A Splendid Show

I caught The Splendid Table this week, an unusual thing for me. I was glad I did, as the radio show had a few Wasted Food-related scraps.

photo by su-lin via Creative CommonsIn this great feature on Tater Tots, we learn that Ore-Ida created potato puffs as a way to put spud scraps to use. Now, the potato castaways that were once fed to livestock are molded into edible cylinders. No wonder school lunches often paired tots with hot dogs–they’re culinary cousins!

The program also features a recurring segment called “Stump the Cook,” which essentially provides advice on how to use up the ingredients you have. Callers give host Lynne Rosetto Kasper five ingredients that they need to use up and she spits out an impromptu meal. This week’s segment involved–no kidding–goat!
The segment reminded me of The Use It Up Cookbook. But more than anything, it made me think of Stump the Chump, on my preferred NPR show, Car Talk.

Unrelated to waste, Rosetto Kasper also interviewed the author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World. Sounds like it would make for interesting reading. You can listen to the entire show here.

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  1. Posted March 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I heard Lynne’s show this weekend too. I love The Splendid Table and try to catch it every week. I thought she did a great job with stump the cook and what she came up with sounded like something I would eat. Except, maybe not goat, maybe some other meat.

    Before I started listening, I thought a food show on the radio would be hard to pull off, but she does it wonderfully, week after week. I have learned so much about cooking from her show.

  2. Amy
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    My daughter has a medical symdrome where her eyes are bigger than her stomach (LOL). This ailment causes her leave large amountss of food on her plate which end up in our trash can. No matter what sad stories I bring to the table about the poor children around the world, including right here in our town that don’t have food at the table or even clean water to drink, she rolls her eyes, and replies, “I know, I know…”
    This got me thinking…I wonder how much food we really waste? So I decided that this would be great investigation for her upcoming school science fair. For three weeks we collected and measures both solid and liquid food waste and documented the results. We found that we actually created far less than the American average of a pound per person. We wasted an average of 1-2 pounds total per day (2 adults, 3 childre). Most of the food was coffee, milk and bread. I was happy with the results, but we still can do better. I will work harder with cooking and server portion sizes that reflect our needs. I also plan on composting the food waste that can be composted.
    I hope that by doing our project, we are able to open other families eyes to this issue.

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