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Smart Talk: Summertime treats for the tastebuds with Chef Donna Desfor

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 3, 2014 3:41 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday June 4, 2014:

We probably change our lifestyles, habits, and our day-to-day lives more in summer than during any other season of the year.

That holds true for mealtime and what we eat and drink too.

Chef Donna Marie Desfor, owner of There's a Chef in my Kitchen, appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk with ideas for picnics, grilling, wines, and other cold refreshing drinks.

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Chef Donna Marie Desfor

As the weather gets warmer and temperatures rise into the high 80's or into the 90s this summer, many of us will prefer to not stand over a hot stove as we prepare our meals.  Light and cool would seem to be in order when it comes to our lunches and dinners.  Chef Desfor has a few suggestions for those type meals.

Whether its steaks, chicken, burgers, or vegetables, the grill will probably be in use much more often as well.  

Chef Desfor always brings fresh, unique ideas to Smart Talk when it comes to trends.  Today she'll address how our tastes have changed.

We'd like to hear your summertime meal ideas too.  Call us during the program at 1-800-729-7532 or send an email to smarttalk@witf.org.  You can also leave a suggestion or recipe in the comments section below.   

Recently, Smart Talk host Scott LaMar stopped by Chef Desfor's kitchen to help whip up few recipes. We’ll take you on a tour of Central Market in York, give you helpful tips on how to plant an herb garden. Also included, restauranteur, John J. Jeffries of Lancaster and so much more!

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Comments: 3

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-04 08:08

    Manuel writes:

    My wife and I enjoy having celiac disease and the gluten freedom it allows us. When it comes to our summertime barbecue foods, we enjoy chicken breasts stuffed with granny smith apples and a very sharp cheddar cheese, with a hard cider reduction. Our kids, who normally complain about eating gluten free, LOVE this dish with fresh sweet corn off the grill.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-04 08:20

    Manuel asks:

    Can you recommend any good fish or seafoods that will pair well with hard ciders for those of us with celiac disease?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-04 08:37

    Rebecca says:

    After buying and starting holy basil seeds in March I now have leaves ready to snip and use. I have been adding them to my green tea in the morning. Has Donna used this herb in her cooking?

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