Episode 1: Ben Myhre of Ramshackle Pantry

This week’s guest is Ben Myhre, the man behind the history-focused food blog, Ramshackle Pantry. Ben is a prior soldier who has dedicated a large portion of his blog to taking deep historical dives into the recipes that we all know and love.

In this episode, Ben and I chat about several things that I think you’ll find interesting to look into further. 

First is lefse “aka” the mashed potato taco (similar to a tortilla, just made with potatoes and flour rather than corn) – Here is a link to a NYT recipe that is pretty good and should get you started in making it yourself. It’s the one I used and it worked pretty well. Don’t feel like you have to get a lefse grill (yes, they totally make those). You can use a frying pan although your lefse might be a little bit thicker. The point is that they are delicious and you should try it. 

Le Compere Lapin – Located in the Warehouse District in New Orleans. I love her goat curry dish. It comes with sweet potato gnocchi now vice plantain, but I’m still determined to have it once more before it gets taken off the menu. 

German Knoephla Soup – This is the soup that Ben refers to that brings him back to his childhood. I haven’t tried to make it yet, but if I do, I’ll update the show notes with a recipe that I like. 

Béchamel Sauce – One of the five original mother sauces. Here is a recipe from Serious Eats by Daniel Gritzer

And speaking of mother sauces, here is a story from the NYT from Samin Nosrat (LOVE HER!!!!) talking about the new mother sauces. Learn them all and watch your culinary life get richer. Herb salsa is what I make every time I have leftover herbs. 

Finally, you can find Ben at his blog, on Twitter and at his beautiful Instagram page.

You can also find a transcript of the recording here.