show so far? I need your help to make it the best show it can be, for you! Would  you do me a huge favor and take the survey linked below? It’s only 10 questions, and it’ll take you less than 10 minutes. Have we said  ‘10’  enough yet?! 
    Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NNVXVG2
    Don’t forget, we want to hear your stories too! 
    Tell us your food stories!  The first time you remember tasting food, your dream dinner, or just a food that you can’t stop thinking about. Call in and leave us a voicemail at 626-709-6551 or send your messages to dearfoodpodcast@gmail.com 
    Hit that subscribe button, and please share this show with a fellow food lover!

    • 6 min
    Santa Maria Style BBQ with Food + Drink Journalist Jaime Lewis

    Santa Maria Style BBQ with Food + Drink Journalist Jaime Lewis

    What IS Santa Maria Style BBQ, anyway? It’s so much more than just a cut of meat and special seasoning. As the name implies, it’s a style of cooking that embodies the Ranchero lifestyle that's unique to the Central Coast of  California. Food + Drink Journalist, Jaime Lewis, joins us this week to educate us about the not-so-little town of Santa Maria, and the food that put it squarely on the food map. 
    What’s in this episode:
    What exactly is Santa Maria Style BBQ  How Santa Maria Style BBQ  came to be  The original cut of meat that defines the dish  The ingredient you will NOT find on SM Style BBQ  What a traditional fiesta looks like  The three components of great BBQ  What indigenous trees give this BBQ it’s special flavor  The hole-in-the-wall spot that does this dish the best in the world The side dishes that must be served alongside top sirloin  The reason Santa Maria is no longer a Tourist destination  Details on a secret BBQ society, oh my! How spreading the message about food can preserve culture  And much more! Links from the show: 
    Jaime's Website: https://jaimelewis.com/ Jaime on Instagram: @JaimeCLewis ‘Consumed with Jaime Lewis’ Podcast - listen here  
    Be on the Show
    Tell us your food stories!  The first time you remember tasting food, your dream dinner, or just a food that you can’t stop thinking about. Call in to leave us a voicemail at 626-709-6551 or send your messages to dearfoodpodcast@gmail.com 
    Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share this episode with a friend! It makes a huge difference for us independent podcasters. Help a sister out!

    • 42 min
    Bean to Bar: How Chocolate Is Made with David Menkes

    Bean to Bar: How Chocolate Is Made with David Menkes

    Do you know about the cacao belt? It’s the agricultural belt that runs along the equator, and it’s the only place in the world where chocolate grows. Well, where the cacao beans that make chocolate grow, that is. That means, to make chocolate, you’ve got to visit some pretty exquisite places like Belize, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and lots of other destinations most of us have only ever seen in travel magazines. Sounds glamorous, right? Chocolate Maker David Menkes, and his wife Corey would disagree. It’s a lot of hard work, but the (cacao) juice is always worth the squeeze. 
    What’s in this episode:
    How to make chocolate, from bean to bar  David started a secret chocolate society at Dreamworks Animation  Why chocolate tasting is a lot like wine tasting  How to eat chocolate (besides simply shoving it in your face)  Refined sugar is made with cow bones - yes, you read that right. Details inside the episode  LetterPress chocolate bars are not candy. David explains why.  The difference between a Chocolatier and a Chocolate Maker  Bribing police in Dominican Republic in the name of chocolate  And many more adventures in chocolate!  Links from the show: 
    The LetterPress website: https://letterpresschocolate.com/ LetterPress on Instagram: @LetterPressChocolate  Be on the Show
    Tell us your food stories!  The first time you remember tasting food, your dream dinner, or just a food that you can’t stop thinking about. Call in to leave us a voicemail at 626-709-6551 or send your messages to dearfoodpodcast@gmail.com 
    Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share this episode with a friend! It makes a huge difference for us independent podcasters. Help a sister out!

    • 52 min
    Hong Kong Style Chinese Food with restaurant owner Elaine Truong

    Hong Kong Style Chinese Food with restaurant owner Elaine Truong

    Ever dreamed of visiting Hong Kong? Me too. Listening to Elaine Truong walk us through the streets of her childhood will make you feel like you’re there in person. She is now the owner of a fabulous Chinese restaurant in San Luis Obispo, Mandarin Gourmet, where I worked all throughout college. If you’ve ever worked in hospitality, you’ll understand the bond that restaurant buddies share. Grab your chopsticks, and dig in! 
    What’s in this episode:
    Delicious street food from Hong Kong  The difference between Chinese food from the North and the South  The special skill that both Elaine and her husband Eric have - they can recreate anything they taste in a restaurant!  The difference between cake flour and all purpose flour How Elaine learned to make the most beautiful cakes  Links from the show: 
    Mandarin Gourmet’s website: https://mandaringourmetslo.com/ Elaine’s Cupcake Hobby: @JustBecause_Cupcakes  on Instagram  Quotes from this episode: 
    “Food is where the heart is. If you cook food for your family, you show your heart, your love, to your family”  Be on the Show
    Tell us your food stories!  The first time you remember tasting food, your dream dinner, or just a food that you can’t stop thinking about. Call in to leave us a voicemail at 626-709-6551 or send your messages to dearfoodpodcast@gmail.com 
    Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share this episode with a friend! It makes a huge difference for us independent podcasters. 

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

SVLCP ,

Love this podcast!

Ashley is a great host and I can hear how much she loves food! I highly recommend it for foodies and people who love food like me!

AlanUWS ,

5 Stars A+

Ashley’s love for food is infectious and adorable. She is passionate, entertaining and a great communicator. I highly recommend this podcast.

lover of dear food ,

Wonderful and intriguing podcast

From the initial episode, this has been such an interesting show to listen to. Ashley is an excellent host and has a knack in opening up her guests to describe vivid food images and feelings . I look forward to listening to this show weekly to ‘go back in time’ with the guests to their past memories and how this has impacted who they are today.

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