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Author: Deb Perelman & J. Kenji López-Alt

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Hi, we’re Deb Perelman (Smitten Kitchen) and J. Kenji López-Alt (Serious Eats, The Food Lab, The Wok). We’re professional home cooks, which means we can - and will - make the same meal 57 times in a row on the quest for the perfect recipe. Is it crazy? For us, no, because we do this for a living. But for you? Yes, probably. Which is why you should listen to The Recipe with Kenji and Deb. You'll hear us talk about what goes into writing our recipes — the techniques we test, the ingredients we taste — so that you can be on your way to creating your own perfect recipe. Whether you're cooking meatloaf, pancakes, or chicken soup in all its forms, we got you, and you've got this.The Recipe with Kenji and Deb is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a network of independent and listener-supported podcasts. Discover audio with vision at radiotopia.fm.
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Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

2024-04-0842:441

Some people think tomato soup only exists to serve as a dipping sauce for grilled cheese, but Kenji and Deb are here to set them straight. A properly, lovingly made tomato soup — even with sad-looking supermarket tomatoes from February — can be a time portal, from the dreariest winter day to the peak of summer farmer’s market fresh. Kenji makes Deb’s genius “grilled cheese kind of built into the tomato soup”, unlocking a new level of tomato soup nirvana.Recipes mentioned: Deb’s Weeknight Tomato Soup (from Smitten Kitchen) Deb’s Classic Grilled Cheese + Cream of Tomato Soup (from Smitten Kitchen) Deb’s Roasted Tomato Soup with Broiled Cheddar (from Smitten Kitchen) Kenji’s Fast and Easy Pasta with Blistered Cherry Tomato Sauce (from Serious Eats) Kenji’s 15-Minute Creamy Tomato Soup (Vegan) (from Serious Eats) Lisa Steele’s Cream-Fried Eggs (from the Washington Post)
Pancakes

Pancakes

2024-03-2546:181

In preparation for this episode, Deb and Kenji fed their children so many pancakes that they are now on a pancake strike. But before you start feeling sorry for these young people, don’t forget they got to taste the rainbow of pancake styles. Tall and fluffy. Crisp and fluffy. Thin and crispy. The hottest pancake in the world right now, the Japanese soufflé. Tough life, kids! We learn why baking soda, baking powder, and buttermilk feature prominently, and the technique for “the absolute fluffiest pancake”. Recipes Mentioned: Smitten Kitchen pancakes Serious Eats pancakes Chez Ma Tante pancakes on NYT Cooking
Meatloaf

Meatloaf

2024-03-1137:501

Kenji and Deb have history with meatloaf that goes way, way back, to summer camp in the 80s. It was not love at first taste, but Deb has a moment of clarity and achieves meatloaf enlightenment. Kenji and Deb chew over “meat batter”, how many Meat Loaf references in one podcast episode constitutes audio malpractice, and if parents who send their teenage children to the store for one ingredient are monsters.  Recipes Mentioned: Deb’s Turkey Meatloaf for Skeptics (from Smitten Kitchen Keepers)  Kenji’s Classic Meatloaf (excerpted from The Food Lab, courtesy of Serious Eats)
Most people are familiar with the stuff in the blue box, but what might seem like a simple dish holds many nuances, from achieving that perfectly smooth cheese melt to avoiding greasiness or lumpiness. Find out why mac and cheese holds a special place in Kenji's heart and the results of Deb’s experience making Kenji’s three ingredient recipe. Recipes Mentioned: Deb’s Stovetop Mac and Cheese (courtesy of Smitten Kitchen) Kenji’s Stovetop Mac and Cheese (courtesy of Serious Eats)
New from Radiotopia, The Recipe with Kenji and Deb. Join us to hear what goes into writing our recipes — the techniques we test, the ingredients we taste — so that you can be on your way to creating your own perfect recipe. Whether you're cooking meatloaf, pancakes, or chicken soup, we got you, and you've got this. Episode 1 drops February 26. Follow us on Instagram @kenjianddeb and visit our website.
Coming Soon

Coming Soon

2023-10-0500:361

The Recipe - coming to Radiotopia in 2024!
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