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Would you sink so low as to use bottled salad dressing? Erica Wides hopes not. On a brand new Let's Get Real, Erica Wides looks into the foodiness factor of the salad dressings that so many Americans like to pour on their "salads" these days. Find out out why the kale craze gets Erica's approval but why grilled chicken breast should never ever be put in your salad. This program was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery. Music by Four Lincolns.

"Why can't we as a species evolve beyond the consumption of just chicken breasts? They have other parts, you know?" [6:00]

-- Erica Wides on Let's Get Real


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What spirit were the Three Musketeers drinking back in the 17th century? Armagnac! On this episode of A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by David Lincoln Ross, a food writer and armagnac expert. Learn about the ancient roots of the spirit in Egypt, and the differences between cognac and armagnac. Learn about the regional grapes used to make traditional armagnacs, and the importance of oak from the Mon Lunzon forest in the aging process. How does one choose a bottle of armagnac? Learn about the different characteristics of armagnac that can be used to determine what quality spirit to buy. How does armagnac pair with food? Learn about the culinary landscape of Gascony, France, and how armagnac plays a significant role in its food culture. This program has been brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

"Cognac, in the most simple terms, is distilled twice. It yields a more refined spirit with a higher level of alcohol when it comes out of the still. It's called double distillation. Armagnac has a simpler or continuous distillation process so the spirit that comes out after the distillation process is at a lower proof, but because it has only been distilled once, it has a more fragrant and flavorful result." [6:40]

-- David Lincoln Ross on A Taste of the Past


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Mary Gunderson chronicles the journey and food of the Lewis & Clark expedition in her book, The Food Journal of the Lewis & Clark: Recipes for an Expedition. This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking with Mary about the trials and troubles of the Lewis & Clark exploration, and how they ate along the way. Hear how the explorers reacted to seeing buffalo, and how they prepared and preserved buffalo meat. What fruits and greens were available to Lewis & Clark? Learn about the provisions that the explorers brought with them, and why modern American cuisine owes a lot to this one, special trip. Are Lewis & Clark responsible for instant soup? Check out Mary's website, History Cooks, for more information on American expedition and food! This program has been sponsored by Bi-Rite Market.

"Food was survival, and it wasn't always delicious." [22:45]

-- Mary Gunderson on A Taste of the Past


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