Hotline Offline

Hotline Offline

In a cooking dilemma? Have a burning question? Host Esther Choi solves your kitchen mysteries with the help of a few food friends. Food52's 10-year-strong Hotline is now coming at you offline—call in your question to (518) 291-9877.


February 21, 2022 25 min

Esther Choi is joined by Jesse Sparks, host of The One Recipe podcast to talk all things breakfast. Why does the first pancake always get messed up? Do I need a special occasion for a breakfast taco bar? You know, the serious questions we've all been waiting for! 

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Esther is joined by Chef Caroline Schiff to talk all about desserts. Caroline shares tips and tricks on making some extremely underrated dessert staples like poached fruits,  freezing pre-portioned cookie doughs, and making your own vanilla extract!

Referenced in the episode: 

  • Her Name is Chef
  • Homemade Vanilla Extract
  • A simple stovetop compote 
  • The Sweet Side of Sourdough
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    February 7, 2022 33 min

    This week, you wrote in about the pantry -- what to stock it with, how to keep it organized, and how to make the best meals using only pantry staples -- and we brought writer Sarah Jampel on the show to tackle those questions.


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    January 31, 2022 29 min

    Sourdough bread baking took over a lot of kitchens when the pandemic first began, but we don't think that sourdough should be 'just another phase'. Esther Choi is joined by Food52's resident bread baker Maurizio Leo to talk all-things sourdough bread baking.

    Maurizio's instagram 

    The Perfect Loaf  website

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    Have you ever bought spices for a single recipe and then just left it in your cabinet, gathering dust, until the next time you made that recipe? Or have you maybe ever avoided cooking a recipe because it had an ingredient that you were nervous to try? Well we're here to help! 

    In this episode of Hotline Offline, Esther Choi is joined by the Chief Spice Mama herself, Kanchan Koya, to discuss all of the incredible benefits of cook...

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    On this episode, Esther is joined by Hetty McKinnon and Ivan Orkin to talk stock! Soup is in a unique category of food because it seems like for all the people who find it intimidating, there are just as many people who find it boring, but really, there's no reason it should be either! Tune in to hear expert tips on making your own stocks, and ways to bring a massive amount of flavor to a broth with only a couple of ingredients...

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    January 10, 2022 21 min

    Have you been hearing about meal prep and been interested in trying it out? Have you tried it and were overwhelmed by the process and underwhelmed by the results? Well Dan Pelosi is here to help with all of your meal-prep needs! Dan and Esther talk through ways to tackle meal-prep with less stress and more flavor.  

    Mentioned in this episode: 

  • Bimpy's Giambotta (recipe)
  • Bimpy's Giambotta (video)
  • A very special thanks to Dan Pel...

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    Today we're celebrating our favorite food traditions. Esther is joined by her sister Jen to reminisce about their own traditions and hear from our listeners about eating a selection of german sausages on Christmas, a cooking a famous brisket, and somehow burning spaghetti every Friday night.

    A very special thanks to Jennifer Choi for stopping by the podcast to reminisce and talk about our listener's favorite traditions! Got ...

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    December 20, 2021 26 min

    Mentioned in this episode:

  • Red Wine Brownie Cookies recipe
  • Red Wine Brownie Cookies on the Play Me a Recipe podcast
  • Sweet Potato Snickerdoodle recipe
  • Savory Thumbprint Cookie recipe
  • Tara O'Brady's Basic, Great Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe

    A very special thanks to author and food stylist Jesse Szewczyk for chatting all things cookie, and also to our listeners who called in their questions! Got a question? Call ‪(518) 291-9877‬ a...

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    Mentioned in this episode:

  • Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe (as shared on Food to Love)
  • Radicchio & Pickled Radish Salad recipe
  • Chef Neal Harden's Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric-Tahini Sauce & Pistachios
  • Raspberry & White Chocolate Tart with Cocoa Crust recipe
  • How to whip coconut cream into, well, whipped coconut cream
  • Seeded Brown Rice Crackers recipe
  • Heirloom Bean Bourguignon recipe (as shared onThe Full Helping)
  • ...

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    Mentioned in this episode:

  • Grandma Potatoes recipe
  • Mama's Potato Clover Rolls recipe
  • Carrot Ring recipe
  • A very special thanks to Ella Quittner for seeing and accepting our patheti—erm—perfectionist tendencies, and to our listeners who called in their questions! Got a question? Call ‪(518) 291-9877‬ and leave us a message on the hotline. We’ll get to the bottom of it together.

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    A very special thanks to our listeners who called in their questions! Got a question? Call ‪(518) 291-9877‬ and leave us a message on the hotline. We’ll get to the bottom of it together.

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    November 23, 2021 1 min

    From Food52's podcast network, this is Food52's 10-year-strong hotline offline. Chef Esther Choi is wo-manning the lines, and is on a mission to solve your kitchen mysteries: from "how does an air fryer work?" to "how do I fix an over-salted soup?", "why are my cookies flat?" to "how do I substitute whole-wheat flour for AP?". Call in your curiosity to (518) 291-9877—we'll get right on it...

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