Cooking with Bruce and Mark

Cooking with Bruce and Mark

Join us for weekly segments all about food, cooking, recipes, and maybe a little marital strife. We've got episodes about specific ingredients, about recipes, about the nature of the cookbook-writing business, and much more. If you've got a passion for food, we hope we can up your game and even make you laugh along the way. Come along for the ride! There's plenty of room!... Show More

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August 10, 2020 19 min

Parmigiano-Reggiano. Parmesan. Not the stuff in the can. The real stuff. You may have it in the fridge. But there's way more to do with it besides grating it onto pasta. Have a listen to this episode in which we bat back and forth ideas for one of the world's favorite cheeses. 

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August 2, 2020 16 min

What happened to hummus? It went from being this exotic spread to a North American staple. Most of us have hummus in the fridge. And most of us slather it on crackers or in wraps. But we've got ideas for hummus way beyond the ordinary! Here's how to turn our favorite condiment into an essential part of cooking, not just snacking!

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July 26, 2020 17 min

We'll bet everyone has a can of tuna fish in the pantry. And what do you do with it? Make a sandwich? Make tuna fish salad? That's only the start! Listen in and have a laugh with us as we talk through our favorite ideas for that can. Hey, we might even inspire you to go beyond the can. Way beyond the can. Out into unchartered culinary territory. Just don't mix the tuna fish with peanut butter. (And "Auntie Mame"...

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July 20, 2020 21 min

We bet everybody's got a bottle of mustard in the fridge. And maybe an unopened one in the pantry. What to do with all that mustard? We've got some great ideas for using a favorite condiment, more than just putting it on a bun! Mustard has a complex, sweet/sour, nose-tickling flavor that can bump up many a dish in your kitchen. Have a listen and maybe a laugh about to our show about a condiment that gets too little respect!

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July 12, 2020 18 min

We all have a container or raisins in our pantry. Some full, some with just a handful. Golden or black, there i so much more to do with raisins than just grab a quick snack and we'll fill you in on our culinary secrets. Indeed, raisins are the secret ingredient to make everything taste better from meatballs to salsa. We'll even offer up a recipe for a quick and easy spreadable raisin jam. 

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July 5, 2020 12 min

Imagine super fast and super easy 2-ingredient sweet and creamy frozen yogurt. Or super simple curried chicken. An d half dozen other yogurt recipes -- well, we have them in today's episode. Whether you like Greek yogurt or regular-style, vanilla or plain, low fat, fat-free, or full-fat, we have you covered with incredible ideas and lots of laughs that you can only find on Cooking with Bruce and Mark.

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June 28, 2020 16 min

As hard as it is to come to grips with, sometimes we all have a tiny bit of booze in the bottle that's either not enough for a couple of cocktails or the beer's gone flat, or some other horror. In today's episode we give you great culinary ideas for that tiny bit of vodka, the drop of tequila, and all those half bottles of flat beer. Plus we tell you how to avoid backwash and cigarette butts in your cooking!  

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June 21, 2020 20 min

Typically, these little oily fish are packed cheek to jowl in tiny cans and topped with olive oil. And yes, they're good for you. But not everyone is in love with them right out of the can. We've got some ideas that use these tasty little filets in ways you may never have thought of. So listen in and discover the culinary secret chefs (and pretty much the rest of the world) already knows. 

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June 15, 2020 21 min

We all have a jar of honey in our pantry. And aside from putting some in our tea, spreading some on toast, and sweetening our smoothies, most of us rarely touch it. The good thing is honey lasts forever. The other good thing is that we have 10 ideas to use honey in cooking that will have you falling in love with this sweet sticky liquid all over again. 

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June 8, 2020 10 min

If you're like us, you have a a jar of salsa in your pantry or your fridge and you save it for chips. But we've got lots of ideas to use up those jars of salsa including making a great fish dinner, burgers, and more. 

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June 1, 2020 12 min

We all have a bottle of ketchup in our fridge. And mostly it's reserved for french fries or burgers. In today's episode we'll offer up ideas for using this sweet and tangy condiment in ways you may never have thought of. And you know those little ketchup packets you get at fast food restaurants? We even have a few tricks for those as well! 

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Here is part 4 (the final episode) of our series So You Want To Write A Cook Book. The recipe testing is done. The kitchen work is over. And now it's time to sit down and write the book. In this episode Mark offers tips and advice on writing - the discipline of writing stay the same whether it's recipes, fiction, or memoir. It's creative process but it's also hard work and with Mark's help everyone can learn to ...

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In the third installment of So, You Want To Write A Cook Book, we take you into the kitchen. You'll see how we approach flavors and recipes and how we go about the day to day testing of recipes and structuring them into a book. Too many soups? Not enough noodles? We cover how we make those decisions and offer up some advice that will help with your cooking day in day out even if you never write a cook book. 

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In part 2 of how to write a cook book, we talk about platform. What is it? How do you grow it? Both are key questions to answer before you begin to formulate your cook book idea and approach agents or publishers. 

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May 4, 2020 25 min

Bruce and Mark have published over 35 cookbooks and in this exclusive 4 part series explains what you need to know to publish your first cook book. 

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April 27, 2020 13 min

It's America's favorite food. And we're turning it into America's favorite ingredient. Peanut Butter can be the secret behind tastier oatmeal, richer sauces, and deeper marinades. Listen for our take on this secret ingredient to make all you cooking taste better.

 

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April 19, 2020 17 min

In this episode we go over different styles of knives from paring to carving, chef's to serrated. We'll tell you why you need each kind and what you'll use if for. And we'll tell you the best way to store and care for your knives. 

 

 

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April 13, 2020 18 min

In the kitchen, we have tools we love and tools we can live without. But a good kitchen knife is the one thing we all need. But what makes one knife better than another? In this episode we explain the anatomy of a knife and what to look for when choosing a new knife for your kitchen. 

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April 5, 2020 11 min

Whether it's sweet, spicy, vinegar based, mustard based, or smokey, BBQ sauce is the one condiment that is overlooked in almost all kitchens. yet it can be a useful tool to brighten up the flavors of just about everything. In this episode we offer 10 ways to use the bottles marvel on everything from ruben sandwiches to potato salad. 

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Even during this pandemic- we all need to eat. And to do that we need to go to the grocery store. And we can do it without fear, without panic, and without emptying the shelves of everyday necessities that we all need. On this episode we talk about our experience shopping for groceries during the pandemic while we're practicing social distancing and we hope if gives you some sense of control when you have to go out and buy food...

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