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October 31st, 2014 by Cindy H

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

Pairings Oct 31 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

This week the theme both Cindy and Bill bring to the table is pretty easy to figure out…Halloween! Cindy’s music pick is “Black River Killer” by Blitzen Trapper from a type of music called murder ballads, folky sounding songs but often with macabre themes such as being buried alive. To pair up to this murderous song Bill channels his inner slasher.  This menu includes Hamachi sashimi which is sliced fish often eaten raw, broken down duck, with dark Nero D’avola wine.

Cindy’s Music Pick: 

Bill’s Menu Pairing:

Hamachi sashiimi

Roast Duck

Nero D’avola

 

For his own menu pick of the week Bill chooses to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos or day of the dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st. To best represent the day of the dead Bill puts together a Mexican cook out fit for the holiday. His menu includes spit pigs over a fire, placed into a bowl of posole, corn tortillas, and pisco sours to wash it down. To pair up to Bill’s day of the dead menu Cindy picks a song by Ozomatli called “Cumbia de los Muertos” which is a song specifically about communing with the spirits on the dance floor.

Bill’s Menu Pick:

Spit Pig

Posole

Pisco Sour

Cindy’s Song Pairing:

Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

October 24th, 2014 by Cindy H

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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

Pairings Oct 24 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

Cindy Howes is celebrating the birth of her older brother this weekend and as he was one of the first big musical influences on her life her music pick for this week’s pairings.  Older siblings are known for introducing music to their younger siblings and Cindy’s certainly did a great job of showing her the greats, including Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Aerosmith. And so her choice this week is Aerosmith’s “Mama Kin”.  Bill’s pairing to this song is a lean as the song. “Mama Kin” is certainly a simpler song than some of their catalogue and Bill likes it for exactly that reason which is why to match this song he picks the classic American burger, sided with house cut fries and refreshing fountain colas.

 

Cindy’s song Pick: 

 

Bill’s Menu Pairing:

Classic Burger With Fries

Fountain Cola

 

Bill will also be celebrating an anniversary soon as his restaurant Casbah opened 19 years ago this week. To celebrate Bill puts together a Casbah menu from the early days of the restaurant.  This menu includes butternut squash soup, grilled pork chop, and Crème brulee for dessert and to wash it down a classic pinot noir.  To pair up with this eclectic menu Cindy picks a favorite artist of Bills, Jose Gonzalez’s band Junip with “Always”.

Bill’s Menu Pick: 

Butternut Squash Soup

 

Grilled Pork Chop

Creme Brulee

Pinot Noir

 

Cindy’s Song Pairing:

Junip “Always”

Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

October 17th, 2014 by Cindy H

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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

Pairings Oct 17 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

This week’s Pairings predates Tune Yards performing in Pittsburgh at Mr. Smalls Theater and to celebrate Cindy chooses the song “Bizness” by Tune Yards. Bill hears this song and recognizes the depth the song has to offer, “on the surface it’s sort of pretty and delicate and light, but as you listen and sort of work your way down into the song there is some darkness in the lyrics”. This theme is reflected in his menu pairing that includes items that appear light and easy but reveal themselves to be fulfilling and rich. The menu includes braised short rib beef pot pies, with slow cooked vegetables, and a stout beer ice cream float.

Cindy’s Song Pick: 

 

Bill’s Menu Pairing:

Beef Pot Pie

Stout Beer Float

 

Bills menu this week features his version of traditional layered Mexican sandwiches known as Cemitas. Bills cemita features a sesame seed bun smeared with hot bean dip, skirt steak sliced thin with cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado. To wash down this hearty sandwich Bill suggests horchata. Cindy upon hearing of this hearty sandwich is thinking that the actual eating of a cemita is probably best done alone due to its overwhelming nature, which brings to mind the overwhelming emotions conjured within her good friend when she hears Mark Cohns “Walking in Memphis”.

Bills Menu Pick:

Cemitas

Horchata

 

Cindy’s song Pairing:

Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

October 10th, 2014 by Cindy H

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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

Pairings Oct 10 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

Cindy finds herself in a conundrum trying to choose a single John Prine song to celebrate his birthday for this week’s Pairings. Ultimately she picks the song “Fish and Whistle” from the 1978 album Bruised Orange. Listening to the song Chef Bill Fuller is brought back to more innocent time when his parents were the chefs, and as the song says “You gotta eat what’s on your plate”. This influence has created his ultimate childhood nightmare menu with classics like liver and onions, fried zucchini and warm milk.

Cindy’s Song Pick: 

Bill’s Menu Pairing:

Liver and Onions

Fried Zucchini

Warm Milk

 

To recover from reliving his past culinary nightmares Bill remembers that his dietary decisions are now in his own hands and reveals his own menu for Cindy to match a song to. Bill has a mind for lasagna and other Italian flavors this week, including red wine, refreshing salads and fried vegetables. Cindy for her part always has a song in mind when Bill reveals his menu. But this week the two agree that Billy Joel pairs well and the song “It’s Just the Way You Are” is a perfect example of the many Billy Joel songs that are easily sung after just a bit too much wine.

Bill’s Menu Pick:

Lasagna

Prosciutto

Iceberg salad with bacon and blue cheese crumbles

Fried green beans

Barbera d’alba

 

Cindy’s Song Pairing: