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Bourbon Country (Episode #506H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 20, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

A dinner in Vivian's honor ends as an American history lesson. A tour of Maker's Mark and Jefferson's distilleries clarifies the whiskey, scotch and bourbon differences. Vivian learns how Frank and Jesse James fit into Kentucky's boozy biography.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 21, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

Shake, Rattle, and Pole (Beans) (Episode #502H)

KQED 9: Sun, Nov 19, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Vivian struggles to scrounge up enough green beans to add to the menu at Chef & the Farmer, where a new chef is firmly in place. Mrs. Tessie Mae gives her a golf cart tour of her garden, an intro to pickled pork and a lesson in snapping pole beans.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T The Butterbean (Episode #203H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

Burgers. Oysters. Beer. Vivian and Ben are on the cusp of opening their new restaurant, the Boiler Room, and they're facing a new challenge: how to make a veggie burger stand out. Vivian chooses the beloved butterbean as the star of her new burger, but quickly learns that the bean is a straight up diva - the Aretha Franklin of the legume family - when it comes to growing conditions. After a wet spring, Warren's patch is abysmal, but with the help of onions and gouda, eggplant and garlic, Vivian's butterbean burger is the talk of opening night.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, Nov 18, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

WANTED: Broccoli (Episode #505H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

Follow Vivian as she heads to NYC, where her book launch means a full itinerary. Back at the shop, Ben and crew ready the food truck for its first stop in Nashville. While there, a lack of rain leads Vivian on a challenging hunt for broccoli.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

Two-Mato (Episode #501H)

KQED 9: Sun, Nov 12, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

As Chef & the Farmer turns 10, Vivian searches for ripe tomatoes to serve at the restaurant's birthday party. She seeks the wisdom of Ms. Mary and Ms. Lillie to prepare an old-school tomato dish that "kills hungry."

Chicken Lickin (Episode #211H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 -- 2:00 PM

As Vivian waits for spring's vegetables to appear, she pauses to appreciate chicken's endless capacity as an ingredient. The restaurant's new best-seller is a whole chicken, pounded and stuffed with broccoli salad. An old family friend fries a chicken the old-fashioned way, served with a side of banana sandwiches. Spring brings the twins' birthday, and Vivian can't help but go over the top with celebrations, including the Cadillac of chicken coops to house Theo and Flo's new baby chicks.

Shrimp Sells (Episode #202H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 10, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

Vivian and Ben head to the beach for their annual summer vacation with the Howard family. Vivian turns up the heat with a bit of friendly competition with her older sisters. Frogmore stew, cooked outside at the beach, of course. She visits a fish camp and learns the heads and tails of fresh shrimp. Back in Kinston, the devil is in the details as Vivian and Ben prepare to open their second restaurant, the Boiler Room, and controversy brews over the bun for the burgers.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

A Food Truck and a Pear Tree (Episode #504H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 6, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

Vivian's cookbook delivery sparks emotions as the reality of wheeling a food truck around the country sets in. The crew does a practice run at the farmer's market, serving up a dish with pear relish that pleases most--but not Ms. Lillie.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 7, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

Turnips - The Greens (Episode #210H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 4, 2017 -- 2:00 PM

Late winter brings "run-up" turnip greens, which Vivian sees as central to her approach to Southern food, capturing both the spirit and the letter of what Chef and the Farmer is all about. Ms. Scarlett helps out by procuring greens from a local produce stand, washing them four times and discussing the how-to of buying and cooking good turnips to satisfy her "Southern people." Vivian downs a "cocktail for courage" as she awaits the arrival of Ben and Karen Barker, her culinary heroes. Her nerves are for naught - the Barkers are her big fans.

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      (DT25.1 through 25.3) Recent storms have taken out dozens of trees on Fremont Peak, which in turn have taken down power lines leading to the transmission tower located on the peak. It has been running on generators for several days, and regular trips are scheduled to re-fuel those generators with gas. However, the truck has […]

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