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
In this episode: we answer your questions! How to shop and balance nutrition + cost, our Instagram food photo tips, baking versus roasting, and how often we disagree in the kitchen. Alex was right with tomato artichoke lentil stew Cherry hazelnut energy bars taste like heaven on top of a mountain Garam masala was on point in this cauliflower curry acouplecooks.com is redesigned, featuring a new acouplecookspodcast.com page The Faux Martha shares her iPhone editing tips
There are many reasons for eating local, but how about it’s just plain fun? In this episode we share why we love markets and how to make it eating local doable. We’ve got a fantastic pair of local guests: photographer and film maker pair Kelley and JD Schuyler, who share what it’s like behind the scenes of their documentary. Plus fishing stories from Alaska, a handful of fresh recipes, and a kitchen tip for neat freaks. Turmeric yellow rice bowls with broccoli and kale Salmon, caper and dill dip Mocha almond fudge ice cream (for the soul) Kelley and JD Schuyler of Last Man Fishing: Kickstarter | Website | Instagram Sonja catches a fish Kelley catches a fish Video collaboration circa 2011 with JD that started it all Cluttered kitchens might urge us to overeat
Do you cook together with your significant other, or is it just too painful? In this episode we explore what it means to have a creative partnership in the kitchen, or whether it’s better for all involved to divide and conquer. Special guests Lindsay and Bjork Ostrom of the prominent food blog Pinch of Yum share behind the scenes in their own relationship, and we share our favorite recipe for a cooking date. Cooking date perfection: Simple shrimp and artichoke paella Veggie version: Simple vegetable paella Add stations Indie in the Kitchen for cooking and Cocktail Party Jazz for eating Our tips for cooking together as a couple Should you cook with your S.O.? Take our quiz. Lindsay and Bjork Ostrom run Pinch of Yum Pinch of Yum on Instagram Date Night In by Ashley Rodriguez
In this episode: we answer your questions! Our best kitchen tools, the best vegetable for a vegetable hater, salted versus unsalted butter, our best party appetizer, and how cooking together has affected our marriage. Plus, a question for you! Baked sweet potatoes with salsa Spinach isn’t just for salads: put it in soups, curries, pastas and sandwiches Best party app: our addicting tomato almond dip What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Shocking pink hummus Our new (non-romantic) favorite show
In this episode: we explore the fun of eating global flavors and travel-inspired meals with featuring celebrity chef Carla Hall, Top Chef finalist and host of ABC’s The Chew. We talk everything from herbs and spices to her philanthropic trip to Mozambique; plus, our favorite Indian-inspired comfort food turned to simple weeknight meal. Cauliflower and Tomato Coconut Curry (A Couple Cooks) All about Carla Hall Her book: Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World Carla Hall on Instagram Our time in Greece inspired these recipes A video we took at the Cambodian market 25 Healthy Recipes with Global Flavors
In this episode: we explore minimalism in the kitchen with Melissa Coleman of the website The Faux Martha, graphic designer and self-proclaimed minimalist. Plus how to design a meal, an easy weeknight dinner, and cleaning out that spice drawer. Fried Eggs with Bulgur and Spinach (with VIDEO) (A Couple Cooks) Simplify your kitchen in the new year (Mark Bittman via New York Times) Melissa Coleman is The Faux Martha Her top minimalist recipes: Balsamic Pasta using this vinaigrette Amazing Soba Bowl Chickpea Indian Bowl Quick Summer Pasta Baked Oatmeal The Faux Martha on Instagram How to design a meal (by Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons, on A Couple Cooks) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing What are your favorite easy weeknight meals? Drop us a line at email@example.com.
In this episode, we talk PIZZA: its evolution from peasant food to worldwide fame, a wood-fired pizza shared in Rome, and a years-long quest to recreate it. Plus, our best tips for making pizza at home, and our chat with premier pizza restaurateur Caleb Schiff of Pizzicletta. VIDEO: Homemade pizza dough Pizza dough recipe – stand mixer method Pizza dough recipe – food processor method Gluten-free? Check out Gluten-free artisan bread in 5 minutes a day How to make a sourdough starter Tipo 00 flour Pizza peel (standard) Pizza peel (conveyor) Pizza stone Pizza margherita Pesto & tomatoes White pizza with pecorino, scallions and egg *A favorite* So Cal Greek Kale & pistachio Mexican Thai curry Caleb Schiff of Pizzicletta (Flagstaff, Arizona) Pizzicletta on Instagram Our honeymoon in Rome (revisited 7 years later)
In this episode: we make dark chocolate bark on the air in our kitchen — a perfect anytime treat that’s a little bit fancy + supremely simple. Then we talk recipes with entertaining queen Annie Marshall from the blog Annie’s Eats, including DIY food projects like bread, tortillas, yogurt, ice cream, and more. Our recipe of the week: Dark chocolate quinoa bark Raw brownies are dark chocolatey and wholesome; they’re a hit in our house. Alex quotes from Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, which has had a huge influence on our philosophy on food. We talk recipes with Annie Marshall of Annie’s Eats Our garlic and rosemary white bean dip was part of her holiday spread Her go to’s for family dinners: Mexican quinoa & Salmon salad with honey mustard vinaigrette Our DIY challenge: try one new-to-you homemade recipe: Flour tortillas or Corn tortillas (Annie’s Eats) Multigrain artisan no-knead bread (A Couple Cooks) Light wheat sandwich bread (Annie’s Eats) Stand mixer pizza dough (A Couple Cooks) DIY Greek yogurt (Annie’s Eats) Ricotta cheese (Annie’s Eats) Waffle cones or sugar cones (Annie’s Eats) Sweet corn black raspberry ice cream (Annie’s Eats) Salted butter caramel ice
In this episode: we talk with celebrity chef Graham Elliott about having fun in the kitchen and his approach to healthy living. Plus, how we went from hating to craving healthy foods, comforting casseroles, bird food, and lighting rounds. Our recipe of the week: Roasted broccoli cheddar millet bake (A Couple Cooks) Millet’s PR problem Graham Elliott Master Chef and Master Chef Junior His cookbook, Cooking Like a Master Chef Sonja’s salsa dancing skillz What are your top 5 foods? A couple of ours: Pizza margherita Paella
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)?
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: