Sweet Tea and Tacos

Sweet Tea and Tacos

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Sharpen Your Skills: Expert Insights on Knife Sharpening, Selection, and Maintenance
Mar 26 2024
Sharpen Your Skills: Expert Insights on Knife Sharpening, Selection, and Maintenance
Send us a Text Message.Ever been in the middle of a recipe only to find your knife squashing tomatoes instead of slicing them? That's where Richard from Bear Claw Knife and Shear comes in, bringing his edge to Sweet Tea and Tacos! This week, we're all about honing your blades and cutting through the clutter of choosing the right knives for your culinary quests. Richard spins the tale of his journey from a small sharpening operation to a booming business, giving us the sharp truth on how investing in quality steel and craftsmanship can transform your cooking.Our kitchen counters become the arena as we tackle the art of knife sharpening and maintenance. Discover the secrets to keeping your blades in peak condition, from the WorkSharp belt sharpener's quick touch-ups to the importance of steering clear of those dreaded glass cutting boards. We share why sometimes leaving the sharpening to the pros can save your knives (and fingers) from unnecessary wear and tear. And for the DIY chefs out there, we've got some pointers that will have your knives gliding through ingredients like butter.But it's not just about the knives—your cutting board deserves love too! We chop into the world of cutting surfaces, weighing up the pros and cons of wood versus plastic and how to keep them in top shape. And let's not forget the essentials: from the humble paring knife to the mighty chef's knife, we cover which blades are must-haves in every kitchen toolkit. So, sharpen your ears and join us, Dave, Jen, and our cutlery curator Richard, for a culinary conversation that's sure to leave you on the cutting edge of kitchen prep!This list of references from your episode was generated by Headliner AI. If you enjoy them please tell other podcasters by giving a shoutout to https://headliner.app in your episode ✨Bear Claw Knife & Shear[bcknife.com](https://bcknife.com)Wusthof Knives[wusthof.com](https://www.wusthof.com)Zwilling J.A. Henckels[zwilling.com](https://www.zwilling.com)Kingshan Knives[kingshanknife.com](https://www.kingshanknife.com)Work Sharp Sharpeners[worksharptools.com](https://www.worksharptools.com)Crucible Industries[crucible.com](https://www.crucible.com)Niagara Specialty Metals[niagaraspecialtymetals.com](https://www.niagaraspecialtymetals.com)Richard Steinberg Making Knives YouTube Channel[YouTube Link](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8rKfUoFJ2r9zJ6q7JX5H6A)Support the Show.
Culinary Reflections from Our Newlywed Days
Mar 26 2024
Culinary Reflections from Our Newlywed Days
Send us a Text Message.Embark on a flavorful journey with us, Dave and Jen, as we take a stroll down memory lane and relive our early adventures in marriage. Our latest episode is a culinary escapade, beginning with our quirky arrival in Boston during the infamous Big Dig. We searched high and low for the enigmatic No Name restaurant, and its hidden charm didn't disappoint. Our narrative doesn't stop there; it's a smorgasbord of experiences from gourmet treats in SoHo to a student-prepared feast that made our taste buds dance at the French Culinary Institute.The roads of Vermont welcomed us with its springtime splendor and tucked-away culinary gems. We chat about the cozy bed-and-breakfast that served meals too divine to forget and a riverside sandwich stop that felt like a secret shared between the trees and the babbling brook. We took a chance with the Trapp Family Lodge's five-course dinner and found ourselves enamored with Vermont's local maple syrup and artisan chocolates. The highlight, perhaps, was overcoming our skepticism about Vermont coffee, only to be pleasantly surprised by its robust flavor.Rounding out our gastronomic tour, we share tales from the heart of Boston, where Italian feasts and historical bites along the Freedom Trail delighted and inspired us. During our reflections, we touch on the culinary schools that we toured, each with its unique offerings, and how these visits influenced our life-changing decision to start a family. So, pull up a chair and join us at the table for a podcast episode that's seasoned with laughter, love, and a dash of nostalgia.French Culinary Institute[International Culinary Center](https://www.internationalculinarycenter.com/)Culinary Institute of America[CIA](https://www.ciachef.edu/)New England Culinary Institute[NECI](https://www.neci.edu/)Dean and Deluca[Dean & Deluca](https://www.deandeluca.com/)Harney and Sons[Harney & Sons Fine Teas](https://www.harney.com/)King Arthur Baking Company[King Arthur Baking](https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/)Trap Lodge[Trapp Family Lodge](https://www.trappfamily.com/)Green Mountain Coffee[Green Mountain Coffee Roasters](https://www.keurig.com/content/green-mountain-coffee-roasters)Eagle's Deli[Eagle's Deli](https://www.eaglesdeli.com/)Freedom Trail[Freedom Trail](https://www.thefreedomtrail.org/)Durgan Park[Durgin-Park](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durgin-Park)No Name Seafood[No Name Restaurant](https://www.nonamerestaurant.com/)Support the Show.
Exploring the Tastes of the South From Fried Chicken to Smoked Brisket
Mar 26 2024
Exploring the Tastes of the South From Fried Chicken to Smoked Brisket
Send us a Text Message.Buckle up, friends, because we're hitting the road on a Southern food odyssey that's as rich in flavor as it is in culture! Starting in the historic heart of Vicksburg, Mississippi, we don't just feed our stomachs at Walnut Hills; we feast on tales of the town and its people. Each forkful of their mouth-watering fried chicken and purple hull peas is a bite of the South's soul, and trust us, their cakes and pepper sauce are the stuff of legends. Our journey doesn't stop there – we venture down to Louisiana, where the cuisine is as vibrant as the jazz that fills the air. At Al Basha, we're talking Greek-Lebanese fare that'll make your heart sing as loudly as the flavors dance on your tongue. Then, it's only fair we pay homage to the iconic Louisiana po'boy at Old Time Grocery, where local bread reigns supreme and is best enjoyed with a cold regional root beer.Our adventure takes a smoky turn in Austin, Texas, the mecca of barbecue aficionados. Here, we'll share how we got caught up in the electric atmosphere of the city, from laid-back Zilker Park to the bustling avenues of South Congress. The real star of the show? The Salt Lick BBQ, where the brisket and ribs are a smoldering testament to Texas' barbecue prowess. We're not just about the meats, though; our visit to H Mart proves we're suckers for the rich tapestry of international flavors that Austin has to offer.Now, if you're itching to get a behind-the-scenes peek at our food escapades, join our YouTube family where we've been whipping up some kitchen magic. From our biscuit-making debut to our daughter's social media savvy, we're serving up more than just audio – we're creating a community. So, pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, grab a taco, and let's toast to the journey. I'm Dave, and I'm Jen, your guides on this delicious audio excursion – thanks for listening and don't forget to check out our support page if you're craving more!Walnut Hills Restaurant[walnuthillsms.com](https://walnuthillsms.com/)Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant[albashabr.com](https://albashabr.com/)Atchafalaya Basin[atchafalaya.org](https://www.atchafalaya.org/)Olde Tyme Grocery[oldetymegrocery.com](https://oldetymegrocery.com/)Steamboat Bill's[steamboatbills.com](https://steamboatbills.com/)Salt Lick BBQ[saltlickbbq.com](https://saltlickbbq.com/)British Isles Grocery[britishislesonline.com](https://britishislesonline.com/)H Mart[hmart.com](https://www.hmart.com/)Conrico[conrico.com](https://conrico.com/)University of Louisiana at Lafayette[louisiana.edu](https://www.louisiana.edu/)St. Mary's Catholic Church[stmarysfbg.com](https://stmarysfbg.com/)University of Texas at Austin[utexas.edu](https://www.utexas.edu/)Vicksburg National Military Park[nps.gov/vick/index.htm](https://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm)Barq's Root Beer[barqs.com](https://www.barqs.com/)Abita Brewing Company[abita.com](https://abita.com/)Zilker Park[zilkerpark.org](https://www.zilkerpark.org/)Fairground AustinSupport the Show.
From Paddy to Plate: Journey of America's Oldest Rice Mill
Mar 26 2024
From Paddy to Plate: Journey of America's Oldest Rice Mill
Send us a Text Message.Embark on an auditory journey to the vibrant heart of Cajun country as we sit down with Mike Davis, the passionate president of Conrad Rice Mill, and explore a story steeped in history and flavor. Mike's personal tale of acquiring America's oldest operating rice mill, with nothing but determination and the support of two backers, is as rich and textured as the medium grain rice his mill produces. Our conversation meanders through the milling process from paddy to plate, unraveling why rice isn't just a side dish in Cajun cuisine but the very soul of Southern cooking.Cook up a storm with us as we discuss Conrad Rice Company's innovative expansion, from the deeply aromatic wild pecan rice inspired by French Indochina to a potential for a grain bin-turned-restaurant. We share a home favorite, the verdant green rice, and how the company embraced change to grow from a local enterprise to a specialty food brand reaching across state lines. Plus, don't miss the story behind the Creole Cuban sandwich that's adding a new twist to classic flavors, proof of the company's unwavering spirit and adaptability in the face of an ever-evolving market.Finally, take a detour with us along Louisiana's Boudin Trail, where we uncover the everyday essence of Cajun life, far from the jazz-filled streets of New Orleans. From the mysterious swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin to the familial anecdotes of our first visit to this lush state, we savor every moment. Join us as we taste our way through Louisiana's culinary riches, experiencing the culture, people, and stories that simmer beneath the surface of this unique American region.Support the Show.
Baking the Perfect Thanksgiving Pie: Tips, Tricks, and Traditions
Mar 26 2024
Baking the Perfect Thanksgiving Pie: Tips, Tricks, and Traditions
Send us a Text Message.Get ready to become the dessert hero of your next Thanksgiving gathering! Dave and I have wrapped up our series with a decadent discussion on the holiday's sweetest finales. From the classic pumpkin pie and its sweet potato counterpart, to the debate over regional pie allegiances, we've got all the tips and tales to spice up your festive spread. And let's not forget the whipped cream—none of that store-bought stuff—we're talking fresh, homemade peaks of perfection here. Plus, we venture into the delightful realms of pecan, apple, and even the traditional, yet often overlooked, mincemeat pie. We're not just sharing recipes; we're sharing the spirit of experimentation and the joy of discovering your own signature Thanksgiving dessert.As we bid farewell to fall flavors, you're invited to bake along with us and reminisce about your own culinary capers. Join us as we sift through the secrets of flaky crusts and fillings that sing, from dodging corn syrup to embracing real vanilla. We might have had some baking blunders along the way, but they paved the path to pie perfection. We dive into the versatility of pie crusts, encourage elevating classics with simple twists, and champion the unparalleled delight of a pie fresh from your oven. We can't wait to hear about your Thanksgiving traditions, so be sure to share your stories with us on Sweet Tea and Tacos, and let's keep the gratitude (and the butter) flowing.Support the Show.
Elevating Your Turkey Game for a Memorable Feast
Mar 26 2024
Elevating Your Turkey Game for a Memorable Feast
Send us a Text Message.Ever wonder how to up your turkey game and leave your guests gobbling for more? Look no further! We've roasted, smoked, and brined our way to turkey triumph and are eager to share the golden nuggets of our poultry prowess. Join us, Dave and Jen, as we carve into the heart of turkey preparation, from the dark art of the 12-hour smoke to the bright side of oven baking. We spill the beans on the mess and stress of wet brining and reveal why dry brining, with a stealthy layer of butter under the skin, has turned our turkeys into legendary feasts. Our chat isn't just about cooking; it's a full-on strategy session for nailing that crispy skin and keeping your kitchen out of the danger zone.This episode isn't just about the turkey—it's about the entire experience, ensuring that your centerpiece not only tastes incredible but also wows visually. We'll guide you through the pre-game of getting your bird room-temp ready and walk you through the halftime show of trussing and pan selection. Discover the secrets to crafting a swoon-worthy gravy with homemade stock, and why the perfect presentation doesn't require a Michelin star carving technique. For those looking to tackle supply chain woes and secure their birds early, we've got you covered. So tie on your apron, sharpen your knives, and tune in—Dave and Jen have got the playbook for a Thanksgiving that's sure to score big with family and friends.Support the Show.
Whispers of Fall in Every Bite A Culinary Journey
Mar 25 2024
Whispers of Fall in Every Bite A Culinary Journey
Send us a Text Message.As the leaves turn golden and the air gets crisp, Jeff and I often find ourselves yearning for those hearty dishes that echo the bounty of fall—a sentiment that rings true for many of us as the seasons shift. That's why, on this episode of Sweet Tea and Tacos, we're taking a deep dive into the warm embrace of autumn's comfort foods, joined by our wonderful friends Mellie, Dave, and Jan. Together, we stir up memories of stews, braises, and roasts, and Jeff, with his rich experience in the French culinary scene, paints a vivid picture of how traditional cooking evolves with the changing produce, particularly the arrival of plump mushrooms and crisp apples. Listen in as we explore the cross-cultural influences from the Caribbean to Africa that intricately weave into our local cuisine, and get ready to be tantalized by the fall creation Jeff has up his sleeve—guaranteed to capture the essence of the season.This cozy conversation doesn't stop at the flavors; it's also about the rhythms of life around the table. We chuckle over the irresistible pull of South Louisiana's local food that once broke a vegetarian vow, and sing praises to the slow-cooked dishes that are worth every second of the wait. The French have a saying, "lunch is king," and we delve into why it holds a place of honor over dinner, and how the cherished 'goûter' keeps the kids happy until then. Mellie and I reflect on the importance of family meals, sharing stories of how we've tailored these beautiful traditions to fit our own bustling lives. So, pour yourself a cup of something hot, and join us for an episode that's not just about food, but the threads that connect our meals to memories, cultures, and the heart of family life.Support the Show.
Savoring Heritage: Stories of Southern and Texan Cuisine
Mar 25 2024
Savoring Heritage: Stories of Southern and Texan Cuisine
Send us a Text Message.Ever reminisce about that one dish your grandmother could whip up that instantly took you back to the simpler times of childhood? That's where Jeff and Melanie take us in this episode, guiding us through the kitchens of their past as we unpack the flavors and tales of Southern and Texan cuisine. They spin yarns of family cookouts and the sweet, smoky scent of home, while Melanie confesses her role as champion of cleanliness over culinary prowess. Jeff, on the other hand, shares his early experiments with a wok and a children's Chinese cookbook. Together, we laugh about the days when loving food didn't require the label 'foodie' and how their time in France has added a certain je ne sais quoi to their cooking philosophy.But what happens when you leave those leisurely French lunches behind and find yourself back in the fast-paced American dining scene? Melanie and Jeff elaborate on the struggle of trading the freshness of international markets for the convenience of American grocery stores, and the bittersweet task of teaching their kids to readjust their palates. They also highlight the beauty of blending cultures at the dinner table, creating their own unique traditions. Wait until you hear about their Thanksgiving gatherings, where the humble pecan pie becomes a symbol of shared heritage and a feast that unites friends from all walks of life. We can't wait to continue this conversation next week, savoring the seasonal delights that showcase our cultural mosaic. Join us, Dave and Jen, as we relish these stories that are as rich and layered as the dishes that inspire them on Sweet Teen Tacos.Support the Show.
Savoring Time-Honored Cookbooks
Mar 25 2024
Savoring Time-Honored Cookbooks
Send us a Text Message.Rekindle your love for timeless culinary classics as we leaf through the pages of beloved cookbooks that have seasoned our stovetop stories. From the ever-reliable "Joy of Cooking" to the delightful pie recipes in "Pie Every Day" by Pat Willard, this episode promises a hearty serving of nostalgia paired with practical kitchen wisdom. Discover how these cherished guides have not only been a foundation for cooking techniques but also a connection to a community that shares a passion for dependable and delectable dishes.Embark on a flavorful journey through the diverse landscapes of cultural cookbooks, where each recipe tells a tale as rich as its ingredients. We'll celebrate the way cookbooks like Danielle Walker's "Against All Grain" series artfully accommodate dietary needs without sacrificing the essence of cooking. From the narrative-driven "Deep Run Roots" by Vivian Howard to Melissa Martin's "Mosquito Supper Club," we'll reveal how these collections document culinary heritage. This episode is a tribute to the boundless inspiration found in the pages of both vintage and modern cookbooks—join us at the table for a feast of the senses.Joy of Cookinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_of_CookingMastering the Art of French Cookinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastering_the_Art_of_French_CookingPie Every Day by Pat Willardhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1270711.Pie_Every_DaySouthern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupreehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/southern-biscuits5--- How to Grill by Steven Raichlenhttps://www.barbecuebible.com/books/how-to-grill/Against All Grain by Danielle Walkerhttps://againstallgrain.com/books/Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howardhttps://www.vivianhoward.com/deep-run-rootsMosquito Supper Club by Melissa Martinhttps://www.mosquitosupperclub.com/cookbookThe Art of Creole Cookeryhttps://www.amazon.com/Art-Creole-Cookery-William-Kaufman/dp/B0007E0XK2The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlmanhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33794.The_Making_of_a_ChefSupport the Show.
Baking the Perfect Southern Biscuit: Secrets, Tips, and Buttermilk Tales with Sweet Tea and Tacos
Mar 25 2024
Baking the Perfect Southern Biscuit: Secrets, Tips, and Buttermilk Tales with Sweet Tea and Tacos
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered why some biscuits rise to fluffy perfection while others boast irresistible flaky layers? Crack the code to biscuit nirvana with us, Dave and Jim, and our pal Devon—a bona fide baking aficionado. Together, we sift through the delicious details that make Southern biscuits a household staple, guided by the wisdom of Natalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart's cookbook. We weigh the pros and cons of convenience from a can against the allure of crafting your own dough, all while sharing a laugh and a love for all-purpose flour's forgiving nature.Buttermilk takes center stage in our second act, where its tangy legacy in the biscuit's tender crumb is celebrated. We reminisce about the good old days of buttermilk as a buttery byproduct and tackle the chilled challenge that butter brings to the table—literally. Health enthusiasts and dietary devotees, fear not; you'll find solace in our personal trials and triumphs as we navigate the butter-versus-shortening battleground with your well-being in mind.For the grand finale, we're disclosing top-secret baking intelligence that could very well turn your next biscuit batch into the talk of the town. Spoiler alert: non-aluminum baking powder might just be your new best friend. So, whether you're a baking newbie or a dough-slinging veteran, subscribe for a heap of tips and a sprinkle of laughs. Remember, you've got a standing invitation to our kitchen—where every biscuit tells a story, and every story is worth sharing on Sweet Tea and Tacos.Southern Biscuits by Natalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubarthttps://www.amazon.com/Southern-Biscuits-Nathalie-Dupree/dp/1423603784Kerry Gold Butterhttps://www.kerrygoldusa.com/products/kerrygold-butter/Bisquickhttps://www.bettycrocker.com/products/bisquickPioneer Mixhttps://pioneerbrand.com/Baking with Julia by Julia Childhttps://www.amazon.com/Baking-Julia-Techniques-Extraordinary-Child/dp/0688146570Support the Show.
In Pursuit of the Perfect Biscuit
Mar 25 2024
In Pursuit of the Perfect Biscuit
Send us a Text Message.Who knew that the comforting embrace of a warm, buttery biscuit could carry the weight of family history and the power to soothe the soul? Devon recounts her transformation from a skeptic to a staunch advocate of self-rising flour in biscuit-making, a journey flavored with treasured family recipes and her mother's pioneer mix. As we swap stories, you'll find yourself nestled in the heart of a conversation that's all about the quest for that perfect biscuit—crispy like Jen's grandfather preferred, or fluffy and layered as per our own personal quests. It's not just about recipes; it's about the memories that rise with every batch, and the trial and error that leads to your very own scratch-made slice of heaven.Gather around our kitchen table as we reveal the ritual of baking biscuits that emerged from the days of pandemic uncertainty, turning into a cherished Sunday tradition. Whether it's slathering them with jams and honey or crowning them with sausage gravy, we share the comforts of our favorite toppings and the stories they tell. But it's not all about looking back; we also discuss the practicalities of biscuit size, the craft behind the ideal cut, and even the secret weapon of a cast iron griddle. Devon, our special guest, brings her own flavor to this episode, making it a rich tapestry of tips, techniques, and the warmth only a well-baked biscuit can bring. Join us for this cozy foray into the world of biscuits, and let's continue to bake up new traditions together.Support the Show.
Elevate Your Culinary Experience with Compact Appliances
Mar 24 2024
Elevate Your Culinary Experience with Compact Appliances
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how to streamline your cooking and elevate your kitchen game without cluttering up your counters with gadgets? Well, we've got you covered! Join us as we regale you with our tales of transformation, from cumbersome kitchen routines to culinary wizardry, with the aid of some nifty small kitchen appliances. We'll reveal how a trusty food processor is not just a gadget but a revolution waiting to happen in your meal prep, adept at conquering everything from dicing to shredding. Plus, we rave about the simplicity brought about by the humble electric water kettle, a true hero in freeing up stovetop real estate and getting that perfect brew, piping hot, in no time. Let's not overlook the slow cooker and Instant Pot, which have become flag bearers of convenience cooking. Whether it's simmering bone broth to perfection or transporting a hearty chili to a potluck, we discuss how these modern marvels cater to various culinary endeavours—including the surprising delights of homemade yogurt. And for those wondering whether to invest in a blender or a food processor, we've got a robust debate lined up, with the Vitamix entering the ring as a formidable contender. It's an episode packed with personal anecdotes, clashes over cooking styles, and a deep dive into the utility of each appliance, ensuring that by the end, you'll be equipped to choose the right kitchen comrades to suit your culinary quests.KitchenAid Stand Mixerhttps://www.kitchenaid.com/countertop-appliances/stand-mixers.htmlInstant Pothttps://www.instantpot.com/Vitamix Blenderhttps://www.vitamix.com/Crock-Pothttps://www.crock-pot.com/Support the Show.