A Couple Cooks | Small Bites Podcast
Bite-sized food for thought
Podcast hosts Sonja and Alex Overhiser pair small bites of food with short form interviews to inspire you in less than 20 minutes. The married duo behind the acclaimed website A Couple Cooks has teamed up to explore the stories, ideas, and people behind what we eat, featuring leading authors, entrepreneurs, and celebrity chefs. It’s a busy world, they cut the small talk and get right to the point, all in the time of your daily commute!
Season 1 Episodes
The tables are turned: we’re celebrating 1 year on the podcast by hearing from you! In this episode, we chat with listeners about their favorite podcast moments, kitchen goals for next year, and answer a few questions. Plus our favorite fall recipes for Thanksgiving and beyond, and a sweet giveaway (make sure to listen for the code word and enter below!) Past episodes mentioned in this podcast: The one where Alex mixes a cocktail The one with Mario Batali The one about minimalism and cleaning your spice drawer The one about the great ramen adventure The one with the charming Rick Bayless The one with the coffee roasters The one where we learned to slurp olive oil The one where that guy thought “hangry” was an app The one where we chatted with our favorite GBBO cooking show contestant The one where we interviewed a cow The one where we told our story Recipes mentioned: Vegetarian shepherd’s pie with french lentils | A Couple Cooks Pumpkin pecan parfaits | A Couple Cooks Caller Ali from Indy’s website A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter Giveaway! UPDATE: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winner: Margie in Seattle! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Did you know 25% of adults would rather watch a cooking show then cook a meal themselves? In this episode, Sonja travels to the Love and Lemons kitchen in Texas to prove that cooking doesn’t require lots of advanced planning to make a beautiful and nourishing meal. With Jeanine Donofrio, the two make a Chopped-style recipe out of the ingredients on-hand in Jeanine’s refrigerator. Plus, some foodie trivia and a simple concept for fall meals with seasonal vegetables. Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons Website | Instagram | Facebook The recipe: Roasted fall vegetable grain bowl | A Couple Cooks This episode was sponsored by ReclaimTheKitchen.com A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter
Summer might be over, but our love for tomatoes hasn’t died! In this episode, we talk about our favorite ways to use canned tomatoes throughout the winter. We phone our friend The Faux Martha, who shares her favorite minimalist recipes for canned tomatoes. Plus, people we love to cook for, our favorite foodie cities, a dinnertime challenge, and listener kitchen victories. Roasted tomato shrimp over creamy polenta | A Couple Cooks Melissa Coleman is The Faux Martha: Website | Instagram | Facebook Her recipes: 20-Minute tomato soup | The Faux Martha 4-ingredient tomato sauce | The Faux Martha Chickpea indian bowl | The Faux Martha What’s your favorite foodie city? Sonja just went to Austin and enjoyed Tacodeli, Torchy’s Tacos, and The Beer Plant This episode was sponsored by Muir Glen Organic A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter
Instead of kitchen failures, how about triumphs? This episode features Julia Turshen, cookbook author for the stars (like Gwyneth!). Julia’s now published her own solo act, Small Victories. about tips and tricks that build kitchen confidence. Julia’s victories come from a lifetime of experience spent in the kitchen. We talk about uber simple desserts, nachos for breakfast, and a health challenge that’s helped her focus on what matters. Julia Turshen: Website | Instagram | Twitter Small Victories …is getting some very good press Blood orange granita | A Couple Cooks via Small Victories Simple black beans & scrambled tofu | A Couple Cooks via It’s All Good Giveaways! One winner for the U.S.A at large; one winner for a local Indianapolis resident. Enter in the appropriate widget below: U.S.A. a Rafflecopter giveaway Indianapolis a Rafflecopter giveaway
Time for something a little different. The tables are turned in this episode, with Jessie Artigue of Marriage is Funny as our guest host, and us as the guests. The goal: sharing our food journey all in one place. Along the way, we share about challenges like cancer and adoption, how we started what we’re doing today, and some exciting updates on where we’re headed. Jessie Artigue is host of the podcast Marriage is Funny Jessie on Instagram | Gerard and Jessie on Twitter Rule 26: Keep your marriage spicy by heating up the kitchen (A Couple Cooks on the Marriage is Funny podcast) Italian white bean soup | A Couple Cooks
The secret to losing weight? It might not be what you think it is. In this episode, we go straight to the source and interview a doctor about healthy eating, exercise, and what’s most important for losing weight. Then, we interview our favorite Youtube fitness instructor to see if she agrees (spoiler alert: she does). Plus, our favorite delicious yet healthy recipes starring superfoods and Thai sweet potatoes. Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight | Vox Superfood salad | A Couple Cooks Thai baked sweet potatoes | A Couple Cooks via Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking Dr. Andrew Overhiser | Instagram Rebecca-Louise and her Youtube channel of workout videos Website | Instagram | Facebook A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter
Gooey mac & cheese, crispy fries, and a bowl of creamy ice cream are ours: what are your favorite comfort foods? In this episode, we talk about a balanced approach to comfort foods, and share our favorite healthy-ish recipes for old favorites. Plus a live Twitter poll on a nagging question, WWMPS, and a call to expert Amanda Paa on gluten-free living and tips on comforting, whole food recipes. Crispy baked fries with garlic rosemary aioli | A Couple Cooks Smoky mac and cheese with squash and spinach | A Couple Cooks Mocha almond fudge vegan ice cream | A Couple Cooks Food Rules by Michael Pollan Amanda Paa of Heartbeet Kitchen | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Skillet white chili dip | Heartbeet Kitchen Gluten-free angel food cake | Heartbeet Kitchen Get ‘em>> Scotcheroo Bar Baking Kit! What is your favorite healthy take on comfort food? Is mac & cheese a main or a side? (Here are the results of our Twitter poll.) Giveaway! Use the widget below to enter to win a Cake in a Crate scotcheroo recipe from Amanda Paa: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Hangry much? In this episode, we dive into how to combat hanger, that dreaded combination of Hunger + Anger. We take to the streets for a random survey on how to survive hanger, and offer up three of our favorite 20-minute nourishing dinner recipes. Plus hangry snack ideas, and more. Quick garlic shrimp and couscous | A Couple Cooks Farmer’s market grain bowl | A Couple Cooks Simple black beans and eggs | A Couple Cooks What’s your favorite hangry survival meal? Leave a comment below or share a picture on Instagram and mention @acouplecooks. In honor of our hangry series, use the tag #hangrynomore !
Field trip! In this episode we’re on location at Trader’s Point Creamery, an organic dairy farm. We meet Bella the Cow, visit the Dairy Bar, and taste an aged cheddar that’s never before been unveiled to the public. We also uncover the mystery behind organic, grass-fed dairy: why it’s important, and what to look for on the label when you’re shopping for milk, yogurt, and cheese. Plus, our favorite way to eat grass-fed yogurt, and a few summery cheesy recipes inspired by Greek islands and our basil plant. Greek salad | A Couple Cooks Roasted tomato basil grilled cheese | A Couple Cooks Our photos from Santorini, because…sigh. Trader’s Point Creamery is an organic, grass-fed dairy farm in Indianapolis Website | Instagram | Twitter And don’t forget they are giving away a prize to two listeners! Two winners, picked randomly, will win a $50 gift card for Trader’s Point Creamery. Enter in the widget here: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Hold onto your hats, we’ve got the amazing and talented Martha Collison, youngest ever competitor on The Great British Bakeoff (or, The Great British Baking Show in the US)! She’s the charming 17-year-old who stole our hearts on our favorite new cooking show, set in idyllic farm country in Britain. Martha shares about what it’s like to be a cooking competition contestant, how to keep things creative in the kitchen, and even her thoughts on Brexit. Plus we share our favorite cucumber recipes inspired by our overflowing garden, and a story of our latest flaming kitchen incident. Authentic tzatziki | A Couple Cooks Gurkensalat (German cucumber salad) | A Couple Cooks Quick refrigerator dill pickles | A Couple Cooks The Great British Baking Show: check it out on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and PBS Martha Collison, Quarter-Finalist on the Great British Baking Show Website | Instagram | Twitter Her new cookbook: Twist! Anti-human trafficking efforts through culinary training: Martha worked with a baking program through Tearfund & Bramber Bakehouse A Couple Cooks worked with a culinary training program through Center for Global Impact For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. (Oops.) And
A bite sized food podcast
Do you listen to podcasts? A Couple Cooks | Small Bites is a food podcast that looks at the stories, ideas, and people behind the food. Because what we eat is so much bigger than recipes!
Our food podcast format is “bite sized”: each episode is less than 20 minutes. In that time, we pair a small bite of food with an inspirational short form interview. It’s a busy world and we know it’s hard to find time to listen to podcasts. We hope our food podcast can fit into your daily commute or while you’re cooking or folding laundry!
Why a food podcast?
As cookbook authors and recipe developers, why did we start a food podcast? Well, we’ve found the best way to learn about food is to surround yourself with people who love to food and cooking. When we started learning to cook, we made dinner with friends, watched Julia Child and Jamie Oliver on cooking shows, and used social media to connect with people all over the world who loved food. Our idea for a food podcast was to “meet” listeners in an authentic way and start a larger conversation with people who love food and cooking.
So, in 2016 we started the A Couple Cooks food podcast. Since then, we’ve had the honor of chatting with some of the best and brightest leaders in food, from cookbook authors like the Pollan family, entrepreneurs like Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennett, and celebrity chefs like Carla Hall and Graham Elliott. We’ve covered big ideas like food as community and identity, and specific things like how to taste olive oil and salt your food.
Best food podcasts
Some of our favorite podcasts are food podcasts. We hope A Couple Cooks | Small Bites hits your list of best podcasts! Here are a few of our best food podcasts: