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Chef Marcus Samuelsson discusses bobotie pie, a popular South African pie filled with lamb and spices. Then, cookbook author, blogger and pastry chef David Lebovitz guides Evan through her fear of meringue. Jonathan Gold gushes over the beer and bacon caramel corn at Next Door by Josie, and sommelier Stacie Hunt selects three fabulous wines for summer drinking. We find out what to do with figs from pastry chef Robert Wemischner. Plus, Alvaro Bautista is back at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market with his fresh dates.

Banner image: (L-R) fig dessert, photo by Elon Schoenholz; barhi dates, photo by Gillian Ferguson; lime marshmallow pie, photo by  Maren Caruso © 2010

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 6 MIN, 24 SEC

gf120818dessert.jpg Robert Wemischner is a professor of baking and pastry at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and the author of four cookbooks. His most recent book, The Dessert Architect, is now in its second edition. A recipe for his Caramelized Figs with Goat-Cheese/Mascarpone Crema and Sweet Basil Sauce is on the Good Food blog.

Alvaro Bautista has an organic date ranch in Mecca, California near Palm Springs.  You can find Bautista Family Organic Dates at all of the Santa Monica Farmers' Markets as well as the Hollywood and Beverly Hills Farmers' Markets. Bautista has fresh, juicy honey and khadrawy dates this time of year. He also has barhi dates sold in clusters. Allow the barhi dates to ripen on your countertop until they soften to your liking.

The Dessert Architect

Robert Wemischner

Guest Interview Beer and Bacon Caramel Corn 5 MIN, 57 SEC

next_door.jpgJonathan Gold visits the latest venture from beloved LA chef Josie Le Balch. It's called Next Door by Josie. He enjoys the bacon and beer caramel corn, the house-made pickles, spicy shrimp and grits, sloppy roast pork sandwich, bistro style ribeye and the market vegetable plate.


Next Door by Josie
2420 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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

Guest Interview Wines for Summer Sipping 6 MIN, 40 SEC

gf120818zinfandel.jpgStacie Hunt is a sommelier with Du Vin Wine & Spirits and Splash Productions. She is also the author of the new e-book, Zinfandel 101. She's put together another fabulous package of wines for KCRW subscribers. Find details on all of the wines Stacie talked about on the Good Food blog.


Stacie Hunt

Guest Interview David Lebovitz Loves Marshmallows 5 MIN, 20 SEC

Pastry chef, blogger and cookbook author David Lebovitz dishes about his love for marshmallows and provides a step by step guide to his Lime and Marshmallow Pie.

Ready for Dessert

David Lebovitz

Guest Interview Bobotie Pie 4 MIN, 4 SEC

Marcus Samuelsson is a James Beard Award-winning chef and author, winner of Top Chef Masters, Season 1 and chef/owner of Red Rooster in Harlem. He discusses a popular South African savory pie made with lamb and spices. It's called Bobotie Pie.

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