William Smith

In the world of fermenting, Kirsten and Christopher Shockey are rock stars.  They were among the headliners at the recent "Live Culture Coast" events on the Southern Oregon Coast. 

In fact, the culture part was a double (maybe triple) entendre, with an eye on the living culture of fermentation included.  The Shockeys return to The Exchange for this month's edition of Savor, our food segment. 

Food stylist William Smith, our partner, rounds up the first-rate fermenters for a chat. 

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A region known for its fruit is bound to consume some of its own wares. So pears and apples should be in abundance this time of year, now that the fruits have come off the trees. 

Our food segment, Savor, focuses on apples and pears in this month's edition.  Food stylist Will Smith, our partner, offers up another recipe maximizing the flavor of the fruit. 

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How can something so simple (and delicious) be so confusing?  We get into disagreements over whether the tomato is a fruit or a vegetable (surprise! It's a berry), we get into disagreements over how to pronounce the word... at least we agree on its versatility. 

From pasta sauce to jam, tomatoes have many uses.  We explore those in this month's edition of Savor, our food segment. 

Food stylist Will Smith returns to share the hosting chores, offering up his recipe for gazpacho (cold tomato soup, yum!).  And Promiseland Farm in Sunny Valley offers up some tomato expertise. 

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We've complained loud and long about the smoky summers of the past two years, and with good reason.  But there is one place we'll tolerate some wood smoke: on our food. 

Summertime is barbecue time, and that is the focus of this month's edition of Savor, our food segment.  Food stylist Will Smith returns to help lead a discussion of barbecue, with guest Paul Disbrowe, the author of the cookbook Thank You for Smoking

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Summer flavors are in full swing, and some of the foods growing around us are beginning to ripen.  We celebrate fruit in this month's edition of Savor, our food segment. 

Will Smith returns with tales of the care and preparation of stone fruits, including a recipe for grilled peaches with vanilla cream (below). 

And we get some tips on fruit preservation from the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center. 

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Food comes from the grocery store, right?  True up to a point, but it has origins that go way beyond the store shelves. 

And Rogue Valley Farm to School works to make sure children understand the true sources of food.  This month's edition of Savor, our food segment, features our regular partner, food stylist Will Smith, with Sheila Carder, RVF2S Executive Director. 

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We admit to thinking about dessert while we start a meal.  So it's always right up our alley when discussions of food turn to sweeter offerings. 

Those include honey, featured this weekend (May 18th) at the Oregon Honey & Mead Festival in Ashland.  Will Smith, our partner for a monthly food segment we call Savor, returns to take up the subject.  Festival boss Sharon Schmidt also visits.

And we bring in another guest, Marla Bull Bear, who runs a honey-making project with young people at the Lakota Youth Development Project

Miroslav Bendik, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Food comes to us from a lot of places on the planet.  But we assume most of those places are actually in the business of agriculture, not, say, the sidewalks of Oakland, California. 

But Oakland is exactly one of the places where researchers found edible greens growing wild.  And even though some of the surroundings--residential and industrial--were a bit bleak, the plants didn't seem to care. 

Even plants grown in soil with potential contaminants could be washed and safely eaten. 

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Oregon forests have a reputation for growing gigantic trees.  Which often overlooks another product of the very same forests, often at the base of the very same trees: mushrooms. 

The woods abound with delectable varieties that can be found and picked with just a little effort.  We focus on mushrooms in this month's edition of our food segment, Savor. 

Louis Jeandin, who owns a business called Mushrooms All Year, is our guest. 

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One of the features of the "eat local" movement has been an urging to get to know the farmers who grow your food.  But not all local foods involve farmers. 

Confused?  Food still grows wild, despite the overwhelming presence of agriculture.  And this month's edition of our food segment, Savor, takes in the great variety of foods available by foraging in the woods. 

Our partner, food stylist Will Smith, is out of town this month.  But we welcome Chef Josh Dorcak of MÄS, which offers a tasting menu of local delights. 

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The groundhog has come and gone, the Valentine gifts are half-eaten or starting to wilt, and the rain is coming in buckets. 

What food could dispel the mid-winter gloom?  Citrus!  Will Smith, our partner for the Savor food segment, says the brightly colored orbs definitely raise the spirits. 

Geoffrey Stewart, the produce buyer at the Ashland Food Coop, visits with talk of varieties. 

Savor: Making The Most Of Meat

Jan 17, 2019
William Smith

Even people who eat meat and enjoy it immensely can have a few pangs of conscience about it.  It's nice to know that the animals we eat didn't suffer in life or its end. 

This month's edition of Savor, our food segment, brings food stylist Will Smith back into the studio.  We talk about hearty meat dishes for mid-winter.


Maybe it's because our live broadcast falls between breakfast and lunch, but we like talking about food.  In fact, we like it enough to launch a regular local segment about food.  It starts here... under the name "Savor." 

The segment features a new partner: food aficionado William Smith.  And a guest: Regan Emmons of the Rogue Valley Food System Network

They get into some of the details of getting more locally-sourced food into our diets, especially in Thanksgiving dinner.