Check the Pantry Produced at the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska, Check the Pantry looks at food and cooking through the building blocks - ingredients. Host Jeff Lockwood examines one ingredient each show in all its facets, from history to cultural importance to how it's produced to, most importantly, how to cook it.
Check the Pantry

Check the Pantry

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Produced at the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska, Check the Pantry looks at food and cooking through the building blocks - ingredients. Host Jeff Lockwood examines one ingredient each show in all its facets, from history to cultural importance to how it's produced to, most importantly, how to cook it.

Most Recent Episodes

Brussels Sprouts

One of the stars of the winter table, Brussels sprouts take the spotlight in a three-course dinner that features them in two different preparations. Jeff Lockwood also talks with The Grog Shop 's Patrick Driscoll about what to drink alongside the meal. Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. First aired 2/14/21.

Green Bell Peppers

Green bell peppers make a nice springboard to cooking up the New Orleans brunch classic grillades and grits. Host Jeff Lockwood expounds at length on his indifference to grits, and explains why they are not merely boring, but dangerous. Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. First aired 12/20/20.

Coffee

For many of us, coffee is utilitarian, the tool that knocks us awake in the morning. For Justice Sky, of Ano Kissaten Coffee Roasters , it's much more than that - it's a world of flavors specific to where the beans are grown. Justice walks Jeff Lockwood through making coffee from roasting raw beans to brewing the perfect cup - for you and for the bean. Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. First aired 12/6/2020.

Turkey

With a worldwide pandemic raging, getting together for a big meal is a terrible idea. Finding ways to shrink Thanksgiving classics down? Fantastic idea. Jeff Lockwood makes turkey ballotines (and has unkind things to say about the turducken), as well as sweet potato gnocchi and green bean casserole, with a remote appearance from Teri Robl's stuffin' muffins. Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. First aired 11/22/20.

Hens

There comes a time in a hen's life where she's not laying too much, and you have to make some decisions. One of the options, the one Jeff Lockwood chooses this week, is stock - the best stock you can make. Stock leads inexorably to soup - potato leek, this time. Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. First aired 11/8/20.

Milk

Milk is much more than a drink - it's an important ingredient, contributing fat, texture, and flavor to many different foods - meatballs and quiche among them. Jeff Lockwood is joined by Teri Robl for a look at one of the many useful products squeezed from underneath the cow. Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. First aired 10/25/2020.

Carrots

Harvest means carrots, and carrots mean cake! Jeff Lockwood spends the hour making carrot cake (using a slight adaptation of this recipe ). Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. First aired 09/27/20.

Yeast

Jeff Lockwood visits Alaskan brewing legend Lasse Holmes for a tour through the beer-making process, which, at every step, keeps coming back to yeast. Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer Alaska. First aired 09/13/20.

Sparkling Wine

Bubbles aren't just for special occasions. The Grog Shop's Patrick Driscoll leads a tasting panel with Teri Robl, Grady Avant, and John Cottingham through five inexpensive, everyday sparkling wines from around the world. Host Jeff Lockwood makes gougères to eat during the tasting. Wines provided by the Grog Shop. Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. First aired 08/30/20.

Almonds

Jeff Lockwood makes a Basque cake and a dacquoise with almond flour, then heads into Teri Robl's kitchen for an Italian tomato sauce with almonds and a forty-year-old recipe for almond chicken. Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. First aired 8/16/20.

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