Listen to Jesse Brown, writer, journalist, founder of CANADALANDthe incredibly popular news site and podcast network that focuses on media criticism and media reporting.  He’s making Spaghetti Carbonara.  Known by some as the guy who broke the Jian Ghomeshi story, and by others (including himself) as “unapologetically sensational”, Jesse makes podcasts that always wrestle with the important stories of the moment. 

At the end of the day, after marching on Loblaws, Jesse goes home and will sometimes make this easy, comforting, classic dish.  Cook along with him as he talks about pissing off CBC executives, arguing at the dinner table, and Dr. Snuggles.



The second half of the school year is right around the corner, and Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh (authors of HOW TO FEED A FAMILY and THE SCHOOL YEAR SURVIVAL COOKBOOK) have some tips for how to make busy weeks a little less fraught. They started their blog Sweet Potato Chronicles- The Never-Ending Story of the Well-Fed Family while they were on maternity leave from FASHION magazine.  Their evenings of glitzy cocktail parties turned into night feedings and research on how to feed kids.  And they decided to share their hard-earned strategies with the world.  Listen as they make Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie (two pies, actually, one for dinner and one for the freezer to be pulled out on a Wednesday when you need an easy meal).  There’s a pretty great strategy right there!
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Sharon Hapton created the non-profit organization Soup Sisters in 2009.  Since then, volunteers have made over 1 million servings of soup to nourish women and children fleeing domestic violence, and to help youth in crisis.  For her, soup is the ultimate comfort food, and she believes that people experiencing difficulty need good food more than ever.  Sharon made Jann Arden’s Kitchen Sink Chicken Soup for the podcast, a recipe from the third Soup Sisters cookbook THE SOUP SISTERS FAMILY COOKBOOK.  Sharon is totally inspiring, and she chops vegetables like a champ.  For more information about Soup Sisters go to