Episode 025: Snack Platter, Memories & Spring Hiatus

In this episode, we kept things casual with a low-key snack platter full of delicious eats pulled from Erinn’s pantry and fridge! Tortilla chips with tomatillo salsa, green grapes, pistachios, honey roasted peanuts, sharp cheddar cheese, and cinnamon graham crackers. All things you can find at your local grocery store. We also chatted about our lives at the moment (personal and professional), 90’s nostalgia, and had something important to announce! 

Snack Plate

If you don’t already know, we’ll be taking a recording hiatus for the next few months. We won’t be recording any new podcasts during this time, but that doesn’t mean we’re gone for good! You can always find our entire library of episodes at the Past Episodes tab at the top of our website, and also on our show page on iTunes. If you’re feeling nice, we’d love a review! You can also contact us anytime by sending us an email: heytablechat@gmail.com or find us on Instagram or Facebook

Thank you so much for all of your support since we started the show last April! We have loved getting to know all our wonderful listeners and hearing your feedback, suggestions, and encouraging comments. We’ve also loved hosting two giveaways for our community like our Birthaween giveaway and our most recent collab with the awesome organization, Drop the Label Movement. Now, go live, go do your thang, and catch us next time on Table Chat, the show that’s taking a break…but not for too long!

Episode 020: Nostalgic Potluck, The 90s & Childhood Food Memories

Today’s episode is sponsored by the 1990’s and the color beige! We’re talking all about our childhood food memories. We discuss the biology of taste, why food is so often tied to memories and emotions, share our listener’s favorite childhood foods, and then discuss our favorite, funniest, and even worst food moments we had as kids.

For our food chat portion, we created a nostalgic potluck worthy of an after-school snack time. Thank you to some of our listeners for submitting their childhood foods as well!

Here’s what we sampled:

Honey butter crescent rolls

Salami and mayonnaise on white bread

Tuna salad on white bread

Cool Ranch Doritos

Spaghettios

Beef Ravioli

“Fluffernutter” Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich

Cosmic brownies

Fruity Tootsie rolls

Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal

Rice Krispie treats

Rachel’s favorite recent food memory – Rare Bar & Grill 

Erinn’s favorite recent food memory – Cauliflower Romesco with Roasted Salted Potatoes

P.S Erinn made an error to the cauliflower recipe she discussed in a recent food memory. It was a “cauliflower romesco” NOT “cauliflower romanesco.” Romesco is a red pepper based sauce and romanesco is a type of broccoli. The more you know!

Let us know some of your childhood food memories in the comments below!

Episode 014: Blind Taste Test, Doritos & Favorite Things: Food Edition

On today’s episode, we chat, once again, about our faaaaavorite thiiiiiings! This time though, we’re talking all about our food favorites. We have our first BLIND TASTE TEST and feed each other random things and try to guess what they are, like marshmallows, circus cookies, matcha green tea Kit Kats, and Cool Ranch Doritos. It’s a good time. Also, we totally spaced on taking a picture of the food we tested, because we were BLINDFOLDED. Oh well, here’s a reenactment.

blindfold-taste-test

After taste-testing, we chatted the important things like all of our related-to-food favorites including: our favorite local restaurants, favorite food magazines, favorite food-related phone apps, favorite food-themed movies, favorite family recipes, our favorite things about being dietitians, and even our favorite weird food habits. Again, these are great table talk questions if you’re at a party or hanging out with family! We won’t list all of our answers here (listen to the episode above!), but here’s a list of all the questions we asked each other:

Favorite local restaurant?

Erinn – The Stand and St. Francis (both in Phoenix!)

Rachel – Miss Saigon and Takamatsu (both in Tucson!)

Favorite destination restaurant?

Erinn – Ana Lena in Vancouver, B.C and Community Table in Washington, CT

Rachel – FlyinFin Sushi and Seafood in Redondo Beach, CA and The Girl and the Goat in Chicago, IL

Dream restaurant?

Food magazine?

Food commentary/book?

Erinn –
Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) by Anthony Bourdain

A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain

Driving Hungry: A Delicious Journey, from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin (Vintage Departures) by Layne Mosler

Rachel –
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss

Favorite food app?

Erinn – Epicurious Recipe & Shopping App 

Rachel – Diners TV

Favorite cookbook?

Erinn – The Silver Palate Cookbook

Rachel – Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

Favorite food podcast?

Favorite celebrity chef?

Erinn – Ina Garten, Eric Ripert, Christina Tosi

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Rachel – Chrissy Teigen, Fabio Viviana, Alex Guarnaschelli

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Favorite food TV show?

Favorite food movie?

Erinn – Waiting, Chef, and The Trip

Rachel – The Hundred-Foot Journey and Julie & Julia

Favorite exotic food?

Favorite weird food pairing?

Favorite weird food habit?

Favorite go-to recipe?

Favorite passed down recipe?

Favorite food type store?

Erinn – Crate & Barrel

Rachel – Sur La Table

Favorite meal of the day?

Favorite fast food?

Erinn – In-N-Out and Chik-fil-A

Rachel – Taco Bell and In-N-Out

Favorite “you caught me being healthy” food

BONUS: Favorite thing about being an RD?

Episode 013: Trader Joe’s Haul, OOTGs & Grocery Store Tour

On today’s episode, we chat about our mutual love for the almighty Trader Joe’s grocery store! We also do another taste-test with 8 of their products. Side note: it was incredibly hard to narrow down products to try. We could (and just might) do an entire episode devoted to more taste-test items.

We also share our recent favorite and least favorite grocery store finds, how we like to shop, and our strategies for navigating the grocery store (even if you hate it) so you can always come home with delicious and balanced foods! Hint: we don’t just shop the perimeter…

Trader Joe's Taste Test

Trader Joe’s Taste-Test Items:

Dill Pickle Popcorn

Bollywood Popcorn

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Snow Leopard Melon

Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower

Vanilla Almond Spiced Chai

Cold Pressed Juice: Yellow

Crispy, Crunchy, Broccoli Florets

Side note: There are a million and one Trader Joe’s fan sites out there simply devoted to product reviews. OMG.  We linked to a few above. You’re welcome.

Episode 003: Hippie Crispies, Mirandas & Egg Milk

We start today’s show with a delicious dessert, Hippie Crispy Treats from Food52 Baking, the first dessert on Table Chat! Erinn made it, then Rachel ate it.

Hippy Crispy Treats Food52

In this episode, we are talking all about what we eat when we eat alone. We got the idea from one of our favorite shows, Sex and the City, so in addition to sharing what our menu looks like for a party of one, we took two different “which Sex and the City Character are you” quizzes and of course, we chat about our respective results! See if you can guess which character we both get. And you can take the two quizzes we did, too! Find them here and here. Also, why are we still obsessed with Sex and the City after all these years? What is so appealing about the show? We think this article sums it up pretty well!

Sex and the City

We also share the things we like to do and wear when no one else is around because we’re both homebodies at heart. Rachel paints her nails with this perfect pink Essie polish, Erinn shares her favorite eyebrow shaping tool, and they both LIVE for comfy pajamas like these or these.

This episode rated explicit because we throw the word sex around a few times, but share nothing gross or personal- we promise. And Rachel says “long-ass”. As usual, sorry to our moms.

Hippie Crispy Treats
Yields 16
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Bars
  1. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  2. 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  3. 1/2 cup almond butter
  4. 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  5. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  6. 1/4 teaspoons salt
  7. 4 cups brown rice crisps
Topping
  1. 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  2. 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  3. 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  4. 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  5. Optional: shredded coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to drape over the edges.
  2. To make the bars, combine the maple and rice syrups in a large pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, for 1-minute. Remove from the heat, add the almond butter, chocolate, coconut oil, and salt, and stir until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate is melted. Fold in the cereal.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the lined pan and pack it firmly and evenly using a spatula or your fingers (you may want to dampen your fingers to prevent sticking).
  4. To make the topping, combine the chocolate and oil in a small saucepan and cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, just until the chocolate has melted, then cool for 5 minutes.
  5. To assemble the treats, pour the topping evenly over the rice mixture and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the almonds and salt over the top.
  6. Let set at cool room temperature for about 2 hours, or in the refrigerator for about 1 hour, until firm. Use the edges of the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan and cut into 16 squares.
  7. These treats are at their very best the day they're made. They'll keep at room temperature for several days, though the cereal will soften slightly.
Notes
  1. Pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes for a cool, crunchy treat.
Adapted from Food52 Baking
Adapted from Food52 Baking
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