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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:

 

Pairings With Chef Bill Fuller

October 3rd, 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 3 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

Cindy’s song Pick:

“Dearly departed” is from the newest Shaky Graves” album. Bill sees the song as a story of a love affair falling apart framed in a scene of haunted houses and other similar scary visualization. He pictures a dusty Victorian home with a tremendous dining room with the classic long table laden with food that reflects the state of the home and the relationship of the couple sitting at either end.

Bill’s Menu Pairing: 

Prime Rib

Parsley Potatoes

Chocolate Cake

Red Wine

 

For this week’s menu Bill has one thing on the brain, Tacos! A twist on the usual Halloween style menu Bill chooses taco’s with bready tortillas, slow cooked pork, cilantro sour cream, sided with pinto beans and cider margaritas. In order to match this menu Cindy goes to an artist who shares a home town and name with her first pick in this week’s pairing, Alejandro Escovedo’s “Always a friend”. The song Cindy feels reflects the idea that tacos should always be shared amongst friends.

Bills Menu Pick:

Pork Tacos

jalapenos

Pinto Beans

Cider Margarita

Cindy’s Song Pairing:

 

Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

September 26th, 2014 by Cindy H

Pairings2012

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 Sept 26 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

Cindy’s Song Pick: Parliament “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off The Sucker)

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic is bringing the party to Pittsburgh this weekend and Cindy’s first song “Give up the Funk” is a great example of what one can expect from their show. While listening to the song Bill knows that there will be a lot of people on stage this weekend and it will be as much of a party on stage as off. For this menu he wanted to match the performance with the perfect fun party food…tacos and champagne.

Bills Menu Pairing: 

Assorted Mini Tacos

Champagne

 

Bill’s Menu Pick: For his menu pick this week Bill has Spanish food in mind. He imagines perhaps grabbing a meal on the Barcelona coast that features numerous cultural favorites and Spanish appetizers.

Tapas

Picon Cabrales

Calamari

Albarino

Cindys Song Pairing: To match up with this menu Cindy makes her way to England with the song “Budapest” by George Ezra, who she feels has an old soul the match the the old soul feel of the menu.