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?"

Scotch - Episode 27

Nov 3, 2019

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 - Episode 26

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 - Episode 25

Oct 20, 2019

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 - Episode 24

Aug 25, 2019

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 - Episode 23

Aug 11, 2019

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 - Episode 22

Aug 4, 2019
Pickled mustard greens
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

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 - Episode 21

Jul 28, 2019

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 - Episode 20

Jul 21, 2019

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 - Episode 19

Jul 14, 2019
chili peppers
© Tomas Castelazo, / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

Mussels - Episode 18

May 23, 2019
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

It's field trip time.  Host Jeff Lockwood heads to the shellfish farm Glacier Point Seafood for a lesson in mussel aquaculture from Greg and Weatherly Bates, and tries a couple of different ways to use leftover mussels.  Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 05/23/19. 

Rhubarb - Episode 17

May 9, 2019
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

On this episode of Check the Pantry, Jeff Lockwood and Teri Robl try to figure out what, besides pie, to do with all the rhubarb that takes over Homer in the early spring, and Patrick Driscoll waxes enthusiastic about its possibilities as a beverage flavor.

Recorded at the studios of KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 05/09/19. 

Eggs - Episode 16

May 2, 2019
Three eggs in a nest
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Eggs are so central to cooking that we take them for granted.  Jeff Lockwood tries to remedy that by making omelets and custards with AJ's head chef John Brown and Alice's kitchen manager Adriane Huff.  Partially recorded at Station Twelve.  First aired 05/02/19.

Vertigogen / Wikipedia

On this week's Check the Pantry, host Jeff Lockwood creates a three-course springtime meal from a single lamb chop, and the Grog Shop's Patrick Driscoll talks about choosing a wine pairing to go along with the dinner. 

Produced at the studios of KBBI AM 890 in Homer Alaska.  Additional recording at the Grog Shop and at Station Twelve.  First aired 04/25/19.

planting asparagus
Lori Jenkins / Synergy Gardens

The quintessential spring vegetable is asparagus, so host Jeff Lockwood heads to Synergy Gardens for a tour of asparagus beds old and new with Lori Jenkins.  Jeff makes three classic emulsified sauces for asparagus, and Patrick Driscoll talks about the challenge that is finding something to drink with it. 

Recorded at Synergy Gardens and the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska and first aired 04/18/19.

Ham - Episode 13

Apr 11, 2019
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Check the Pantry's spring season begins with a show about ham.  Jeff Lockwood and Teri Robl go through cooking hams large and small and how to use the leftovers.  They're joined for a bit by Skip Clary, all the way from Hungary, where he's surrounded by pork and wine. 

Recorded in Homer Alaska on April 11, 2019 at the studios of KBBI AM 890, with additional recording at Station Twelve