Chef's Life Previous Broadcasts

Bourbon Country (Episode #506H)

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 31, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

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.

Ramp-Ing Up to Spring (Episode #212H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 30, 2017 -- 2:00 PM

Vivian hunts for ramps - Appalachian wild leeks - with renowned bacon purveyor Alan Benton near his home in the Tennessee countryside. Vivian's "ramp dealer" brings her his freshest stash, foraged from the North Carolina mountains. Proud grandparents watch as Theo and Flo show off a piglet and a baby goat at the county agriculture show. Vivian uses ramps like a spring onion, making a compound butter and pimped grits, and serving up grilled ramps, pickled ramps and sauteed ramps at a dinner party.

Strawberry Stay at Home (Episode #102H)

KQED 9: Tue, Dec 26, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Vivian and Ben rebuild their restaurant against the backdrop of the Southern harbinger of spring, the strawberry. Their twins go on their first strawberry-picking excursion, and Vivian and a friend develop a recipe for coconut cornbread strawberry shortcake with basil whipped cream.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Dec 27, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

WANTED: Broccoli (Episode #505H)

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 24, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

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.

Sweet Corn & Expensive Tea (Episode #101H)

KQED 9: Tue, Dec 19, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Chef Vivian and her husband, Ben, leave New York to open a restaurant in her small North Carolina hometown. Vivian revisits the Southern tradition of "putting up" corn and shares her method for making smoked corn relish. As the episode concludes, a devastating setback threatens their new life.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

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

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 17, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

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.

Chasing Trout (Episode #508H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 11, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

Vivian plans a respite from the road during the holidays, but is busy at home. She volunteers at a soup kitchen and does one last book signing in Kinston. She prepares a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner where trout - from roe to filet - shines.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Dec 12, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

Prolific Peppers (Episode #503H)

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 10, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Vivian preps peppers for a trip to Lambstock, where chefs, food and music converge. Even with Warren at the wheel, the road provides unexpected woes. Holley's grandmother offers a lesson in stuffing peppers and delegating authority.

Persimmon Style (Episode #507H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 4, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

Vivian takes the twins to pick persimmons and learns about the different varieties of the fruit. She then takes that knowledge to Atlanta. Back in Kinston, she gets a pudding lesson from chef Bill Smith of Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Dec 5, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
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