Urban farmers IRL, Julia Child, & Asian flavors | A Couple Cooks Podcast Episode 05

A Couple Cooks podcast

In this episode: we interview a real urban farmer (Amy Matthews) and brainstorm what to do with her seasonal eats. Plus, we share the story of how we got into cooking in the first place, an innovative pad thai variation, new comfort foods to get through the winter months, and our favorite podcasts.


Our recipe of the week: Spaghetti squash pad thai (A Couple Cooks)

Sonja’s recipe pick: Red curry lentils (Lindsay Ostrom of Pinch of Yum)
Alex’s recipe pick: Mushrooms and greens with toast (Tara O’Brady in Seven Spoons Cookbook via Smitten Kitchen)

Bonus: Dolsot bibimbap (I am Food Blog | Stephanie Le) or Vegetarian dolsot bibimbap (Emily Ho | The Kitchn)


Our tour with Amy at South Circle Farm

Recipes with Amy’s produce:

Fennel: Italian white bean soup (a favorite!)

Bok choy: Market vegetable fried rice

Parsnip: Roasted root vegetables

Rainbow carrots: Raw with Garlic and rosemary white bean dip or Greek yogurt ranch dip


We recreated the the homemade sushi dinner that started it all

Julia Child, the mother of all cooking shows (complete with old episodes)

Alton Brown’s Good Eats

Jamie Oliver

Who inspires you to cook (on TV or in real life)?


Our favorite podcasts – what podcasts do you love?

Amy’s podcast recommendation: The Memory Palace.


  • Reply
    Emily Smith
    April 18, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Who inspires me to cook: my oldest sister Christene. I am one of 4 girls in my family and growing up my parents had their signature dishes but really didn’t cook past those (my moms cabbage rolls and dads lobster omelettes are thebomb.com though). We were always on the go and when it came to lunch and even supper it was often a fend for yourself kind of deal. My entire family are food network addicts and although we are all very knowledgeable about cooking, my oldest sister Christene really had a natural knack for cooking that we all aspired to. When I was in the 6th grade my mother became ill (but thankfully was better within the year!) but from that year onward my sisters and I made all the food for every major holiday, with my sister Christene at the lead. Really, my oldest sister always comes to mind when I think of my food inspiration because she is fearless in the kitchen, a true natural, a self-proclaimed foodie (like myself), and when I was younger she was always just my big sis who was wayyyy better at cooking then I was.

    P.S. Love your podcast! My favorite episode so far is the one on minimalism. I was truly inspired.

    • Reply
      April 19, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Thanks for the comment! I love the picture of children taking over the cooking duties. So glad you’re enjoying the podcast.

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