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PCFG Deep Dish Podcast – Episode 1: Irish Soda Bread!

After months of teasing and procrastination, PCFG is finally unveiling its new project, the Poor Couple’s Food Guide Deep Dish Podcast! Tired of informative murder porn shows? Getting sick of all your podcasts being about serial killers? Listen to Meg and Erik give you a crash course on food history! Each episode focuses on a specific food or dish and takes a deep-dive look at its origins, history, and how it developed into the modern version we know it as today.

This show is in early stages of creation so for now we’re doing a preliminary trial run of 5 episodes. If you like them, let us know on social media and we’ll keep making them!

In the premiere episode of PCFG Deep Dish Podcast, Erik and Meg take a look at Irish Soda Bread. Discover the origins of this humble, easy, little bread loaf, and how it came to become a St. Patrick’s Day favorite!

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Episode 1: Irish Soda Bread Poor Couple's Food Guide

In the premiere episode of PCFG Deep Dish Podcast, Erik and Meg take a look at Irish Soda Bread. Discover the origins of this humble, easy, little bread loaf, and how it came to become a St. Patrick's Day favorite!


  • Despite its name, it’s not actually Irish!
  • British food is bad.
  • The Irish Potato Famine sucked.
  • No, really, the potato famine really sucked.
  • Soda bread makes a comeback because of internet idiots!

Next week’s episode features an American classic, possibly one of the most iconic dishes in the history of the United States, whose origins trace back all the way to Genghis Khan carrying it on horseback! Think you know what it might be? Submit your guesses on Facebook, Instagram, or in the comments below, and if you’re correct we’ll give you a shoutout on next week’s show! Until then, stay hungry, peeps!

In Memoriam of The Colonel: Releasing a Legend, Back to the Universe

As many of our family and friends are aware, this Sunday, the world lost an icon. The Colonel was a dog that many of us thought would live forever. But sadly he passed away in his home, at the age of 14 due to complications with an ongoing infection he’d been battling for months. So many people, even outside our own circle, have had their lives touched by that beautiful creature, and many know his story. But in case you didn’t know, take a seat, and learn about how this dog went on to experience a richer, fuller life, than most of us humans will ever live.

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Test the Recipe: Blueberry Muffins

“Test the Recipe” is a recurring column on PCFG where we test vintage (anything published before 1990) recipes and see if they stand the test of time or need updating. In this post we test the recipe as exactly as possible for the most accurate outcomes. Those recipes that need updating will be featured later in a “We Can Do It Better” post.

It’s been a while since my last Test The Recipe post, but I decided I wanted the next edition to be a breakfast one.  After a recent trip to the city, I’ve had blueberry muffins on my mind.  So it was off to the old cookbooks to see if I could find an old blueberry muffin recipe to test.  I found one in the McCall’s Cook Book from 1963.  This book is huge and has pretty much everything in it.  It’s actually kind of two recipes since they first offer a basic recipe and then offer variations, one of which, luckily for me, is blueberry.  I’m a big fan of muffins because they’re easy to make and can then also provide a breakfast option for the rest of the week.


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Smoothie Sunday: Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

It’s now officially fall which means it’s seasonally appropriate to start eating pumpkin again!  It also means that Smoothie Sunday is coming to a close for the year.  But they’ll be back again next year!  But for now we’re winding down with a yummy fall themed smoothie.  I’ve made a couple of smoothies that use overnight oatmeal before, and that makes up the base of this smoothie as well.  It does require a bit of advanced planning (I myself actually almost forgot to get the oatmeal ready last night) but it’s worth it.  This smoothie is super creamy and really filling.  It’s a nice hearty smoothie to get you through those early fall mornings.



(Most of) What you’ll need.

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Smoothie Sunday: Anti-oxidant Power Smoothie

You hear a lot about antioxidants but you don’t hear very often what they actually are.  Antioxidants are molecules that prevent the oxidation of other molecules.  This is important because oxidation can produce free radicals, and too many free radicals can set off a chain reaction that may damage cells.  How good antioxidants are for you is in debate (as is almost every health related thing it seems) but keeping the oxidative state in your body balanced is important, if nothing else.  The body likes homeostasis.  I decided to call this smoothie the Antioxidant Power Smoothie because blueberries, pomegranates and cocoa are all fairly high in antioxidants.  Surprisingly this was my first time adding chocolate to a smoothie, probably because I generally don’t like having chocolate for breakfast.  But this smoothie turned out really yummy and wasn’t overpoweringly chocolate-y.  Scientists can argue about how good this smoothie may or may not be for you, but your taste buds will all agree that it’s delicious!


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