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Every Day is a Food Day

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Every food you love has a story. Ever heard of the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist? The World War I Donut Lassies? How about the government-engineered Survival Cracker? Each episode our hosts, foodie Odd Couple and friends Anna Van Valin (The Foodlosopher) and Lia Ballentine (The Chef-Creator) pick a favorite food or drink and nerd-out on its stories, scandals, holidays and heroes. Join us for Season 2 starting May 4th for all new food stories, friendship and puns. So many puns. Follow us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook or check out our webpage at yumday.co/podcast.
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Barbecue: Hot Grill Summer

Barbecue: Hot Grill Summer

2021-05-2501:04:28

This week, Anna and Lia get fired up as they put the bae in bar-BAE-cue!  Hop in your covered wagon as Anna Van Valin  takes us on a trip through the American Barbecue Belt, from the Carolinas to Texas. We explore the influences and histories that make each region’s BBQ style so unique, like the indigenous Tainos’ method of slow cooking spiced meat, George Washington’s obsession with barbecue parties, and the African-American man who put Kansas City on the BBQ map. On the way, she gives handy pro-tips to maximize your BBQ experience (rule of thumb: the yellowy sauce goes on the pulled pork, the red sauce goes on the beef!) But first, Lia Ballentine us about the holidays celebrating the wonders of all things char, and highlights three amazing female pitmasters who are blazing trails in the barbecue world. And at the end, Anna and Lia taste test barbecue sauces and rank their most - and least - favorite. So let’s get low and slow, because this episode is smokin’!Explore from the show:How well do you know your primal cuts of beef?Check out Sonny's Barbecue, co-creator of National Pulled Pork Day, and find out how you could win free pork for a year. Get to know the legendary, 86-year old woman named the best pitmaster in Texas, Tootsie Tomanetz.Connect with us:Want to support our women and BIPOC-created independent podcast? Buy us a coffee!For more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS) follow us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook or check out our webpage.Its a GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a special gift box from our friends at Pantry Party, filled with exciting ingredients to elevate your meals.Join our mailing list to keep up with all the exciting things we have planned for this season.(c) Van Valin LLC, Yumday Co
Aloha! Today we’re feeling spiky about one of our favorite fruits: pineapple! First, we'll hear about hosts Anna Van Valin and Lia Ballentine’s adventures with pineapple, including Lia's ride on the Pineapple Express and Anna's memorable DoleWhip experience at a conference called MurderCon held at Disneyland (you read that right).  Then Lia tells us how International Pineapple Day got started as a joke, why pineapples were one of history's most coveted and expensive fruits, and how the pineapple became a symbol of hospitality, friendship and…swingers. In the Deep Dish, Anna explores how pineapple became Hawaiian (because it wasn't!) and shares the incredible story of the brave and talented Queen Lili’uokalanai, the last monarch of the kingdom of Hawaii. If you're a fan of pineapple, pineapple upside down cake, piña coladas, and even Hawaiian pizza (don't let Lia know), then join us on this juicy adventure. Mahalo!Explore from the show:Watch the International Pineapple Day-themed trailer for Psych 2. Try making your own Dole Whip at home.Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander heritage by learning more about Queen Lili'uokalanai.Connect with us:Want to support our women and BIPOC-created independent podcast? Buy us a coffee!For more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS) follow us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook or check out our webpage.Its a GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a special gift box from our friends at Pantry Party, filled with exciting ingredients to elevate your meals.Join our mailing list to keep up with all the exciting things we have planned for this season.(c) Van Valin LLC, Yumday Co
Follow us into the danger zone! Today we're talking about something a little bit different and a lot more deadly: POISONS! In this supersized episode, we're bringing together our love of food stories with our addiction to true crime, and we’ve enlisted Danny Murphy, host of NOT ANOTHER TRUE CRIME PODCAST, as our accomplice - er, special guest. First, host Lia Ballentine tells us about a few  holidays celebrating some everyday foods with poisonous potential, including a Japanese seafood delicacy (and underutilized emoji) more toxic than anthrax. She also introduces us to "extreme eaters" who dare to eat some of these dangerous dishes. Then in the Deep Dish, Danny tells us about his poison ivy superpowers, and what pufferfish have to do with the art of the perfect brunch. Finally, host Anna Van Valin and guest Danny Murphy tell the toxic tales of a few favorite real-life poisonings, from a professional assassin on a Roman Emperor’s payroll, to a cult that pulled off the biggest bio-terror attack in American history using…salad. Grab your smelling salts and join us! About Danny:Danny Murphy is a comedian and digital creator who hosts NOT ANOTHER TRUE CRIME PODCAST on Betches and a weekly gossip segment on SiriusXM's BENNINGTON. He also created his own digital show VENTI VENTS, where caffeinating meets complaining.Explore from the show:Watch a chef prepare fugu, a dish more deadly than cyanide!Check out the podcast Criminalia - their whole first season is dedicated to lady poisoners!If you're the only person on earth who hasn't seen Wild Wild Country, enjoy. Connect with us:Want to support our women and BIPOC-created independent podcast? Buy us a coffee!For more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS) follow us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook or check out our webpage.Its a GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a special gift box from our friends at Pantry Party, filled with exciting ingredients to elevate your meals.Join our mailing list to keep up with all the exciting things we have planned for this season.
We’re back! Today we’re getting salty as we kick off Season 2 talking about  the true hero of any fast food meal, the French Fries! But first….are they even French? Lia Ballentine tells us about the national food holidays celebrating French Fries and honoring the sacred potato (our favorite tuber), including some very passionate mashed potato wrestlers. Plus fries’ international origin story, an 18th century Frenchman’s marketing campaign to build love for the spud (#spudlove), the enslaved chef who brought french fries to America via the White House and the early 2000s "controversy" about its name (remember "freedom fries"?).  And we can’t talk about french fries without talking about those Golden Arches. In the Deep Dish, Anna Van Valin dusts off her Foodlosopher hat and tells us the story of the supersized McDrama of the McDonald’s french fry:  the superhero training montage it goes through before it even gets to the restaurant, its humble burger stand beginnings, controversial founder Ray Kroc, a very public fight over fat, and even international religious outrage. That ketchup packet shortage is only the beginning. Welcome to Season 2!More info from the show:-Watch a video of how McDonald's french fries are made (including the potato canon) here.-Watch some very passionate Mashed Potato Wrestling stars talk about their craft. -Learn more about the founding of McDonald's in The Founder,  starring Michael Keaton, Laura Dern & Nick Offerman  in  Connect with us!-Want to support our women and BIPOC-created independent podcast? Buy us a coffee!-For more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS) follow us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook or check out our webpage.- It's a GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a special gift box from our friends at Pantry Party, filled with exciting ingredients to elevate your meals.-Join our mailing list to keep up with all the exciting things we have planned for this season.
A Taste of Season 2

A Taste of Season 2

2021-04-2002:37

We hope you're hungry, because we'll be serving you Season 2 on May 4th! We've got more foods, more stories, more banter and more puns - so many puns. Listen to the trailer for a taste of next season, and follow/subscribe so you don't miss a bite. Connect with us!For more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS) follow us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook or check out our webpage.  It's a GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a special gift box from our friends at Pantry Party, filled with exciting ingredients to elevate your meals.  Join our mailing list to keep up with all the exciting things we have planned for this season. Access the transcript here.
It’s a crossover! That’s right: Anna and Lia have  joined forces with Arielle and Shira of the podcast Counter Programming to discuss a topic near and dear to our hearts (and taste buds) — county fairs! In this special episode of Every Day is a Counter Day (or is it Counter Food Programming Day?), Arielle and Shira talk about the history of county fairs, then Anna and Lia go deep on the main reason people go to them: the food! Learn more about how these “jollifications” got started, the craziest foods you can find, and meet the man behind your favorite fair fare. Plus, join us for some fair trivia and find out how we fared when it came to cooking up our own versions of fried fair foods! Air-fried Oreos and corndogs, anyone? Be sure to subscribe to Counter Programming and follow them on Instagram at @CounterProgrammingPod. And join us for Season 2 starting May 4!Want to support our women and BIPOC-created independent podcast? Buy us a coffee! For more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS) follow us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook or check out our webpage. It's a GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a special gift box from our friends at Pantry Party, filled with exciting ingredients to elevate your meals. Join our mailing list to keep up with all the exciting things we have planned for this season.
Think Julia Child was just a chef? Have we got a half hour for you!  Julia Child lived an incredible life filled with international espionage, steamy romance and revolutionary ideas - in addition to creating a new TV genre, inventing foodie culture and teaching us how to make boeuf bourguignon. In this bonus episode, we’re going to tell you about her truly unique life, why she was a trailblazer in the kitchen and why we're still talking about her today.  And of course, her penchant for blow torches. Listen, subscribe and Bon Apetit!It's a GIVEAWAY! We're giving away a mini snack box from YumDay at the end of March. Visit us here to enter. Take our Listener Survey to help us get ready for Season 2! Drop your info here and we'll send you the survey.For more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS) connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter,  join our Facebook Group & check out our webpage.  Access the transcript here. 
Yaaas (Chili) Queen!

Yaaas (Chili) Queen!

2021-02-2331:12

We're back! Well, sort of. It's Black History Month, so we're bringing you this special bonus episode celebrating one of the MANY African American food legends, Zephyr Wright. Zephyr was chef to Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson for over 25 years, including in the White House. She was known for her exquisite Southern cuisine, most famously her Texas Red Chili, or Pedernales River Chili. But in addition to her contributions to food, her unique access to the Johnsons gave her the opportunity to champion civil rights in a direct and personal way, and she might even be the person who convinced LBJ to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Plus, Lia gives us a little history of chili in Texas and the Chili Queens of San Antonio who put it on the map. For more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS) connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter,  join our Facebook Group & check out our webpage.  Access the transcript here.Explore more from the show!Learn more about Zephyr's life and legacy on this episode of the History Chicks! Read more about The history of the San Antonio Chili Queens!
It’s the Season Finale! Did you know Anna & Lia met working at a movie studio?  It's true, so there was only one food to wrap the 1st season with: Popcorn. They reminisce about their days as “Hollywood Elites,” compare popcorn eating strategies & discuss their deep love for movie theater loyalty programs. Lia tells us about National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, the Kellogg family member you don’t know but should, the 7,000 year old popcorn found in Aztec tombs, and the hidden meaning behind Cracker Jack 's unofficial jingle, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." Then Anna takes us through the 100 year love story between popcorn and the movies, from world wars to talkies, to an enterprising woman who pioneered selling concessions in theaters in the 1930s. Because if you didn’t have popcorn, did you even see the movie? We'll be back with more episodes Spring 2021!For more great content about the stories & foods we talk about on the show (plus a peek BTS) connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter,  join our Facebook Group & check out our webpage. Access the transcript here. Explore more form the show: Hear the classic movie theater (remember those?) ditty Let's All Go to the Lobby.Check out Orville Redenbacher's "Movie Theater Butter" commercial Take any excuse to watch Singin' in the Rain 
Bacon Makes it Better

Bacon Makes it Better

2021-01-1959:54

This sizzlin' episode is all about Bacon. Lia tells us the story National Bacon Day, created by “two nice Jewish girls” inspired by a classic episode of The Simpsons. We hear about the awesomely-named Iowa Porkettes, wives of hog farmers who joined forces in the 1960s to save the pork industry. Finally she asks, as so many have, what’s the deal with “Canadian Bacon”? In our Deep Dish, Anna revisits one of our favorite topics, food trends! We look at how in the last 20 years Bacon became the hottest food craze this side of Pumpkin Spice. This bizarre story starts with 1980s diet culture, and leads to a secret pact between a pork marketing exec and a fast food mogul made at a hotel pool during a 1990’s pork convention in Florida (picture it). Once the Bacon craze started to sizzle, the advertising took a dark turn, moving from positive ads targeting a wide audience, to disturbing negative ones aimed mostly at men. Which makes Anna wonder, is Bacon the gateway meat to toxic masculinity?Connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter,  join our Facebook Group,  and check out our webpage. Explore from the show:Watch Michael Scott risk life and limb for bacon on The Office.Relive your childhood with this Pork, The Other White Meat ad.Listen to more about the damage caused by toxic masculinity on Hidden Brain's episode "The Lonely American Man."Hear a very important Bacon PSA from Ron Swanson on Parks & Rec.
This fresh, roasted episode is all about Peanut Butter. In our Deep Dish segment, Anna tells us the story of the 12-year long Peanut Butter Wars and the AMAZING woman at the center of the fray: Ruth Desmond, aka the Peanut Butter Grandma, a 1950s homemaker and consumer champion whose tireless advocacy still benefits us today. With her signature mink coat and sassy truth bombs, Ruth took on the peanut industry to demand transparency about what was really in the jars they were labeling  “peanut butter” - and won. But first, Lia tells us about celebrating peanuts (and their lovers??) with the star-studded Adult Peanut Butter Lover’s Club, the remarkable life and many accomplishments of the legendary George Washington Carver, and the woman we have to thank for inventing the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.Connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter,  join our Facebook Group,  and check out our webpage. View the transcript of this episode here.More to explore from the episode: Get more details on Ruth Desmond & the Peanut Butter Trials on The Uncertain Hour.Hear President John F Kennedy's speech on consumer rights. 
Ever heard of a Noodle Ring? Anna & Lia take on making one of the weirdest entries on the Food Holiday Calendar in this bonus episode: a baked ring of noodle casserole with a…distinct look. Although Anna gives cooking her best shot, a mishap with boiling water reinforces her as more of a thinker (aka Foodlosopher) with Lia maintaining her status as the resident Chef-Creator. Check out pictures of these masterpieces at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter,  join our Facebook Group,  and check out our webpage for more info.
Are they PEA-cans or puh-CONS? In a special holiday bonus episode we continue our quest to restore fruitcake’s dignity as Lia tries a DeLuxe Fruitcake from world-famous Collin St. Bakery (booze bath not included). Anna & Lia show off their holiday sweaters, unravel the green mystery “fruit,” and marvel at some Texas-sized pecans.Connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter,  join our Facebook Group,  and check out our webpage.
Hear us out! In this holiday episode, Anna & Lia slice into that much maligned Christmas staple, fruitcake - and hopefully change your mind about it. Lia takes us to the small-town Texas bakery that pumps out 30,000 fruitcakes a day (!) and a medieval fruitcake toss competition in Colorado. We also hear how literary legend Truman Capote made fruitcake a sacred food in his Alabama hometown, and how his aunt became “The Fruitcake Lady” with her own bizarre segment on The Tonight Show. In the Deep Dish, Anna tells us about the fascinating journey of fruitcake from crusader energy bar to royal wedding cake, and shares the different versions from all over the world - including a particularly traumatic experience she had with the Irish kind, Plum Pudding. But Listeners, there's one Fruitcake Mystery we need your help solving: WTF are those green things?!Connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter,  join our Facebook Group,  and check out our webpage.Explore more from the show: Listen to Truman Capote's beautiful reading of A Christmas Memory Watch our favorite Tonight Show guest, the Fruitcake Lady,  give people very interesting advice Watch this clip of the great fruitcake toss and the amazing inventions that accompany itFind episode transcripts here.
Today we’re talking about the sticky stuff: Maple Syrup. Anna dishes on one of her favorite food scandals, the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist, where over 450K gallons were stolen from Quebec’s strategic syrup reserve (which is a thing!) to be sold on the maple syrup black market (also a thing!). Plus, Vermont’s 10 pages of maple syrup laws and the time it took on the Golden Arches. Lia tells us about the amber oil’s national holidays and festivals, and how maple sugar gained popularity in 1800’s New England as a way to boycott sugar cane dependent on slaved labor. In a Food Day first, we have our first special guest! A Vermont-native tells us about their maple-obsessed culture, complete with suburban dad syrup homebrew and something called the Maple Bacon Latte.Connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter,  join our Facebook Group,  and check out our webpage.Explore from the show:Watch an episode of the Netflix documentary series Dirty Money to explore the full Maple Syrup Heist story. Watch the news footage arrests of the heist's masterminds. Hear testimonials from maple sugar farmers in "The Dirty Side of Maple Syrup" from the New York Times.
Did you know there are over 30 wine holidays? Are wine bottles really just for “snob factor”? In this episode, Anna and Lia discuss the magical drink that’s gotten us through 2020 and do some, um, sampling. Lia tells us the story of three rival Rosé Days(!), how Malbec became an Argentinian wine, and the heroes behind holidays like “Open That Bottle Night.” In a totally legit scientific study, Anna tests her Franzia-loving Grandpa’s theory that you can get just as good wine in boxes as you can bottles, which are just for “snob factor." She explores which is the best wine container (bottles, cans or boxes) and wonders, “Has my Grandpa been right all along?”Connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter, join our Facebook Group, and check out our webpage.Watch the Black Box Wines Shattered Red TV commercialCheck out Franzia Wines' Franz with Benefits campaign Watch Good Morning La La Land's interview with Mr. Bodvar about "summer's water"
It’s fall, so we’re legally obligated to talk about PUMPKINS. In this week’s episode Lia tells us about the many Pumpkin Holidays, how pumpkin pie became a rallying symbol for abolitionists, and where you can find one big enough to lie down in. Then Anna asks the existential question, “How did Pumpkin Spice win fall?” and explores how food trends are really about feelings in our Deep Dish segment.Connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter, join our Facebook Group, and check out our webpage.More to explore from the show...Watch Jim Cramer eat pumpkin spice Spam on CNBC.Check out John Oliver's pumpkin spice rant on Last Week Tonight. See what a 1,400 lb pumpkin looks like at the  Circleville Pumpkin Show.
In our premiere episode, co-hosts Anna Van Valin and Lia Ballentine tell us why “Food stories are people stories.” Lia explores the food holiday that sparked her obsession: National Doughnut Day, created to celebrate the phenomenal Donut Lassies of World War I. In our first Deep Dish segment, Anna takes us down a quarantine-inspired rabbit hole into the world of survival food - and something called the US Civil Defense All-Purpose Survival Cracker. Welcome to Every Day is a Food Day!Connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter, join our Facebook Group, and check out our webpage. More to explore from the show...Hear "Don't Forget the Salvation Army, Always Remember my Donut Girl" by Arthur FieldsWatch 1950's Cold War film  Duck and Cover  Learn more about The Doomsday Diet in Eater Magazine
Coming November 17th, join co-hosts Anna Van Valin and Lia Ballentine as they celebrate food stories from our calendars to our kitchens on Every Day is a Food Day. Connect with us at @FoodDayPod on Instagram & Twitter Join our  Facebook GroupA production of YumDay and Van Valin Productions
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