Sunday, December 6, 2009

Recipe - Bev's Famous Peach Thing

White bread
Butter, melted
Peach preserves
Brown sugar
Heavy whipping cream

The amount of each ingredient will depend on how many you want to feed and the size of your casserole dish. It’s pretty easy to figure out as you go along. Mine turned out great the first time I ever tried to make it. Give it a try!
Cut crusts off three pieces of white bread. Brush each slice with butter and top with preserves. Stack the 3 prepared slices, first two preserves up and top one facing down. Cut into quarters. Place in casserole dish. Brush butter on top. Repeat until casserole dish is full. Mix eggs, a little brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over the top of the stacks being sure to saturate the top of each one. The egg mixture should come about ¾ of the way up the side of the stacks. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, bake on 350 for 35-45 minutes until slightly browned. While it’s baking, make the syrup. Melt butter; add peach preserves and brown sugar. Stir until melted. Add heavy whipping cream and allow to thicken about 20 minutes over medium low heat. Pour over individual servings of Peach Thing.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

WCN! 12/2/09: Christmas Brunch!

Tonight, on the world's only live radio cooking show (that we know of): Christmas Brunch!

It's Christmas morning. The kids got everybody up at 4:30 to see what Santa Claus brought, the house is covered with wrapping paper, and it's hours until dinner time. Why not invite everybody over for a Christmas morning brunch?

We'll show you some dishes that you can make ahead of time, so that even if you were up all night putting that damn bicycle together you can lay out a fine spread. We'll also talk about some potent potables that will make even your most annoying relatives tolerable.

That's Wednesday, December 2, 6-7PM, on 88.7 WMMT-FM in Whitesburg, KY. Stream it at

Don't miss it!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Listen to the 10/7 WCN! now!

Click here for an mp3 version of last week's What's Cookin' Now! garlic extravaganza! You can right-click and save it to your computer, where you can even put it on your iPod for your next long car trip. You'd just better hope there's some dinner at the end of that trip, because you're gonna be hungry!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Shrimp Scampi

As Jonathan says, shrimp are just basically little vehicles for garlic. This is a perfect presentation to highlight both the garlic and the shrimp, and so easy I'm ashamed to post it as an actual recipe.

  • Peel and chop at least one head of garlic per pound of shrimp.
  • Melt a stick of butter (or a few tablespoons of olive oil) over medium high heat.
  • Toss in the garlic and stir it briefly--don't let the garlic brown or it may start to taste bitter. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring often, until the shrimp is just pink and cooked through and the garlic is tender.
  • Remove to a dish, sprinkle with salt and chopped parsley, and maybe a quick squeeze of lemon. Serve with good crusty bread for sopping up the garlic and juices.

Garlic Pinwheel Bread

This is not your supermarket white bread, loaded with yellow fake butter even more fake garlic. This is the real deal...
For the bread:
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 4 glugs of olive oil (I don't know--I don't measure. Probably 4 tablespoons?)
  • small handful of salt (a tablespoon?)
  • 1 cup water

Okay, I totally made up those measurements. I make bread in my kitchen aid mixer, and I just sort of know how much stuff goes in. You could look up a recipe for French bread if this isn't working for you.

For the filling:

  • 1 head garlic, more or less, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 handful parsley and rosemary (or any other herbs you like), chopped
  • 1 stick of butter (or a couple of tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt to taste

Make the bread and let it rise until doubled in size. Saute the garlic and herbs in the butter until the garlic is fairly soft. Let it cool. Punch down the dough and roll it out into a squarish shape--it should be fairly thin, about like a thin pizza dough. Spread the garlic over the bread--be sure to get it close to the edges. Roll the bread up like a jelly roll, tucking the ends under. Place the bread on a cookie sheet, seam side down. With a very sharp knife, make three diagonal slashes in the bread--you have to do this quickly and sort of deep, or you'll just pull the dough. What you want is deep cuts that allow the garlic and herbs to peek out. The dough will pull apart as it rises. Let the loaf rise for about a half hour or so, then bake at 425 degrees until the loaf is nicely browned and sounds hollow when it's tapped. Let cool for about 5 minutes or so, then slice. As a variation, you can slice the unbaked loaf into rounds and place them in a greased pie plate, sort of like cinnamon rolls--this makes very pretty rolls.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Recipe: Mini Turkey Burgers with 2 garlic-y sauces

I initially thought these burgers would have either one or the other. They were absolutely delicious with both together!

Turkey burger, shaped into small thin patties
Salt and pepper
Dinner rolls, sliced

Garlic Rosemary Mayo
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Combine and chill until ready to use.

Balsamic Onion and Garlic Relish
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Spanish onions, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons chives, chopped

Put the olive oil into a large skillet and heat to medium high. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring to coat in oil. Reduce the heat to medium, add the balsamic, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes and cook 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are velvety soft. Remove from the heat and let cool and then add the chopped chives. Serve room temperature.

Salt and pepper both sides of turkey burgers and fry on medium unti cooked through. Serve on sliced rolls with arugula and sauces.

Recipe: Roasted Garlic with Goat Cheese

I almost hate to post this recipe, but here it is.

Garlic (full heads)
Goat cheese, fresh
Olive oil

Remove as much paper as possible from your garlic heads. Using poultry shears, trim off the very top of the head so that a little bit of each clove is exposed.

Put the heads on some aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap up in the foil and throw in the oven; anywhere from 350 to 450 will do. Cook for 30-45 minutes, or until the cloves squeeze out of their paper easily.

Cut goat cheese into coins and arrange on a plate with the individual garlic cloves and some good toasted bread. Garnish with a few herbs if you like. Squeeze the cloves onto the bread and add some goat cheese. Eat. Repeat.

Recipe: Roast Chicken with Garlic Confit


As prepared on the show. You could easily halve the recipe, and you could use any chicken parts you like.

This was based on a recipe from the dearly departed Gourmet:

24 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
2 cups olive oil
Few sprigs thyme (whole)

In a saucepan, heat the oil over very low heat. Add a garlic clove and the thyme sprigs. If the garlic bubbles for 5 minutes or so but doesn't turn brown, add the rest of the cloves. Cook for about 30 minutes. DO NOT LET IT BROWN!

Remove the garlic with a slotted spoon and add to a bowl along with 2 tbsp of the oil. Mash with a fork until it is a paste. Set aside until the chicken is ready.

8 chicken thighs (1 family pack)
6 chicken legs (1 regular pack)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Melt the butter and olive oil together. Put the chicken on a roasting rack, brush with butter-oil mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.

Take the chicken out and slather some garlic confit on each piece, getting under the skin if you can. Return to the oven for 5-10 minutes. Eat.

Tonight! WCN on Garlic! 6-7PM

Don't forget to tune in tonight from 6-7PM for What's Cookin' Now!, all about the fifth food group--garlic!

6-7PM, 88.7 WMMT-FM, or stream it at

And check back here later this week for all of tonight's recipes!

Monday, October 5, 2009

WCN! 10/7: Garlic! The Other White Meat!

On the next episode of What's Cookin' Now!: "Garlic! The Other White Meat!"

You may have noticed the six-foot radius of personal space that tends to form around the WCN! crew. Is it because of our lax bathing habits? Maybe, but it's mostly because we're all garlic fanatics. If you're a vampire*, or if you're the sort of person who thinks garlic is the stuff you shake timidly out of a ten-year-old plastic bottle when you make Chex Mix at Christmastime, this is NOT the show for you.

Jonathan will take the classic pairing of roast chicken and way too much garlic and show you how to do it in less than an hour. Jenny will make shrimp scampi and garlic bread worthy of the name. And Tricia will take the mini-burger into the stratosphere with some tasty garlicky toppings.

That's Wednesday, October 7, 6-7PM. You can find it on 88.7 WMMT-FM in Whitesburg, KY, or you can listen online at

Don't miss it!

* Unless you're one of those modern emo vampires. Garlic probably just makes them twinkle or some damn thing like that. Nothing kills today's vampire but the pain of a broken heart.

Friday, October 2, 2009


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