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?"

Mussels

May 23, 2019
Mussels
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

May 9, 2019
Rhubarb
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

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.

Lamb Chops

Apr 25, 2019
Sheep
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.

Asparagus

Apr 18, 2019
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

Apr 11, 2019
Tasso
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

Chocolate

Feb 14, 2019
chocolate making
Jeff Lockwood/Harold McGee / KBBI

Join Jeff Lockwood and Evangelina Briggs from Homer Truffle Company  on Valentine's Day for a discussion of chocolate.  Mousse to mole, talk about tempering, flavors and ganache, and how cocoa butter is like a yoga class.  Patrick Driscoll from the Grog Shop talks about beverage pairings with chocolate desserts. 

Recorded at Homer Truffle Company's factory and in the studio of KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska on 02/14/19. 

Lemons

Feb 7, 2019
Preserving lemons
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Jeff Lockwood talks sweet and savory uses of lemons with Alice's kitchen manager Adriane Huff.  Plus, they come up with a three-course winter meal in which each course uses the sunny citrus.  Recorded at the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska on February 7, 2019.

Offal

Jan 31, 2019
Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties
Kathleen Gustafson / KBBI

Jeff Lockwood and Fresh Catch Cafe's Harrison McHenry talk about the nasty bits - offal in all its forms.  Liver, kidney, heads and feet.  Plus, Jeff makes a haggis for Burns Night and recites "Address to the Haggis" at Kharacters.  Recorded at KBBI AM 890 and Kharacters Alaskan Bar in Homer, Alaska on 01/31/19. 

Red Wine

Jan 24, 2019
Wine glasses
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Jeff Lockwood learns how to read a wine label from Skip Clary, and they taste representative wines from the US and France to understand why some wines go better with food.  Recorded at the Grog Shop and at the studios of KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska on 01/24/19. 

Beef Tenderloin

Jan 17, 2019
Beef Tenderloin
JoeSmack / Wikipedia

Host Jeff Lockwood and head chef at AJ's Steakhouse John Brown cover the psoas major of the cow, the beef tenderloin, from breaking it down to cooking it up.  Recorded at the studios of KBBI AM 890 and at AJ's in Homer, Alaska on 01/17/19.

Onions

Jan 10, 2019
Dicing Onions
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Host Jeff Lockwood and his guest Teri Robl talk about everything onion, from mirepoix ratios to the onion rings praised by both Jeff and Bob Dylan.  They make a winter meal of French onion soup and a green bean salad created by Teri.  Plus weird Midwestern processed industrial "onion rings".  Recorded in Homer, Alaska at the KBBI studios and Station Twelve.  First aired 01/10/19.

Oysters

Nov 15, 2018
Pacific Oyster
David Monniaux / Wikimedia

Join Jeff Lockwood and chef/owner of Fresh Catch Cafe Harrison McHenry for a talk about oysters, both the raw and the cooked. Weatherly Bates tells us how oysters are farmed in Kachemak Bay, and Skip Clary and Andy Kita discuss Murphy's Irish Stout, a classic with oysters.  Recorded at Station Twelve and at the studios of KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska on 11/15/18.

Apples

Nov 8, 2018
Apple nGalette
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Join host Jeff Lockwood and guest Teri Robl for a talk about all things apples.  Featuring a journey into the kitchen to make an apple, pear, and caramel galette.  Skip Clary and Trish Wilson taste the 2013 Leitz Spatlese Riesling.  Recorded at Station Twelve and the studios of KBBI 890AM on November 8, 2018

Brown Sugar

Nov 1, 2018
Brown Sugar
Moe Rubenzahl / Wikimedia

Host Jeff Lockwood and Alice's kitchen boss Adriane Huff talk brown sugar from pastry to savory, including making a banana pudding with a brown sugar pastry cream.  Plus, Skip Clary and Joey Lothian sample a famous and hard-to-find bourbon.  Recorded at Station Twelve and the studios of KBBI AM890 in Homer, Alaska. 

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