Check the Pantry

Sunday morning at 11AM

Join host Jeff Lockwood and his guest in the KBBI studios in downtown Homer to explore food through its ingredients - one per week.  From cooking techniques to cultural importance to personal stories, Check the Pantry examines the question all of us ask every day - "Hey, what's for dinner?"

Cornstarch

May 24, 2020
Fried chicken coated with cornstarch
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Jeff Lockwood explores some of the many uses of cornstarch, and gets involved in some rather unpleasant tasting experiences. 

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 5/24/20.

Maktak

May 17, 2020
Maktak
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Jeff Lockwood speaks to Alice Qannik Glenn, host of the podcast Coffee and Quaq, about maktak, one of the central foods of the Iñupiat of the North Slope.  From whaling in sealskin boats to how to eat maktak in Florida, Alice covers just about anything you might want to know about eating the bowhead whale. 

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 05/17/20.

Maple Syrup

May 4, 2020
Pouding chômeur
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

With spring in the air, host Jeff Lockwood turns his attention to the major indigenous North American source of sugar - maple syrup. 

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 05/03/20.

Macaroni

Apr 26, 2020
Macaroni and Cheese
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Host Jeff Lockwood makes three different batches of mac-and-cheese - one with a Bèchamel, one with a custard-style sauce, and one with sodium citrate.

First aired 4/26/2020

White Wine

Apr 19, 2020
White Wine
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Jeff Lockwood is joined by The Grog Shop's Skip Clary for a chat about white wine that's aimed at going beyond the Big Three - Napa chardonnay, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio.  From what to drink with Halibut Olympia to what the height of Spanish farmers means for Albariño cultivation, it's an overview of what can happen to grape juice if you strain the skins out immediately.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 04/19/2020.

Long Grain Rice

Apr 12, 2020
Rice
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

On this week's Check the Pantry, host Jeff Lockwood cooks five batches of rice in different ways - and learns that at least one of the common instructions for cooking rice isn't worth listening to.  Plus, chicken fricasse!

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.

First aired 4/12/20. 

Frozen Shrimp

Mar 2, 2020
Frozen shrimp
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Host Jeff Lockwood makes the most of a bag of supermarket frozen shrimp - the New Orleans classic BBQ Shrimp, English Potted Shrimp, and an elegant little Shrimp and Smoked Sausage Terrine.  Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.

First aired 3/1/20.

Moose

Feb 16, 2020
Moose
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Teri Robl picks the topic on this week's Check the Pantry, and Teri wants to talk about moose!  She brings her friend Nancy Wise into the kitchen at Station Twelve, and Nancy's son Cody Wise talks with Jeff Lockwood about hunting the animal.  Plus, all you ever wanted to know about Swedish møøse management!

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 02/16/20. 

Coriander

Feb 2, 2020
Curry Spices
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

This week on Check the Pantry, host Jeff Lockwood goes into the kitchen with an authentic English person, John Cottingham, to learn about the use of coriander and other spices in Anglo-Indian curries, as well as the saga of Beaver Dave. 

Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired February 2, 2020.

Red Beans

Jan 26, 2020
Red Beans
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On this week's Check the Pantry, host Jeff Lockwood makes a pot of red beans and rice.  Since Jeff took the easy route, guest Teri Robl digs into her culinary bag of tricks to come up with something else to do with red beans....

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  Partially recorded at Station Twelve. First aired 01/26/20.

Sourdough

Jan 19, 2020
Sourdough loaf
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

On this week's Check the Pantry, Jeff Lockwood sits down with Fresh Catch Cafe's Harrison McHenry for a conversation about sourdough, from creating a starter to baking a loaf. 

Produced at the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska.  First aired January 19, 2020.

Pork Loin

Jan 12, 2020
Pork Loin
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Check the Pantry takes a road trip to Soldotna to meet Vincent and Jessica Johnson at the Schnitzel Bomber to talk about schnitzel and spaetzle. Plus, host Jeff Lockwood roasts a pork loin using the once-common technique of larding. 

Produced at the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 01/12/20. 

Duck

Dec 1, 2019
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Host Jeff Lockwood waxes enthusiastic about the versatility and flavor of an underappreciated meat on the American table - duck.  From rendered fat to lentil stew to duck breast, hot water cornbread, and stir-fried pickled mustard greens, this week's Check the Pantry is all about kitchen economics.

Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 12/1/19.

Prime Rib

Nov 24, 2019
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Jeff Lockwood talks with AJ's Steakhouse head chef John Brown, as well as sous chef Josh Prentice, about ribs 6-12 on the cow - the prime rib.  Plus, Jeff makes a couple of sauces to serve alongside it.  Recorded in part at AJ's Steakhouse.

Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 11/24/2019.

Mustard

Nov 10, 2019
Joey Lothian

Jeff Lockwood and Teri Robl go head to head in a mustard competition, judged by Joey Lothian, Kenny Williams, and Cristina Ferman.  Recorded in part at Station Twelve.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 11/10/19.

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