Family Meal

Family Meal

By Natalie Pelletier
A podcast centered around family recipes, but exploring much more! Stories of how family and the food they grew up with have impacted these creatives, foodies and dreamers.
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Fun with Kate Green
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with podcast host, and as I dub her- the culinary mayor of LA- Kate Green @funwithkate We talk in depth about how the restaurant industry she used to call home (she stumbled into working at the Mozza Restaurant Group and never left!) has been hit hard during this pandemic, and the pivots people are taking to make ends meet. She shared multiple LA organizations that are giving back to those who have been hit hardest- and how the service industry and its professional are still of service to the community at large. This episode is honest and really harps on the idea that everyone- regardless of job title, gender, race, or socioeconomic class deserves a seat at the table.  Kate's Family Meal Recipe: VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE FROSTING c/o Modern Honey  RESOURCES FOR ALL! (some are LA Based, but look into supporting where you can!) @nouswithoutyou (helping provide food for undocumented back of house staff) @secret_lasagna (employing out of work chefs and donating food to No Us Without You with every order received)  @fewforall (fresh pasta and provisions- for every item purchased one lb. of pasta is donated to the LA Food Bank)  @coastlinewellness (providing FREE mental health resources for restaurant industry workers in CA)  @nursepracticioner_natalie (a resource for FREE accurate and up to date health and wellness information) WINES MENTIONED: @raftwines @habitwine @scribewinery @broccellars @stolpmansofresh (and check out Tabula Rasa in LA for options!)  Follow along @family_meal_podcast on instagram or your host Natalie @irishfrecklegirl 
1:14:04
May 21, 2020
Katie Parla's #parlapicks
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with journalist, cookbook author and culinary guide, Katie Parla, @katieparla . A resident of Rome since 2003, Katie and I chatted all things cookbook writing, being a consultant on Master of None, why you shouldn't buy Barilla pasta and how she got to work with the legendary Stanley Tucci. From ways to help the Italian economy during these time, to how she started her own podcast, Gola- we really ran the gambit of topics. Pro tip: enjoy this episode with a glass or two of dry lambrusco. SUPPORT/ SHOP ITALIAN FOOD COMPANIES HERE  FOR WALKING TOURS AND KATIE PARLA'S PROJECTS if possible purchase cookbooks locally to keep your bookstore in business! linking an LA based on Now Serving  PURCHASE FAMILY MEAL  CALAMARI SALAD serves 4 to 6 2 pounds calamari, cleaned, tentacles separated and body cut into rings 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 2 ribs celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 large carrot, grated 1/2 cup Gaeta olives, pitted and halved Sea salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar Lemon juice, to taste blanch the squid in salted boiling water for 1 minute. remove to an ice bath. meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, celery, carrot, olives, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Drain the calamari and transfer to the large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice. Adjust seasoning and dressing to taste. Set aside to marinate, covered in the refrigerator, for at least 1 hour before serving. for more Family Meal check us out here: @family_meal_podcast or follow along Natalie @irishfrecklegirl 
1:02:27
May 14, 2020
Sarah Schenkkan of Actress Eats
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with actress, writer, dessert enthusiast and oatmeal influencer, Sarah Schenkkan of @actress_eats We talk about everything from visceral food memories, to solo trips, to establishing herself in NYC after getting a BFA at UMiami. She's a period piece queen and you can catch her on Z, Turn, and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to name a few. Currently quarantined in Brooklyn, she is at the helm of Kitchen Rodeo, offering virtual cooking classes with donations helping causes related to COVID. When things open back up- you can find her as a lead instructor at MilkBar in NYC teaching classes and making life that much sweeter.  MOM’S NO-FAIL APPLE PIE 🥧 Filling: 5-6 Granny Smith apples peeled and cut into thin slices 3/4 C with sugar 1/2 t cinnamon 2-3 T white flour 1 T lemon juice 1/8 t salt Crust: 1 1/3 C white flour 1/3 C safflower oil or vegetable oil 6 T milk pinch of salt Extras: 2 T butter rolling pin wax paper extra flour, cinnamon, white sugar. Preheat oven to 425. Place all filling ingredients into large bowl and let it rest while you make the crust, stirring several times to release juices from the apples. Place all crust ingredients into a bowl and mix only until combined (do not over mix!) Divide into two balls. Roll one out between two sheets of wax paper and then peel off top layer of wax paper. Flip the exposed side town into a pie pan. Smooth the crust down around the edged/bottom of the pie pan. Spoon the filling mixture into the pie pan with the bottom crust. Dot this mixture with 2 T of butter, cut into small pieces and distributed evenly around the top of the apples. Cover pie with the second crust. Fold the edges down. Cut 5 small slits in the top crust, and sprinkle 2 T of sugar and 1/8 t of cinnamon over the top of the pie. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes and then place a cookie sheet under the pie, reduce the temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until the crust turns brown on top and the juices begin to bubble. for more Family Meal check us out here: @family_meal_podcast or follow along Natalie @irishfrecklegirl 
52:27
May 7, 2020
Kelly Lamor Wilson on Following Your Gut
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with actress & singer Kelly Lamor Wilson. We talk about her Georgia roots, her first bookings, how she trusted her gut and decided that college wasn’t her path, and being an advocate for mental health. We open the body image can of worms and give that the space it deserves- and why these issues need to be talked about and how she turned that into a cabaret show at 54 Below called ‘I Am Woman’. 👵🏻NANA’S RICE PILAF🍚 1 cup white rice 1 stick butter 1 medium onion, peeled 2 cans beef consume Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Dump rice in a bowl-shaped baking dish. Add both cans of beef consume. Put onion in the middle. Slice butter in 4 pieces and spread evenly around the onion. Place dish in the oven for 1 hour. for more Family Meal check us out here: @family_meal_podcast or follow along Natalie @irishfrecklegirl 
52:35
April 16, 2020
Nika Burnett
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with actress, writer, director and creative spirit, Nika Burnett @nikaburnett We talked about how she went from being an athlete, to an undeclared major, to falling in love with philosophy which ultimately landed her into filmmaking. She is a firm believer of 'learning by doing', and it shows as in her recently released bi-lingual film, Brindisi which is currently making its way through the festival circuit. She is a bright light, a champion of curiosity and her soothing voice will truly help release any anxiety.  BASIL LEMON PESTO (as told my Nika) Below is the pesto recipe with my moms instructions — I always at least double everything because this is a small batch for a single pot of pasta : -2/3 c washed tightly packed basil good leaf part only -3 garlic cloves -1 lemon seeded & juiced -1/4 toasted pine nuts -1/4 c Reggiano Parmesan -drizzle olive oil  Pulse everything in food processor except nuts.  Add nuts last so you can control the chunks (I don’t like my pesto creamy smooth. I Prefer some nuttiness w/ pine nuts chunky not pulverized smooth. Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste. If it’s too lemony I add more pine nuts. Doesn’t take too much sea salt because of the reggiano. Olive oil drizzle on top afterwards. I toast the pinenuts with a little sea salt in a skillet first.   for more Family Meal check us out here: @family_meal_podcast or follow along Natalie @irishfrecklegirl 
51:48
April 9, 2020
Kylie Mazon-Chambers is Cooking with Cocktail Rings
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with cookbook author, recipe developer, and food blogger, Kylie Mazon-Chambers aka @cookingwithcocktailrings We talked about how she went from being a picky eater to a kitchen boss (there may have been some sibling rivalry involved😏), how her family encouraged her to follow her passion of cooking, what inspired her handle “cooking with cocktail rings”, her cookbook writing process AND the importance of taco cash 🌮💵 PRE-ORDER HER BOOK CLICK for her featured recipe: New England Lobster Rolls CLICK for more delicious recipes for more Family Meal check us out here: @family_meal_podcast or follow along Natalie @irishfrecklegirl 
47:50
April 2, 2020
Maddie McCormick is *not* a Maybe
TODAY'S GUEST: @madrymccormick  On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with actress, Maddie McCormick. We talked about how she navigated Hollywood during her time at UCLA, growing up (with me!) and spilling some high school shenanigans. And Maddie talks about the importance of having a full life and self-love as the keys to her success as an actress...Plus a fun story involving Drake and Skittles. AUNT KAY'S SHEET CAKE 2 c sugar 2 c sifted flour 1 cup butter 1/4 c cocoa 1 c water 1/2 c buttermilk 2 eggs slightly beaten 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla Icing: 1/2 c butter 1/4 c cocoa 6 Tbsp milk 1 lb confectioners sugar 1 c chopped pecans Sift flour and sugar into large bowl. Combine butter, cocoa and water in pan. Cook to boiling. Add buttermilk, eggs, soda, and vanilla and mix well. Pour into greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 400 for 25 mins. Prepare icing. Add butter, cocoa, milk to boil. Add confectioners sugar, vanilla and pecans. Mix together and spread on cake while still warm. Harvard Business Review on the grief we're all feeling now Find me on Instagram: @irishfrecklegirl and @family_meal_podcast
1:29:18
March 26, 2020
Madeleine Byrne
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with actress, Madeleine Byrne and we chatted all things growing up in the 90's, food and body image, and funny service industry stories. We swapped our favorites (mine involved Amy Poehler, hers involved the crowd at GOAL Sports Bar in LA *cough* Leonardo DiCaprio *cough*) and how the crews we worked with turned into our best friends and family. WASH YOUR HANDS and support your local restaurants!  FOLLOW Madeleine: @madeleinebyrnee // watch her on TWENTIES  FOLLOW Family Meal/Natalie: @family_meal_podcast // @irishfrecklegirl
51:02
March 19, 2020
Allison McNamara on How To "Sea the Glow"
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with, Allison McNamara, the founder of Mara- a clean + cruelty free indie beauty brand. We talked about her conception of Mara, her other roles as the Editorial Director for Mane Addicts and digital influencer, how she transitioned from hosting (she was previously at E! and Pop TV!), and what it takes to keep innovating as a company.
48:32
March 12, 2020
Elizabeth Lyons' Epiphany
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with singer/songwriter, Elizabeth Lyons, and we talked about building a music career from the ground up, how she handles negativity in the music industry, her songwriting process, working through roadblocks and of course her family recipe and favorite restaurants.
50:16
March 5, 2020
Nick LaKind: An Ode to Jonathan Gold
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down and chatted with Nick LaKind of @TrailofGold and we chatted all things food. More specifically his LA roots, why he started his ode to the late Jonathan Gold, an epic tale of how he got to eat at the world's top restaurant, Osteria Francescana, what kind of tomatoes make the best bruschetta, and of course his favorite LA restaurants.
48:50
November 21, 2019
Adam Cherney: A.O.C. Wine Bar's Chef de Cuisine
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down and chatted with Adam Cherney, Chef de Cuisine at A.O.C. Wine Bar in Los Angeles. I met Adam a little over 3 years ago when I started working as a server at said restaurant and we became fast friends. Two years ago, when I had a video wine series, Adam was the first guest on the show and we made a summer grill series- linked in the show notes. This time, we talked how he got in the restaurant biz (surprise it wasn't until later in life), why you should always be friends with your farmers and how practice really does make perfect. Chokes on you if you don't listen...
49:50
November 7, 2019
Table for One: Solo Travels in Europe, MODENA Edition
In this bonus episode of Family Meal, I deviate from the normal interview format and get down and dirty with my recent European Solo Travels. This episode covers my time spent in Modena...yes that Modena from Master of None Season Two and known its world famous cuisine!
21:16
October 18, 2019
Jess Schmidt's Big Role in Little Dom's
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down and chatted with Jess Schmidt, GM of Little Dom's in LA and former GM of Dominick's. I met Jess 6 years ago when she gave me my first job as a hostess at Dominick's in West Hollywood. She is the reason I really know what "Family Meal" means in the restaurant sense. We chatted our midwest roots, why being nice always wins, where to get the BEST PANCAKES IN LA, and shared lots and lots of Dominick's stories and memories!
50:28
October 17, 2019
Table for One: Solo Travels in Europe, FLORENCE Edition
In this bonus episode of Family Meal, I deviate from the normal interview format and get down and dirty with my recent European Solo Travels. This episode covers my time spent in Florence, Italy aka Firenze
17:29
October 16, 2019
Table for One: Solo Travels in Europe Part I
In this bonus episode of Family Meal, I deviate from the normal interview format and get down and dirty with my recent European Solo Travels. This episode is an overview of the trip and I discuss why I made the journey, some logistics of solo-traveling and why I decided to rent a car (cue some mishaps!!). Future episodes will be city specific and filled with juicy details, funny stories, and lots of foooood.
25:50
September 26, 2019
Dominick Lofaso's Mad City Magic
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down and chatted with Dominick Lofaso, founder and owner of Mad City Boxing in LA. So how do boxing and food relate? Well I met Dom a few years back when he was managing A.O.C. Wine Bar in Los Angeles, and he interviewed (and hired!) me. Now the tables are turned, the mic's on him- he's left the restaurant world to pursue his passion of opening (an amazing!!) boxing gym and he talks growing up in a big Italian-Jewish family, how to open a business, and why details and catering to all 5 senses will serve you not only in a restaurant, but any operation.
31:54
August 22, 2019
Carlye Tamaren's Recipe for Success
In this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with actress/director/writer/badass woman Carlye Tamaren. We talk all about various serving jobs we've had in between gigs (she was at Sur right as VanderPump Rules was airing) but also the importance of hard work and why matzo ball soup cures all. Lots of inspiration whether you're a creative or not. Keep on keeping on- get out there and create.
53:49
August 15, 2019
Matt's Veal Parm: The Real MVP is a Big Dill
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with Matt Wachsman of Matt's Veal Parm- a Chicago based veal & eggplant parm pop-up. We recorded this on Anthony Bourdain Day (June 25th) and honored him the best we could by talking all things food, the recipes that connect us, and exploring the world via our tastebuds.
57:29
August 8, 2019
Katherine Hughes Keeps it Saucy
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with actress Katherine Hughes. Know for her roles in Me, Earl and the Dying Girl, Kingdom and My Dead EX, we talked all things food (the girl loves her sauces and will go back to Japan anytime), family and navigating the good and bad of Hollywood.
52:21
August 1, 2019
Big Shot Takes You OFF THE MENU
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with Lawrence Longo aka @BigShot. We discussed his Toronto-Italian roots, how he started Off The Menu and the reality of how social media plays a part in the restaurant world. We throw out our favorite LA food spots, including his top burger picks!
41:30
July 25, 2019
Skatie Noyes: Swimwear's Sustainability Queen
On this episode of Family Meal, I sat down with swimsuit/activewear designer, Skatie Noyes. We discuss her big family upbringing (she's 1 of 8), what it takes to start and maintain a *growing* business and why sustainability and responsible manufacturing are important to her brand. And of course favorite foods and family memories! Follow @family_meal_podcast and @skatie_official for the latest news!
48:22
July 11, 2019
Jenn Harris's (Fried Chicken) Bucket List
Jenn Harris, senior writer at the LA Times Food Section- and LA's unofficial fried chicken queen, sat down and chatted family recipes, growing up an adventurous eater, how she landed at the LA Times and of course fried chicken.
44:03
June 20, 2019
Danielle Robay: Sunday Suppers with a slice of Grandma's Molten Chocolate Cake
TV Host and Entertainment Reporter, Danielle Robay, sits down to dish about her family traditions, and why Sunday night dinners fed her more than just good food. They fueled her need to stay up-to-date on current events so she could voice her opinions at the table...which ultimately lead her to becoming the passionate and prepared reporter she is today.
1:02:35
June 11, 2019
Antonio Diaz's: Chicken Pozole for the Entrepreneur's Soul
Emmy Award Winning EIC of Life & Thyme, Antonio Diaz, sat down with me and chatted growing up, as he calls a "hyphenated-American", how Life & Thyme grew from a passion project, current food culture, and his show Migrant Kitchen.
1:26:13
June 6, 2019
Welcome To Family Meal
In this inaugural episode of Family Meal, Natalie (@irishfrecklegirl) discusses her connection to the restaurant scene, shares her chocolate chip cookie recipe and why she wanted to create this podcast. Please excuse the LaCroix burp.
17:45
May 30, 2019