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What's more American than apple pie? Answer: apple cider! On this week's episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking with "apple evangelist" and author of Cider, Hard and Sweet, Ben Watson. Where did the tradition of American cider originate? Hear about how grafting has caused the amount of apple varieties to diminish, and learn about the role of the Industrial Revolution in cider's popularity. Find out how cider stacks up against beer and wine in terms of alcohol content, and learn what varieties of apples make the best cider. Also, learn what differentiates hard cider from apple jack. Also, Sara Grady calls in from Glynwood to talk about their new initiative, The Apple Project. Learn about the importance of hard cider and apple spirits to the regional economy! This program has been brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

"Almost any apple makes decent cider because when you press it, you get different qualities. Is it sour? It's going to have bitterness and astringency to it that adds body- just like wine."

"Apples provided another way to create a beverage that was plentiful and easy to produce."

-- Ben Watson on A Taste of the Past


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Are you a salad bar skeptic? If you are, you're not alone. Many a committed K-12 food service director is hesitant to try, out of concern over participation, waste, expense, mess, and food safety. And now salad bars in schools are seemingly even trickier to pull off. How do you insure that kids are meeting their daily fruit and vegetable quotas--and the required weekly balance of green and orange veggies, and beans and peas--if you let them serve themselves? For answers, we will first turn to school salad bar evangelist Rodney Taylor, from Riverside Unified, and two of his talented staff. This program was sponsored by Tabard Inn

"Every kid goes through the salad bar first. At that point they are engaged by an adult on each side who encourage children to eat the colors. We want the plate to be colorful." [09:00]

Rodney Taylor on Inside School Food

"I have served over 6 million salad bar meals in Riverside. For those who tell you it places children at risk - I'll tell you I haven't lost one child yet." [15:00]

"There's a level of service we want to be able to provide. Once they [the children] see that you care - it will immediately turn [things] around." [31:00]

-- Ryan Douglas on Inside School Food


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Linda Pelaccio welcomes Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his husband Brent Ridge, who are known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys, to this week's episode of A Taste of the Past! The Beekman Boys describe themselves as "Two NYC guys who bought a farm and are sharing their experiment in living better lives, season by season, neighbor by neighbor." They are the stars of The Fabulous Beekman Boys, a reality TV show now broadcasting on The Cooking Channel, and have many other endeavors, including running a farm, a mercantile, writing cookbooks and many more. Their new Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook is a delectable yearlong trip through the Beekman vegetable bounty and is packed with simple, delicious, and seasonal vegetable-forward recipes that will have readers counting down the months to green shoots every year. This program was sponsored by Fairway Market.

"This idea of growing your own crops and appreciating heirloom varieties is very important to us. [10:00]

--Brent Ridge on A Taste of the Past

"Whenever you meet an unfamiliar vegetable - know that anything can be roasted. Toss it in olive oil put in an oven bake it at 400 degrees until its soft and see how it tastes." [15:00]

--Josh Kilmer-Purcell on A Taste of the Past


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