Chewing the Fat
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Pets or plates? And who’s winning in urban farming? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng dig in on this week’s Community, Gardens, and Farms episode. Monica visits rural farmer Kim Snyder at Faith’s Farm and her free-range rabbits, some destined for plates, and others as surprise pets. Louisa crashes an urban end of summer picnic at the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in the diverse neighborhood of Albany Park in Chicago. Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Garden vegetable rolls at end of summer picnic at Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in Chicago)

6 days ago
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Jeff Leach is trying to catch the healthiest microbiome in the world. The founder of the Human Food Project will embark on a series of different diets to see how they effect his gut microbiota. Here he talks to Monica Eng of WBEZ’s Chewing the Fat about what we know and don’t know about the human gut.

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Fermentation is the new pickling! So say food fetishists. Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng explore the ancient and bubbling world in this week’s Fermento episode. They talk to FermUp podcaster Branden Byers, author of The Everyday Fermentation Handbook: A Real-Life Guide to Fermenting Food without Losing Your Mind or Your Microbes. And Louisa and Monica invite their WBEZ colleague and reporter Lauren Chooljian to taste fermented veggie kefirs and homemade kraut chi, but Will She Eat It? Plus Monica and Louisa take a factory tour of Lifeway Foods to see how kefir is made, then talk with CEO Julie Smolyansky. Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng (Photo by Louisa Chu / Beet kefir by Lifeway Foods)

2 weeks ago
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Fan mail!

Fan mail!

2 weeks ago
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Got milk? Raw mare’s milk? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng got it, for this week’s Raw Dairy episode. But Will They Drink It? And they get an insider update from Greg O’Neill, American Cheese Society Chair and owner of Pastoral Artisan Cheese in Chicago. Then Andy Hatch explains why he won’t be making his award-winning Vacherin Mont d’Or inspired Rush Creek Reserve cheese this year. Plus Louisa gets into a heated but unpasteurized discussion on Monica’s raw milk story.
Show Notes: facebook.com/chewingthefat. Twitter: @ChuEngFat @louisachu @monicaeng

3 weeks ago
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Yes, there’s destination dining, but destination markets? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng shop the aisles in this week’s Super Markets episode. Monica goes behind the scenes at ALDI US HQ. And they visit Louisa’s own local small but super market, The Dill Pickle, surprisingly Chicago’s only food co-op to date. Plus they talk favorite markets worldwide with expert Robyn Eckhardt, the blogger behind Eating Asia, on location in Turkey researching her upcoming book. Plus the tables turn this week when Monica challenges Louisa with bird’s nest white fungus drink, but Will She Eat It? — or drink it?! (Photo by Louisa Chu / Super market bags and basket at The Dill Pickle Food Co-op in Chicago)

3 weeks ago
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Happy tomato season!

Happy tomato season!

1 month ago
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Chefs are the new rock stars, and rock stars want to be chefs? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng ask the experts in this week’s Music episode. Including Sound Opinions co-hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis, backstage at their End of Summer BBQ on the WBEZ terrace. And from epic burger banger Kuma’s Corner, chef David Bacso on what’s metal and not. Plus Will She Eat It? guests Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha, producers of Sound Ops, discuss how to pair food and music, but will they eat a very special retro stoner delight? (Photo by Louisa Chu / A Kuma’s Corner metal mini burger at WBEZ Sound Opinions BBQ in Chicago, Illinois)

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Chefs are the new rock stars, and rock stars are certified chefs. But what about diners? Does head banging metal make a better burger? How do experts pair a perfect summer tomato? Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng share their all-access pass to the recent Sound Opinions BBQ, and what they heard about food and music.

Photo Courtesy of Flickr/ MasterMaq

1 month ago
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Learn our favorite recipes for garden tomatoes, which tomatoes are okay to eat this year, and the years hot tomato on the new episode of Chewing the Fat
https://soundcloud.com/chewingthefat/ctf-ep-32-tomato-tomahto

Learn our favorite recipes for garden tomatoes, which tomatoes are okay to eat this year, and the years hot tomato on the new episode of Chewing the Fat
https://soundcloud.com/chewingthefat/ctf-ep-32-tomato-tomahto

1 month ago
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You like tomato, and I like tomahto! And Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng do too, in this week’s Tomato Tomahto episode. Blue Hill chef and author Dan Barber told Monica and Louisa it’s the Hummer of the vegetable world last season. And now Tomato Mountain Farm owner Chris Covelli tells them heirlooms are Model Ts. But the hot tomato this season may be the Tesla, a hybrid blue-black Indigo Rose Blue Berry, and creator Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms describes their indescribable ideal flavor. Plus New York Times best-selling author Barry Estabrook updates the state of Tomatoland. And WBEZ host Tony Sarabia, fresh off an Iowa farm, is shocked by Green City Market’s ugliest tomato, but Will He Eat It?

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It’s mid-August in Chicago and for many people that means tomato season. But there are many controversies surrounding this love apple that has worked its way from the Americas to most of the world’s cuisines. Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng learned this as they researched their Tomato Tomahto episode.

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1 month ago
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Why should you spend double digits on a pint of ice cream? Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams tells us why, in loving detail. We also take a tour of Chicago’s coolest delicacies, including Mario’s Italian Lemonade. Finally, we bite into the cold, spicy, mango treats served at Mexican neverias. These places inspire Louisa to make a Honey Bun sundae for Monica, but Will She Eat It? Find out on the Icy episode of Chewing the Fat!

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So long, and thanks for all the fish? Hold the boat! This week Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng try to stem the tide in the Seafood episode. They ask New York Times best-selling author Paul Greenberg what are our best sustainable choices. And Jon Rowley, whom Julia Child called “The Fish Missionary”, about how to pick them. Plus a visit to Calumet Fisheries, the James Beard award-winning smoked seafood shack, to eat Gulf shrimp and hear fish stories from manager Carlos Rosas. But aged salmon bottarga? Podcast intern Iris Lin takes the plunge, but Will She Eat It? (Photo by Louisa Chu / Fried smelt at Calumet Fisheries in Chicago, Illinois)

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