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I have the luxury of being able to walk to work, and on my daily commute I usually listen to podcasts on my iPhone.  Just as there are blogs to suit every taste, there are podcasts in every theme imaginable – including cooking and gardening.  I subscribe through iTunes, but the podcasts are available direct on the web as well.  Some of my favorite are:

  • Greendays Gardening Panel: This is a weekly feature of KUOW radio in Seattle, in which gardening experts discuss some topic and also take questions from listeners.  My grandmother has called into this program on a few occasions in years past!  The program is accessible, but not too basic, and the call-in portion offers a glimpse into the woes and successes of other people’s gardens.
  • GardeNerd Tip of the Week: An enthusiastic, compact little podcast, clocking in at no more than two minutes per episode, the straightforward suggestions are helpful for beginners and good reminders even for those with gardening experience.
  • Ken Druse – Real Dirt: Sage advice from a nationally known garden expert.  Thanks to Susan Harris for publicizing (and appearing on) this podcast.
  • Good Food with Evan Kleiman: Another NPR show available in podcast form, I love this show’s discussions about food, wine, trends, and politics.
  • Dinner Party Download: This awesome podcast was highlighted on The Kitchn recently.  It’s only partially about food; the show also functions as a weekly news summary and history lesson.  The conceit is that each segment is akin to a phase of a dinner party, starting with an ice breaker, moving on through cocktails and small talk and a guest of honor, and ending with a foodie main course.

Does anyone have other suggestions for podcasts about food, gardening, or sustainability?


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Also known as a V-Slicer, the mandoline is a kitchen gadget I have long coveted.  The mandoline allows a cook to make quick, perfect slices and juliennes, thick or thin, which can be very helpful to those of us without extensive knife skills training.  But it’s the kind of kitchen tool that seems extravagant to buy for one’s self.

So much to my delight, my grandmother sent me this mandoline for my birthday:


I tested it out on Friday by slicing two tiny beets I had harvested from my garden (yes, beet season is here!).  The slices were perfect, although the inky red beets left a rather ghoulish, guillotine-esque stain on the mandoline.

Vive la revolution!

Vive la revolution!

I think I will try to make pickled beet slices this summer when the beets start coming on strong and fast.  There are also a lot of other uses for the mandoline that I can envision.  I love shaved fennel salads at restaurants, but never make them at home because it’s hard to make paper-thin shavings with a knife.  Now I can use the mandoline.  I might also use the thick julienne setting to make zucchini fries from my garden.  And I’ll bet the thin julienne could make some great slaw materials – maybe celeriac, carrot, and broccoli stem?  Anyone have other ideas for using a mandoline?

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