Check the Pantry

Sunday mornings at 10AM

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?"

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Turkey

Nov 25, 2020
Turducken
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With a worldwide pandemic raging, getting together for a big meal is a terrible idea.  Finding ways to shrink Thanksgiving classics down?  Fantastic idea.  Jeff Lockwood makes turkey ballotines (and has unkind things to say about the turducken), as well as sweet potato gnocchi and green bean casserole, with a remote appearance from Teri Robl's stuffin' muffins.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 11/22/20.

Hens

Nov 25, 2020
Hens
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

There comes a time in a hen's life where she's not laying too much, and you have to make some decisions.  One of the options, the one Jeff Lockwood chooses this week, is stock - the best stock you can make.  Stock leads inexorably to soup - potato leek, this time.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 11/8/20.

Milk

Nov 25, 2020
Milk
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Milk is much more than a drink - it's an important ingredient, contributing fat, texture, and flavor to many different foods - meatballs and quiche among them.  Jeff Lockwood is joined by Teri Robl for a look at one of the many useful products squeezed from underneath the cow. 

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 10/25/2020.

Carrots

Sep 27, 2020
Carrots
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Harvest means carrots, and carrots mean cake!  Jeff Lockwood spends the hour making carrot cake (using a slight adaptation of this recipe). 

Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 09/27/20.

Yeast

Sep 14, 2020
Brewer's Yeast
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Jeff Lockwood visits Alaskan brewing legend Lasse Holmes for a tour through the beer-making process, which, at every step, keeps coming back to yeast.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer Alaska.  First aired 09/13/20.

Sparkling Wine

Aug 30, 2020
Sparkling Wine
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Bubbles aren't just for special occasions.  The Grog Shop's Patrick Driscoll leads a tasting panel with Teri Robl, Grady Avant, and John Cottingham through five inexpensive, everyday sparkling wines from around the world.  Host Jeff Lockwood makes gougères to eat during the tasting. 

Wines provided by the Grog Shop.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 08/30/20.

Almonds

Aug 16, 2020
Dacquoise
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Jeff Lockwood makes a Basque cake and a dacquoise with almond flour, then heads into Teri Robl's kitchen for an Italian tomato sauce with almonds and a forty-year-old recipe for almond chicken.

Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 8/16/20.

Red Salmon Part II

Aug 3, 2020
Salmon in a seine
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Host Jeff Lockwood returns to the F/V Captain Cook to spend some time with the tool that makes modern seining possible - the Puretic Power Block, then goes to the headwaters of Stariski Creek with the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn about the ways salmon depend on the land.  Plus, making the dish in the picture!  Part two of a two-part episode.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 8/2/2020. 

Red Salmon Part I

Jul 27, 2020
Red Salmon
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

On this week's Check the Pantry, host Jeff Lockwood jumps aboard his old boat the F/V Captain Cook for a day of purse seining for red salmon with skipper Malcolm Milne, then takes some fish home to butcher, grill, and more. Part one of a two-part episode.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 7/26/20.

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. 

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