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First Aired - 02/09/2012 02:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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It's all about herbs this week on We Dig Plants. Hosts Carmen DeVito and Alice Marcus-Krieg welcome writer, author, and all around herb-lover Ellen Spector Platt to talk about the uses and ease of use, even in small urban environments, of planting herbs. Her favorite herb right now? Lavender. She's even written a book about it! Learn all about this fragrant herb and others on this episode of We Dig Plants. This episode is sponsored by Fairway Market.

"It's a lot of bang for your buck with herbs."

"In Provence lavender is used in a lot of savory things like stews and chicken."

--Ellen Spector Platt on We Dig Plants

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First Aired - 02/08/2012 11:00AM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Acclaimed food writer Melissa Clark of the New York Times, who's latest book Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make was recently released, is Mitchell Davis's guest on this weeks episode of Taste Matters. Tune in as Melissa tells listeners everything they could want to know about being a successful home cook and understanding recipes. Learn why recipes with more than 5 ingredients shouldn't intimidate anybody and why you need to put aside more than 30 minutes to cook any successful meal at home. From the informed home chef to the terrified rookie, find out more about turning your kitchen into a communal, fun and productive food center! This program was sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

"I have people who tell me "anything with more than 5 ingredients scares me" or "how do I roast a chicken?" If you put it in the oven with salt and pepper it will pretty much taste good no matter what you do."

"There's this huge cultural divide between serious cooks and people who really need to get dinner on the table quickly but may be intimidated. A well written recipe needs to be able to capture both audiences."

"People get home from work at 5 or 6 and want dinner on the table 30 minutes later. That's just not the way it works!"

"The extra 15 minutes to make something fresh is the best way to show somebody you love them."

"For Valentines Day I'm getting an incredible rib steak with the bone in and I'm going to rub it down with lemon zest, course salt, ground juniper and pepper. Then I'm going to sear the heck out if it. What's better than that??"

"When I go out to eat, I always order the ingredient that sounds the least attractive to me."

"At the [New York] Times, we're trying to use only sustainable fish in our recipes."

--food writer Melissa Clark on Taste Matters

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First Aired - 04/25/2011 03:30PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week Nicole sits down with local Brooklyn sauce maker Mackenzie Smith, founder of Herbin' Spoonful. Learn about new lavender, chai, and habernero sauces and what their favorite sauce accompianaments are. This episode was sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

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