Bread And Butter: A Culinary Chronicle

Wednesdays during Access Utah
  • Local Host Lael Gilbert and Jenn Ashton

Join us during Access Utah each Wednesday for Bread and Butter: A Culinary Chronicle with food writers Lael Gilbert and Jen Ashton.

Learn about our distinctive approach to food, cooking and eating in the West. We’ll explore a variety of topics from food waste to kitchen psychology, locally grown foods to quinoa being the new “Big Mac.”

Cookie Crumbles: The Most Common Cookie Pitfalls

Aug 31, 2018

I can’t make chocolate chip cookies. Well, I can make them. People just don’t want to eat them afterward. No matter the method, ingredients or elevation, my cookies always seem to turn out too … something.

Who Discovered The Art Of Cooking?

Aug 24, 2018

There have been a few big moments in the history of cooking – in 1961 when Julia Child published  “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”; in 1718 when Mary Eales recorded a recipe for ice cream; around 800 BC when the Greeks introduced olive oil to the Mediterranean. But nothing can beat that moment 1.8 million years ago when a Homo habilis creature … we’ll call him “Greg” … let the starchy root he was gnawing on slip into the fire, rescued it, took a bite, and evolved into a human.

You’ve heard about studies showing the impact of consistent family meals on teen behavior: the more often they eat dinner with their families, the less likely teens are to use drugs, alcohol or engage in other risky behavior. Family dinners at least five times per week are also tied to higher grades, self-esteem and resilience in youth. Why? Is it the homemade pasta? The garden fresh tomatoes? Nope. It’s YOU.

Vinegar Pie: Straight From The New Frontier

Aug 9, 2018

One of my kids just finished reading Farmer Boy, the second book in the charming “Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The main character, a boy named Almanzo, spends his days doing an absurd amount of wood chopping, ice cutting, and dirt-plowing, all without a word of complaint. … I’ve never known a nine-year-old who hadn’t perfected the art of the whine. My kids won’t even flush the toilet without a 50-decibel gripe.

The other day I plugged in my cell phone to recharge and felt a surprising rush of gratitude. What if this was how we gained energy, too?  Sitting for hours, tethered to an outlet? We’d probably twiddle our thumbs and hum 80’s billboard hits just to keep boredom at bay.

My favorite El Salvadoran food is the pupusa. To be honest it’s the only El Salvadoran food that I actually know. But since it’s the national dish it’s certainly worth noting. A delicious warming comfort food the pupusa is a soft corn dough filled with a savory filling flattened and cooked like a stuffed tortilla.  

Thirst: A Memory Of Being Really, Really Thirsty

Aug 9, 2018

When have you been thirsty? Really thirsty? We’re talking cotton-dry mouth, weak in the knees, with visions of bubbling streams and fountains dancing in your head?

Learn To Cook: Producer vs. Consumer

Aug 9, 2018

While waiting in line at the grocery store the other day, I overheard a young woman debating with her friend whether or not it would be worth her time to learn to cook. “Sometimes it seems like kind of a waste,” she said. I wanted, at that point, to drop my sweet cream butter and celery stalk dramatically back into my cart and grasp this woman by the shoulders “Why,” I’d ask her with an intense and penetrating gaze, “would you ever consider NOT learning to cook?”

Something Special: The Not-So-Easy Scrambled Eggs

Nov 17, 2017

This deceptively simple breakfast food has the potential to be truly special - if you know what you're doing.

Easy As Pie: An Odd Phrase For Some

Nov 17, 2017

From sweet to savory, simple to supreme, pie has been a staple in American homes for generations.

Tomato Ketchup: Oh The Varieties

Oct 27, 2017
pixnio.com

Ketchup comes in more varieties than most people know, and is likely the most American dish there is.

Mushrooms: An Under-appreciated Food

Oct 27, 2017
pixnio.com

Homegrown mushrooms can be an excellent addition to many meals, and tend to be an under-appreciated food.

Pazole And Pinatas: A Memory

Nov 23, 2016
farmersmarketnm.org

Lael Gilbert talks about how food and fun can help people across all cultures meet in the middle - and it all started with a birthday invitation addressed to her 3rd grader with the added words "y familia."