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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May 24, 2017

Think the Midwest is all cornfields and cow tipping? Shelly Westerhausen, author of the cookbook Vegetarian Heartland, joins us for this episode about adventurous eating in the Midwest. Shelly shares about her story growing up in the Midwest as a vegetarian, and how this overlooked region is full of culture, vibrant food, waterfalls, caves, and forests. We chat recipe ideas galore, and her favorite delicious restaurants in the heartland of America. (Giveaway included!)



Vegetarian reuben sandwich

Coconut curry shakshuka



Bloomington, Indiana:

King Dough | Instagram

Siam House

Taste of India

The Owlery | Instagram



The Chicago Diner | Instagram


Shelly Westerhausen, Vegetarian Ventures

Website | Instagram | Facebook


>>Order the cookbook: Vegetarian Heartland


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May 9, 2017

Do you find yourself turning to food in times of stress or anxiety? If you’ve ever stress-eaten a pint of ice cream, this episode is for you. We go deep with Kathryne Taylor of Cookie and Kate about emotionally healthy eating and her new cookbook, Love Real Food. We also share a new tacos recipe that’s simple and filling, and a life hack: how to manage your email inbox.


Life Hack: Inbox app for Gmail



BBQ bean tacos with pineapple salsa | A Couple Cooks

Extra vegetable fried rice | Cookie and Kate


Kathryne Taylor, Cookie and Kate

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Her cookbook: Love Real Food


Emotionally healthy eating: Survival Tips

A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

Apr 26, 2017

This episode is all about our favorite sugary syrup: maple! Our quest to learn more takes us to a maple farm in upstate New York, where we learn everything from how it’s made to the confusing grading system (Grade A, Grade B?). Plus a few of our favorite recipes on how to use it, including our most popular one: bliss bites.  


How to grow herbs



Bliss bites | A Couple Cooks

Tart cherry greek yogurt bowl | A Couple Cooks

Get your greens pizza | A Couple Cooks


Ben Hoelscher, Roxbury Mountain Maple

Website | Order maple

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Apr 12, 2017

This episode we talk with Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez of Hot Bread Kitchen, a social enterprise bakery that employs and empowers immigrant women, providing them with the skills to succeed in the culinary industry. Then, we pitch our own social enterprises, chat about bread salad and hot bread recipes, and Alex rants about coffee.



Red lentil curry (mesir wat) | A Couple Cooks

Panzanella with cherry tomatoes and bell peppers | A Couple Cooks

Garlic herb focaccia bread | A Couple Cooks


Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, Hot Bread Kitchen

Website | Instagram | Order bread



Hot Bread Kitchen, Artisanal Baking from Around the World


Jessamyn speaks at The Patachou Foundation Speaker’s Forum in Indianapolis on April 27 -- order tickets here!

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Mar 15, 2017

In this episode, we share another big announcement, one that starts with c and ends with ookbook! We give you an update on how parenthood is treating us, then catch up with Laura Wright to chat about her book The First Mess, a book full of delicious plant-based recipes. She shares her journey of learning to eat vegetables, volunteering in community cooking classes, and then starting a blog to share them with the world.



Fudgy Vegan Brownies

Moroccan Chickpea Stew



The First Mess by Laura Wright


Laura Wright | The First Mess

Website | Instagram


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Feb 28, 2017

In this episode, we share a BIG announcement. Then, Sonja sits down for a heart-to-heart with Jessica Murnane to chat about her new cookbook, One Part Plant. A few years ago after some extreme symptoms, Jessica transitioned to a plant-based diet, which significantly improved her endometriosis. Now, she challenges us all to eat one plant-based meal per day. Plus, some behind the scenes on writing a cookbook, and what foods can make you nicer.



Mexican fried rice nachos



One Part Plant by Jessica Murnane


Jessica Murnane

Website | Instagram

One Part Podcast

The Cookbook Deal Podcast


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Feb 14, 2017

In honor of that love holiday, this episode is all about cooking with those you love. To kick things off, we play the Newlywed Game to see how well we know each other after 10 years! We share our tips for how to have a successful cooking date—and our experience with a cooking date gone wrong. Plus, our favorite heart-shaped foods and our newest recipe for a simple, stunning dessert. (Extra points if you count how many times we say love in this episode.)


The newlywed game

But really: Is it desert or deserted island?



Salmon en papillote

Heart-shaped pizzas

All natural pink swirled chocolate bark

Cacio e pepe pasta

10 romantic Valentine’s Day recipes


Our FANCY PIZZA PEEL (works like a charm)



Date Night In by Ashley Rodriguez


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Feb 1, 2017

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person,” says Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic. That said, this episode is all about creativity in the kitchen, whether you think you’re creative or not! Our guest is Tess Masters of The Blender Girl, who’s full of interesting ideas on how to keep the kitchen fresh. Hear about Tess’s new cookbook, her favorite global flavor inspirations, and some crazy smoothie flavors (dill pickle?), along with our recipe ideas for creative riffing on a theme.



Vegan Banana French Toast (The Blender Girl)

Thai Curry Naan Pizza

Mexican Pizza

Hot Wings Hummus

Shocking Pink Beet Hummus

Dark Chocolate Hummus



Get it! The Perfect Blend | Tess Masters

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear |  Elizabeth Gilbert


Tess Masters, The Blender Girl

Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Jan 18, 2017

It all started with our neighbor’s question: if I’m supposed to eat “real food”, what do I bring to the office for lunch? In this episode we unpack the term real food and what it means in real life. Author and blogger Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food shares the story of taking her family on a 100-day challenge, including tips for how to help picky eaters learn a love for whole foods. And of course, lots of recipes and laughter.



Chickpea Salad

Hot Wings Hummus

Curried Red Lentils or Quick Coconut Curry Lentils with Greens



Get it! 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous | Lisa Leake

In Defense of Food | Michael Pollan

Food Rules | Michael Pollan

French Kids Eat Anything | Karen Le Billon


Lisa Leake, 100 Days of Real Food:

Blog | Instagram | Facebook


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Jan 3, 2017

It’s a new year, and for many of us that means gray skies and cold weather. In this episode, we chat about survival techniques: theme words for 2017, how to stay cozy (hygge), and embracing warm, nourishing foods. Sonja has a fireside chat with recurring guest Melissa Coleman of The Fauxmartha, and we share soup recipes, book picks, and workout recommendations to keep you going through the winter months.


Melissa Coleman is The Fauxmartha: Website | Instagram | Facebook


Our podcast about “hygge” was Episode 3



Tomato artichoke lentil stew | A Couple Cooks

Creamy coconut curry pantry soup | A Couple Cooks

Sweet potato soup with harissa and greens | A Couple Cooks

Pomegranate spice “hygge” cocktail | A Couple Cooks



11/22/63 | Stephen King

The Book Thief | Markus Zusak


Workout videos:

Best Abs Ever | Rebecca Louise

45-Minute Cardio + Toning Workout | Jeanette Jenkins

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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


A Couple Cooks on Instagram and Twitter

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


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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)!

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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

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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.


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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

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