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Episode 56: THE RAMPAGE – All Roads Lead to Bitter

May 6, 2014

Listener voicemails are the best! Autumn gets a lesson in pronunciation and we both get a lesson in the psychology and science of textural contrast when long-time listener Jason of the Aubergine Chef and the Ala Mode Podcast calls the show! He took a class on Coursera in Molecular Gastronomy and backs up our theory on crunchy food with SCIENCE.  Have something to add to the discussion? Call us and teach us something new! (484)483-5737 or email us alphabetsouppodcast@gmail.com and we’ll share on the show!

Kelly’s on a RAMPage. She went foraging for ramps last week with friend of the show Kate of Snowflake Kitchen and she’s debunking all the mystery and folklore behind the farmer’s market favorite in the retelling. Plus, a discussion/debate of ramp etymology {shout out to listener of the show & food anthropologist, Maddie, for the info!}.

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hand-foraged ramps! (excuse the lack of manicure)

Tell us why you bitter! We have a new segment premiering this week based on a CT radio station and our last episode. We’re bitter at the state of CT for delaying the podcast one week. Find out why by listening to the show! Are you mad that we’re delayed? We want to know what’s making you bitter–whether it’s on your plate, in your drink or in your personal life. Give us a ring (484)483-5737 and we’ll share your story on the podcast. We might even make you a drink!

PLUS a disgusting, really gross SURPRISE thing. The bond between Autumn and Kelly has only gotten stronger… because the gals both love something horrifying…. THAT COMES IN A CAN. Remember all those Recipe for Disaster segments when we were all high-brow and looking down at meat in a can? Yeah… about that. This is not one of those segments.

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Leave us a comment, tweet at us with your thoughts or call and leave us your own rant on Google Voice (484)483-5737 and you could be featured on our next episode! {We’ll see you in TWO weeks with a new episode, giving you plenty of time to tweet, comment and call us!}

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Episode 55: We Gotta Get Through This…

April 15, 2014

If you enjoyed our last listener-inspired Cocktail Memoir, GOOD NEWS! We’ve got another listener-requested cocktail this week! On this week’s episode, Autumn & Kelly make two very different cocktails for long-time listener, Sarah (@Sarah999 on twitter!), who’s in grad school getting her second (!!) master’s degree and looking for a culinary cocktail to get her through.

Can you guess who made which drink?

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Want us to make you a drink? Our (boozy) milkshake brings all the cocktail memoirs to the yard…or podcast. It’s your decision. Leave us a comment, tweet at us, email us (alphabetsouppodcast@gmail.com) or leave us a voicemail on Google Voice (484-483-5737) with a little bit of backstory and we’ll have you sippin’ something spectacular in no time!

Spring is *actually* here and it’s making us bitter… or at least crave it! Thanks to a post from Local Kitchen, we’re talking about the science behind our springtime food cravings, especially crunchy, fresh foods and bitterness. Is your body telling you something when it wants bitter? Or could it be all that Dashboard you’ve been listening to? Listen and find out!

Plus, Autumn’s got your bitter fix with garlic mustard soup, kale cocktails, over-wintered greens, an easy-peasy sorrel soup and an amazing dandelion green smoked ricotta pie recipe. Are you feelin’ bitter? Tweet at us and #TellUsWhyYouBitter – what bitters you’re eating and why you’re bitter!

We’ve got local whiskey shout-outs and chocolate bourbon happening. The former is worth the pricetag, but the latter? Not so much.

NEWSFLASH: Baller booze doesn’t always break the bank. We’re talking about our favorite budget-friendly (read: CHEAP) adult beverage options… SPOILER ALERT: Autumn has a shocking reveal! (It may or may not involve Trader Joe’s)

Leave us a comment, tweet at us with your thoughts or call and leave us your own rant on Google Voice (484)483-5737 and you could be featured on our next episode! {Don’t forget! We’ll be podcasting *every other* week from here on out, so we’ll see you in TWO weeks, giving you plenty of time to tweet, comment and call us!}

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Episode 54: Spring Ginspiration

April 1, 2014

Pauly D Voice: Spring is heaaaa! Well, maybe not (especially if you live in CT), but we’re hopeful and trying to will the weather to warm up with spring-like thoughts this week!

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On this week’s Cocktail Memoirs segment, Autumn and Kelly are making ginspired (gin-inspired) springtime cocktails for one of our amazing listeners! You can get the recipe for Autumn’s Lavender Gimlet on her blog and Kelly’s (improved!) Peach Pegu Club on her blog.

Want us to make you a cocktail inspired by something in your life? Gin, bourbon, vodka, tequila–whatever your liquor, we’ll lift your “spirits” with a cocktail! Leave us a comment, tweet at us, email us (alphabetsouppodcast@gmail.com) or leave us a voicemail on Google Voice (484-483-5737).

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Do you get inspired by spring weather? We’re talking about our spring time kitchen goals & our deep rhubarb longing. Kelly wants some herb redemption and Autumn has a great way to change your attitude towards eating better while making small changes. Plus, milk carton gardening, decluttering (and more decluttering), fermentation, gluten-free sourdough starter and more!

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Recipe for Disaster - Trying to guess this one is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. (HINT: THERE’S NO VEHICLE!) It’s the perfect leftover recipe if you happen to buy six Easter hams and have some extras lying around. Best of all, Autumn gets it right with a joking guess! Want to make this one for yourself? Get the recipe here (Remember, kids: the process is everything!)

Got a quirky, unusual or mayo-centric recipe to share? Contact us and we’ll try to guess your recipe on air!

Plus, move over Live Google! We’re LIVE IMDB-ing with Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman & butter sculpting! 

Write us a comment, tweet at us with your thoughts or call and leave us your own rant on Google Voice (484)483-5737 and you could be featured on our next episode! {Don’t forget! We’ll be podcasting *every other* week from here on out, so we’ll see you in TWO weeks, giving you plenty of time to tweet, comment and call us!}

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Episode 53: Bridget Jones Validation + Citrus Judgement

March 18, 2014

On Alphabet Soup this week:

…or should we say, what *isn’t* on the Soup this week. We’re taking a break from our reoccurring segments, Cocktail Memoirs & Recipe for Disaster because we want to hear from YOU! If you’ve got a cocktail that perfectly captures your week or you want us to make you a cocktail about something that happened in your life, email us (alphabetsouppodcast@gmail.com) tweet at us or call and leave us a voicemail on Google Voice (484)483-5737 and we’ll make you a cocktail on our next episode!

Got a quirky, unique, vintage or unusual recipe? Contact us through those same channels and we’ll try to guess your recipe on our next episode!

Kelly gives us an update on Whiskey Club and discusses why you should bring back the cocktail party!

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Gendered Spirits: Mila Kunis is the new face of Jim Beam and proving that strong women love whiskey too. Given their competitor’s gender-targeted marketing, we say Kudos on Kunis, Jim Beam!

Autumn reveals the magic and science behind jello shots (and confesses that she might have some awesome ideas for future jello shots…stay tuned this summer!) and a limeade tea talk!

Kelly's spring break reading list circa 2011--19th century Irish literature and the iconographic feminine. Don't be jealous!

Kelly’s spring break reading list circa 2011–19th century Irish literature and the iconographic feminine. Don’t be jealous! (and yes, she color coordinates her books)

And it’s that time again…. #SPRINGBREAK. Three quarters of America hasn’t read a book in the past year, but we’re obviously not in that club. When we have a week of freedom, we treat ourselves with a bit of light reading. We’re talking which non-cookbooks you should (and should not) read on spring break, whether you’re on the beach or curled up on your couch. Plus, Autumn tells us why Bridget Jones Diary has more depth than she gets credit for. BRIDGET JONES: VALIDATED. 

Autumn also thinks you’d love to read Food of a Younger Land, Home to Woefield, and AttachmentsSpeaking of great ways to find great books, are you on GoodReads? Find us and friend us!

Last but not least, FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST! We’ve got a boozy board full of delicious cocktails we’d love to share with you, so give it a follow!

Write us a comment, tweet at us with your thoughts or call and leave us your own rant on Google Voice (484)483-5737 and you could be featured on our next episode! {Don’t forget! We’ll be podcasting *every other* week from here on out, so we’ll see you in TWO weeks, giving you plenty of time to tweet, comment and call us!}

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Episode 52:

March 4, 2014

We’re back! We missed you! We love you! Did we mention we’re back?
This week, everybody’s making a comeback, from the gals on this podcast to that never-ending bottle of caramel vodka!

Autumn had to deal with some big deal life stuff, so we took a little siesta for few months, but she’s all healed and ready to dive back in! We’re so glad she’s back to 100% and so glad this podcast is back too!

This week’s Cocktail Memoir is all about #girlpower, Girl Scout Samoa Cookies and shots to the face.
Remember those shots in college you may have done in college involving a Hershey’s syrup bottle poured directly in your mouth? Well, Kelly’s giving it a bit of an upgrade and making it a smidge more classy. Check out her blog, Kelly Bakes, for the Samoa Shot recipe!
For a full-on cocktail, check out the Samoa Cocktail, which inspired this shot!

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For the first time in history, Autumn has a cocktail fail. Turns out Samoa Infusions aren’t a thing, or maybe they are…just not successful this time. (but coconut Ciroc is, apparently)

LUCKILY, Autumn came back like Jordan wearing the 4-5 and made (wait for it) JELLO SAMOA SHOTS. Yup, you read right. Head on over to her blog, Autumn Makes and Does, to get the recipe!

Remember that questionable damson plum gin that Autumn made? That made a comeback too.

In citrus news: Kelly made blood orange bitters & Autumn gives us the how-to for Kumquat-infused gin from the Lee Brothers’ Cookbook.

Crazy addictive, four-ingredient lime ice cream from Food52. Whaaaaat. Autumn is OBSESSED.

Kelly joined Bourbon Club and we GUSH over Kate of Snowflake Kitchen and her amazing bitters. If you don’t follow her, you totally should because Maple Vanilla Coconut Bitters. (and because she’s a fantastic person)

Kelly introduces us to an online curated bourbon/booze collection, Caskers and asks, What inspires your new alcohol purchases? Would you buy booze online before you try it? Or do you research ahead of time? Tweet at us or leave us a comment–we’d love your thoughts!

We’re talking about e-cookbooks! Autumn weighs the pros and cons of e-cookbooks, including an angsty sonnet about e-readers. It’s as great as it sounds.

 

Autumn shares a vegan cookbook, Isa Does It, with awesome e-book browsing and interactive features that paper cookbooks just can’t do. Does that change your opinion on ebooks? Do you prefer buying cookbooks in print or digital form? What makes a great e-cookbook feature? What do you dislike most about using an e-cookbook?

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Write us a comment, tweet at us with your thoughts or call and leave us your own rant on Google Voice (484)483-5737 and you could be featured on our next episode! {FYI, folks. We’ll be podcasting *every other* week from here on out, so we’ll see you in two weeks, giving you plenty of time to tweet, comment and call us!}

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Episode 51: Halloween, Root Vegetable Trauma and Vintage Cocktail Horrors

October 29, 2013

Happy Podcast Tuesday and Happy Halloween!

We’ve got a Halloween-themed Recipe for Disaster, a potentially gross vintage Cocktail Memoir, plus things to do with your Halloween candy (besides gorge on it).

Autumn shares a traumatic tale of gargantuan horseradish and cocktails.

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Kelly’s trauma involves vintage peach schnapps. We give you this week’s Cocktail Memoir: The Vintage Fuzzy Navel.

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Do NOT try this at home: Mix 6 ounces fresh orange juice with 1.5 oz peach schnapps that have been sitting in your closet since 2004. Drink with trepidation.

Have you ever consumed a questionable cocktail? Tweet us (@AlphabetSoupPod) or leave us a Google Voice Message (484-483-5737) and tell us all about it!

Kelly’s got a Halloween-themed Recipe for DisasterIt’s got not one but TWO KINDS OF JELL-O. Can you guess what it is before Autumn does?

Plus, banana runts infusion, cinnamon spirits, instant pudding rants and slab pies to make you drool.

Got an idea for a recipe or a cocktail? GIVE US A CALL (484) 483-5737 and tell us all about it. Or tweet ushit us up on Google+ or send us an email (alphabetsouppod AT gmail.com). We love to hear from you! xo

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Episode 50: THE MUDHOLE.

October 22, 2013

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Have you missed us? We’ve missed you! It feels like forever, but we’re back from a long-awaited hiatus! Kelly (and Mars!) are safe and sound in CT and Autumn’s still reppin’ Queens.

If you’re calling yourself Clare Danes because My so-called pumpkin flavor. Autumn’s got tips for pumpkin cocktails that actually taste like pumpkin.

THE MUDHOLE.

1.5 oz scotch

heaping spoonful of pumpkin butter

¼ oz lemon juice

citrus bitters

shake in a glass with ice

Plus, homemade pumpkin spice syrup from our pals Courtney & Eric at Cook Like a Champion.

The science of apples: Kelly’s got a flavor spectrum and Autumn’s discussing apple particles, like a true atomologist.

PLUS Autumn’s got an apple brandy cocktail formula that tastes like BEER, only without the gluten! (say whaaat?)

We’re tackling fishing this week (get it? GET IT?!) and white things that are not Fish CSAs, plus Autumn’s tips for navigating the Fish Minefield.

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not fish from a mudhole

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Plus, plenty of mudholes, Scup the Diva-cat (named after a fish), suburban grocery store horrors, #TEAMDELICATASQUASH and New England locavore semantics.

Next week, we’ll be back with Recipe for Disaster, Cocktail Memoirs, Chew on This and our regularly scheduled podcast antics! Got an idea for a recipe or a cocktail? GIVE US A CALL (484) 483-5737 and tell us all about it. Or tweet us, hit us up on Google+ or send us an email (alphabetsouppod AT gmail.com). We love to hear from you! xo

We love you and appreciate you, souper-stars!

TALK AT US! Leave us a comment below! We love to hear what you think of the show!

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