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Date:     10/26/13
Topic:  Over the past three and a half years, we’ve spoken with experts from the healthcare and scientific communities who agree that more testing needs to be done on food items that are genetically modified.  HOW did those products make it to the supermarket shelves?  Did the FDA violate it’s own rules by allowing untested GMOs onto the market?  Our guest Steven Druker from the Alliance for BioIntegrity thinks so, and in 2000, was part of a group that sued the FDA.  You’ll hear what happened in that case, and why GMOs should be removed from the shelves!  We also spoke to attorney Knoll Lowney for an update on I-522 in Washington to label GMOs.   In our organic recipe segment, Elizabeth shares a terrific seasonal soup… Pumpkin Mascapone Pancetta Bisque

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Date:     10/19/13
Topic:  For every action there is a consequence, and that old saying came true in this show.  We spoke with attorney Knoll Lowney representing for Moms for Labeling for an update on their case and the actions by the Attorney General in Washington.  Late on Friday evening just before airtime, the Grocery Manufacturers Association released a list of its member companies that had illegally contributed to the No on 522 campaign by hiding their identities.  Elizabeth was FIRST to read the list of companies!   We also spoke with noted food safety attorney Bill Marler about the salmonella outbreak that’s been under reported and overlooked during the government shutdown.  You’ll also hear that it’s time to update the laws regarding salmonella to prevent people from getting sick.

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Date:     10/12/13
Topic:  Back to Basics.  In this show you’ll meet Glenn Rogers the owner of Anson Mills in South Carolina.  Mr. Rogers tells how he works with researchers to resurrect long lost varieties of rice and grains.  He tells the story of how he has turned back the hands of time to the pre-industrial revolution era and brought back Carolina Gold rice… a product that hasn’t been served in nearly one hundred years.  We also spoke to Katrina Frey from Frey Organic Wines about holiday food/wine pairings and how a German wine (that’s almost unpronounceable) might be the BEST choice next to your turkey day celebration.  In our recipe segment, Elizabeth unveiled this gem… Chocolate Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake!

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Date:     10/05/13
Topic:  In this special edition of the show, we focused on the topic that was on everyone’s mind… the government shutdown.  We focused on what the shutdown might mean to food safety inspections across the country.  Special guest Jaydee Hanson from the Center for Food Safety joined us for the hour.  You’ll hear how some USDA inspections are underway, while the FDA inspections have come to a halt, and NO inspections are being done on imports right now.

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Date:     09/28/13
Topic:  In a word… ACCOUNTABILITY!  The gloves are off and we’re talking about the Grocery Manufactures Association.  The organization has contributed over $2,000,000 to the effort to block labeling of GMOs in Washington.  After the public and social media backlash individual companies faced for blocking Proposition 37 in California, member companies are making contributions to block I-522 in Washington using the GMA to protect their identities.  ”Moms for Labeling” says this is a violation of Washington state law and has filed a lawsuit asking for the identities to be revealed.  The GMA has fired back, with a lawsuit of their own.   We spoke with Karen Andonian, mom of a special needs child and a member of “Moms for Labeling” and with her attorney Knoll Lowney about the case.  In fairness, we invited the GMA to appear on the show… there was no response.   You’ll also learn about farrow and about an organic beer being brewed in Orlando.

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Date:     09/21/13
Topic:  There’s no doubt, the U.S. has fallen far behind the European Union when it comes to the protection of farm animals destined for the dinner table.  We spoke to Professor Peter Fitzgerald of Stetson University College of Law to understand why!  The Monsanto Protection Act that was supposed to end in December was BACK!  As the U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the government, the very controversial provision was included… AGAIN.  We spoke to Professor Louis Virelli from Stetson University College of Law when congress first passed this bill back in March, we reached out to him again for an update.   Several days later, the US Senate decided to strip it from their version of the bill and effectively killed the Monsanto Protection Act!    This program will also go down in history as the one where Michael had to use the BEEP button on Elizabeth… three times… as she talked about Sriracha Sauce.  You’ll have to listen to hear why.

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2/2/13

This week  Food Nation Radio was all about controversy in restaurants. We introduced a new segment about servers’ complaints about you, the customer. How restaurant workers deal with bullying on the job, with Chef Domenica, gives us info on what happens behind the scenes. We’ve also got an interview with Tom Scherberger on a new craft brewery, right here in Florida, and their new Mango Tango IPA.

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 200 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.

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1/26/13

This Food Nation Radio show ran the gamut from big game recipes, to fluoride in the water, to food news and pet peeves in restaurants.

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Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 200 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.

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Date:     11/24/12

Topic:  ”Holiday 2012 Tips.”  Want to do something special and unique this holiday season?  Instead of rushing out to the store, take a few moments to bake something special.  Elizabeth tells you how… including recipes for gingerbread people (and their tasty houses) and edible Christmas ornaments.  In our “Pet Peeves” segment, we discuss an email from a listener who told of a restaurant where the servers insist upon asking the names of the diners, and even went so far as to write them down.  Is it friendly, intrusive or has research told the restaurants patrons will spend more if first names are used?  In the “Things That Make You Go HMM” segment, we talked about food safety tips for your refrigerator.  You’ll also get a sneak peek at Elizabeth’s Christmas menu… more on this to come.

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Date:     11/17/12

Topic:  ”Thanksgiving, 2012  Gluten-Free”  The focus of this show is simple… helping you make the most scrumptious Thanksgiving meal for your family without all the fuss and stress… and it’s gluten free!  Elizabeth walks you through her Thanksgiving menu and tells you how to make Gluten-Free Tarragon Roast Turkey With Port Wine Gravy the most moist turkey ever.  You’ll also hear about the best mashed potatoes and gravy, Cheddar Cornbread, Chorizo And Apple Stuffing Recipe – Gluten-Free and not one, but TWO pie recipes (Amaretto Pumpkin And Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipes – Gluten-Free) that will amaze your guests.  In the “Things That Make You Go HMMMM” segment, you’ll meet Attorney Don Barrett from Lexington, Mississippi.  This southern lawyer beat the tobacco industry and has his sights set on another culprit… big agriculture.  He’ll tell you why he has filed lawsuits against companies that lie on labels.  At the very beginning of the show, we share some very good news with you about the show, and why we are thankful this year.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Date:     11/10/12

Topic:  ”We’re Not Gonna Take it Anymore.”  After the disappointing results in the California election that saw Proposition 37 go down in defeat, we take the time to get back to basics.  Elizabeth delivered a stern warning to the manufacturers who sell genetically modified products!  Also in this show, you’ll meet Ingrid, a spokesperson for Label it Yourself, a grassroots organization of  moms and dads who are doing what the manufacturers refuse to do; they are putting warning labels on GMOs.  You’ll hear their story and how you can participate.  We also spoke to Jason H who became a target of the City of Orlando for growing a garden in his front yard.  In the “Things That Make You Go HMMM” segment, we look at pet food.  Some producers ARE finally getting the message and are promoting the fact that their products do not contain GMOs.
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Date:     11/03/12

Topic:  ”Vote YES on Prop 37.”  For the first time ever, voters have a say as to whether foods containing genetically modified components would be labeled.  “Proposition 37 – California Right to Know” is in front of voters in that state, and we spoke to Tom Fendley to get an update.   The addictive Korean hit song “Gangnam Style” is all over radio these days and is the inspiration for several favorite Korean dishes and recipes.  With the high cost of going to the grocery store every week, is it cheaper to eat out at restaurants instead?  Elizabeth compares the costs and you may be surprised at the results.  In the “Things That Make You Go HMMM” segment, a look at your tongue; specifically, your taste buds and why foods taste the way that they do.  We also talked about a study that says your other senses influence your sense of taste.  Get out and VOTE!
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Date:     07/07/12

Topic:  ”The One After The Trip to New York City.”  After nearly a week in The Big Apple, we came back armed with LOTS of food related news including an update on Farm Bill 2012 and the best foods for late night dining.  Do you like tacos?  Who doesn’t?  We are personally visiting Mexican restaurants around the area looking for THE best tacos in Tampa Bay.  We’ll tell you what to look for and how to get the best and freshest tacos (and you’ll learn about Michael’s new favorite, Queso Fundido.)  Our trip to New York City included a stop and an interview with Rob Kaufelt, owner of Murray’s Cheese in the West Village.  In the “Things That Make You Go HMMM” segment, we look at nutrition bars.  The Cornucopia Institute reports which of the nutrition bars may contain HEXANE and they could actually be making you sick.
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Date:     06/30/12

Topic:  What a week!  After a quick recap of Tropical Storm Debbie and a look ahead to the Fourth of July, we get down to business and a conversation with Attorney Avinash Kar who is suing the USDA for allowing the unnecessary use of antibiotics in farm animals.  Later in the show, we played the full sound clip of Bill Maher’s now famous rant against President Obama, Monsanto and GMOs.  Since NO Fourth of July cookout would be complete without ribs and dessert, Elizabeth shares two easy-to-make recipes.  In the “Things That Make You Go HMMM” segment, we taste test Dinty Moore’s Beef Stew versus Elizabeth’s homemade version.  Can Danny Donut (our technical producer) tell the difference between the two?  The results may surprise you.
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Date:     06/23/12

Topic:  If you’ve never heard or read a word about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) then THIS is the show to download and share.  Jeffrey Smith, the author of “Seeds of Deception” joins us again to discuss the ABCs of GMOs!  You’ll learn how a French research project ties GM corn to human cell disruption, and how the biotech industry is poisoning the planet!  Also in the show, a description of great summer cheeses, how to make the BEST French fries and  how to bake GBD chocolate chip cookies. What is GBD?  Golden, Brown and Delicious!  Plus, if you’ve ever visited a NY pizzeria, you know how protective they can be of their sauce.  You’ll hear how two families nearly came to blows over pizza sauce.
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Date:     06/16/12

Topic:  This broadcast marks our second anniversary.  Tampa Tribune food writer Jeff Houck joins us as a special guest alongside with Tampa BBQ‘s Mike Silverstein.   Listen and you’ll learn how to make the perfect bratwurst, we’ll debate propane vs charcoal grills, Elizabeth talks to the author of letter to Congress urging the labeling of genetically modified foods and you’ll hear a special audio montage of Food Nation highlights.  Thanks to YOU for listening!
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Date:     06/09/12

Topic:  We’ll call this show “The One With the USDA Rant”!  As you walk the grocery aisles, you’re starting to see the green and white “USDA Organic” seal on food labels.  But what does that label mean?  Are the foods that carry that seal truly organic?  We spoke to Michael Potter the CEO of Eden Foods who says that even though the foods his company creates are indeed organic, the standards for “USDA ORGANIC” are so low that he will not affix that label on his products.  You’ll also hear Harold Goldstein from the California Center for Public Health Advocacy who released a county-by-county report measuring the rate of childhood obesity and is eyeing the sugary drink industry.  As for the USDA rant, it’s about midway through the program and Michael Serio shares his thoughts about the USDA, the National Organic Standards Board and The Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  In the final segment of the show… more Pet Peeves about restaurants.
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Date:     06/02/12

Topic:  One of our best shows ever.  We spoke to Miles McEvoy, the Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program who talks about imports from China, why the government allows inorganic chemical and substances to be used in organic products and tells us about the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  To present the full picture, we replayed highlights from our interview last week with Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute.  Also in the show, can you tell if a restaurant uses instant mashed potatoes instead of the real thing?  Listen to our live taste test.  And…which restaurant in Tampa Bay serves the HOTTEST soup?  We’re not talking about temperature but flavor.  The readers of Eat St. Pete voted overwhelmingly for the ghost pepper infused Inferno Soup at Nitally’s Thai-Mex Restaurant on Central Avenue.  That’s all we needed to take the challenge live on the radio!  You’ll hear the results in the last segment of the show.
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Date:     05/26/12

Topic:  Last week on the show, we talked to the experts who told us all about “meat glue” so today, you’ll meet the now former inspector for the USDA who actually coined that term.  Gerald Zirnstein was fired over the matter and now finds himself a “whistleblower.”  So how deep are the problems within the USDA? We also talk to Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute, a watchdog organization who tells us why the “USDA Organic” label is corrupt.  He also shares warnings about food that comes from China, baby formula, and a substance called carrageenan.  Later in the show, you’ll hear about a story in the NY Times that takes a big step backwards in the efforts to label GMOs, and how politics comes into play.  Interspersed in the show, recipes for Memorial Day Weekend 2012 including the BEST ribs, cornbread and apple pie you’ll ever make.
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Date:     05/19/12

Topic:  Have you heard about “meat glue”? It’s a substance added to scraps of meat and compressed, that creates what appears to be a whole new cut of meat.  Even experts can’t tell the difference.  More and more restaurants, hotel banquet kitchens  and even caterers are using “meat glue” to lower their food costs and for presentation purposes.  The FDA says meat glue is “generally recognized as safe” but is it?  On this week’s show, you’ll hear how you could become very sick if foods containing meat glue are not cooked properly.  We shared our restaurant “pet peeves of the week” and an entire list of odd food news items from the week (including the story of a NY food truck operator who was arrested for offering something that wasn’t on the menu).
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Date:     05/12/12

Topic:  As state efforts to require GMO labeling gather steam, we spoke with Stetson Law professor Michael Allen about possible legal issues ahead.  You’ll hear about the manufacturers’ first amendment rights versus government mandated labeling.  This is a MUST listen for those who advocate the labeling of GMOs.  As a follow up, we reached out to the FDA to invite them to explain their position on labeling GMOs and to explain the term “organic” to us.  We spent at least a dozen minutes on hold and never once talked to a representative… listen to a short snippet of that call.    Later in the show, we spoke to Falko Shilling from Vermont and Stacy Malkan from California.  Both are heavily involved with GMO labeling initiatives in their states but took very different paths to do so.  The Vermont effort died in legislation, the California effort will see the question put in front of voters in November.
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Date:     05/05/12

Topic:  One of the BEST shows EVER!  We start off the show with a quick look at two very popular Cinco de Mayo celebrations around Tampa Bay,  (at Red Mesa Cantina in downtown St. Petersburg and at Casa Tina in downtown Dunedin) and you’ll hear about Planter’s Peanuts latest advertising campaign.  Then it’s down to business!  We spoke to Gary Hirshberg, the former president and CEO of Stoneyfield Farm dairy, one of the largest producers of organic foods in the country.  His “Just Label It” campaign has created a huge awareness for the need to properly label genetically modified foods… but as you’ll hear… we discovered a problem.  A BIG one, that brings into question the validity of the entire “Just Label It” effort.  Then, you’ll meet the president of Fishing Rights Alliance who tells of an effort to “TAKE” the fish in the Gulf of Mexico.  If it happens YOU will pay lots more for seafood.  We WILL follow this story closely and keep you updated.  Finally, in the “Things That Make You Go HMMM ” segment, if the White House calls the Food & Drug Administration, will they change public policy?  The New York Times says so and we share the story.
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Date:     04/28/12

Topic:  It’s FESTIVAL SEASON!  Cinco de Mayo is coming up and Elizabeth shared a recipe for Marinated Skirt Steak and Homemade Tortillas that you’ll want for your fiesta.  The Festival of Chocolate is taking place this weekend on Orlando and we spoke to the Aileen Mand, the “Chief Chocolate Chick” about her sweet event, and we talked to Valeria Pianta of the brand new “Florida Blueberry Festival” in Brooksville, FL.  If you’ve followed the show, you know that we began our own organic, hydroponic garden from Tower Garden of Tampa.  The results are AMAZING and we get an update from Matt Sireci.  In the “things that make you go hmmm” segment, we talked about how a GMO labeling initiative in Hawaii was gobbled up by big business and the proponents who worked so hard to raise awareness of the issue are now forced to defeat the bill they advocated just a few days ago.  Plus, an honest talk about eating disorders.
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Date:     04/21/12

Topic:  The very first show on our new flagship station, AM 1010 in Tampa Bay!  If you’ve wondered how this show came to be, we explained it to the new audience.  Once we got down to business, it’s the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico so we spoke to Tampa Bay Times writer Craig Pittman whose latest work sheds new light on the lingering problems in the gulf waters.  We introduced the new audience to the topic of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and shared an email from a Florida legislator who seems open to the idea of labeling.  Meanwhile, the Vermont House Agriculture Subcommittee PASSED a bill that would require proper labeling.  Falko Shilling, the  Consumer Protection Advocate at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group gave us an update. To wrap up the show… do you know what is done with all the little scraps of filet in a restaurant?  It’s not uncommon for all those scraps to be mixed together with a “meat glue” and even an expert can’t tell the difference.
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Date:     04/07/12

Topic:  The topic of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) is back!  The Vermont legislature is debating whether GMO products should carry proper labeling and now they face a new threat; a lawsuit by one of the biggest companies that sells genetically modified seeds, Monsanto.  If you’ve listened to the show, you know how we feel about GMO’s!  You’ll hear an update from Falko Shilling, the  Consumer Protection Advocate at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.  Since it’s Easter weekend, we also spoke with Isabel Foodie,  a Tampa Bay based food blogger who’s working to make Sunday dinners special again.  Later in the show, we share the shocking story of what medical researchers discovered in chicken feathers (and it it’s in the feathers, it must also be in the bird).      Enjoy!

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Date:     03/31/12

Topic:  While we know it’s important to eat foods that are fresh, it’s also important to eat foods that are grown and produced locally.  On this show, we focused on locally grown foods.  You’ll meet Chef Ted Dorsey from Boca Restaurant in the Hyde Park and Rick Martinez of Sweetwater Organic Farms in North Tampa.   The show is also heard on FM 100.7 WXMR, so we’ll take a trip to upstate New York and talk to Beth Spaugh of the Plattsburg Winter Farmers Market about what is available right now.  In the “Things That Make You Go HMMMM” segment of the show, we’ll talk about BACON!   Enjoy!

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Date:     03/24/12

Topic:  This was a “BIGGEST & BEST” show on so many levels.  We talked to Hedy Goldsmith of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, a James Beard finalist for the 2012 Pastry Chef of the Year.  You’ll meet the owner of William Dean Chocolates right here in Tampa Bay who is creating tasty masterpieces with chocolate.  You’ll also hear an exclusive interview with Anthony Bourdain just before his speaking appearance in Tampa.  In the “things that make you go hmmm” segment, Elizabeth discusses a growing problem in restaurants called “dine and dash”.  That is, people who eat and then leave without paying.  For dessert, we shared the very secret location of the best dessert we’ve enjoyed all year.  The place is SO secret, you’ll need a password to enter!  Enjoy!

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Date:     03/17/12

Topic:   There’s a big incentive to eat the foods that are grown locally, but what about the beverages you drink?  Were they produced close to where you live or were they produced and shipped from elsewhere?  On this show, we explore locally produced beverages.  You’ll meet James Molesworth, a senior editor from Wine Spectator Magazine who encourages people to become “locapours” in addition to being a “locavore”.  We’ll also hear from Tom Barris (brand manager from Florida Beer Company, the producer of Ybor Gold Beer) and Troy Robert (founder and distiller of Siesta Key Rum).  Both are on the forefront of local production, bottling and distribution of very good drinks!  In the last segment of the show, we discuss a “blue strawberry” (the color change is the result of adding fish genes to a strawberry) and veteran Tampa Bay broadcaster Bill Murphy takes us on several “One Tank Trips” during the spring break.  Enjoy!

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Date:     03/10/12

Topic:    St. Patrick’s Day is a week away, and it’s time to celebrate.  You’ll hear three easy to make recipes that will make you think of the Emerald Isle.  You’ll meet John Nolan from Four Green Fields in Tampa, an authentic Irish pub (the only one in America with a thatch roof) and we will hear from from a leprechaun named “Shamus Patrick Liam O’Donnell McGillicutty Flannery Hamlin Schwartz Flynn Doyle O’Hanlon.”  To wrap up the show, you’ll meet Marilyn Hagerty, an 85 year old writer for the Grand Forks Herald.  Her “Eat Beat” column about the grand opening of Olive Garden in Grand Forks, North Dakota has some snooty foodie writers all upset.  We’ll talk to this sweet lady and let her tell her story.     Enjoy!

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Date:     03/03/12

Topic:    Eggs!  That’s the focus of this show.  You’ll meet Jim Michaels, the Project Manager for the Sturgeon program at Mote Marine Aquaculture Park in Sarasota.  Mote is raising sturgeon and harvesting caviar being served at fine restaurants around the world.  You’ll also meet Pam from Dancing Goat Farms who raises free range, organically fed chickens and produces eggs.  Enjoy!

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Date:     02/25/12

Topic:    You’ll find a little bit of everything in this show.  Elizabeth served as a judge at the Ybor City Saturday Morning Market’s “Flan Fest 2012″, so we learned how Chef Felix at Vizcaya Restaurante in Tampa makes his outstanding flan.  As the Strawberry Festival opens in Plant City, we talked to Jim Meeks from Parksdale Farms and Elizabeth shared some unique strawberry recipes. (including strawberry ravioli)  To wrap up the show, Ken Patterson from Monterey Bay Aquarium discussed their Seafood Watch Recommendations.  Enjoy!

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Date:     02/18/12

Topic:    This week on Food Nation Radio Network:  The Humane Society of the United States produced and distributed a video documentary of the animal abuse still found at Smithfield Farms.  Paul Shapiro from the Humane Society joins us to talk about their investigation.  You’ll also learn which multinational company is leveraging its huge buying power into positive changes in the meat production industry.  We also talked to Dickie Brennan (of the world famous Brennan’s Restaurants in New Orleans) about Mardi Gras.  Plus, Elizabeth shares a very special recipe for “Two Beer Roux”. (BTW…neither beer ends up in the roux)   Enjoy!

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Date:     02/11/12

Topic:    This week on Food Nation Radio Network: Words always seem to go together in twos; Lewis & Clark, Sonny & Cher, Beer & Brats. This show is all about another famous couple; Valentines Day and chocolate.  You’ll meet Viktoria Richard, a local couple doing amazing things with chocolate.  Listen with your sweetie. We hope you have as much fun listening as we did hosting it.    Sincerely yours on this Valentines Day weekend, Michael & Elizabeth!  :-)    Enjoy!
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Date:     02/04/12

Topic:    This week on Food Nation Radio Network: While all the food chefs you see on TV today were waddling around in disposable diapers, folks like Julia Child, Graham Kerr, Justin Wilson and Nathalie Dupree were the pioneers of cooking and entertaining on TV.  This show pays tribute to “The 1970′s”  and is a fun trip down memory lane.   Enjoy!

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Date:     01/28/12

Topic:    This week on Food Nation Radio Network.  The third largest festival in the US is right here in our own backyard and so the focus is Gasparilla Day.  You’ll meet the pirates invading Tampa and hear some terrific recipes from the sea.  In the “things that make you go hmmm” segment, you’ll hear from Professor Joe Cummins about GMO field trials that will allow pharmaceuticals to be inserted into the food crop supply and you don’t have a choice in the matter.
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Date:     01/21/12

Topic:    This week on Food Nation Radio Network:  The ramp-up to the really big football game in Indianapolis is underway, and you can’t have a tailgate party without tailgate FOODS!  This show is dedicated to all the foods we love while watching 300 pound men slam each other to the ground.  :-)  In the “things that make you go hmmmmm” segment, you’ll hear the “voice” of Anonymous; an entity that has broken into secured government websites and is urging people to speak up about their online freedoms before it’s too late.  Enjoy!
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Date:     01/14/12

Topic:    This week on Food Nation Radio Network: Did you know that the Congress of the United States of America has nothing better to do than to declare food holidays?  That’s right. The budget, finding solutions to putting people to work, settling the debt mess all come in second place to making sure that America celebrates a different food holiday every day.  In January alone, there are holidays for National Pastrami Day, National Fig Newton Day, National Cheese Lovers Day, National Strawberry Ice Cream Day  and our favorite, National Pizza Week.  On this week’s show, we celebrate the holidays.  You’ll meet John Neal Robinson from Blue Bell Ice Cream and we’ll get an update from the Florida Strawberry Festival March 1-11 in Plant City.  Plus, everything you wanted to know about making the BEST pizza ever and an expanded segment all about cheese.  (Behold, the power of cheese.)  Enjoy!
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Date:     01/07/12

Topic:    This week on Food Nation Radio Network: Agent Orange.  If you’re over the age of 50, you probably remember that chemical. It was used for a decade to deforest the jungles in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.  Now, researchers here at home are genetically modifying corn seeds to be resistant to one of the chemicals in Agent Orange. Why?  Because there is a movement to make the corn crop resistant so that  nasty chemical can be sprayed in the fields to kill all other weeds and vegetation.  What could go wrong with this plan?  This stuff can’t possibly be harmful for humans…right?  A chilling story and show.
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Date:     12/10/11

Topic:    This week on Food Nation Radio Network: Is there a glass ceiling in place around the Bay area that’s preventing females from serving as executive chefs?  Out of the hundreds of local eateries, there are only  a small handful of women in that position. In Part 1, we welcome back Domenica Macchia, CL’s Best of the Bay-winning chef of 2009.  During Part 2, a look at 2011 Food Trends, a cherry drink that will make you very, very sleepy, and you’ll hear all about our Christmas goose dinner.
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Date:      12/3/11

Topic:     This week on Food Nation Radio Network: Ever wonder what would happen if you ate 16 cupcakes and hosted a radio show?  Elizabeth was among the judges at the First Annual Ybor City Farmer’s Market Cupcake Contest.  You’ll hear the sweet story, plus the results of the Christmas menu contest that saw the winner enjoy a one night stay at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel and Golf Club.  We also talked to N.M. Kelby, author of the book “White Truffles in Winter” AND columnist Paul Danish from the Boulder Weekly newspaper who contends that “anti-GMO activism is evil.”  You don’t want to miss this show.
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Date:     11/26/11
Topic:     This week on Food Nation Radio Network:  In one show, we covered everything from cookies to wine and what you could do with turkey leftovers.  We spoke with Janet Keeler and Dan Ruth of the St. Petersburg Times, Steven Black from Uptick Wines and just for fun, you’ll hear one of our favorite interviews of all time with a fuzzy blue monster who loves cookies, including some “very special” cookies.
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Date:     11/5/11

Topic:     This week on Food Nation Radio Network: It’s the biggest food holiday of the year and Elizabeth has everything you need to know as you start to make your plans for Thanksgiving Dinner.  From buying the bird and cooking it in two hours, to all the side dishes and dessert. We cover it all.  It’s TURKEY 101.
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Date:     10/29/11
Topic:     This week on Food Nation Radio Network: Have you ever wondered about all the stuff that’s in milk?  So did we.  So we started asking questions.  You’ll hear from Liz Reitzig from National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association… she’ll share the story of an Amish farmer whose farm was raided by the FDA.  His crime:  providing raw milk that was transported across state lines.  You’ll also meet Jeff Kleinpeter from Kleinpeter Farms in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  All he wanted to do was advertise that his cows (and thus the milk) was free of rBGH.  Monsanto complained and the FDA stepped in.
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Date:     10/22/11
Topic:     This week on Food Nation Radio Network: Guess who’s coming to dinner?  The entire show was focused on one topic: genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).  You’ll hear from a professor emeritus who, instead of enjoying retirement, continues to study the effects of GMO’s.  Later, you’ll meet a chiropractor from California who once worked for Monsanto and was disturbed by what he saw and decided to leave.
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Date:     10/15/11
Topic:    This week on Food Nation Radio Network: Early in 2011, the federal government allowed flights to Cuba for the first time in fifty years.  Bay News 9 evening anchor Veronica Cintron traveled with the Florida Orchestra to Cuba and she shared her thoughts.  We also spoke with Food Network’s Aaron Sanchez about his new book, the influence of Mexican culture and cooking. And of course, Elizabeth asked him what percentage of his body is covered with tattoos.
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