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Heartland Table - a new cooking show

EM23 Sep 21, 2013 10:42 AM

I caught this new cooking show on FN this morning and really enjoyed it. The host, Amy Thielen, is an experienced chef who worked professionally for several years in the kitchens of some pretty big names--Boulud, Vongerichten and Bouley—before returning to her native Minnesota, where the show is filmed. Her extended family featured heavily in the episode that I saw, but not in a cutesy or annoying way, and Thielen herself is a natural and engaging host. Today she made fried bologna, ghee, a pepper-crusted pork loin, fresh onion dip and grilled flatbreads. The show repeats tomorrow morning at 9:30.

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    miss_belle RE: EM23 Sep 21, 2013 12:56 PM

    I watched it this morning and enjoyed it too. The ring bologna looked really good but imo that onion dip stole the show.

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      HillJ RE: miss_belle Sep 21, 2013 02:57 PM

      For parties we often make a hot appy that includes the bologna ring exactly as the recipe link in the OP outlines as well as the same method for salami and large thick hot dogs served with three types of mustard, soft Russian Rye and homemade thousand island dressing. Always a hit.

      I look forward to catching the show soon.

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        EM23 RE: HillJ Sep 21, 2013 05:21 PM

        She said the fried bologna is a big hit with kids and served it with crackers. Hurry home J! You're missing some lovely weather.:)

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          HillJ RE: EM23 Sep 21, 2013 06:01 PM

          EM, I'm in Vermont at the moment and it's pretty darn beautiful here too. Home in 1 wk. :)

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        HillJ RE: miss_belle Sep 21, 2013 02:57 PM

        That version of onion dip is always a show stopper!

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          EM23 RE: miss_belle Sep 21, 2013 05:16 PM

          Yes! I am looking forward to making that recipe.

        2. suzigirl RE: EM23 Sep 21, 2013 01:03 PM

          I recorded Pioneer Woman right before this show and caught the intro and was kicking myself for not recording it. Thanks for the heads up for tomorrow. I have it set to record. It looks like a show I will like.

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            pine time RE: EM23 Sep 21, 2013 01:27 PM

            The show I saw last week (I think it was the 1st one) was butter-centric and was lovely. I liked her low-key and homey style.

            Just hope the FN doesn't glam her up.

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              EM23 RE: pine time Sep 21, 2013 05:33 PM

              I forgot to mention that I saw Lidia’s name scroll by in the credits, and with a little googllng I found the article linked below that confirms that the show is produced by Lidia’s Tavola Productions and Random House. Here’s hoping that means that FN will have no input on production.

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                pine time RE: EM23 Sep 22, 2013 08:54 AM

                Good to know. I did see Lidia's name, but didn't know the connection/non-connection with FN production.

                Really liking the show, so far. Just printed the flatbread recipe, in fact, to try today.

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                  EM23 RE: pine time Sep 22, 2013 11:18 AM

                  Please report back on how it turns out, Pine. She made that look so simple that I was thinking of making it too.

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                    pine time RE: EM23 Sep 23, 2013 07:42 AM

                    Will do. The dough is in the fridge, as per her instructions. Flatbread for lunch today!

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                      pine time RE: pine time Sep 25, 2013 06:33 AM

                      Just had time yesterday evening to slap 2 of the refrigerated flat breads on a griddle (didn't grill), but they were quite good. I think my yeast is getting a little stale, but it's definitely a recipe I'll make again (I make naans all the time, so this being a keeper is a good thing).

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              rasputina RE: EM23 Sep 21, 2013 02:52 PM

              I've only watched last weeks so far which I loved. I have todays recorded.

              1. Wahooty RE: EM23 Sep 21, 2013 05:05 PM

                I've been watching the promos for a while and really loving the concept...kind of a rebuttal to the image of the Midwest that gets played out on oh, every other food-related show. Thanks for the heads-up that it has actually started airing...it sounds like what I hoped it would be.

                1. Njchicaa RE: EM23 Sep 21, 2013 05:06 PM

                  I watched part of last week's and part of this week's show. I found them to be boring so I turned both of them off about half way through.

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                    nikkihwood RE: EM23 Sep 22, 2013 09:51 PM

                    I really like this show - I am looking forward to trying this weeks' pork.

                    This is produced in conjunction with Random House - they also do Lidia's books - so I think that is the connection. I just hope that is not just a 6-8-show deal, and that FN picks up more shows without the outside support.

                    I'm definitely buying Amy's cookbook!

                    1. juliejulez RE: EM23 Sep 24, 2013 08:33 PM

                      I saw the first "butter" episode and enjoyed it... a nice relaxing cooking show, very different than many FN shows. I noticed they showed a rerun on Cooking Channel.

                      The food looked great, although it's not really the kind of food I cook at home. But I enjoy watching it being made anyway :) Maybe that bologna and pork loin episode would be more up my alley.

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                        rasputina RE: EM23 Feb 22, 2014 04:01 PM

                        Just read on her blog

                        New episodes of Heartland Table begin Saturday, March 8th - See more at: http://www.amythielen.com/TV%20Show#s...

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                          Njchicaa RE: rasputina Feb 22, 2014 04:05 PM

                          yeah last I saw Damaris Phillips' show (can't for the life of me think of the name right now.... Southern at Heart?) and Amy Thielen's Heartland Table were renewed for a second season. No word on Nancy Fuller's Farmhouse Rules yet.

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                            ennuisans RE: Njchicaa Feb 22, 2014 04:15 PM

                            Both of these shows opened with 6 episodes for their first season (and I hardly saw any of them). That seems slight.

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