CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET TELEVISION: Season 1
Airs Saturdays, Dec. 30, 2017 - Feb. 24 & March 31 - April 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Credit: Courtesy of Channing Johnson
The world of home cooking is undergoing a revolution with new tastes, flavors, techniques and influences. CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL'S MILK STREET TELEVISION wants to change how Americans cook by bringing home a fresher, bolder, simpler way of preparing food.
Chris and his test cooks search the world over looking for the best recipes, and finding home cooks who can teach better ways to prepare a meal at home.
The first season includes 40 all-new recipes, such as Central Mexican guacamole, Thai fried rice, Peruvian pesto, Japanese fried chicken, soba with miso butter and asparagus, tahini swirl brownies, lemon- buttermilk pound cake, and more.
Chris also shares tips and techniques designed to make home cooking easier, like how to make foolproof egg whites and how to season a carbon steel pan.
As part of the debut season, Chris also travels overseas to cook with several internationally renowned chefs and authors, including: Fuchsia Dunlop, a Sichuan cooking expert; Claire Ptak, a food stylist and author of London’s "The Violet Bakery"; and Andy Ricker in Thailand, known for his skill and expertise in northern Thai cuisine.
Back in the kitchen, Chris transforms what the MILK STREET TELEVISION crew has learned into practical, simple recipes for home cooks everywhere.
Episode 1: “Homecooking, Chinese Style” airs Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. - Host Christopher Kimball visits world traveler and cookbook author Fuchsia Dunlop in London to learn about the Chinese approach to cooking.
He learns how to get perfectly cooked chicken every time by focusing on the meat, not the skin.
Back at Milk Street, those techniques get put into action as Milk Street Cook Catherine Smart shows Chris how to make Chinese white-cooked chicken with ginger-soy dressing.
Next, Chris demonstrates why an Asian cleaver just may have the edge over the ubiquitous western chef's knife.
The show ends with a little sizzle on set as Milk Street Cook Matthew Card shows how to make hot oil-flashed chard with ginger, scallions and chili at home.
Episode 2: “The New Baking” airs Saturday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. - In this episode, host Christopher Kimball goes to London's Violet Bakery to visit with rising pastry star Claire Ptak. While there, he learns some of her baking techniques, such as under-whipping egg whites for a lighter cake.
Back at Milk Street and in the kitchen, he puts that information to work, making chocolate, prune and rum cake with Milk Street Cook Matthew Card.
The show ends with Chris explaining how a Japanese baking technique coupled with a cornstarch paste ended his 30-year search for a pre-baked pie crust that won't slump in the pan.
Episode 3: “From Thailand With Love” airs Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. - Kimball travels to Chiang Mai, Thailand to get lessons in Thai cooking from Andy Ricker of Pok Pok fame. Thai cooking is all about strong, bright flavors such as fish sauce and lemongrass.
Back in the kitchen, Chris and Milk Street Cook Rayna Jhaveri draw on that flavorful palette as they make Thai fried rice.
Next, Milk Street Cook Lynn Clark demonstrates how to make a crisp and tangy Thai-style coleslaw with mint and cilantro, and Rayna shows how to create a pantry staple pickled chilies.
To end the show, Milk Street Cook Matthew Card shows Chris how to make Thai chicken at home.
Episode 4: “Tahini Rules!” airs Saturday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. - Meatballs get a makeover as Milk Street Cook Rayna Jhaveri shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Turkish meatballs with lime-yogurt sauce.
The recipe borrows a French concept: panade, a bread-based paste that helps keep the meat moist. Chris follows up by explaining the chemistry of the crumbs.
Rounding out the show, Milk Street Cook Erika Bruce show how versatile tahini, the sesame paste that is key to savory dishes like hummus, shines equally bright in their ultimate tahini swirl brownies.
Episode 5: “Mexico Every Single Day” airs Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. - Milk Street goes to Mexico to get an insider view on traditional classics. Milk Street Cook Lynn Clark puts that intelligence into practice as she makes shrimp in chipotle sauce (camarones enchipotlados).
Then, Milk Street Cook Rayna Jhaveri teaches host Christopher Kimball about Central Mexican guacamole: no lime juice, no garlic.
Chris demonstrates his foolproof recipe for chili-pineapple margarita.
To end the show, Milk Street Cook Catherine Smart demonstrates how to make the pantry staple cilantro-jalapeño adobo sauce.
Episode 6: “Milk Street Suppers” airs Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. - Chicken soup goes global, as Milk Street Cook Catherine Smart shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Georgian chicken soup (chikhirtma).
That’s Georgia the republic just south of Russia, not the peach-growing, southern state.
Milk Street Cook Lynn Clark reaches into the liquor cabinet to add interest to potatoes as she explains how to make cracked potatoes with vermouth, coriander and fennel.
Butter takes a back seat as Milk Street Cook Matthew Card shows how to make fluffy olive oil scrambled eggs.
And Chris tackles a sticky subject as he demonstrates how to season a carbon steel pan.
Episode 7: “Milk Street Italian” airs Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. - Italy provides inspiration as Milk Street Cook Matthew Card shows how to make a fast and fabulous Italian flatbread (piadina).
Milk Street Cook Erika Bruce takes usually dense cheesecake to the lighter side as she shows host Christopher Kimball how to make ricotta-semolina cheesecake.
Milk Street Cook Rayna Jhaveri makes a Tuesday Night favorite: gemelli pasta with chevre, arugula and walnuts.
To end the show, Chris lets us in on a foolproof way to fry eggs.
Episode 8: “Simply Spanish” airs Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. - Kimball travels to Washington, D.C. to cook with José Andrés.
Back at Milk Street, Jose’s love of great food made with simple ingredients and techniques is translated into everyday cooking as Milk Street Cook Matthew Card makes garlic soup (sopa de ajo).
Milk Street Cook Rayna Jhaveri shows how to make Spanish spice-crusted pork tenderloin bites (pinchos morunos).
The show ends with Milk Street Cook Lynn Clark showing Chris how to make a vibrant kale salad. Massaging the leaves to keep them from being tough — a technique borrowed from Japanese cooking.
Episode 9: “Not Your Mother’s Cake” airs Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. - A classic recipe gets a different spin as Milk Street Cook Catherine Smart shows how to make whipped cream biscuits with macerated strawberries with lime.
Another dessert staple, pound cake, takes its turn as Milk Street Cook Erika Bruce shows host Christopher Kimball the techniques to transform this often dense dessert into light and tender lemon-buttermilk pound cake.
Next, Chris teaches how to prep your pan in Milk Street Cooking School.
To end the show, Milk Street Cook Lynn Clark takes us through the steps to create the five-star dessert, pistachio-cardamom loaf cake.
Episode 10: “Milk Street Menu” airs Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. - The episode begins with a short-cut to savor as Milk Street Cook Matthew Card shows host Christopher Kimball how to make no-sear lamb or beef, and chickpea stew.
Spices help give the stew deep flavor and Chris learns more about these essential kitchen ingredients in Milk Street Cooking School.
Milk Street Cook Catherine Smart shows how to make the pantry staple harissa at home.
The show ends with Milk Street Cook Rayna Jhaveri teaching Chris how to make caramel oranges, a simple but effective dessert with a whiff of sixties glam.
Episode 11: “Milk Street Holidays” airs Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. - Festive doesn’t have to mean expensive. Milk Street Cook Catherine Smart shows host Christopher Kimball how to turn economical beef eye-round into a succulent holiday roast as she makes prune, peppercorn and fresh herb-rubbed roast beef.
Then, a British favorite gets a transatlantic twist as Milk Street Cook Erika Bruce gives the rundown on rye-on-rye sticky toffee pudding.
Milk Street Cook Lynn Clark shows Chris how to make skillet-charred Brussels sprouts.
The show ends with Chris discussing Sara Moulton’s kitchen cabinet essentials.
Episode 12: “Crazy Noodles” airs Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. - Milk Street visits Peru to learn a new way to make pesto, with—surprise!—spinach. Milk Street Cook Rayna Jhaveri shows how it’s done as she creates Peruvian Pesto (tallarines verde).
The pasta theme continues as Milk Street Cook Catherine Smart teaches host Christopher Kimball about a different noodle dish, soba with miso butter and asparagus.
Chris reveals his foolproof recipe for pisco sours.
Finally, Milk Street Cook Lynn Clark shows us a pesto that’s red, not green, as she creates the Sicilian pasta dish, trapanese pesto.
Rounding out the show, Chris discusses Andy Ricker’s kitchen cabinet essentials.
Episode 13: “Japan Fried Chicken” airs Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. - Milk Street Cook Catherine Smart demonstrates a simpler and tastier way to crisp fried chicken as she shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Japanese fried chicken (karaage).
Milk Street Cook Rayna Jhaveri shows how Japanese potato salad banishes the bland with its creamy, semi-mashed potatoes contrasted with crisp, piquant ingredients.
Milk Street Cook Erika Bruce shows Chris how to make sweet-and-spicy ginger green beans.
Distributed by American Public Television.
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