Halloween candy can give you quite a scare!

When you were a kid, did you ever get something in your Halloween bag that you really didn’t want. You may have tried to swap it with someone else who had something you wanted, but it was so bad that they asked you where you got it so they could avoid that house.
Halloween has a long history, stretching back hundreds of years, but the introduction of candy is a fairly recent innovation.

On this Halloween special we’ll tell you the holiday’s background, the ugly truth about pins and needles nestled in the sweet confines of chocolate bars and which candies are most favored, state by state. This episode is all treat and no tricks … maybe.

Favorite Halloween candy, state by state

Being pampered by a private chef

Oh, how we love to be pampered. Foot rubs, massages and good food. What’s even better is when you can have that food served in your own home whenever you want – and there are no dishes to wash!

What you need is a private chef and Rahaf Amer is one of many chefs in the area who can do that for you. In this episode, she tells the story of what she does, how she does it, what she does when disaster strikes and the one dish she hopes she never has to make for a client.

Contact Chef Rahaf Amer

rahaf.amer@gmail.com or @rahafamer on Instagram

Want a better life? Just add yeast

Yeast makes a dandy loaf of bread or a great beer, but there is much more to it than that. Research suggests yeast may help fight cancer. Nutritional yeast provides vitamins and minerals that help build strong muscles and bones. It’s also really tasty on popcorn.

There’s a lot more to yeast than you may think and today we’ll tell you all about it.

Food blogging for fun and profit

Most blogs are about the people who write them, but Beth Moncel’s blog makes people’s lives better and less expensive. It’s also her full time job and she earns a living doing it.

Creating a profitable food blog is hard work. It demands not only time in the kitchen, but writing skills, photography skills, social media skills, computer skills, marketing skills and a lot more. If you’re going to make money on a food blog, you have to put a lot of time into it. If you’re going to make a living doing it, you’ll need lots of work, a little good luck and maybe, just maybe you’ll be one of the few independent bloggers who can call it their career.

Beth’s blog, is called Budget Byte$ and it is loaded with recipes and information on how to make great meals while saving money. In this episode, Beth tells how she went from a microbiologist to a food blogger and what she’s had to do to make it to the big time.

Budget Byte$

This story is going to kill you

Anthony Bourdain used to all kinds of outrageous foods. It’s a good thing he talked with the local folks before picking up a fork because parts of lots of food contain cyanide. In fact, there are lots of foods that will flat out kill you.

Today we skip the exotic killer foods such as the puffer fish and focus on what is probably in your kitchen right now. This episode could mean life or death, so crank up your audio player and prepare yourself to consider an all-water diet.

Dinner and a murder

Someone has died and you notice that the person sitting next to you has a knife. Are they the murderer? What about the man in the pink suit at the next table? He looks awfully suspicious. Maybe he’ll be the one who gets his just deserts.

You’ll find out, but not until you’re a member of the clean plate club. It’s murder mystery dinner theater and sussing out clues and identifying the villain is what the fun is all about.

In this episode, you’ll meet Joe Brown, an actor and comedian who performs with a Nashville dinner theater troupe. He shares with us how guests react to a play happening all around them and how they behave when they become part of the show. It’s not pretty.

Murder Mystery Co.

Dining out of a toilet — there’s a restaurant for that

You’ve been to drive-ins with servers on roller skates, places where the staff yells at you or where you can eat for free if first you choke down a three-pound hamburger – bun and all.

But this week we have a whole list of other restaurants that are much more strange. This is your chance to learn about unusual restaurants. Grab your spoon and enjoy!

You’ll also find links to some of the restaurants at the end of the show notes.

The Modern Toilet

See what The Modern Toilet looks like

The Safe House

The Black Ant

O.Noir

Cabbages and Condoms

Dinner in the sky

Kristen Beringson is a Chopped superstar

Kristen’s head was never on the chopping block

“You’ve been chopped” is the equivalent of being voted off Survivor. You’re done. No chance to redeem yourself or to make that frittata a little more crisp.

In this episode, Kristen Beringson tells us about her experience on Chopped and says what you see is real. There is a deadline and they must hit it. There are no retakes … except the one that revealed a secret to Kristen. Listen in and learn about one of Chopped secrets.

Are you a super taster?

If you’re one of those people who regularly sends food back to the kitchen with instructions on how it should be prepared, you might just be a jerk or you could be a Super Taster.

Super Tasters experience food differently than most of us. Listen in to find out all about them and use the links below to tell if you might be a Super Taster.

BBC test on whether you are a Super Taster

Buy a kit to test whether you are a super taster

Smart Cookie: Soybeans – You eat more than you think

You see them everywhere, those bushy green plants in neat rows happily growing in some farmer’s field. Then comes fall when the leaves fall and the plant withers. That’s when it’s harvest time.

We’re talking soybeans. They are your tofu, they are on your newspaper and lots of other places you wouldn’t expect.

Join us for this episode and when it’s done, when it comes to soybeans, you’ll be a smart cookie!