Dinner SOS by Bon Appétit

Dinner SOS by Bon Appétit

A last-minute party with no menu inspiration. A kitchen with no space. A toddler who will only eat buttered pasta. Name your dinner emergency—Bon Appétit is here to help. Dinner SOS is the podcast where we answer desperate home cooks' cries for help. In every episode, food director Chris Morocco and a rotating cast of cooking experts tackle a highly specific conundrum and present two solutions. The caller will pick one, cook through it, and let us know if we successfully helped rescue dinner. Call in with your own dinner emergencies—no problem is too big or too small! For the recipes featured in Dinner SOS and more, head to bonappetit.com or download the new Epicurious App in the iOS App Store. You can find episodes of our previous podcast, Food People, here.

Episodes

July 9, 2024 33 mins

10 years ago, Jenny had a half-sour pickle from Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, MI... and it was life-changing. But Jenny lives in North Carolina. She hasn't been back to Michigan, and attempts to recreate the signature half-sour crunch in her own kitchen have been unsuccessful. Chris enlists BA resident fermentation enthusiast Amiel Stanek (with a special appearance by Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig) to concoct a "rec...

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Today, we're sharing an episode from our friends at “The Splendid Table.” “The Splendid Table” has been celebrating the intersection of food and life for more than two decades and is hosted by award-winning food writer Francis Lam.


This week, the show features two guests that will get you excited about cooking and baking. First, New York Times food desk reporter Priya Krishna tells us about her food writing career, buil...

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June 25, 2024 28 mins

Jennifer and her husband are busy—they spend their weekends occupied taking their 3 dogs to agility competitions—and Jennifer suspects her Instant Pot would help her make dinner quicker and tastier. The only problem? She's terrified of it. So Shilpa and Chris join forces to help Jennifer conquer her fears and take advantage of her electric pressure cooker.


Recipes & Links:

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Pork Spareribs with...

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June 18, 2024 33 mins

Lale Arikoglu is an expert traveler. And she’s headed out of town with friends, where she’ll need to make dinner in a vacation home. Faced with a flurry of dietary restrictions, she turned to Dinner SOS for some direction.


Recipes & Links

Sesame Tofu with Broccoli 

Peanut Butter Noodles with Cucumbers

Easy Fish Tacos with Spicy Sauce 

Chipotle-Crusted Cauliflower Tacos

Sizzling Turmeric-Dill Fish Tacos 


What to Pack f...

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June 11, 2024 28 mins

Caller Teddy has been vegan for a few years. But while she’s confident in her chickpea and lentil skills, bean mastery has eluded her. And, to be fair, the questions are big: canned or dried? What type of bean works best for which application? Is a big pot of brothy beans enough for a meal, or does it need to be doctored? Chris taps Justine Doiron (aka Justine_Snacks, bean enthusiast, to help Teddy get hip to the humble be...

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June 6, 2024 22 mins

Juneteenth, celebrated on the 19th of June, may be our newest national holiday, but Black Americans — particularly Texans — have been celebrating it for years. Bon Appetit and Epicurious Editor-in-Chief Jamila Robinson sat down with chef, TV host, and entrepreneur Carla Hall to dig into how they mark Juneteenth, who's allowed to join the celebrations, and what they're cooking this year. 


Recipes Mentioned:

Hibiscus, Oran...

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June 4, 2024 32 mins

Liliana's two twenty-something sons and her husband are big guys who like a lot of protein at dinnertime. But she's feeling overwhelmed by the dietary restrictions at play, and bored with her repertoire. So Chris and Dan Pelosi team up to offer Liliana some large-format braises that won't require tons of cleanup.


Recipes:

Early Dismissal Pot Roast

Burnt Orange and Coriander Roast Pork


Check out Dan's Cookbook Let's Eat...

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May 28, 2024 33 mins

This week's caller, Jon, loves using his smokers to create delicious, tender, barbecue. But there's one cut of meat that has always eluded him: beef cheeks. So Chris is joined by Snake River Farms's Dave Yasuda and "The Professor of Barbecue," Tuffy Stone, to help Jon master this tough—but rewarding—piece of meat.

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May 21, 2024 37 mins

Korean food is exploding in popularity—and for good reason. So, to dive into the trends and dishes we're loving, Chris is joined by Deputy Food Editor Hana Asbrink, Chef Irene Yoo, and Matt Rodbard & Deuki Hong, co-authors of the new book Koreaworld. Join us for a deep dive into anju and soju drinking games, what's on the modern Seoul table, and answers to listener questions.


RECIPES & LINKS:

Sulguk (Alcohol Stew...

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Almost every parent has a moment when making dinner for their families feels daunting or downright demoralizing. And here at Dinner SOS, we get tons of emails from parents looking for inspiration and guidance. So Stacie Billis and Meghan Splawn, food writers and hosts of the podcast Didn't I Just Feed You? join Chris to commiserate—and to answer some listener questions from our mailbag.

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Abby has a vegetable skeptic in her house. But it's not her two young children, it's her husband, Trent. So Chris enlists Top Chef Canada host and cookbook author Eden Grinshpan to help Abby find creative ways to make vegetables seem more appealing to Trent — and, by extension, their toddler. 


RECIPES:

Whole Roasted Broccoli with Romesco, Almonds, and Dates

Whole Head of Roasted Cauliflower with Garlicky Tahini Sauce

Sesam...

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Nico and Natalie love cooking together. But since Natalie developed a dairy intolerance, cooking their favorite dishes just hasn't been the same. Chris and vegan chef Chrissy Tracey help Nico and Natalie navigate the world of dairy substitutes to satisfy their creamy cravings.

RECIPES

Vegan Cacio e Pepe


Chewy Date and Dark Chocolate Cookies

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April 23, 2024 38 mins

The May issue of Bon Appetit celebrates all things beverages — from recipes that use vodka in unconventional ways to 15 cocktails you can make with just 5 bottles of booze. So here on Dinner SOS, we're joining the party! Shilpa joins Chris for a deep dive into the issue's cocktail recipes and a mailbag full of listener questions about alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Then, they're both joined by BA staffers Dan Siege...

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April 16, 2024 35 mins

You might know Michele Norris from her work as a journalist (including a decade-plus stint at NPR, where she co-hosted “All Things Considered”). You might know her from her Peabody Award-winning Race Card Project, or the two books she’s authored. Or you might know her as the host of the podcast Your Mama’s Kitchen. Michele joined Chris for a conversation about food memories and a mailbag full of listener questions all abou...

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April 9, 2024 37 mins

Gabe and her husband have befriended an American couple in Treviso, Italy, where they all live. In order to give them a taste of home, Gabe would love to cook her new friends an American meal. But what typifies American food? And how can she source the right ingredients in the Veneto? Chris enlists the help of Bon Appetit's resident Aussie, Adam Moussa, and sommelier André Mack of BA's World of Wine series, to figure out w...

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April 2, 2024 34 mins

Most weeks on the show, we help out home cooks who have had a kitchen fail. This week, the "fail" is coming from inside the test kitchen. Test Kitchen Editor Kendra Vaculin joins Chris to chat about the fraught recipe development process of Kendra's Foolproof Lemon Bars — which was caught on camera as part of our "How I Developed" video series. Chris and Kendra also share how the team works together in the Bon Appetit test...

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March 26, 2024 30 mins

Izzy and Nina are twin sisters who love to cook together. But while Izzy loves baking, Nina finds the precision it requires endlessly frustrating. So Izzy's got one more shot to get Nina to love baking with her. Chris and Shilpa come to their rescue, helping the sisters capture the joy of baked goods that taste even better from your own kitchen than from a bakery. 

The Recipes:

BA's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pavlova

Chocolat...

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March 19, 2024 35 mins

Dan Pashman, of The Sporkful podcast, is somewhat of a pasta fanatic. In 2021, he invented the pasta shape Cascatelli (and documented the process on his show). Now, he's back with a cookbook, Anything's Pastable. He joined Chris to nerd out about pasta and answer some listener questions.

Recipes:

Cacio e Pepe

Baked Pasta Ideas

Ideas for Using Ground Meat

Shrimp Scampi

Soup Weather Inspiration

Bagna Cauda with Spring Vegetables

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Erin is an accomplished baker who regularly makes both meringue and lemon curd. But when she tried a lemon meringue pie recipe last year, it turned into lemon meringue soup. Chris and Shilpa are on the case to help Erin figure out what went wrong and make a citrus pie that will hold its shape and delight her friends.


The Recipes:

BA's Lemon Meringue Pie

Cherry Lemonade Beach Pie

Triple Citrus Creamsicle Pie

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February 27, 2024 34 mins

Michelle loves all things French, and dreams of making the perfect Beef Bourguignon at home. But there's a slight issue: her husband has an intolerance to garlic and onions, the bedrocks of French flavor. Chris enlists the help of Chef Tanya Holland to teach Michelle how to develop deep umami flavors without alliums. 

The Recipes:

- Tanya's Chicken Fricassee

- Beef and Bacon Stew

- Red Wine and Soy-Braised Short Ribs

- Tuna Niç...

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