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Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

December 12th, 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.

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Pairings Dec 12 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

Pairings With Chef Bill Fuller

December 5th, 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 Dec 5 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

Cindy Howes is very excited in light of WYEP’s recently rediscovered Tom Waits interview and, as Waits is one of her favorite people anyway, her musical pick for this week’s Pairings is Tom Waits, “Come On Up To the House” from the album Mule Variations. Upon listening to the song, Bill Fuller recognizes the poetic powerful nature of Waits’ music and a very clear image is formed in his mind helping to assemble a menu pairing. Bill pictures a very Appalachian influence with a type of after-church communal meal a family might prepare for the community. Bill forms a menu that includes picnic-esque items such as cold fried chicken, biscuits, ham, baked beans, a pickle tray and sweet tea and beer to drink.

 

Cindy’s Music Pick:

Tom Waits – “Come On Up To the House”

 

Bill’s Menu Pairing: 

Cold fried chicken

Baked beans with bacon

Cold ham with biscuits

pickle tray

keg of beer

 

For Bill’s menu this week, he has the long freeze of winter on the mind and one of the most satisfying things you can eat for such an occasion is a hearty winter beef stew. Bill’s menu includes a large pot of stew with slow cooked beef, with turnips, parsnips, and celery thrown in as well as canned tomatoes, bay leaves and spices like thyme and rosemary. As well as home baked parmesan pepper bread with plenty of salty butter and to wash it all down a zinfandel from Bridges Wine Company.  Cindy feels that to match this menu a very warm voice with a rich sound. Immediately the voice of Madeleine Peyroux came to mind and for her music pairing Cindy Chooses her song “Dance Me to the End of Love”.

Bill’s Menu Pick:

Slow cooked beef stew

Home made Parmesan pepper bread

Bridges Wine Company Zinfandel

Bridges wine compancy zinfandel-2012

 

Cindy’s Music Pairing:

Madeleine Peyroux - Dance Me To the End of Love”

Pairings With Chef Bill Fuller

November 28th, 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 Nov 28 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

Fresh off a relaxing thanksgiving Cindy and Bill are happy to be back at WYEP to discuss favorite meals and music. This week Cindy has decided to right a wrong realizing that she has never played a Beatles song on Pairings, so for the first time in three years Cindy plays the Beatles, “Come Together”. To match up with “Come Together” Bill decides to put together a list of munchies that he feels would have fit well with the people working the soundboard while recording this track. This menu includes the classic snack Fritos, fresh cold watermelon, pizza rolls, birthday cake and Mountain Dew.

Cindy’s song pick: 

The Beatles – “Come Together”

 

Bill’s menu pairing:

Fritos

 

Watermelon

Pizza Rolls

Mountain Dew

 

Despite the feast Thanksgiving supplied Bill finds his hunger to have only just awoken, he woke up hungry today and he is craving an Autumnal menu. To start off Bill suggests grilled Radicchio with vinegar for something more substantial butternut squash ravioli, slow roasted chicken with thyme and pinot noir to wash it down. Cindy, loving the Autumnal theme is looking over at the Anderson Valley pinot noir font and is reminded of the rustic sound of the Bower Birds and chooses for her music pairing “In Our Talons”.

Bill’s menu pick:

Grilled radicchio

 

Butternut Squash ravioli

Roasted chicken with thyme

 

Anderson valley pinot noir

 

Cindy’s music pairing:

Bowerbirds – “In Our Talons”

Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

November 7th, 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 Nov 7 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

2014 is quickly coming to its end and Cindy sees this as an opportunity to reflect on all her favorite music throughout the year. There has been a lot of great music produced this year but Cindy is smitten with a recent release by Stray Birds a trio out of Lancaster PA and her music pick for this week’s Pairings is “Best Medicine” the title track to Stray Birds new album. The song “Best Medicine” is in part about the healing power of music and to match it with a menu Bill comes up with a menu that is full of warming healing food that can be as therapeutic to cook as it is to eat. Bills menu includes cream of tomato soup which he would eat as a child with hearty chunks of buttered bread, roasted chicken with soft carrots and warm apple cider.

Cindy’s Music Pick:

Stray Birds- “Best Medicine”

Bill’s Menu Pairing:

Cream of Tomato Soup

Roasted Chicken

Warm Apple Cider

 

This Weekend Bill will be participating in the EQT Ten Miler run here in a Pittsburgh. The race covers several Pittsburgh neighborhoods and sees many twists and turns on a weekend that is likely to be somewhat chilly. Bill knows that he will need an energy loaded meal to help him run well and this week’s Pairings menu is one of his favorites. It includes fresh pasta filled with roasted butternut squash mixed with cheese and gorgonzola, grilled skirt steak and southern tier harvest beer to wash down it down. To match this menu up Cindy cannot think of any other artist than Bob Segar, specifically “Against the Wind” a long song perfect for carb loading to.

Bill’s Menu Pick:

Butternut Squash Pasta

Skirt Steak

Southern Tier Harvest Beer

Cindy’s Music Pairing:

Bob Segar – “Against The Wind”