Episode 24: Starting off a New Year

It’s a new year, and today we have the first podcast episode of 2021 for you! In this episode, Jamie and Leo are here to promise you one thing. This isn’t going to be about agonizing over the past year, but rather to talk about how change is in the air and why they’re both super excited for what’s to come (you’ll hear why you should be too)!

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Episode 23: "That is so 2020"

Life in the restaurant world has not been easy this year! Especially restaurants in the big cities as there have been a lot of restrictions. Some restaurants haven’t even been able to offer outdoor dining! Jamie and Leo describe their restaurant changes with the pandemic as very creative and sometimes just guessing what they think will work next. There are also lots of regulations for restaurants such a sanitizing after every job, working a set amount of time with knives before washing them and cleaning and sanitizing cutting boards often!

Although the year has had its challenges, Jamie and Leo are hopeful and thinking about what’s to come! They are ready to celebrate the New Year and help everyone feel good. They recommend a good bubbly, remember how good you really have it, and that hope is coming in 2021! They can’t wait to look back and say…”That was soo 2020”. Aren’t we all.

Happy New Year from the Katzenjammer duo!

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Episode 22: Stress Free Holiday Cooking

Have you ever seen the Christmas movie, The Santa Claus with Tim Allen? Did you know Jamie has hung out with Tim Allen...what?! (take a listen for that fun story) Well Leo watched the movie recently chuckling over the part where the character in the movie burns the turkey and has to go to Denny’s for dinner instead. Jamie and Leo don’t want you to burn turkeys and get stressed over your holiday cooking. In this episode, they give you some tips on how to prep such as planning your menu, making a grocery list with your menu, prep some veggies and most importantly, just keep it simple! 

 

Best of luck in your holiday cooking! Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends this week!

 

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Episode 21: Scallopini

Have you ever had or heard of a Scallopini dish? In this episode, you will get the history of the scallopini, different ways they are made and, as always, favorite memories and stories around cooking and eating unique dishes such as the scallopini. If you haven’t tried this dish yet, Jamie and Leo highly recommend it!

 

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(DIY) The Heart and Soul of Christmas Masterclass

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Episode 20: Let’s Get Ready for the Holidays

In this episode, Jamie and Leo chat about the upcoming holidays! They talk about some of their favorite things when it comes to the holidays, guests soon coming on the podcast, and the success they had with their Thanksgiving dinner kits. They want to thank everyone that bought the Thanksgiving dinner kits. They are glad they were able to help you in the holidays and are excited to help you again for your Christmas feasts! They have a similar offer coming to you this holiday season to help you prepare meals for your families. Keep listening to the podcast for details.

 

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Episode 19: The Secret to Finding a Good Recipe

Have you ever wondered how you find the best recipe for the foods that you love? Believe it or not, there is way more to it then a list of ingredients. In this episode, Jamie and Leo dive into the details of what makes a good recipe. They talk about the different ingredients, kitchen tools, and even how elevation and humidity can affect the end result of your desired dish. The biggest advice they give is to “taste your food”. It’s so important to know if you’re heading in the right direction or not when you are cooking. So take a listen to get some more tips and confidence in making your favorite recipes! 

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Episode 18: Rice, Rice and More Rice

Want to learn all the secrets about making the perfect rice?? This episode is full of details you probably never even thought of when it comes to rice! How to measure rice, what you can add to make it taste better, and how to cook different kinds of rice. Leo shares some authentic Brazilian rice tips and tricks. Hopefully this episode will help you learn something new about cooking rice and you can try it at home!

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Episode 17: Pizzagiving

Did you know that Jamie likes to eat his pizza with a fork and Leo is...not about that at all! You will enjoy this episode as Jamie and Leo go back and forth about their love of pizza! Jamie talks about some of the best pizza he ever had in Italy and Leo talks about how the best pizza is the simplest pizza. By the end of this episode, you’ll be picking up your phone making a pizza order to the house!

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They also talk about their fun video series they are doing for Thanksgiving. Check out all the information below!

 

Thanksgiving, it can be heaven or hell in the kitchen! We want to make sure that you have a stress-free Thanksgiving this year & it becomes the best part of 2020! To do this we created a special video series called:

The Heart and Soul of Thanksgiving in your Kitchen

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Episode 16: Thanksgiving Memories

In this episode, Jamie and Leo reminisce about their Thanksgiving memories. They love thanksgiving and love that it’s one more excuse to spend time with the people they love...while eating amazing food! They suggest that this Thanksgiving you try to focus on the things that you are grateful for and the things that have been good about 2020 instead of trying to find what’s wrong. Take a listen to hear their fun stories and to get excited for Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving, it can be heaven or hell in the kitchen! We want to make sure that you have a stress-free Thanksgiving this year & it becomes the best part of 2020! To do this we created a special video series called:

The Heart and Soul of Thanksgiving in your Kitchen

You will have full access to all cooking videos and recipes to support you getting prepared. It’s...

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Episode 15: Life in the COVID Lane

Although many restaurants have suffered this year due to COVID, many restaurant owners and businesses have learned to pivot and adjust to make take out work and slowly get people back into the restaurants. In this episode, Jamie and Leo talk about the hard parts of owning a restaurant during the pandemic, but also talk about how they pivoted to make business still happen! 

At first they had to create a system and make take out work which kept things afloat until they could open up dine in again. Now with people able to come dine in, they are taking all the precautions such as wearing masks and taking guest’s temperature. They’ve had to create new systems to keep dine in and take out going. It hasn’t been easy. They’ve even changed the menu 7-8 times since May! But they’ve pivoted. They thought outside the box and they kept their restaurant alive during a very difficult time. Take a listen to hear more about how they make it work and some fun...

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