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?"

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

Garlic

Aug 11, 2019
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This week, host Jeff Lockwood heads to Synergy Gardens, home of the Alaska Garlic Project, to talk to Lori Jenkins about everything garlic.  Planting, harvesting, curing and, of course, cooking.  Jeff fires up the grill for flank steak with snail butter and grilled potato salad with garlic oil vinaigrette. 

First aired 08/11/19.

Mustard Greens

Aug 4, 2019
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On this week's Check the Pantry, host Jeff Lockwood talks mustard greens from the garden to the fermenting crock, and has his first experience with the Chinese pickle ya cai while making the Sichuan classic dan dan noodles.  Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. 

First aired 08/04/19.

Juniper

Jul 28, 2019
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Check the Pantry goes evergreen this week.  The Grog Shop's Patrick Driscoll leads a collection of gin lovers and haters featuring Grady Avant, Mel Strydom, and Pat Ahern through several different gins and gin cocktails, and host Jeff Lockwood makes a juniper-enhanced sauce soubise and a salmon and juniper sausage. 

Gin provided by the Grog Shop.  Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.

Lettuce

Jul 21, 2019
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Jeff Lockwood visits Carey Restino at Homer Hilltop Farm to learn all about growing lettuce from a small-scale farmer's  perspective, and makes a Caesar salad with Teri Robl. 

First aired 07/21/19.

Chilis

Jul 14, 2019
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Jeff Lockwood and Homer Truffle Company's Evangelina Briggs celebrate summer's heat with a look at the New World fruit that took the Old World by storm - the chili. 

Recorded at the KBBI Studios in Homer, Alaska, and at Homer Truffle Company. 

First aired 7/14/19.

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