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Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Food historian Andrew F. Smith explains that because of a Supreme Court decision in 1883 it's both. Tomatomaniac Scott Daigre returns to the show with recommendations on tomato growing strategy. Warner Ebbink and Brandon Boudet, co-owners of LA's oldest Irish establishment, Tom Bergin's, discuss Irish breakfast and the lore of the shamrocks on the bar wall. The Oreo sandwich cookie turns 100 this month and Lisa Mann offers some fascinating statistics about the classic cookie's 100-year history. Jonathan Gold visits Lawry's The Prime Rib and is still impressed after all these years. Plus, we continue our look at water with David Bradshaw who explains why some farmers in the Imperial Valley are being paid not to irrigate their crops.

Banner image: Oreo's 1951 logo, courtesy of Kraft Foods

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Producers:
Gillian Ferguson
Laryl Garcia
Candace Moyer
Harriet Ells

Guest Interview Andrew Smith on the History of Tomatoes 7 MIN, 40 SEC

gf120317encyclopedia.jpg Andrew F. Smith teaches Food Studies at the New School University in New York. A frequent writer and lecturer on food history, he's edited or authored 19 books, including The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. He discusses the history of the tomato in America where it was considered poisonous until the early 19th century.

Guest Interview Tubbed and Scrubbed at Lawry's 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Tubbed and Scrubbed at Lawry'sJonathan Gold visits an old favorite, Lawry's The Prime Rib. For many years Lawry's has been a Los Angeles institution and Gold is still impressed. He always orders the Diamond Jim Brady cut of beef, creamed spinach and the extra large Idaho potatoes that are famously "tubbed and scrubbed."

Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-652-2827

You can find all of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions on the Good Food restaurant map.

Guest Interview Oreo's 100th Birthday 9 MIN, 26 SEC

Lisa Mann is the Vice President of Kraft Foods. She offers a timeline of the Oreo which turns 100 this month. In 100 years the cookie has only had three designs and it is now sold across the globe from China -- where they sell Green Tea Oreos -- to Argentina, where they sell Dulce de Leche Oreos.

Guest Interview David Bradshaw on Irrigation in the Imperial Valley 8 MIN, 10 SEC

David Bradshaw is the Assistant Water Manager in charge of the Water Conservation program for the Imperial Irrigation District. He explains why some farmers in the Imperial Valley are being paid up to $500 per acre to divert their water to nearby cities while their fields lay fallow.

Guest Interview Market Report 6 MIN, 44 SEC

fava-tendrils.jpgMike Garber is the executive chef at Mohawk Bend. Every Wednesday he visits the Santa Monica Farmers' Market and creates a special based upon what he finds. This week he saw fava tendrils at McGrath Farms' stand and created a Farmers' Market Salad with Fava Tendrils. Get the recipe on the Good Food Blog.

Carter Clary is a farmer and the step son of farmer Phil McGrath. He explains that fava tendrils are the leaves and shoots from the fava plant. They have a similar fragrance and taste of fava beans, without having to shuck them. However, farmers must pick them wisely because when they pick fava tendrils no beans will grow in that part of the plant.

Guest Interview What's for Breakfast in Ireland? 9 MIN, 12 SEC

Warner Ebbink and Brandon Boudet and the co-owners of Dominick's, Little Dom's and, now, Tom Bergin's. LA's oldest Irish establishment has been known predominantly as a bar, but Boudet will introduce a traditional Irish menu when the restaurant reopens, complete with rashers, blood pudding and Irish coffee. Ebbink assures us that the famous shamrocks behind the bar will remain a part of Tom Bergin's.

Guest Interview Scott Daigre on Tomato Strategy 7 MIN, 19 SEC

Scott Daigre is the founder of Tomatomania. The tomato extravaganza is back and bigger than ever, so this year and he suggests a few tomato strategies that will prevent the home gardener from being overwhelmed. If you know what you want from your tomato plants you can plan ahead. He recommends:

For abundance and flavor

Stupice
Sungella
Green Doctors
Vorlon
Thessaloniki

For the perfect BLT

Ananas Noire
Vorlon
any tomatoes in the black tomato family

For canning and roasting

Amish Paste (beware production may lag)
Oxheart
Strawberry

To win a beauty contest

Black Creme
Cherokee Purple

Tomatomania events began last week in Corona del Mar and will continue throughout March in Southern California. The biggest event is in Encino March 23, 24 and 25.

Before you visit Tomatomania this year, listen to this outtake about tomato myths every gardener needs to know.

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