Watch Saturdays at 12pm starting on January 9, 2016 on WMHT TV
Joanne Weir Gets Fresh II continues to carry forward the success of her previous award-winning TV series JOANNE WEIR'S COOKING CONFIDENCE with 15 brand new shows.
The inspiration for this series came when Joanne realized that although there are wonderful year-round farmer's markets and new specialty food shops opening all around the USA, many viewers would benefit from some guidance and a little adventure.
How many times have you roamed your local farmers’ market, butcher, or cheese shop, and found something that promised to be spectacular—only to bring it home and realize that you have no clue how to transform your find into a tasty, easy-to-cook meal? Departing from the format of previous shows, Joanne, who loves to travel, wanted to share this part of her adventuresome life with the viewer.
From the cold waters of Alaska and the farms and orchards of California’s Central Valley, to the bustling culinary hot spots of San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston, in each episode, Joanne will take you on a quest to find the perfect ingredient. Each show sparkles with Joanne's reflections, practical insights, and love of adventure.
Sometimes humorous, often personal, Joanne's mission is clear: that each of us can learn to create and improvise meals from an ever-changing wealth of fresh, market ingredients—and that by the end of each episode, the viewer, too will “get fresh.”
Beyond Meat and Potatoes | Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 12pm
Like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, nothing is more satisfying than a duo of old favorites, so Joanne is always looking for fun and dynamic ways to prepare meat and potatoes. She visits Thistle Meats and McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma, California, and then Joanne and her student Joan will make skillet riblettes with aged balsamic and warm grilled potato salad with fennel. Join them as they update their favorites with style.
Eggs | Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12pm
Joanne is a huge fan of eggs – who doesn’t have them in the fridge? – which makes them the perfect go-to food. They shine on their own, but are easy to dress up. Today, they are going to go to a California egg farm, and then Joanne and her student Stella will make yummy deviled eggs, open face toast with fennel, Frisée, prosciutto grana padano, and poached egg and lavender-lime soufflé in a skillet. If you’re an egg fan like Joanne is, this is the perfect show for you.
Salads| Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 12pm
Joanne loves salads because the possible combinations of ingredients are endless. Today she’s going to think outside the bowl with salads. Joanne and her team will go to La Nebbia, a prosciutteria in San Francisco, and Green String Farm with Bob Canard in Sonoma, California. With her student Lila in tow, they’ll make an amazing PLT salad with prosciutto, mixed greens, and croutons, and a smoked black cod and apple slaw. So, join them as they get creative with salads.
Alliums| Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 12pm
If Joanne were stranded on a desert island and could only choose one vegetable, it would be onions. She would be literally lost without them! Today she’s visiting McEvoy Olive Ranch in Western Marin County, and with her student Bridget, they’ll make grilled coriander and cardamom dusted scallops, and farro risotto with caramelized onions and crisp shallots. Join them as they celebrate Alliums.
Nuts| Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12pm
Joanne has a lot of nuts in her life, and feels she’s much better for it. Nuts and seeds are a super easy way to keep your cooking fresh and creative. Today they’re going to go to Taku Inlet in Alaska to fish for salmon, and then onto a California walnut farm. With her student Heather, together they’ll make nut-crusted salmon, basmati rice with citrus, and a fabulous Nutella fondue with fresh ferries. Join them as they get nutty!
Hearty Greens | Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12pm
Growing up, Joanne spent many hours in her grandparents’ garden. You can’t get more fresh than a farm, so they’re going to Beet Generation Farm to hang out with a new generation of organic farmers, and then to an Italian market. With their greens, Joanne and her student Geoff will make a dandelion, dale and kumquat salad with Marrakech spiced walnuts, and then grilled broccoli rabe wrapped in prosciutto. Come join them down on the farm.
Flavor Punch | Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 12pm
When Joanne buys a perfect fillet of salmon, she loves to punch things up with fresh ingredients. Today she’s going to Green String Farm in Northern California, then to meet her mentor at Chez Panisse and The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California. With her student Santosh, they’re going to make one of Joanne’s absolute favorite salads – a little gem salad with green goddess dressing, pickled cucumbers, and then horseradish-crusted salmon, and finally dilled cucumbers with crème fraiche. These fresh, punchy flavors make for a fantastic meal.
Citrus Three Ways | Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 12pm
Joanne has always wanted to do a cooking show where you don’t cook. And fresh citrus is the key! She’ll start by going to her restaurant Copita, and then to a citrus orchard in Yountville, California. With her student Kit, they’ll make pomegranate kumquat and blood orange ceviche, followed by a citrus salsa. She’s going to cheat a little bit by grilling some shrimp, and then oven-roasting quinoa. And for dessert: a refreshing citrus sorbet. Get ready to pucker up and get fresh.
Roots | TBA
Joanne loves to sit in front of the fire on long, lazy winter afternoons. These are perfect dishes to put in the oven and then curl up with a good book. But first, she’s going to a cider manufacturer in Healdsburg, California. Then, with her friend Evan, they’re going to make Za’atar-roasted chicken with root vegetable mash, and a mint cider cocktail. This is the perfect kind of comfort food to chase away the winter blues.
Mushrooms Italian-Style | TBA
Italian cuisine is one of Joanne’s favorite go-to’s for cooking. She loves it so much because in Italy they take the freshest ingredients and cook them at the peak of the season. In this episode, they’re going to visit an Italian market, and then with her student Katy, they’re going to make a super easy mushroom pizza with Montasio and gorgonzola cheeses. Then they’re going to get down to earth with a beef tenderloin stuffed with wild mushrooms. Join her as she travels through the heart and soul of Italy.
Copita Inspired | TBA
The vibrant soul of Mexican cooking has truly captured Joanne’s heart and transformed the way she cooks. So today they’re going to explore bright Mexican flavors. She goes to her restaurant Copita to meet Gonzalo, an amazing chef, and hang out in her organic garden. With her student Reggie, they’re going to make Sausalito watercress and avocado salad, chicken with vinegar and tomatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, and Micheladas, a popular and spicy Mexican drink. Join her as they explore the soulful and vibrant flavors of Mexico.
Moroccan Detour | TBA
You know how it is when you travel – you come home inspired by new ideas. Today she’s going on a Moroccan detour. With her student Gina, they’ll make chicken tagine with tomatoes and preserved lemon, walnut charmoula, and heirloom black rice, and they’ll end with a sparkling cocktail. Come join them on a spicy Moroccan culinary journey.
Crab | TBA
What is the most over-the-top thing that you have ever tasted? For her, it’s king crab straight from the source. She visits Tracy’s Crab Shack in Juneau, Alaska. With her student Lauren, they’ll make risotto Rosa with king crab with citrus gastrique, and a rhubarb crostata. Join them as they make a truly one-of-a-kind meal.
Peppers | TBA
“Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers.” Try saying that three times fast. Today they’re going to cook with a variety of different types of peppers and delicious Italian cheeses to create some amazing dishes. She’s going to a wonderful Italian market, and with her student Melissa, they’ll make simple pan-roasted Padrón peppers with Marcona almonds and Grana Padano, butternut squash and Poblano Gratin, and an amazing pork tenderloin with Marash butter. You will love learning how to cook with fresh, flavorful peppers.
Herbs | TBA
Joanne grew her first garden when she was a freshmen in college. All she had room for was a tiny herb garden on her windowsill, but boy, did that little garden inspire her to cook. Today she’s going to Taku Inlet in Alaska where they’ll fish for sockeye salmon, and with her student Santosh, they are going to make a slow roasted side of salmon, paired with a fresh herb salad with basil, arugula, parsley, mint, and cilantro, with a lemon vinaigrette. And finally for dessert, peach and basil ice pops. There is nothing that gives you more fresh flavors than cooking with herbs.