Salt to Taste & Italian Accents

Roasted Nourish Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing | A Couple Cooks

In this episode: a big bowl that unites random refrigerator components, what we learned from Julia Child, and the best way to make cooking fun. Plus, we confess our biggest kitchen disaster and our favorite food memories (hint, Italia).

Our recipe of the week: Roasted nourish bowl (A Couple Cooks)
Sonja’s recipe pick: Ribollita (Tuscan white bean soup) (Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons)
Alex’s recipe pick: Spicy pita pockets with lentils and tahini sauce (Food and Wine)
Bonus: Ribollita from A Couple Cooks, recipe from Green Kitchen Travels cookbook by Green Kitchen Stories

Our tips on salt

The butternut squash soup we used for our on-air salt experiment

Cooking as a couple – how we do it, and why to cook with a friend, spouse, partner, etc.

The recipe behind our biggest kitchen disaster. Share with us your failure stories?

What is your favorite food memory? We’d love to hear.
Alex’s favorite food memory in Rome (search for the word “Campoleone”)
Sonja’s favorite food memory in Positano (search for the world “Peach”)

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    November 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Congrats to you both!!! So excited for more episodes. Love the setup of the show with all of the different topics. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to put yourselves out there like this. Talking to an invisible audience seems much more challenging than writing to one! haha Well done!

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      November 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you so much, Ashley! We really appreciate the feedback – and yes, invisible audiences are hard, so it is so wonderful to hear feedback from you all. Keep it coming! :)

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    Julia Snyder
    November 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Recently I have really decided to take eating healthier very seriously. I was given a copy of Ditching the Drive-Thru by Natalie Winch and this has jump started my journey so to speak. She has a big influence of farm fresh items, NO processed foods and after a couple weeks trying her recipes and following her blog I can really say I have seen huge changes!Your episodes are fantastic and play directly into what I am going through with all these changes I’ve had to make. Keep them coming, I need all the help I can get!! Winch’s book is so good, I recommend it, her site is for her book info. Well worth the read!

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      November 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Julia, it’s exciting to hear about these changes you’re making in what you eat! We’re so glad to hear it and it makes our day to know these episodes are helpful. We’ll have to check out the book too. Thanks so much for writing!

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    lynn @ the actor's diet
    November 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Welcome to the podcasting world! I’m loving it so much.

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      November 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you!

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      November 13, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Lynn! Putting your pod on my list!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    November 10, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    So happy you have a podcast now! :) Loved listening, especially when you were tasting and stirring the salt into the soup. The sound effects are always nice on podcasts. Also liked your tips to work your strengths when cooking together. Oh and to answer your question – I use Stitcher to listen.

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      November 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks! and thanks for letting me know how you listen :)

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    November 11, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    p.s. My favorite part of the show was “salt to taste” and hearing you take bites of unsalted butternut squash soup. Too funny! I’m about to download the podcast app you suggested. Thanks!!

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    November 20, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Really enjoyed this podcast. As part of a duet in my kitchen as well, I really enjoyed the discussion from your kitchen on cooking together. *Experimental Cooking* is a big event in our week here, usually Fridays. Finding our mutual space AND giving each other space has seen our cooking taken to another level of enjoyment.

    Salt DOES unlock so much food happiness! Maybe an episode diving into all the fun salts out there and where you have found successful uses for them outside of popcorn which is where so many of my salts end up :)

    Looking forward to more where this came from and congratulations on launching this show. Yay!

    > Was also glad to discover Pocket Cast (c/o your site) to listen to your show.

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    December 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Just listened to this podcast! So amazing! I can relate on so many levels. My husband and I went from eating nothing but frozen or boxed type meals to making nearly everything homemade. I found Annies blog and I really credit her for “teaching” me to cook, I just tried recipe after recipe until I got good! Now I look back and can’t believe how we used to eat! I’ve found numerous blogs (like yours) from Annies blog roll. I feel like I now want to go make myself a nourish bowl! I’m going to binge on your podcast now!

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      December 23, 2015 at 10:29 am

      This makes us so happy! Thank you for this kind comment. It is so fun to know that we are journeying along together to figure out how to cook. Thank you for listening to the podcast! Let us know other feedback as you have it — feel free to email [email protected] as well. Thanks again!

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