Deep Dish: Twisted Food History!
Episode 11: Chicken Tikka Masala!

Episode 11: Chicken Tikka Masala!

September 17, 2020

In this episode of Deep Dish, we head over to India...or...Scotland? and cozy up with some curry.  Which country can lay claim to the origin of Chicken Tikka Masala?  Has the UK finally redeemed itself, culinarily speaking?  You'll have to listen to find out!

Highlights

  • We revisit some beloved childhood snacks, inspired by our recent purchase of the s'mores lookalike Mallowmars! 
  • We finally cover the rise of a food that DOESN'T correspond to the Industrial Revolution!  
  • PCFG Erik puts on his best British accent to discuss some fine*, traditional British dishes. (*Not fine)
  • There's like three different curry dishes that are all basically the same thing... It's so confusing.
  • The introduction of a new dessert topic - Poor Taste!  We take a look at Taco Bell's newest item, and it's not what you would expect.
Episode 10: Off Topic! Weird Anniversary Gift Traditions, The Hamptons, Audio Issues!

Episode 10: Off Topic! Weird Anniversary Gift Traditions, The Hamptons, Audio Issues!

September 11, 2020

In this off-week edition of Deep Dish, we discuss our Labor Day weekend, which included our very first wedding anniversary! We also play another round of Shitty Old Recipes! 

Highlights include...

  • We discuss our Labor Day weekend, briefly going over what "The Hamptons" actually means.  How many Hamptons are there? Are they actually ritzy?
  • Speaking of ritzy, we take some time looking over the list of traditional wedding anniversary gifts, and some of them are a bit, uh, abstract. (How does one give "fire" as a gift?)
  • Despite some audio problems, we delve into perhaps the nastiest meal we've done yet, in Shitty Old Recipes! Hint: Combine fruity Jello with things that should NEVER be combined with fruity Jello)
Episode 9: Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Episode 9: Ice Cream Sandwiches!

September 3, 2020

In this episode of Deep Dish, we explore the history of the ice cream sandwich!  How many different types of ice cream sandwich are there around the world?  What does the Jersey Shore have to do with ice cream sandwiches?  Which member of the Jersey Shore are we related to?  You'll have to listen to find out!

Highlights

  • We start off with a recap of the exotic fruit party we had last weekend. (Spoilers: The fruits were exotic.)
  • Some people take ice cream sandwich a little too literally.
  • We establish an interesting connection between ice cream innovations and hot dog vendors, for some reason.
  • Chipwiches have a surprisingly convoluted history that almost resulted in them disappearing forever. 
  • Another edition of shitty old recipe that stretches the limits of what constitutes a salad!
Episode 8: S’Mores!

Episode 8: S’Mores!

August 27, 2020

In this episode of Deep Dish, we hang out around the campfire and roast up some s'mores!  How long have we been roasting marshmallows around fires?  Did the person who wrote down the s'mores recipe have the best Girl Scout leader name?  You'll have to listen to find out!

Highlights

  • A brief trip down memory lane of school cafeterias/school lunches.
  • The history of s'mores basically stops at the invention of s'mores because they're so perfect!  What else is there to talk about?
  • Marshmallows used to be medicine!? Well... sort of!
  • An insane deep-dive on one of the biggest fad-diet purveyors of all time, Sylvester Graham!
  • We finally praise England for one of their contributions to the culinary world!
  • A somewhat more recent edition of Shitty Old Recipes that tragically combines s'mores with hamburgers... (It's as terrible as it sounds.)
Episode 7: Lemonade!

Episode 7: Lemonade!

August 20, 2020

Deep Dish is back! After our brief hiatus to collect feedback, we've returned with our best episode yet. This week, we discuss the surprisingly ancient history of lemonade! Where did lemons come from? What's an ade? Your answers await!

Highlights

  • Lemons actually originate from a cool, old lineage of citrus fruits that sound like something from a shonen anime!
  • Erik and Meg are in an incredibly anti-government mood thanks to an unfortunate letter from the IRS. Where's Ron Paul when you need him?
  • On that note, Erik and Meg officially decide they hate the federal government more than annoying children.
  • The origins of pink lemonade in particular would make everyone with a foot fetish proud!
  • Another edition of Review Roast takes place, defending Brickhouse Brewery & Restaurant of Patchogue, from review trolls... some of which sound like they were written by an 18th century playwright, bizarrely.

Next week we'll be focusing on one of the truest summertime treats that exist, though strangely only in America! These toasty, campfire favorites are simple, yet satisfying. Think you know what it is? Write in or comment with your guesses, and if you're correct, we'll give you a great bit shout-out in a future episode!

Until then, stay hungry!

Episode 6: Off-Topic!

Episode 6: Off-Topic!

August 10, 2020

Following our trial run of five episodes, we've decided to do a bonus episode while we work on taking your feedback and suggestions for the future of Deep Dish! This episode is a bonus, so there's no topic, no research, just food talk!

Highlights Include:

  • Camping food is awesome! We share some tips for campfire cookouts and what to make!
  • PCFG Erik and Meg visit the new Lidl grocery store that opened recently! As the Germans tend to be, their grocery stores are efficient and clean.
  • Speaking of Germany, Shitty Old Recipes returns with a recipe that combines chocolate cake with... fermented cabbage. Brilliant.

We're all-ears for constructive criticism! So please write in to poorcouplesfoodguide@gmail.com, or hit us up on Facebook and Instagram to let us know what you want more of and less of, in Deep Dish! Episode 7 will be back to normal, once we get some more feedback on the show! Until then, stay hungry!

Episode 5: Flan!

Episode 5: Flan!

July 30, 2020

In this episode of Deep Dish, we take you all the way back to Ancient Rome where everybody's favorite jiggly custard dessert, flan, was first created! It's a miracle we still eat this stuff considering how many collapsed empires it survived! In the spirit of custard, we also go over some Jell-o mold horrors from the 1960s! And uh, yeah, they're pretty bad.

Episode 4: Banana Bread!

Episode 4: Banana Bread!

July 23, 2020

In this episode of Deep Dish, we discuss the incredibly specific circumstances that led to banana bread's creation in the early 1900s! This sweet, quickbread seems so simple, but there's more to it than just someone thinking banana-flavored bread was be a good idea!

Episode 3: Penne Alla Vodka!

Episode 3: Penne Alla Vodka!

July 16, 2020

In this episode, we take a look at a true New York favorite, penne alla vodka. This rich, creamy, vodka-infused pasta dish has a disputed origin with some people claiming it was invented in Italy, and some saying it was invented state-side! Which was it? Listen to find out!

Episode 2: Hamburgers!

Episode 2: Hamburgers!

July 9, 2020

In this episode, we take a look at one of the most iconic foods in American history, hamburgers! Find out how a disgusting hockey puck of raw meat and bread turned into a beloved BBQ favorite! Then discover its path from a country-fair staple to fast food icon and more!

 

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