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Helen and I straight up stole this recipe from ABC Kitchen, where Dan Kluger marinates and roasts his carrots in a zippy pop of orange, lemon, thyme, garlic, red pepper flakes and a generous dusting of cumin. It’s all served up with avocado, a handful of pea shoots or sprouts, a few hits of creme fraiche and a shower of sesame and sunflower seeds. Yum. It’s so very springy.

The full recipe is available here from Food 52.

Being a food critic isn't abnormal. Being a food critic is simply "catching up" to all the lawyers, bankers and hedge funders eating out every single night of the week.

I chat with Helen Hollyman on Heritage Radio’s “U Look Hungry” about the worst day in my professional life, living next to the manager of a steakhouse I drop kicked, and the excellent outlook for “ethnic” food getting all fancy and expensive and unaffordable.

Enjoy my silky voice as you sip cognac on your arm chair, with a beagle at your feet, and the fireplace crackling next to you. Of course, if you’re sipping on a forty of Schlitz, that’s okay too. Cuz it’s Friday; you ain’t got no… .

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How can we make a difference in the American food system? Find out how Curt Ellis is managing to make a healthy dent with FoodCorps, a peace corp for healthy and sustainble school food. Find out how they have influenced garden projects, gotten fresh produce to kids and organized tons of community volunteers in their mission to improve school food. Later in the show, hear from FoodCorps service member Kala Cuerington, who is working with urban farms in New Haven. This program was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

“At FoodCorps we see school gardens as gateways for kids to try healthy food they might not normall like.” [11:20]

–Curt Ellis of FoodCorps on U Look Hungry

Helen Rosner is the digital editor at Saveur Magazine, and she’s joining Helen Hollyman in the studio today to talk about food blogs, food science, and web comics. On this week’s installment of U Look Hungry, the Helens talk about their initial interests in food, and how that interest translated into the world of food media. What are some of Helen Rosner’s favorite cookbooks to cook from? Hear about some of Saveur’s new content, including contests, video, and comics. How did Saveur develop their recipe web comics, and how have readers responded to the innovative recipe format? Later, Helen Rosner talks about the dilution of regional cuisine, and how hipster culture has homogenized local food. This program has been brought to you by Tekserve, and today’s music has been provided by Idgy Dean.

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“What we’re doing with Recipe Comics is making the recipe itself the end goal.” [25:00] – Helen Rosner on U Look Hungry

Today, Helen Hollyman is on a quest to pay tribute to a space that has nurtured the souls of many an Austin character, one beer at a time. This magical place is known as Dry Creek Saloon, a spot where you can still manage to buy a $2 Pearl beer and catch the sunset over Lake Austin as George Jones croons on the jukebox. Tune in and sit down with Helen as she chats with Dry Creek owner and Austin native, Jay Reynolds, about how this place got it’s start, the tales that have taken place here, and so much more. Helen also talks with a few of the characters that have graced the bar stools of Dry Creek over the past fifty years and hear their stories involving Willie Nelson; Texas shoot outs; the late and great Dry Creek owner, Sarah, who was known as “the meanest bartender in Austin, Texas”; what it means to be a Texan; and so much more. This episode has been brought to you by Tekserve. Thanks to Knifeshow for today’s music.


“If you want to be a Texan, all you have to do is brag about it.” [37:00]

 Jay Reynolds on U Look Hungry

On today’s episode of U Look Hungry, Helen Hollyman is reporting from the Big Easy, as she sits down and chat with Ali Mills, the mastermind/bartender behind the hottest New Orleans pop up bartenders salon/speakeasy, Dash & Pony. Tune in to hear them talk about the contemporary New Orleans cocktail scene, termite swarms, bugs, and why you’ll find them in your booze. Why is it okay for bartenders to be rude? Find out all of this and more on this week’s installment of U Look Hungry. This program has been sponsored by Tekserve. Thanks to Shadowbox for today’s music.


“Firstly, I’m a bartender. I want people to come into the bar and have a good time, and I want it to be fast. I think mixologists are the ones who develop the recipes.” [19:00]

 Ali Mills on U Look Hungry

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This week on U Look Hungry, Helen Hollyman is on the phone with Alana McGee: truffle hunter and dog trainer with Toil & Truffle. Alana speaks to the differences between North American and European truffles, and why raking is a undesirable method of harvesting truffles. Truffle hunting has become so competitive, that people actually steal truffle-hunting dogs! What breeds are primed for finding truffles. Alana gives you the step-by-step process on how to train your dog to find truffles underground! Find out about different varieties of truffles that are native to North America. How do truffle cultures differ between the United States and Europe? Find out on this week’s U Look Hungry! This program has been brought to you byTekserve.

“Native truffles are just as good as the European varieties. It’s just in the harvesting that some of the quality is lost.” [6:40] – Alana McGee on U Look Hungry

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“A lot of places in small [Mexican] communities just pop open their doors and serve food from their driveway.” [18:00] –Iris Avelar on U Look Hungry

U Look Hungry - Episode 64 - Mex and the City

This week on U Look Hungry meet Iris Avelar and Maria Garcia-Vasquez, the women behind “Mex and the City”, a cultural website and blog created to promote the free thinking, enterprising, and artistic efforts of young creatives in New York City. Find out how the duo launched the site and learn about their vision to highlight Mexican culture in all of its forms. Learn about “racial profiling” a portrait series the launched highlighting prominent, influential Mexicans in New York City. If you’re looking for travel tips, local Mexican spots or just want to learn about traditions - be sure to tune in! This program was sponsored by Hearst Ranch.