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Hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam usually equip you with jokes, unusual news items and cocktail recipes.
This week — in honor of Passover and Easter feasts — we present a special episode featuring the best of the DPD's food segments:
Icebreaker: Tim Walker
Tim Walker — organizer and "chief instigator" of this Saturday's Grilled Cheese Invitational food fest in Los Angeles — fills our ears with a pungent waiter joke.
Appetizer: The Kitchen Front
Last year, the Imperial War Museum in London launched a project both fascinating... and questionable: The cafeteria began serving food items based on popular recipes from World War II-era Britain. Rico paid a visit to the museum's "Kitchen Front" café to get a taste of how an island nation cooked when many ingredients were rationed... or unavailable.
Main Course: The Sushirrito
California's long been known for pan-cultural "fusion" dishes, but one still turned heads last year: The Sushirrito - an unlikely East/West collision of sushi and burrito. Brendan warily ventured over to the Jogasaki food truck to sample the invention... along with an appetizer that combines high and lowbrow in previously unimaginable ways.
Dessert: "Baked" Goods
In L.A., where medical marijuana is legal, patients with a prescription can get their medicine in edible form - baked into brownies, cookies, muffins and more. But who's cooking these things, and what's it like to use cannabis as a foodstuff? Rico paid a visit to chef Melanie Lusk, owner of "Redye Bakery."
Hear a longer version of the show — including a food tune from host Brendan Newnam himself — at http://www.dinnerpartydownload.org
- All Things Considered, 04/22/2011, 6:20 p.m.