A Couple Cooks | Small Bites

Cookbook authors Sonja and Alex Overhiser pair small bites of food with short form interviews to inspire you in less than 20 minutes. The married duo behind the acclaimed website A Couple Cooks has teamed up to explore the stories, ideas, and people behind what we eat, featuring leading authors, entrepreneurs, and celebrity chefs. It’s a busy world, they cut the small talk and get right to the point, all in the time of your daily commute!
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Dec 21, 2016

There are many ways to fight hunger -- but through fashion? In this episode we’re highlighting two inspirational organizations doing work here in America and around the globe: The Patachou Foundation and Half United. Plus, a few new recipes and a giveaway open to everyone around the globe!


Tomato artichoke soup | A Couple Cooks

Red beans and rice | A Couple Cooks

Very verde dip | A Couple Cooks


Matthew Feltrop is Executive Director of

The Patachou Foundation | Instagram


Christian Black is Founder of

Half United | Instagram


Giveaway: Fighting hunger necklace >> and we’ll ship to anywhere in the world!

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Dec 7, 2016

How to survive the holidays without increasing a few pant sizes in the process? We’ve got you covered, with “healthy-ish” takes on holiday sweet treats and ideas for indulging in moderation. Starring Kathryne Taylor and her sweet dog Cookie, of the popular food blog Cookie and Kate (plus an additional secret cameo).


Kathryne Taylor is Cookie and Kate Website | Instagram | Facebook


Maple peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies | Cookie and Kate

Salted oat fudge | Cookie and Kate


Peppermint meringues | A Couple Cooks

Chocolate peanut butter buckeyes | A Couple Cooks

Soft healthier gingerbread cookies | A Couple Cooks


Our guide to holiday gift ideas for people who love to cook: cookbooks, kitchen tools, our 2017 daily recipe calendar, and more


9 tips for eating in moderation


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Nov 23, 2016

The tables are turned: we’re celebrating 1 year on the podcast by hearing from you! In this episode, we chat with listeners about their favorite podcast moments, kitchen goals for next year, and answer a few questions. Plus our favorite fall recipes for Thanksgiving and beyond, and a sweet giveaway (make sure to listen for the code word!).


Past episodes mentioned in this podcast:

The one where Alex mixes a cocktail

The one with Mario Batali

The one about minimalism and cleaning your spice drawer

The one about the great ramen adventure

The one with the charming Rick Bayless

The one with the coffee roasters

The one where we learned to slurp olive oil

The one where that guy thought “hangry” was an app

The one where we interviewed a cow

The one where we told our story


Vegetarian shepherd’s pie with french lentils | A Couple Cooks

Pumpkin pecan parfaits | A Couple Cooks


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Nov 8, 2016

Did you know 25% of adults would rather watch a cooking show then cook a meal themselves? In this episode, Sonja travels to the Love and Lemons kitchen in Texas to prove that cooking doesn’t require lots of advanced planning to make a beautiful and nourishing meal. With Jeanine Donofrio, the two make a Chopped-style recipe out of the ingredients on-hand in Jeanine’s refrigerator. Plus, some foodie trivia and a simple concept for fall meals with seasonal vegetables.


Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons

Website | Instagram | Facebook


The recipe: Roasted fall vegetable grain bowl | A Couple Cooks


This episode was sponsored by


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Oct 26, 2016

Summer might be over, but our love for tomatoes hasn’t died! In this episode, we talk about our favorite ways to use canned tomatoes throughout the winter. We phone our friend The Faux Martha, who shares her favorite minimalist recipes for canned tomatoes. Plus, people we love to cook for, our favorite foodie cities, a dinnertime challenge, and listener kitchen victories.


Roasted tomato shrimp over creamy polenta | A Couple Cooks


Melissa Coleman is The Faux Martha: Website | Instagram | Facebook


Her recipes:

20-Minute tomato soup | The Faux Martha

4-ingredient tomato sauce | The Faux Martha

Chickpea indian bowl | The Faux Martha


What’s your favorite foodie city? Sonja just went to Austin and enjoyed Tacodeli, Torchy’s Tacos, and The Beer Plant


This episode was sponsored by Muir Glen Organic


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Oct 12, 2016

Instead of kitchen failures, how about triumphs? This episode features Julia Turshen, cookbook author for the stars (like Gwyneth!). Julia’s now published her own solo act, Small Victories. about tips and tricks that build kitchen confidence. Julia’s victories come from a lifetime of experience spent in the kitchen. We talk about uber simple desserts, nachos for breakfast, and a health challenge that’s helped her focus on what matters.


Julia Turshen: Website | Instagram | Twitter


Small Victories getting some very good press


Blood orange granita | A Couple Cooks via Small Victories

Simple black beans & scrambled tofu | A Couple Cooks via It’s All Good


This episode was sponsored by Crunchmaster gluten-free crackers


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Sep 28, 2016

Time for something a little different. The tables are turned in this episode, with Jessie Artigue of Marriage is Funny as our guest host, and us as the guests. The goal: sharing our food journey all in one place. Along the way, we share about challenges like cancer and adoption, how we started what we’re doing today, and some exciting updates on where we’re headed.


Jessie Artigue is host of the podcast Marriage is Funny

Jessie on Instagram | Gerard and Jessie on Twitter


Rule 26: Keep your marriage spicy by heating up the kitchen (A Couple Cooks on the Marriage is Funny podcast)


Italian white bean soup | A Couple Cooks


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Sep 14, 2016


The secret to losing weight? It might not be what you think it is. In this episode, we go straight to the source and interview a doctor about healthy eating, exercise, and what’s most important for losing weight. Then, we interview our favorite Youtube fitness instructor to see if she agrees (spoiler alert: she does). Plus, our favorite delicious yet healthy recipes starring superfoods and Thai sweet potatoes.

Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight | Vox


Superfood salad | A Couple Cooks

Thai baked sweet potatoes | A Couple Cooks via Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking


Dr. Andrew Overhiser | Instagram


Rebecca-Louise and her Youtube channel of workout videos

Website | Instagram | Facebook

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Aug 31, 2016

Gooey mac & cheese, crispy fries, and a bowl of creamy ice cream are ours: what are your favorite comfort foods? In this episode, we talk about a balanced approach to comfort foods, and share our favorite healthy-ish recipes for old favorites. Plus a live Twitter poll on a nagging question, WWMPS, and a call to expert Amanda Paa on gluten-free living and tips on comforting, whole food recipes.


Crispy baked fries with garlic rosemary aioli | A Couple Cooks

Smoky mac and cheese with squash and spinach | A Couple Cooks

Mocha almond fudge vegan ice cream | A Couple Cooks


Food Rules by Michael Pollan


Amanda Paa of Heartbeet Kitchen | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Skillet white chili dip | Heartbeet Kitchen

Gluten-free angel food cake | Heartbeet Kitchen

Get ‘em>> Scotcheroo Bar Baking Kit!


What is your favorite healthy take on comfort food?


Is mac & cheese a main or a side? (Here are the results of our Twitter poll.)


Giveaway! Click here to enter to win a Scotcheroo Bar Baking Kit (Cake in a Crate)!

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Aug 10, 2016

Hangry much? In this episode, we dive into how to combat hanger, that dreaded combination of Hunger + Anger. We take to the streets for a random survey on how to survive hanger, and offer up three of our favorite 20-minute nourishing dinner recipes. Plus hangry snack ideas, and more.


Quick garlic shrimp and couscous | A Couple Cooks

Farmer’s market grain bowl | A Couple Cooks

Simple black beans and eggs | A Couple Cooks

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Aug 3, 2016


Field trip! In this episode we’re on location at Trader’s Point Creamery, an organic dairy farm. We meet Bella the Cow, visit the Dairy Bar, and taste an aged cheddar that’s never before been unveiled to the public. We also uncover the mystery behind organic, grass-fed dairy: why it’s important, and what to look for on the label when you’re shopping for milk, yogurt, and cheese. Plus, our favorite way to eat grass-fed yogurt, and a few summery cheesy recipes inspired by Greek islands and our basil plant.


Greek salad | A Couple Cooks

Roasted tomato basil grilled cheese | A Couple Cooks

Our photos from Santorini, because...sigh.


Trader’s Point Creamery is an organic, grass-fed dairy farm in Indianapolis

Website | Instagram | Twitter


**Giveaway of cheeses, yogurts, and more from Trader’s Point Creamery! Click here.

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Jul 20, 2016

Hold onto your hats, we’ve got the amazing and talented Martha Collison, youngest ever competitor on The Great British Bakeoff (or, The Great British Baking Show in the US)! She’s the charming 17-year-old who stole our hearts on our favorite new cooking show, set in idyllic farm country in Britain. Martha shares about what it’s like to be a cooking competition contestant, how to keep things creative in the kitchen, and even her thoughts on Brexit. Plus we share our favorite cucumber recipes inspired by our overflowing garden, and a story of our latest flaming kitchen incident.


Authentic tzatziki | A Couple Cooks

Gurkensalat (German cucumber salad) | A Couple Cooks

Quick refrigerator dill pickles | A Couple Cooks


The Great British Baking Show: check it out on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and PBS

Martha Collison, Quarter-Finalist on the Great British Baking Show

Website | Instagram | Twitter

Her new cookbook: Twist!


Anti-human trafficking efforts through culinary training:


For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. (Oops.)


**Giveaway of the new Twist cookbook! Click here.

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Jul 6, 2016

Molly Yeh is the star of this episode, classical musician turned food blogger and author of the new cookbook Molly on the Range. She shares her unlikely story of moving from New York City to a sugar beet farm in Northern Minnesota, and eating her way from lunchables to bahn mi to casseroles. Plus, Molly’s escapades cooking in Julia Child’s kitchen, a naked chef, and “The Best” peach pie recipe you’ll ever eat.


The Best Peach Pie | A Couple cooks


Molly Yeh of My Name is Yeh

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Her new cookbook: Molly on the Range *Preorder it now!*


How to organize your spices...the minimalist way (and Before + After photos of our spice drawer)


Our favorite cooking shows:

Good Eats | Alton Brown

The French Chef | Julia Child

The Naked Chef | Jamie Oliver


What are your favorite cooking shows? We’d love to hear in the comments below.


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Jun 22, 2016

Who doesn’t love honey? In this episode we share our favorite recipes with the sticky nectar, from a salad to a dessert to our signature naturally sweet whiskey sour. We talk with bee expert Kate Franzman about the fascinating life of bees, and what we can do to help them. Plus, our thoughts on moderation: how can we embrace sweet treats without going overboard?


Roasted two-potato salad with honey mustard dressing | A Couple Cooks

Strawberries with balsamic, Greek yogurt and mint | A Couple Cooks

Naturally sweet whiskey sour | A Couple cooks


Kate Franzman of Bee Public

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Our 9 tips for eating in moderation

Jun 8, 2016

020 -- Homemade 5 Minutes


Making bread at home sounds daunting, but it’s easier than you think: only 5 minutes per day and 40 cents per loaf. Not convinced? We talk with Zoe Francois, former pastry chef and author of the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes Per Day series, along with coauthor Dr. Jeff Hertzberg. Also, a real life mom who found a way to make bread-baking fit into her lifestyle --  and we taste our bread on the air.


GIVEAWAY: $100 from Bob’s Red Mill!


Multigrain Artisan Bread | A Couple Cooks


Zoe Francois is:

Zoe Bakes: Website | Instagram | Twitter

Artisan Bread in 5: Website | Instagram | Twitter



Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Gluten-Free Bread Artisan in Five Minutes a Day


Zoe’s epi!


Do you, like Alex, suffer from misophonia?

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

May 25, 2016

50 shades of what? This episode, we talk brain food with Dr. Drew Ramsey, author of the books 50 Shades of Kale and Eat Complete. What we eat affects how we look, but what about how we feel? Psychiatrist Dr. Ramsey shares the best foods to eat to boost our brain and soothe our moods, and we add our favorite kale-tastic recipes.


Get your Culinary Box from Chef José Andrés today! Visit and enter code "SPAIN" at checkout for 10% off your first box.  


Tuscan Raw Kale Salad

Spicy Kale Lasagna

Rice Bowl with Kale, Red Pepper, and Egg

Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers with Quinoa Pesto

Scallop and Plum Ceviche


Dr. Drew Ramsey

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

His books:

Eat Complete | 50 Shades of Kale

Brain Boost Videos


A farm on a hospital


Dr. Ramsey's favorite Indy spots: Trader’s Point Creamery, Milktooth and Tinker Street


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

May 11, 2016

Ending world hunger is not the typical 17-year old’s top priority, but Katie Stagliano is not the typical 17-year old! Join us as we learn about the non-profit Katie started to inspire growing vegetable gardens all over the country. Plus, our favorite addicting Italian soup chock full of vegetables, and a few tips on growing herbs.


Italian Vegetable and Gnocchi soup


How to grow herbs

And a video


Katie’s Krops

Ichiban japanese eggplant

Some of our favorite cabbage recipes: Peanut Noodles with Napa Cabbage, Roasted Cabbage Wedge Salad, Cabbage and Apples


Fresh Food Matters


Sub-Zero will donate $5 up to $25,000 to Katie’s Krops for every hashtag with #freshfoodmatters. Join us!

Apr 27, 2016

The Mediterranean diet is here to stay, and with it, olive oil. Join us on olive oil tasting with an expert in California where we slurp through oils like the best of them. Along with sharing our favorite basic homemade dressing recipe and a life-changing Mediterranean rice bowl, we’ve got a visit from our favorite minimalist and a special giveaway.


How to make homemade salad dressing

Basic Vinaigrette (A Couple Cooks)
Balsamic Vinaigrette (The Faux Martha)

Italian Vinaigrette (The Faux Martha)


Mediterranean Rice Bowl recipe (A Couple Cooks)


Maia Hirschbein’s Challah with Olive Oil  
California Olive Ranch


Want three bottles of California-made olive oil? Enter to win.


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Apr 13, 2016

Coffee fanatics unite! This episode is dedicated especially to that enchanting morning elixir. We demonstrate our best quick-and-easy coffee-making method on the air, and share a favorite coffee-centric dessert. Plus, a visit to indie Indy coffee roaster couple Blue Mind Roasters and a special giveaway.


How to Make Coffee with an Aeropress


Toasted almond mocha affogato

Mocha almond fudge vegan ice cream

Peppermint ice cream and hot chocolate affogato


Local craft coffee at Blue Mind Roasting.

The inspiration for the business name? Alexi Murdoch’s song: Blue Mind.


Want an Aeropress coffee maker? Enter to win or order one.


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Mar 30, 2016

“I don’t miss meat. I just like eating really good food.” This episode, we join author and photographer husband and wife duo Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Matthews for a behind the scenes on their new cookbook, Love & Lemons. We talk everything from eating lots of vegetables to savory mushrooms to kitchen improv -- plus, a spring recipe of our own that proves tacos can be more than simply Mexican flavors.


Ricotta scrambled egg and asparagus tacos (A Couple Cooks)


Jeanine and Jack are Love and Lemons

The Love and Lemons Cookbook

Mushrooms are meaty...really.

Jack’s pretzel recipe


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Mar 16, 2016

“The” chef Rick Bayless joins us on a journey to explore Mexican cuisine. From huevos rancheros tacos to roasted tomatillo salsa, we discuss authentic flavors, Baja California, his newest (secret) restaurant project, and what it’s like to compete on a cooking show. Plus, fun tips like how to regulate the heat of your salsa and make impressive giant flames. It’s a legit fiesta.




Loaded huevos rancheros tacos (A Couple Cooks)

Roasted tomatillo salsa (A Couple Cooks via Rick Bayless)

Homemade tortilla chips (A Couple Cooks)

More Mexican from A Couple Cooks


Rick Bayless:

His bio

His new book: More Mexican Everyday

His restaurants: Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco

His new project?

Valle de Guadalupe: the Napa Valley of Mexico

Finca Altozano

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Mar 2, 2016

The best food inspirations (foodspirations?) can come from travel, but what about in your very own city? In this episode we explore one of the decade’s hottest American food trends, ramen, first at a restaurant and then in our very own kitchen. And we create our own quick vegetarian version just for the podcast!


Our quick vegetarian ramen


How every city became Brooklyn | Bon Appetit




A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Feb 24, 2016

In this episode: we answer your questions! How to shop and balance nutrition + cost, our Instagram food photo tips, baking versus roasting, and how often we disagree in the kitchen.


Alex was right with tomato artichoke lentil stew


Cherry hazelnut energy bars taste like heaven on top of a mountain


Garam masala was on point in this cauliflower curry is redesigned, featuring a new page


The Faux Martha shares her iPhone editing tips


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Feb 17, 2016

There are many reasons for eating local, but how about it’s just plain fun? In this episode we share why we love markets and how to make it eating local doable. We’ve got a fantastic pair of local guests: photographer and film maker pair Kelley and JD Schuyler, who share what it’s like behind the scenes of their documentary. Plus fishing stories from Alaska, a handful of fresh recipes, and a kitchen tip for neat freaks.


Turmeric yellow rice bowls with broccoli and kale

Salmon, caper and dill dip

Mocha almond fudge ice cream (for the soul)


Kelley and JD Schuyler of Last Man Fishing:

Kickstarter | Website | Instagram


Sonja catches a fish

Kelley catches a fish


Video collaboration circa 2011 with JD that started it all


Cluttered kitchens might urge us to overeat


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Feb 3, 2016

Do you cook together with your significant other, or is it just too painful? In this episode we explore what it means to have a creative partnership in the kitchen, or whether it’s better for all involved to divide and conquer. Special guests Lindsay and Bjork Ostrom of the prominent food blog Pinch of Yum share behind the scenes in their own relationship, and we share our favorite recipe for a cooking date.


Cooking date perfection: Simple shrimp and artichoke paella

Veggie version: Simple vegetable paella

Add stations Indie in the Kitchen for cooking and Cocktail Party Jazz for eating


Our tips for cooking together as a couple

Should you cook with your S.O.? Take our quiz.


Lindsay and Bjork Ostrom run Pinch of Yum

Pinch of Yum on Instagram


Date Night In by Ashley Rodriguez

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