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?"

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
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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
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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.

Scotch

Nov 3, 2019
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Host Jeff Lockwood sits down with Skip Clary, who before he came to Homer spent many years in the Scottish whisky trade, for a long discussion on Scotch. 

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 11/3/2019.

Smoke

Oct 27, 2019
Smoked Salmon
Chris Sannito / Alaska Sea Grant

On this week's Check the Pantry, host Jeff Lockwood attends the Smoked Seafood School in Kodiak to learn wood smoke science, how to make lox, and more, then uses the products made during the school to make a lox and leeks terrine and smoked silver salmon carbonara. 

Thanks to Chris Sannito, Alaska Sea Grant, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks for allowing us to record the show.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.

Filé

Oct 20, 2019
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Filé powder, the dried and ground leaves of the sassafras tree, is a major ingredient in the classic South Louisiana dish gumbo. Host Jeff Lockwood walks Adriane Huff through her first Cajun gumbo, and makes up a batch of smoked sausage to go into it. 

Partially recorded at Station Twelve.

Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.

Mushrooms

Aug 25, 2019
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Host Jeff Lockwood visits Darius Kleine at Fritz Creek Fungi to learn about cultivating mushrooms, then takes some oyster and button mushrooms into the kitchen to make duxelles and stuff them into hand pies. 

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 08/25/2019

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