The Farm Cooking School is a space where cooks of all levels come together to learn about food, farming, and community. On this podcast we explore all facets of this unique local food system.
Episode 201: C'est Cheese
Kendra joins Ian in his mad-scientist-esque kitchen for a lesson in cheese. Everything from how-to to history and philosophy, our hosts dive deep in the nuances of curds and whey.
Episode 108: Food by Fire
On today’s episode we’re focusing on cooking with fire - from the grill, to our wood-oven, to, yep, even the sun. First up, Ian breaks down live-fire cooking at his beloved wood-burning oven, connecting the dots between the crackling skin on a stuffed pork hock and the fundamentals of what makes us human. Next, we head back down to Mexico where our Baja co-host Joy Stocke talks with Chef Judy Castro Lucero about a little known but oh so delicious delicacy: Lobster Machaka. It takes “Food by Fire” to its most basic, cooking the crustaceans using only the sun . And finally, we go back into the kitchen (and out to the grill) with Ian, as he whips up some homemade hotdogs and schools us in grilling techniques.
Second Course: Bryan Mayer
On today’s Second Course: In anticipation of summer, grilling season, and our upcoming Food by Fire episode - your what’s what and how to about all things cooked using a live flame - we thought it’d be fitting to catch-up with our butcher-in residence-in Hawaii, Bryan Mayer to chat about teaching butchery to kids at our summer camps and about his secrets for that summer staple: the perfect hamburger.
Episode 107: Into The Wild
On today’s episode we’re celebrating the warmer weather and the increase of daylight with some wild wild love. We’ve been finding ourselves reconnecting with the great outdoors in a multitude of ways here at the farm, so we lined up a slew of our friends to give us insight on everything from moon cycles and harvesting to soil microbes and edible weeds. We even crash a wild chefs-only celebration of ramps, meat, and pirate-camaraderie.
Episode 106: Fermentation Nation
Fermentation has been around awhile. At work in the rainbow of jars in your grandma’s cellar and literal life-saver to your ancestors. Now, fermentation seems to be more popular than ever among chefs, foodies, and the general public alike.
Today, we’ll explore a few of the many ways we use fermentation here on the farm and at our school. Ian sat down to talk with Brendan Anderson, chief operating officer and brewer at Triumph Brewing Company, about the invisible civilizations living in our beer (and in the air around us). Then I chatted with Kat about how she makes her incredible kimchi from produce straight from the fields. And lastly, Karl will take us into a meeting with the funkiest new club at the school, Culture Club. Where cooks, farmers, and our community get together to chat about all things rotten and tasty.
Episode 105: The First of Many International Episodes
We’ve laid the groundwork for you and now it’s time to dig deep into the meat - and soil - of what we do: we cook, we explore, we teach, and we learn. In today’s episode, we’re jet-setting without the jet-lag. First, we trek around India with Chef April Galilio: a lesson in history and geography quickly turns into one about evolution and the future of the country’s cuisine. Then, Shelley invites us into her kitchen for a mid-day fiesta where she puts a tortilla around a pinata and calls it a taco. And, yes, it’s just as unexpected and exciting as it sounds. Finally, Chef Nicky Lee explains why Americans love Chinese takeout, how takeout isn’t really Chinese. And yes, we’ll talk about that giant elephant in the room: MSG.
Down to earth and funny!
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I love hearing the origin story of The Farm Cooking School up to where they are now. Looking forward to hearing more episodes!