Playing With Food

During Issues and Ideas, Wednesdays from 1-2:00 p.m.

A monthly piece on unique ways of looking at everyday foods on the Central Coast.

Powering With Food

May 30, 2018
Monterey Waste Management Agency

Do you ever wonder if your food scraps can be put to good use? Well, now they can! Fr Ian Delinger when the a journey of organics-to-energy to discover how food waste is turned into electricity…and it’s happening right here on the Central Coast. The next episode of Playing With Food is all about Powering With Food.

Imagine going from juvenile hall to julienne vegetables! The Drummond Culinary Academy invites at-risk teenagers to learn valuable skills in the culinary and restaurant industries that will be useful for the rest of their lives. Fr Ian Delinger gets alongside those who are learning and growing by Playing With Food. Part of Issues & Ideas on Wednesday March 25 at 1pm.

Playing with Food: Learning and growing

Apr 25, 2018
Shilo and his assistants prepped 3 hotel pans of enchiladas, all made from scratch.
Fr Ian M Delinger

Imagine going from juvenile hall to julienne vegetables! The Drummond Culinary Academy invites at-risk teenagers to learn valuable skills in the culinary and restaurant industries that will be useful for the rest of their lives. Fr Ian Delinger gets alongside those who are learning and growing by Playing With Food.

Playing with Food: Blending with beard's bananas

Mar 28, 2018
Bananas
Fr Ian M Delinger

Did you know that there are bananas growing on the Central Coast? When I think about banana plantations, I think about warm, tropical places like Panama, Ecuador, or maybe Hawai’i for somewhere in the United States. But we have bananas right here on the Central Coast. Father Ian Delinger explored a banana plantation in Goleta that has been in existence since 1978, and was inspired to go bananas in the kitchen yet again with Central Coast produce, and Blending with Beard's Bananas.

Bag of food
Fr Ian M Delinger

Imagine playing with food as your job! Father Ian met up with the Nutrition Program Manager at the Food Bank of SLO County whose job it is to develop tasty and nutritious recipes from the food that is distributed through the Food Bank. Father Ian follows the process from the grocery bag to the stove to the distribution center with this tasty creation.

Playing with Food: Creating with cannabis

Feb 5, 2018
Fr Ian M Delinger

As of January 1, the sale, purchase, and possession of marijuana and its products became legal in California. This prompted the “Playing With Food” Crew to flirt with the idea of Creating With Cannabis! Will Father Ian Delinger create an elaborate feast with cannabis? For sure, some issues and ideas are explored.

Creating With Kiwi

Dec 28, 2017
Bright green Kiwi grown right here on the Central Coast!
Fr Ian M Delinger

Did you know that Kiwi fruit grows on the Central Coast? Did you know that it grows on a vine, not a tree? Fr Ian Delinger didn’t know either of those fun facts, so he went out to discover the highs and lows of kiwi farming. When he returns from the vineyards, he gets back in his kitchen and does some creating with kiwi.

Other People Playing With Food

Nov 29, 2017
Chris McIntyre of 3 Flies On A Knife prepares his Tumeric Loaves
Fr Ian M Delinger

“There are people who play with food in their kitchens and get paid to do it! Cottage Food Operators changed the game in artisan foods on the Central Coast. Fr Ian Delinger goes right into the homes and kitchens of some of the Central Coast’s most delicious entrepreneurial efforts. ‘Other People Playing With Food’ is part of this week’s ‘Issues & Ideas’.”

Playing With Pizza

Oct 25, 2017
SLO Fire Chief and his wood-fired pizza oven
Fr Ian M Delinger

Fr. Ian Delinger is “Playing With Pizza.” A wood-fired oven is an item that may or may not be something one would think a Fire Chief would have—shouldn’t he be putting out fires instead of starting them—or is he the safest person to start that fire? SLO Fire Chief Garret Olson has a passion for pizza. He invited Fr. Ian into his home pizzeria for a pizza tutorial and a look into the life of a firefighter.

Playing in the Grove: Avocados

Sep 27, 2017
California Avocados on show!!!
Fr Ian M Delinger

It’s Avocado Season on the Central Coast, and Morro Bay is taking advantage of that. Fr Ian headed straight for the Avocado & Margarita Festival when the special event “Taste of the Grove” was offering the best of the avocado offerings.

The freshest avocados were turned into the freshest culinary creations: appetizers, main courses and desserts. Listen to Issues & Ideas on Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm to share in the appetizing avocados in “Playing with Food”.

Playing With Cheese!

Aug 30, 2017
Fromagerie Sophie
Fr Ian M Delinger

From a lump of mold being the most delicious food in the fridge to edible "plastic", Fr Ian explores Cheese! Glorious Cheese! Pairing cheese with wine and salami is an art in and of itself, a chore that Fr Ian is willing to undertake for the sake of good radio. Today he's Playing With Cheese.


Playing with Jerky

Jul 26, 2017
Beef Jerky
Fr Ian M Delinger

Until recently, beef jerky was confined to the cash register area at the convenience store or the gas station. But now, Father Ian Delinger has seen beef jerky pop up everywhere! Bigger displays in the supermarket snack section, at food & drink festivals, and even on social media. And there is a proliferation of the types of foods that are being made into jerky. Father Ian ever tries to make his own.


Playing In the Co-Op Part2

Jun 28, 2017
My haul from wandering the aisles of the Co-Op
Fr Ian M Delinger

In this second exploration of Food Co-Ops, Fr Ian roams the aisles to find the most intriguing foods to cook with. He dives in to play with food in his kitchen to create some delicious foods and drinks. Then he chats with the President of the Board of the emerging Paso Food Co-Op.

Playing in the Co-Op

May 31, 2017
Bulk Foods
Fr Ian M Delinger

The bins of bulk foods, foods no one has ever heard of, and the shelves of superfoods so characteristic of food Co-Ops have intrigued Fr Ian since he was a young boy wandering through the aisles while his mother bought carob as a health alternative to chocolate. Fr Ian is back among the shelves of the 2 food Co-Ops on the Central Coast, with another one emerging. Fr Ian is Playing in the Co-Op in the first part of a 2-part series.


Life's Basics: Bread & Wine

Apr 26, 2017
Bread & Wine at the Altar
Fr Ian M Delinger


Playing with Fruit!

Mar 29, 2017
Fr. Ian Delinger

Five California Rare Fruit Growers joined Fr. Ian in his kitchen with their exotic fruits, grown at their homes. Kobacha, JuJuBes, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Passion Fruit, Chirimoya, and Farro (a grain)...and maybe a few others in there somewhere...were sliced, diced, blitzed, baked, and more importantly EATEN!! Everyone played with fruit in Fr. Ian's kitchen and shared a meal among friends, and of course with wine. This half-hour will encourage you to do some playing with rare fruits with your friends!

Wrapping With Food: Burritos

Feb 22, 2017
Carnitas Burrito at El Tapatio
Fr Ian M Delinger

Fr. Ian explores the origins of and the innovations with everybody's favorite foodstuff - The Burrito! From a college town to a farm town, Fr. Ian travels the length of the Central Coast to get to the bottom of the burrito...in more way than one.

January Detox Decisions!

Jan 25, 2017
Julia's Juices
Fr Ian M Delinger

We all suffer in January from the over-consumption throughout the holidays. So, I go in search of the perfect quick-fix detox!! Do I find it? Find out!


Playing with Persimmons

Dec 21, 2016
Photo by David Fenton / Pacific Horticulture Society

It’s December, and persimmons are plentiful! Father Ian Delinger is Playing with Persimmons to discover useful ways to manage a backyard full of fruit. Anyone with a persimmon tree will be pleased with the plethora of peculiar yet palatable persimmon ideas!

Playing with Pinquitos

Nov 30, 2016
Pinquito Beans
Fr Ian M Delinger

The Central Coast's best kept food secret is the Pinquito Bean. Even if you eat Santa Maria-Style BBQ every day, you may not realize that the bean in the Ranch Beans is the Pinquito. And the beans don't travel any further than the Central Coast. Father Ian went exploring to discover where these come from, why the world doesn't know about them, and what to do with them beyond the Ranch Beans.

A Spirit Ed Journey

Oct 19, 2016
Vodka & Moonshine
Fr Ian M Delinger

On today's "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas", the emerging craft spirits industry leads to an educational adventure along the Central Coast, and some exploration in the kitchen as with vodka and moonshine. 

Chocolate: Uncovered!

Sep 29, 2016
Chocolate Bacon Cheeseburger
Fr Ian M Delinger

The debut of "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas" explores the world of chocolate and uncovers its surprising diversity that can be played with in your own kitchen...if you are adventurous enough.