On today's episode of Special Sauce, Kenji and I fielded a wide variety of potentially vexing questions. We helped Mike from Cyprus figure out how to outfit his sailboat kitchen (no grills allowed) and how best to stock the boat's pantry. Julia wanted to know if cooking shakshuka in her well-seasoned cast iron pan would destroy it. Andrew received some (hopefully) sage advice about adapting to small New York kitchens, after having the luxury of a much larger kitchen in California. Somehow that conversation morphed into a discussion about why most Vietnamese restaurants in NYC are pretty lackluster. (Of course, it turned out that Andrew's parents own a Vietnamese restaurant in Westminster, California, so he was kind of a ringer.) Finally, we tried to separate fact from fiction about food-borne illness when Philip asked about his roommate's habit of leaving cooked food out overnight. (Hint: Sterilizing food does not necessarily mean it's safe to eat.)
I also outed Kenji as a total Star Wars freak, and we decided to add to his already lengthy bio "official Star Wars podcast guest."
This episode was truly all over the map, and we loved every minute of it. I hope you will, too.
By the way, we saved the holiday baking questions for next week, when our very own BraveTart, a.k.a. Stella Parks, will join me on the next installment of Call Special Sauce.
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